Schoolboy dies after falling ill on holiday

Felix Byam-Shaw

Felix Byam-Shaw

First published in News by

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 14-year-old described as a “fantastic kid” who died after becoming ill on holiday in France.

Felix Byam-Shaw, who was taught at Dragon School in North Oxford and had just completed his first year at Eton – is thought to have been staying in Saint-Martin-de-Ré on the Île de Ré off south west France when he was taken ill, on Friday.

A message posted on a Facebook page set up in his memory – Felix Byam Shaw April 21, 2000-July 19, 2014 that yesterday had more than 2,700 likes – said the teenager was taken to hospital on Friday night but died the following morning.

It said: “He passed away at about 4am. We are in indescribable shock and I cannot believe it, one keeps on thinking he will just turn up. This is the hardest thing we have ever had to do.

“He was everyone’s friend and will never be forgotten... he had the most fulfilled life any boy could wish for, he was the best sportsman, the nicest, most popular friend.”

Felix was a member of various sports teams including the Summertown Stars, in the Oxford Mail Youth League, which he joined when he was six.

Yesterday Stars chairman David Rundle said Felix was a “fantastic kid” and added: “He will be sorely missed by his team mates and the club.”

Mr Rundle said Felix had been staying with a family friend in France.

Felix, also a gifted cricketer, had played for and captained a number of the county’s under-age teams including most recently the under-14s, which he captained three weeks ago.

Coach Rowan McGregor said: “He was tactically very good. He had grown quite a lot and was actually turning into a good fast bowler.

“He was an incredibly committed cricketer and very loyal to the team. The boys are all devastated.”

Chris Clements, chairman of Oxfordshire Cricket Board, said: “Losing anyone from our cricket community in Oxfordshire is always painful but to lose a very promising young sportsman is deeply distressing. Felix was a well-respected member of our Boys Under-14 squad. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.”

Members of the Oxfordshire county cricket senior men’s side held a minute’s silence at their game against Dorset in Bournemouth yesterday.

County cricket teams of various age groups will likewise hold a minute’s silence, as well as wear black armbands, during their games held this week.

Tony Little – head at Eton School, where Felix had just completed his initial year – also paid tribute to the schoolboy.

He said: “Felix was a popular and talented boy who had made a wonderful start in his first year at Eton.

“The thoughts of the school community are with his parents and family following this devastating news.”

A spokesman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said that it was aware of an incident involving a British national in France and were providing consular assistance.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

Black Friday: Shopping traffic causing chaos around Bicester as police warn to avoid area

Oxford Mail:

1:59pm Friday 28th November 2014

POLICE have urged people to avoid the Bicester area due to heavy traffic into Bicester Village on Black Friday.

John Campbell desperate to seize second chance with Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 28th November 2014

JOHN Campbell expects it will be a struggle to sleep tonight as he deals with excitement levels beyond anything he experienced playing in two Wembley finals.

Grant: City bids for share of £144m cycling money

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 28th November 2014

OXFORD’S share of a newly-announced £114m grant could be spent on a fully connected city cycle network or teaching cycling in schools, campaigners have said.

Drugs conspiracy case jury considers verdict

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

8:30am Friday 28th November 2014

The jury in the case of a pub boss and building company director accused of being involved in a drugs conspiracy has retired to consider its verdict.

Queen of crime who ‘thrilled and inspired a generation’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 28th November 2014

PD James was yesterday hailed by fellow Oxford literary legend Colin Dexter as ‘one of the most stylish and distinguished modern crime writers’.

Update: Driver taken to hospital after two lorries crash on A34

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

7:38am Friday 28th November 2014

TRAFFIC is "very slow" on the A34 after one lane was closed following a crash between two lorries.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree