Hoskyns, Chandos Wren

Hoskyns was the eldest of four sons of the Reverend Canon Sir Edwyn Clement Hoskyns, 13th Baronet, of Harewood, MC, DD, President of Corpus Christi, Cambridge. His mother, Mary Trym Budden Hoskyns, was the daughter of Edwin Budden BSc, of Macclesfield. She was a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. The family home was 11 Millington Road, Cambridge.

He came to Winchester from King’s College Choir School, Cambridge, in Common Time 1937, the year in which he succeeded as fourteenth baronet on the death of his father. Beginning in Junior Part II, he made his way rapidly up the school, later becoming a History specialist, and for his last two terms he was Senior Prefect of his House. He took a great interest in practical farming, and would spend his whole summer holidays hard at work on a farm in North Wales.   He was a keen fisherman, and among school activities he was a fine fencer (taking Kirby Foils in 1941 and 1942), and rowed bow for the school VIII (he was President of Boat Club).

On leaving Winchester he joined the RAF, serving in Canada first as a trainee and then as an instructor. Later he served as a glider-tug pilot. However, he ended his career on special operations missions with 190 Squadron. Flying from Great Dunmow in Essex, he and the crew of his Stirling IV PK227 ‘L9-Q’ perished during a mission, supporting SOE, over the Norwegian coast on April 3rd 1945.

He and his crew were reported missing, and it was not until December 12th 1945 that he was officially declared dead.  A memorial service was held for him on Wednesday December 19th 1945 at St. Mary-the-Less, Cambridge.

Hoskyns was twenty-one when he went missing, and has no known grave; the wreckage of the aircraft was never found, and is presumed to have crashed into the sea. Hoskyns and his crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial (panel 267).


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hoskyns
  • Forenames or initials: Sir Chandos Wren
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1937-1942
  • Rank: Flying Officer
  • Regiment: RAF (RAF Volunteer Reserve)
  • Date of Birth: 14th December 1923
  • Date of Death: 3rd April 1945
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 267