Lyttelton, Lt John Anthony (1921-1944)
by Christopher Horne

LYTTELTON – Lt John Anthony

(21 July 1921 – 24 February 1944)

Anthony Lyttelton was at Eton for six years from September 1934 to August 1940. His six years at Eton were happy, and from every aspect successful. He was in the Eleven for two years, represented the School at Fives and at The Wall, was Captain of his House and President of The Eton Society. His natural qualities of dignity, sincerity and humour drew to him many friends, young and old, who found in him a delightful companion with his calm confidence and robust sense of fun.

But that he had other resources beyond those which distinguished his school career became apparent when, on leaving Eton, he went to spend six months as a student in a South Wales steelworks. Arriving a stranger in the midst of the small industrial community of Port of Talbot he set himself at once the task of making new friends; and the rapidity with which he overcame all suspicions and aloofness is a testimony of his sincerity and charm as well s a tribute to all those who were quick to recognise and accept him as a friend. Whether at the works , shovelling with little accuracy but furious energy among a gang of labourers, or at the Workman’s Club in the evening, learning from an old expert how to tap out “Men of Harlech” with a spoon against his teeth, he threw himself into every activity with a cheerful enthusiasm which none could resist.

When he went to join the Army in June 1941 he left many firm and permanent friends who now share, with those from Eton and from his regiment – the Grenadiers – sorrow in the knowledge of his death – from wounds received at Anzio – but happiness in the memory of his friendship.

(from the Eton College Chronicle)