Hume, John George Lucas

John Hume, the son of Brigadier Ernest George Hume and Elma Hume (née Macrae), of Binfield, Berkshire, was first educated at Twyford School, of which he became Head Boy and Captain of Games; then in 1928 he came to Mr. Robinson’s House. A good all-round athlete, he played in Commoner VI in 1930 and 1931, was a member of the soccer XI and in the 2nd XI at cricket.  He became a House Prefect, leaving the College in 1932.

His ambition was to gain admission to RMA Woolwich. There he was made Under-Officer and captain of cricket, and winning the Physical Efficiency Prize. He was also in the soccer XI. Commissioned in 1934, he saw active service in Waziristan in 1936 and was therefore entitled to wear the North-West Frontier medal. From 1940 he commanded 12th Mountain Battery, RA, in Burma, and was mentioned in despatches.

In 1943 he passed the Quetta Staff College, serving next as an instructor at the Indian Military Acadamy at Dehra Dun.  By late 1944 he was serving in Burma with 24 Indian Mountain Regiment as a battery commander.

He then transferred as a Major to 1st Airborne Division. This division had been cut to pieces at Arnhem in September 1944 and was rebuilt in the months following. It was not used during the crossing of the Rhine in March 1945, but was sent to Norway on May 5th 1945 to disarm the 35,000 Germans still in that country. On June 6th 1945 (not May 5th as recorded in the Wykehamist War Service Record and Roll of Honour and the Register) Hume was killed in a road accident at Stavanger, aged thirty-one.

He rests in grave Z.27 of the Stavanger (Eiganes) churchyard.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hume
  • Forenames or initials: John George Lucas
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1928-1932
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: 1 Airlanding Light Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 16th January 1914
  • Date of Death: 6th June 1945
  • How Died: Killed in an Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard: Grave Z.27