Favell, Edward Vernon Molyneux

He was the son of Richard Vernon Favell and Alice Favell, of Penberth, St Buryan, Cornwall and came to Winchester from Locker’s Park, arriving in Du Boulay’s in May 1931.   He took a cheerful part in all school games, and in addition to his successes in running and on the river, was an exceptional gymnast, winning the Bronze Medal.  Leaving Winchester as a prefect in May 1936 he went to Germany and France to learn the languages, and in October that year went to Trinity College, Cambridge.

Gazetted to the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in June 1939, he served with 1st Battalion in India. Returning to England in 1940, he joined 6th Airborne Division, and went out with them in the invasion of Normandy. He was OC Support Company of 2nd (Airborne) Battalion. It was ‘D’ Company of this battalion which made the  successful attack on Pegasus Bridge.

Favell was killed in action, aged twenty-seven, early on June 20th 1944, at Chateau St. Come, just after taking over command of ‘B’ Company.

He lies in grave IA.L.15 of the Ranville War Cemetery.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Favell
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Vernon Molyneux
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1931-1936
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry (6th Airborne Division)
  • Date of Birth: 6th November 1917
  • Date of Death: 20th June 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ranville War Cemetery: Grave IA.L.15