Venning, John Edgecombe


He was the second son of John Venning MC (F1893-98), of Shenley, Hertfordshire. His mother, Margaret Beatrice Venning, was the sister of Arthur Brooks Close-Brooks (I1898-1903), who died of wounds in Mesopotamia in 1917 (see individual entry).

He rose rapidly up the school, becoming a prefect in 1935 and Commoner Prefect in 1936. A capable football player, he played in 2nd XI soccer in 1935. In 1936 he went up to Christ Church, Oxford, where he developed an interest in philosophy.    On June 19th 1941 he married Pamela Eileen Mackintosh (daughter of Captain Aeneas Mackintosh, of Freshwater, Isle of Wight), with whom he set up home at 44 Shakespeare Road, Bedford.

After serving in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry as a Second Lieutenant from 1940, he was attached from 1942 to 1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment, in Egypt. The Battalion formed part of 231 Brigade, which had been the garrison of Malta since 1939. When the siege of Malta was lifted, the Brigade was posted to Egypt before  going to  Sicily to take part in the invasion.

Venning fell near Agira in Sicily on July 19th 1943, at the age of twenty-five, and rests in grave III.K.35 of the Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Venning
  • Forenames or initials: John Edgcombe
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1931-1926
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Dorset Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 4th January 1918
  • Date of Death: 19th July 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Catania War Cemetery: Grave III.K.35