Frewen, Edward Peter Blake


He was the only son of Major Thomas Frewen (B1888-91), of Brickwall Hall, Northiam, Sussex, and Elsie Maude Frewen (daughter of Henry Blake). After his father’s death, his mother moved to Guldeford Lodge, Rye.

He came to Winchester from The Wick, Hove, in May 1935.   He was a keen footballer and cricketer, and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Bradshaw’s Railway Guide.  Music was probably his ruling passion. According to a house contemporary, Ian Stoddart (E1936-1941), Frewen was “a bit of a character, with a talent for mimicry. He did train imitations, which our housemaster admired greatly. He was a very pleasant chap, and musical – not with an instrument, but he loved conducting.”

For his last year he was Senior Prefect of his House.

He went up to New College, Oxford for a year, and on leaving Oxford with a BA in 1941 he received his commission in the Rifle Brigade, going out to North Africa early in 1943. He joined 10th Battalion in Tunisia; the unit contained at least three other Wykehamist officers at the time, one of whom – John Edward Courtenay Bodley MC (F1937-1941) – was later killed in action in Italy (see individual entry), but two others survived and wrote memoirs: Henry Anthony (Tony) Pawson (B1934-1940, Staff 1949) wrote “Indelible Memories” (privately published, 2004); and Lieutenant-General Sir A. James Wilson KBE, MC, DL, MA (G1934-1939), who wrote “Unusual Undertakings”  (Pen & Sword, 2002).

Frewen was killed, aged twenty-one, at Hammam Lif in May 1943, in one of the last battles of the Tunisian campaign.

Frewen was a most devoted Wykehamist, and made many visits to the school after he left.    In his will he bequeathed a sum of money and a Father Smith chamber organ to the school.

He is buried in grave VIII.D.5 of the Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia.

An account of the Hammam Lif action written by Frewen’s commanding officer included the following tribute:

“Frewen was killed whilst leading his platoon amongst the houses. He had not been with the Battalion long, but had already shown himself to be a first-rate officer, and, with his quiet unassuming manner, a delightful character. He had hoped to remain in the Regiment after the war, and this fact, together with his intense enthusiasm for anything to do with the Regiment, made his death a particularly great loss.”

 

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Frewen
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Peter Blake
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1935-1940
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 4th September 1921
  • Date of Death: 9th May 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia: Grave VIII.D.5