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Those Who Served

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Second World War 1939 - 1945


V Ainsworth, James Walmsley Memorial Book 

Younger brother of WM. Gunner, H7-1940

Memorial Book:   Royal Regiment of Artillery    James Walmsley Ainsworth

Born May the eighteenth, 1921, entered the School September the thirteenth, 1932 and left May the twenty-eighth, 1937.  Served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, 88th Field Regiment, from September 1939 and subsequently in the First Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Central Mediterranean Force. Captain. Accidentally killed whilst on Active Service in Italy July eleventh 1946

CWG: Ainsworth, J W  Captain  Royal Artillery, 1st Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment.   25 years. Died 11th July 1946.  Service Number 228129.  Son of Arthur James Ainsworth and Isabella Ainsworth; husband of Jessie Ainsworth, of Barton, Lancashire.  Grave Reference: V . E . 2 Padua War Cemetery.


Ainsworth, W M   Lance Bombardier, former Territorial, H7-1940.  May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.


Alley, Eric Edward

PGSA No 640, 18th March 1940. 4 Hazlemere Road, Ashton, Preston.

Birth  6th September 1923. Entry 10th September 1936, Leaving 31st July 1939.  Royal Navy 29th October 1941  Membership Register. Russian convoys, survived a sinking in the Mediterranean. Joined Preston Borough Police Force, H7-1947. 


Appleby, R E   May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.  Prisoner of the Japanese, H-Midsummer-1943.


Arkwright, John William  Date of Entry 1927, Date of Leaving 1929. PGSA No 478, 25th January 1935.  4 Higher Bank Road, Fulwood, Preston. 54 Dale Street, Lancaster. ? 74 Ulleswater Road. Lancaster.  Prisoner of War in Germany - letter from Mrs Arkwright 11th November 1940, Membership Register.


Armstrong, Geoffrey  Aircraftsman,  RAF Police, H12-1940. Corporal, stationed in Wales.


Armstrong, Herbert Malcolm   Entry May 1930,  Leaving July 1938. PGSA No 658, 27thJune 1940. 23 York Avenue, Fulwood, Preston.  Athletic Section. Card:  Short Stack, 24 The Paddocks, Oatlands Chase, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9RL. Subscriber, Heppell. 1929-1938.   Membership List 1992. Listed for 1996, 1997 Dinners. Listed as being at PGSA Dinner 2000.

Pilot Officer, in Canada somewhere near Guy Treasure.


Ashton, H Captain  Army.


Ashton, Gunner Harry University Section, under training with exams every fortnight, H4-1940.  No news recently from Harry, H7-1940. Promoted to Sergeant , H12-1940.


V Askew, Robert   Memorial Book  

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Robert Askew  

Born July the twenty-sixth, 1918, entered the School September the tenth, 1928, and left July the twenty-second, 1932.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from October 1941.  Sergeant Observer.   Killed on Active Service whilst on operations, June the tenth, 1943

CWG: Robert Askew   Sergeant (Air Bomber) RAFVR.  428 (RCAF) Squadron.  Died 11th June 1943. Service Number 1535621.  Grave Reference: Row 6 Grave 13 Grimsargh (St Michael) Churchyard.

On 27th May 1943 a twin-engined Wellington X from Dalton, Yorkshire, was on a raid to Essen, suffered engine trouble near the target and then on the return was hit by flak. It ditched off Grimsby, one crew member died and Robert Askew and the other crew members survived to fly again, with a new tail gunner, on 11th June with Dusseldorf as the target.  The Wellington X crashed immediately after take-off, with one survivor. It was a Royal Canadian Air Force crew apart from Robert Askew. The Canadians were buried together.


Aspden, Jack Entry September 1929, Leaving June 1936. PGSA No 672, 23rd August 1940, 66 Raikes Road, Preston.  Athletic Section. 

Gunner, a Regular, letter states they have been mechanised, H7-1940.  (Is this Jock?) Aspden, Jock Lance-Corporal.  Army Commando.  In Operation Chariot, the St Nazaire raid, taken prisoner.  Working on a farm in East Prussia, which his mother thinks will make him useful in the garden when he returns, H-Christmas-1942.  In Stalag VIII B, L/Cpl Jack Aspden seems to have sorted out the name,  H-Midsummer-1943.


Astley   Merchant Navy


Astley, L Third Wireless Officer.  This is a Merchant Navy rank, he was on board a ship carrying troops to the Normandy beaches.


Atherton, Thomas   PGS 1929 - 1933; PGSA No 576, 18th July 1938.  49 Brackenbury Street,    Preston.  HM Forces.   Membership Register.


V Attwater,  William Eric   Army, South-East Asia Command.  Died, 4th November 1949, aged 25 years, in an accident to a car in which he was being driven, causing fatal injuries.  Son of William C Attwater, Past-President, H1-1950.

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Bagot, Matthew   Entry 1925   PGSA No 1056, 16th December 1947.  5 The Crescent, Ashton. Preston. No details - H7-1944.


Baines, Second Lieut D W won the MC, H12-1940 This may be erroneous - see Second Lieut Denis W D Barnes, MC.


V Baines,  Frederick   Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     Frederick Baines 

Born December the tenth, 1923, entered the School September the eleventh, 1935 and left February the tenth, 1939. Served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on Combined Operations from August 1942. Sub-Lieutenant.  Wounded in the attack on Walcheren Island November the first 1944 and died the same day.       

CWG: Frederick Baines Sub-Lieutenant RNVR HMLCH 98 20 years Died 1st November 1944   Son of Richard and Jane Baines of Preston, Lancashire.  Grave: Plot 9  Row 6 Grave 10 Oostende New Communal Cemetery.

Walcheren Island dominates the River Scheldt approaches to the huge port of Antwerp, then the second largest port of Continental Europe, which the Allies needed as an entry for supplies as they advanced across northern Europe following the Normandy landings.  Walcheren was one of the most heavily defended places on earth.  In addition, Hitler had declared it a “fortress”, which meant it had to be defended to the very last.  The Commanding Generals of “fortresses” were encouraged to do so by the certainty of execution if they didn’t!  The attack on Walcheren Island itself was essentially on one day, 1st November 1944.  The attacking fighting forces were backed up by Support Squadron East Flank, formed for an essential support role in the Normandy invasion. Small Landing Craft (Tank) had their bow ramps welded up, holds plated over, guns and rocket launchers mounted on deck. The rocket launching craft could only be used once in a short operation - there was no time to reload the hundreds of tubes mounted on the deck. Having fired off their rockets they undertook whatever support tasks they could.  The SSEF craft could go right up to the beaches with the assault landing craft. Some were deliberately beached to provide stable platforms for their heavy guns.  Two were fitted as HQ craft (LCH) and No 98 was carrying the second in command of SSEF responsible for the northern approaches of the attack.  There were fourteen coastal Batteries backed up by five more just inland. Someone had worked out by experience elsewhere that the Germans tended not to fire on approaching ships if the ships were not firing at the Batteries!  Whilst the battleship Warspite and two monitors fired their 15” guns, one ton shells, at the Batteries, to which the Batteries duly retaliated, the smaller craft were hit but less than if all the Batteries had concentrated their efforts against them. During the afternoon the two HQ craft began evacuating casualties.  At some stage during the day No 98 had been hit by shellfire and was put out of action.  Later, she took control of a convoy of disabled craft supporting each other as they made their way back to Ostend.   The possibility is that Frederick Baines was second in command of LCH 98. If he had been in similar duties for the whole of his time with Combined Operations then he may have been involved in the Dieppe raid August 1942, and then the North Africa landings, Pantelleria, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, before SSEF brought together all the experience gained into a unit for the Normandy invasion.


Baker, Frank E   Gunner  Reported wounded


Bamber, Driver E G  Driving for the Battery Major.  Has met George Bannister, Cliff Sutton, Sydney Rawlinson, Tom Clarkson, H7-1940.  May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.  88th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, prisoner in Malaya, H-Midsummer-1943.


Bamber, Sergeant Instructor Tom  Volunteered at the end of January and seems to have trained alongside Andy Beattie, Len Hutton and other notable sportsmen, at the Army School of Physical Training, H4-1940.  Is now stationed in a well known seaside resort,  H7-1940. Staff Sergeant T Bamber married Muriel Booth.  Tom Bamber, University Section, is in the Forces, H12-1940.


Banister, A G     May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.


Banks, Alan George   Sergeant   PGSA Secretary, called up, on Searchlights (?88th Brigade RA?),  H12-1939. PGSA Secretary obtained leave to attend the Dinner last December.  Was a Territorial and called up for service in September, H4-1940. Hon General Secretary, with the Forces, H7-1940.  PGSA Secretary, with the Forces, H12-1940.  Has left the Forces for the Colonial Service, H-Christmas-1942.

PGSA No 367, 8th March 1930. Holme Slack Farm, Preston. PGS September 1923 - July 1929.  Membership card adds: The Elms, Rusper Road, Mudigate, Surrey. Ferney Field, Parkgate Road, Newdigate, Dorking, Surrey RH5 5AH. Life Member. On 6th June 1946 at St Andrew’s Church married Joyce F T Yates.


Bannister, A G Missing in Malaya, H7-1944.


Bannister, E J   Pilot in RFC in the Great War. RAF


Bannister, George in same Unit as Driver E G Bamber, H7-1940.


Barker, Aircraftsman M F In between periods of hard work manages to do a bit of playing - was in a local dance band and is stationed in a well-known resort, H7-1940.


Barker, S Ord Tel / RMC  Ordinary Telegraphist Radio Mechanic Candidate. Began as a Sick Berth Attendant.


Barnes, Denis W D   Second Lieutenant, MC, the first Old Boy in this war to receive an Army decoration, H7-1940.  “From May 23-27 Second Lieut Barnes displayed outstanding coolness, resolution and devotion to duty in the defence of Hazebrouck.  He was in command of the Eastern sector of the defences, held on to the last, covering the withdrawal of other troops, and successfully withdrew his small force.”  H7-1940


Barnes At Wasdale Whitsun Camp, H7-1940  (From the report, which is placed within the Forces section, there is no way of knowing which Barnes was involved but by age it is unlikely to be James Arthur.)


Barnes, G G Royal Corps of Signals, H-Christmas-1942.


V Barnes, James Arthur           Memorial Book  

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    James Arthur Barnes

Born March the twenty-third, 1921, entered the School September the thirteenth 1932 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1937. Served in the Royal Air Force, Fighter Command, from June 1941. Leading Aircraftsman.  Killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service during training in the United States of America June the thirteenth, 1942.

CWG: James Arthur Barnes  Leading Aircraftsman  RAFVR.  21 years. Died 13th June 1942.  Service Number 1478620. Son of James Leslie and Jennie Barnes of Preston, Lancashire, England. Grave Reference: Section N Lot 114 Grave 3 Montgomery (Oakwood) Cemetery Annexe, USA. Died in training in Alabama.


Barr,  J A   Captain


Barton, H  Staff Sergeant In West Africa, H-Midsummer-1943.


Beardwood, G   Trooper. Landed at Normandy shortly after D-Day, met L Astley, Third Wireless Officer of the troop transport. Royal Armoured Corps, tank crew, possibly driver,


Beesley, T     May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.  Had volunteered in September 1939, sent to the Far East and captured in Hong Kong Christmas 1941, H-Christmas-1942.


Beetham, Kenneth   Lieutenant   Married.   RAMC.


Birket, H J  RCOS - presumably Royal Corps of Signals but the abbreviation is usually RCS.


Blackhurst, Bernard  Reported to be in the Forces, if he is like many of his family he is in the Army, H12-1939.


Blackhurst, Kenneth R  Sergeant Pilot   In the Mediterranean Theatre. Seaplane or flying boat crew, North Africa, H-Christmas-1942. Flight Lieutenant, RAFVR, aged 26. Awarded the DFC. Based in Malta, shot down twice and once taken prisoner by the Italians, from whom he escaped and brought his guards with him. Enlisted in 1940, became an air gunner and was commissioned in January 1943. He completed 70 operational flights under Bomber Command and has been for some time a member of the Pathfinder Force.  In June 1944 he was Mentioned in Despatches.


Blackhurst, William, was in TA Reserve but just before outbreak of war transferred back to his former Unit, H12-1939.  Major, Preston District County Coroner, in Africa and the Middle East, member of the staff of the Judge Advocate-General.  Lieutenant Colonel W Blackhurst, Royal Artillery, OBE, “in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period May, 1942 to October, 1942.” He had a commission before the was in the 4th Battalion, The Loyal Regiment, now a Royal Artillery AA unit. Whilst in the Middle East he went on a mission to Addis Ababa, Abyssinia, and met the Emperor, Haile Selassie, H-Midsummer-1943.


Blackwell, James Allenby   PGSA No 499, 29th November 1935,  Junior till 1937; 11th September 1929 - 13th April 1935; Date of Birth 22nd November 1918.  13 Edward Street, Walton-le-Dale, Preston.   HM Forces.  Membership Register.  Lance Sergeant. No chance to practise his French and not appreciative of the army habit of rising early, H7-1940. Membership Card: James Allenby Blackwell, 73 Collins Lane, Bamber Bridge. 348 Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge, Nr Preston PR5 6YN. There is a red square on the card.


Blezard, N    In the Guards, on his way to Trieste, H7-1947. (Not clear whether this is still WW2 or on National Service.)


Bolton, T Porteous   Captain  Royal Engineers, at GHQ Paiforce.  Dined with Emir Mohammed at Kut-al-Amarah and the following day with the Emir’s nephew Sheik Nuri, H7-1945.


V Booth, Fred         Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Fred Booth

Born July the ninth, 1920, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1931 and left June the tenth, 1937.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from November 1939.  Flight Sergeant.  Missing presumed lost in the sea after operations over Germany June the third, 1942.

CWG: Fred Booth  Flight Sergeant  RAFVR 102 Squadron.  21 years. Died 3rd June 1942.  Service Number 971036.  Croix de Guerre. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Booth of Preston, Lancashire. Memorial Reference: Panel 73 Runnymede Memorial.

Taking off from Dalton on the 2nd June 1942, due back on the 3rd, 195 aircraft raided Essen, two Halifax II were lost, this one, R9491 DY-N probably crashed off UK on its return.  One body was recovered.  

No 102 ‘Ceylon’ Squadron at one period was Commanded by Leonard Cheshire, VC.  The Squadron flew Halifax heavy bombers.

The Handley Page Halifax was a 4-engined heavy bomber, very close in performance to the Lancaster, built in several Marks and Series, able to carry out a variety of tasks.  English Electric at the Dick, Kerr Works on Strand Road, Preston, built more Halifaxes than did Handley Page; at its peak around two a day.  Large sections were completed at Strand Road before going to Samlesbury on “Queen Mary” low loaders for final assembly, flight testing, and delivery to the RAF.  The EE Company had to evolve a different method of construction than that used elsewhere where a complete aircraft was built up and then rolled out onto an airfield. The EE construction method was said to have produced a markedly superior aircraft to those made elsewhere.  No doubt in other factories in other towns similar claims were made for their products!


V Brandwood, Frank Bertram     Memorial Book

Sergeant Pilot reported missing on 12th September 1941 in flying operations in the Mediterranean area is safe, having been picked up by a naval unit. Previously, when over Norway, the fuel tank of his plane caught fire, which was controlled and he returned safely to base, H12-1841.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Frank Bertram Brandwood

Born February the twenty-eighth, 1919, entered the School September the tenth 1928 and left December the twenty-second 1936.  School Prefect. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from June 1940.  Flying Officer. Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany June the sixteenth, 1944

CWG: Frank Bertram Brandwood  Flying Officer (Pilot) RAFVR  571 Squadron  26 years. Died 16th June 1944.  Service Number 133217.  Son of Frank and Hilda Mary Brandwood of Preston, Lancashire; husband of Beatrice Brandwood, of Penwortham, Preston.  Grave Reference: 21. D .12 Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Date of Birth 28th February 1919.  PGSA No 535, 13th January 1937, Junior till year ending 1937.  46 Broadgate, Preston.  PGS September 1928 - December 1936.

Formed on 7th April 1944 at Downham Market, from 22nd April 1944 571 Squadron was based at Oakington, near Cambridge, and was in No 8 (Pathfinder) Group.  571 Squadron did not have a motto or a badge. It was mainly engaged in dropping 4,000lb ‘cookies’ on industrial centres, most frequently Berlin.  It flew the twin-engined “Wooden Wonder” de Havilland Mosquito, B.XVI.   “Cookie” was a specific type of blast bomb, like a 5-feet long non-aerodynamic oil drum with a protruding rim to stop it penetrating too deeply into the ground. On one occasion, a 4,000 lb cookie blast damaged over 200 properties.  Heavy bombers dropped 8,000lb cookies. 571 was one of the Squadrons which formed the Fast Night-Striking Force (FNSF). The Mosquito was faster than most fighters, flew higher, and could reach Berlin from UK Bases whilst carrying a 4,000lb bomb load.  The FNSF raided Berlin 170 times.  They also carried out Pathfinder target marking and very low - roof top level - daylight bombing raids.  571 Squadron flew 2,681 sorties in one minelaying and 259 bombing operations and lost eight aircraft.

Taking off from Oakington just before midnight on 15th June, 31 Mosquitoes raided Gelsenkirchen (synthetic oil production) and one was lost. NL975  8K-F was hit by flak and crashed two miles or so from Borken. The bomb load exploded.


Breakall, B  Returned from war service. Since demobilisation in December 1946 has played regularly at left back for PGSOB.


Breakell, Captain A C  Second time round for him, H7-1940. Major, Mentioned in Despatches for “Gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean Theatre”.  Joined RASC in August 1939, demobbed in 1945, served in North Africa and Italy. Now a consulting motor engineer, H7-1947.


Breakell, James C  Captain, Royal Artillery.  Left PGS 1927.  About eight years ago went to India to take up an appointment with a Calcutta cotton and jute firm. Joined the Calcutta Scottish as a Private, commissioned, and on being transferred to the British Army received the rank of Captain.  Fought in the Middle East and for a time was posted as missing but now confirmed as a Prisoner of War in Italy. On a diet of potato and turnip peelings in an Oflag at Brunswick, released on 12th April 1945, H7-1945.


Breakell, W B  Athletic Section, Soccer First XI, now in the Forces, H-Midsummer-1942.  Is this Brian Breakell? 


Briggs,  Aircraftsman J M   Athletic Section, since the close of last season has joined the RAF, finds the routine irksome but is playing football, H12-1940.  Sergeant, in Berkshire, H-Christmas-1942.


Brindle,  Private E   Army, H12-1940.


V Brindle, Eric       Memorial Book

Reported missing in February 1942. He joined the RAF two years ago and took part in about twenty operations including Kiel, Cologne, Hamburg, Duisburg, Turin, Genoa, H-Midsummer-1943.

Memorial Book:   Royal Air Force    Eric Brindle

Born November the twenty-sixth, 1919, entered the School September the tenth, 1930 and left July the

twenty-fourth, 1936. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from December 1940.  Sergeant Observer.  Killed in operations over Lorient in Brittany February the seventh, 1943.

CWG: Eric Brindle  Sergeant (Navigator)  RAFVR 158 Squadron.  Service Number 657693.  Died 7th February 1943.  23 years. Son of Daniel and Elizabeth Brindle of Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire.  Grave Reference:  Row 4 Grave 9 Guidel Communal Cemetery.

158 Squadron was based at Rufforth in Yorkshire until 28th February 1943.  It flew Halifax B Mk II heavy bombers as part of No 4 Bomber Group.  Its motto was Strength in Unity and its badge a seven link chain, to represent the inter-dependence one upon the other of the crew members.

On the evening of 7th February 1943 DT701 NP-T took off from Rufforth, Yorkshire. Crashed at Manebos-en-Lanester, near Guidel, eight miles from Lorient.     On 7th February 323 aircraft made a devastating attack on Lorient;  seven aircraft including two Halifaxes were lost.

The Cemetery is WNW of Vannes, NW of Lorient, France.  Lorient is the French arsenal and naval base on the Brest peninsula. There were German submarine pens reputed to have 18-foot thick concrete roofs, bombing them was a waste of time until the very large bombs became available.  The Halifax could carry bomb loads up to 14,000 lbs.  Lorient was laid to waste and, apart from forced labour, its indigenous population and, according to its German Admiral Commanding, even its cats abandoned it.  See Jack Drury for details of the changeover of Observers to Navigators.


Brindle, Corporal F Whilst in the 5th Form, pondering on the possibilities of another war, he had practised a phrase which he thought might come in useful for inviting a French mademoiselle to go for a walk with him.  Didn’t work!  H7-1940.


Brook, L F C Royal Marines. On a course of naval gunnery, H-Midsummer-1943.


Bromley, A D  Royal Armoured Corps


Brown, G E Private.  Aged 35 years.  Mentioned in Despatches for gallantry and devotion to duty while serving in Italy.  Prior to joining up Private Brown served in the Penwortham Home Guard, H7-1945.


Brown, James Acting Flight Lieutenant.    Attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force. DFC. Militia July 1939.   Royal Engineers, at Dunkirk.  June 1941 transferred to RAF.


Brown, Norman M  PGS September 1931 - 15th September 1935. PGSA No 589, Junior.   The Nook, Chapman Road, Fulwood. 348 Garstang Road, Fulwood. Card:  16 Hall Road, Fulwood. 31 Woodplumpton Road, Broughton, Preston.  Red square on card. Life Member.  HM Forces.  Corporal Norman M Brown married Margaret Gill on 1st April 1943 at Fulwood Methodist Church; stationed in a French town south of the Mediterranean, H-Midsummer-1943. On 7th January 19044 to Mr and Mrs Norman M Brown, a daughter, H7-1944.


V Brown, Roland Henry    Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Tank Regiment    Roland Henry Brown

Born October the sixth 1923, entered the School September the eleventh, 1935 and left December the twentieth, 1940.  Served in the Royal Tank Regiment, 11th Battalion.  Trooper. Killed in action at the crossing of the Elbe in Germany April the twenty-ninth, 1945. 

CWG: Roland Henry Brown   Trooper Royal Tank Regiment  11th Battalion.  21 years.  Died 29th April 1945. Service Number 14290014. Son of Fred and Mary Brown of Heywood, Lancashire.  Grave Reference:  17 . E . 4 Becklingen War Cemetery.


V Bunce, Colin Birkett     Memorial Book

Reported to be missing at sea, H12-1941.

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     Colin Birkett Bunce

Born December the ninth, 1920, entered the School September the thirteenth, 1932 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1937. Served in the Royal Navy from September 1940.  His Majesty’s Ship Gloucester. Able Seaman. Missing presumed lost with his ship off Crete May the twenty-second, 1941.    

CWG: Colin Birket Bunce  Supply Assistant   Royal Navy  HMS Gloucester 20 years   Died 22nd May 1941  Service Number D/MX 69532  Son of William and Grace Mary Bunce, of Kirkham, Lancashire.  Memorial: Panel 55 Column 1 Plymouth Naval Memorial. (CWG = Birket.)

HMS Gloucester, pennant number 32, was the last of the Second Group Southampton-Class Cruisers.  9,400 tons standard displacement; 82,500shp for 32½ knots; four triple 6” turrets, four 2-gun 4” dual purpose (surface to surface and AA) turrets, two 4 barrelled 2-pounder AA guns, eight 0.5” machine guns; built by Devonport Dockyard, engined by Scotts, Greenock, launched 19th October 1937. Served in the East Indies 1939-1940 and in the Mediterranean 1940 onwards.

(British warships did not make a hurried dash at their lightest displacement down a calm water quarter kilometre to meet their design speed.  They steamed at standard displacement for several hours in the prevailing conditions in the Atlantic and measured the nautical miles travelled to calculate the average speed. The cruisers would have little difficulty in the Mediterranean in running at their speed of approximately 39mph.)

HMS Gloucester seems to have been in action throughout her career and earned the Navy’s approving name of “The Fighting G”. On 20th May 1941 German airborne troops parachuted into Crete and were rapidly air-reinforced. The Royal Navy supported Empire forces ashore but faced overwhelming air superiority.  Their first objective was to prevent seaborne German reinforcements landing on Crete. On 21st a RN Force was south of Crete and was bombed continuously for 4 hours around mid-day, the destroyer Juno being hit and sinking in two minutes.  That evening a large convoy of caiques heavily laden with German troops and weapons was met by Force D - three cruisers and four destroyers. Only a few German troops managed to scramble ashore onto Crete.  On 22nd, two cruisers, Gloucester, Fiji, and two destroyers formed Force B.  Force D and Force C were under continuous air attack and running short of ammunition, Force D was withdrawn.  Force A, the battleships Warspite and Valiant with destroyers, met Force B and together had seven destroyers.  There followed a great battle with the German air force.  Warspite lost her starboard (right) 4” and 6” batteries. The destroyer Greyhound was sunk in the Kithira Channel by overwhelming numbers of Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers and Ju 88 twin-engined bombers.  Two destroyers were detached to pick up survivors with the cruisers Fiji and Gloucester to give anti-aircraft support although short of ammunition. In mid-afternoon as the cruisers returned to the Fleet at high speed under heavy air attack, Gloucester was hit by several bombs and lay stopped with uncontrollable fires. Fiji, running out of ammunition, had to leave her. There were reports that Gloucester had been reduced to firing practice ammunition - solid iron shot, not shells bursting into shrapnel.  Fiji was caught and with her gun barrels red hot and out of heavy A-A ammunition she was sunk after two hours of attacks.  That night destroyers picked up 523 of her 780 crew. Gloucester is reputed to have had a wartime complement of 807 of which there were 83 survivors but a breakdown of officers and men lost plus 83 adds up to 777.


Burgess, Frank   Leading Seaman  Won his ship’s feather-weight boxing competition whilst the ship was somewhere hot, H-Christmas-1942.


Busfield, Alfred Telegraphist (S O) Royal Navy, or at least somewhere which made him seasick. Proves to be Ceylon. May be at Britannia Naval College, H-Midsummer-1943.


F W Busfield, Fred W   Brother of Bill, is in Egypt. Went somewhere hot by troopship, H-Christmas-1942. Returned from war service


Busfield, Bill   Signalman  PGSOB right half, played for “Singles”, H4-1940. Signalman, now a veteran of six months, H4-1940.  Played in PGSOB football 1st XI 1939-1940. Football “Single” team. Says he is now tremendously fit, H7-1940. Has played football and cricket for his Unit, fracturing his right hand in a cricket match, H12-1940.


Busfield, G  Gunner

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Calderbank, Captain Cyril  Wounded in Burma.


Calderbank, Kerr In the same camp as Lance Corporal J R Hodgson,  H7-1940.


Calvert, Gunner A S In the most desolate spot on earth but is the Battery goalkeeper, H7-1940.


R Campbell   RN Petty Officer Ronald Campbell, E A, married Esther Higson on 24th May 1943 at St Andrew’s Church, H-Midsummer-1943.


Campling, Lance Corporal C reported missing in Norway but is safe although a prisoner of war in Germany.  The first Old Boy to obtain this unenviable distinction,  H7-1940.


Carruthers, James William  Apprentice.  Joined the Merchant Navy in 1939 and served throughout the War.  PGSA No 738, 23rd October 1941. Overdale, Hinderton Road, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire.  Entry   September 1934, Leaving   August 1939.


Carter, Walter Richard   Now in HM Forces.    From Membership Register.


Cartwright,  Private L H  finds the Army gives him little outlet for his energies, save in organising camp concerts and dance bands,  H12-1940.


Cartwright, Lawrence University Section, is in the AMPC - there is some doubt in the report as to what AMPC stands for; H12-1940. Second Lieutenant.


V Cater, Frederick James        Memorial Book

Reported missing, he was last seen on Dunkirk beach, H7-1940.

Memorial Book:     Royal Army Service Corps     Frederick James Cater  

Born August the fourteenth, 1915, entered the School September the fourteenth 1927 and left July the twenty-ninth, 1931.  Served in the Royal Army Service Corps, attached to the Royal Regiment of Artillery from September 1939.   Driver.   Missing presumed killed at Dunkirk about June the first, 1940.

CWG: Frederick James Cater  Driver  Royal Army Service Corps. 24 years.  Died between 27th May and 2nd June 1940.  Service Number T/801350.  Memorial Reference Column 135 Dunkirk Memorial.


Caunce, J  Ordinary Telegraphist, Royal Navy, H-Christmas-1942.


Chandler, Harry  Leading Aircraftsman in Canada training to be a pilot.


Clare, Peter brother of R D In Mauritius.


Clare, R D Corporal Southern Rhodesia.


Clarke, G P  Lower 5th, joined the Home Guard within a day of the Government call for volunteers following Dunkirk,  H12-1940.


Clarkson, T   Believed RA but now with the BLA. What is that?


Clarkson, Tom Wilson   88th Brigade RA, H12-1939. In the BEF, H4-1940. Tom is in the same Unit as Driver E G Bamber,  H7-1940.  On 27th June 1941 was Lance Bombardier T W Clarkson, QM Office, 232nd Searchlight Training Regiment, Royal Artillery, Prince Maurice Barracks, Devizes, Wiltshire.


Clayton, Harry Cunningham DFM Glenfarg, Fulwood Hall Lane, Preston (….-1931)

PGSA No 990, 26th July 1946.  Entry 1925. 14 St Wilfrid’s Road, Standish.

The Distinguished Flying Medal was Gazetted on 27th June 1944.  He was a Flight Sergeant serving in 77 Squadron, Service Number 1544112. 77 Squadron motto was Esse potius quam videm, - To be, rather than seem.  The badge is a thistle head, the Squadron was formed in Scotland on 1st October 1916 and reformed in June 1937 at Finningley, Yorkshire. At the start of the war Whitleys were being flown from Driffield, converting to Halifaxes in October 1942 and in May 1944 was operating from Full Sutton.


Clayton, Harry Cunningham  1544112 Flight Sergeant No. 77 Squadron

Sorties 29   Flying hours 189   Air Bomber

This NCO has terminated an operational tour of 29 sorties over a period when attacks have been made against heavily defended German targets.  His photographic record is creditable in its results, aiming points being secured on occasions, two of which were Kassel and Düsseldorf. In the attack on Düsseldorf, this NCO obtained an aiming point, as stated, after the aircraft had successfully beaten off an enemy fighter 30 minutes prior to reaching the target.  Throughout his tour, consistency coupled with cool determination to accomplish his task has been evident. It is strongly recommended that this devotion to duty and ever unfailing effort be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

Remarks by Station Commander:  Flight Sergeant Clayton has at all times displayed courage and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Service.  Recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

Remarks by Air Officer Commanding: This Air Bomber has carried out 29 sorties.  He has proved his sterling worth as a Bomb Aimer and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.


Clayton, Thomas Keith  Army   Dunkirk, North Africa, Italy.


Cleaver, F RAF  Warrant Officer.  Was at Dunkirk, now in India, has completed eight years in the Services and intends to complete 21 years service.  Brother of Jim Cleaver, H7-1945.


Cleaver, James Rupert d’Alton  Sergeant   RAF Back overseas again somewhere hot and sticky, H-Christmas-1942.  Warrant Officer,  has returned home after three years service in India.  On 26th April 1945 married Gladys Porter at St John’s Parish Church, Broughton. Before leaving India had a leave in Calcutta with his brother, H7-1945.


Colderbank, Corporal   (F Hayes contact), H12-1940.


Cooke, Arthur Bradley Father - Henry Cooke, 48 Stanley Street, Preston.  Steel Inspector.

Arthur born 2nd March 1906. Deepdale Council.  PGS 21st September 1916 to 22nd March 1921.  2nd Form, Thornley, 1917. To Merchant service. Have written for information but none has been vouchsafed.  NOTE:  There is no information as yet relating to any service in the Merchant Navy.  If he did serve and remained medically fit he would most probably have served in the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy during WW2, which may be difficult to trace. Family help required, please.


Cookman, Private S  constantly on the move and claims his work is too secret to divulge any information, H12-1940. Bombardier, joined up in September 1939, has been a ship’s gunner, now in a mobile AA unit, H-Midsummer-1943.


Cookson, R Leading Seaman, H-Christmas-1942.


V Coulthard, Robert Carruthers     Memorial Book

Midshipman, enjoyed his trip to North Africa, and about six weeks ago he was swotting away in the Science VI.  Strange.  H-Christmas-1942.

Memorial Book: Merchant Navy  Robert Carruthers Coulthard

Born November the tenth, 1925, entered the School September the twelfth 1934 and left October the fifth, 1942.   Served in the Merchant Navy from October 1942.  Apprentice. Died in hospital of illness whilst on Active Service March the sixteenth, 1943.


Coulthurst, Fred   Father - Fred Coulthurst, Loud Scales Farm, Longridge.   Farmer.

Fred born 23rd September 1918.   Bleasdale National School; Longridge R Smith’s Boys’ School. 

Entry date 10th September 1930 to -- July 1937.

Mr Coulthurst wrote to the Headmaster setting out that the farm was 11 miles from the School; the intention was for Fred to cycle about 3 miles to the Forrests Arms, Longridge, leave his cycle there, catch a Ribble bus to Preston and a Corporation tramcar to the School, and he hoped the School would find this to be satisfactory.  Mr Coulthurst studiously avoided any reference to what would happen in winter, especially when there were heavy snowfalls, which were common in the Fells.

Was at Oriel College, Oxford, waiting to be called up, H12-1939.

Member of PGSA University Section, and was in the Forces, H12-1940.

Anti-Aircraft unit, by deduction.  He had made a jocular comment about the Luftwaffe not entering into the spirit of the thing, refusing to fly in straight lines to be shot at!

Captain, shortly after promotion became engaged to a teacher at St Andrew’s School.  Was on duties which involved much motorcycling, frequently against tight schedules, which he found exhilarating - which presumably was synonymous with fast.

Served in Italy.

PGSA Number 582, 16th August 1938.  Loud Scales, Longridge, Nr Preston. September 1930 - July 1937.  University Section.

18 Sulby Drive, Ribbleton, Preston.  Assistant Master, MA, (Oxon), DipEd.  (1930-1937) Life Member.

17 St Andrew's Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston PR2 1JL.  Membership List 1992.

Died 9th December 2008, aged 90 years.


J Coward   Returned from war service.


Crane, S W W   Royal Artillery Lieutenant Commissioned in anti-tanks in November 1941.  Persian Gulf after travelling all over India,H-Midsummer-1943.


Craston, R C Royal Navy. Telegraphist, H-Christmas-1942.


Crawley, Douglas Edward Second Lieutenant Douglas Crawley, younger brother of Norman.  Was in training at Woolwich on the outbreak of War.  Based in Preston or at least is to be seen regularly in the area, H4-1940. University Section, and no news recently from Doug, H7-1940. Major, aged 22 years, wounded for the second time on 29th March, three operations, back for the fighting at Tunis, H-Midsummer-1943. PoW released, H7-1945.

Major, in command of his Unit in Palestine, H7-1947. MC and Bar Lieutenant Colonel Commanding 1st Loyals  1963.  


Crawley, Norman J R    Lieutenant   Royal Artillery, Regular Army before the War in the family tradition.  Understood to be an instructor at an OTU somewhere in England, H4-1940. N J R Crawley May be Prisoner of War in Malaya. Took over a large junk, loaded about 200 soldiers and sailed from Singapore on the afternoon of the surrender, sailed off towards Sumatra without knowing the coast and ended  two or three days later in the Inderiagiri River, H-Christmas-1942. Prisoner of the Japanese, H-Midsummer-1943.  Major, in command of his Unit in Palestine, H7-1947


Crofts, Kenneth Templeman  PGS September 1929 - July 1934;  PGSA 12th July 1941 No 724.  4 Lower Avenue, Heavitree, Exeter. University Section.  HM Forces. Membership Register.

Lance Bombardier, found his School French training a decided acquisition, H7-1940. Lance-Bombardier R T Crofts was in the neighbourhood when D W Baines won his MC.  Returned from Dunkirk and got married, H12-1940.  (This may be K T Crofts, he is also responsible for Baines / Barnes so his writing may not be very legible.)   Lance Sergeant, Quartermaster’s assistant.


Crossthwaite, Cyril  Aircraftsman.  Was a bell-ringer at the Parish Church.  His wife was the only woman in the team when a victory peal was rung on 15th November for El Alamein, H-Christmas-1942.   Recently married.


Crozier, J A  RAF North Africa   Sergeant Fitter.  Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished services.  Notified two years after demobilisation.


Crozier, R L   AC 2  RAF   Middle East.


V Culshaw, Raymond     Memorial Book 

Was an LAC in Canada training to be a pilot.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Raymond Culshaw

Born November the sixth, 1920, entered the School September the thirteenth, 1932 and left January the nineteenth, 1934. Served in the Royal Air Force, Coastal Command, from May 1941.  200 Squadron. Sergeant Pilot.  Killed in operations at Robertsfield, Liberia, December the fifteenth, 1942.

CWG: Raymond Culshaw   Sergeant Pilot  RAFVR 200 Squadron.  22 years. Died 15th December 1942. Service Number 1077853.  Son of Percy and Margaret Culshaw of Blackpool, Lancashire. Grave Reference: Grave 851 Du Plantation Cemetery, Liberia.

There are eleven war graves, nine of them airmen of the South African Air Force killed together in February 1944.

After being in limbo between the wars, 200 Squadron formed at Birchan Newton on 25th May 1941, received Hudsons Mk VI and departed for Jeswang, The Gambia, arriving there on 18th June 1941.  The American-built Lockheed Hudson began life as the Lockheed Super Electra passenger plane, developed into a bomber to meet an RAF order for 200, the largest order for anything ever placed with Lockheed up to then. Deliveries began in February 1939. It had two Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp 1200hp engines; had 2 fixed forward firing 0.303, and twin 0.303 machine guns in a turret, plus a bomb load of 4x250lb or 10x100lb bombs. It was used for U-boat patrols, convoy escorts, reconnaissance.  The Squadron motto was In loco parentis We act as guardians, and its badge was a Pegasus in front of a fountain.  Robertsfield seems to have been a somewhat under-developed basic air-strip until American forces began to arrive there soon after Pearl Harbour and operated anti-submarine patrols.


Cunliffe, Leslie   Private

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Dakres, G E  Pte  C M F   Middle East to Sicily, contracted malaria.  Now overseas, H-Midsummer-1943.


Dakres, J M  Signalman  Now in Yorkshire, H-Midsummer-1943.


Dandy, Stephen   Sergeant  Army   May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.


Dearnley, H R  Commissioned after passing out of the Aldershot Army School of Catering, H7-1940.

Captain, in India.


Dempsey, John  Date of Entry 11th September 1929, Date of Leaving 20th July 1936.  PGSA No  513, October 1936.  26 Highfield Drive, Broughton.  49 Hillcrest, Winchmore Hill, London N21.  In HM Forces serving abroad.   Membership Register.  He moved to London to enter a London business house about two years before the war broke out. Had been PGSOB goalkeeper and Athletic Section committee member.  Now confirmed as a Prisoner of War in Italian hands, H-Christmas-1942.


Desmond, R S   HM Forces, Primary Training Unit, H-Christmas-1942.


Dimmock, Able Seaman G  Been in the Navy for four years, H7-1940.


Dobson,  John Neil M.Bch, B.Edin. Lieutenant, RAMC.  Drafted to Italy in 1944. Married Sister Mary Eileen Flynn, QAIMNS /R, on 24th February 1945 at the Sisters’ Mess Chapel of the 5th British General Hospital, Italy.


V Dobson,  James Robert           Memorial Book 

PGS 14th September 1931 - 23rd December 1936 PGSA 6th September 1938 No 586.  48 North Road   Preston.  Membership Register.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force     James Robert Dobson

Born July the fifth, 1920, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1931 and left December the twenty-second, 1936.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from July 1940.  Sergeant Air-Gunner.  Shot down near Denmark February the twenty-fourth, 1942

CWG: James Robert Dobson  Sergeant RAFVR  144 Squadron.  Died 24th February 1942.  Service Number 950135. Memorial Reference:  Panel 81 Runnymede Memorial. 

144 Squadron was based at North Luffenham and is recorded as flying Handley Page Hampden bombers, which by 1942 were being phased out of front line service.  In 1940 they were noted as having inadequate armament, leaving them virtually defenceless. English Electric built them before switching to the Halifax. The Squadron motto was Who Shall Stop Us.  

On 24th/25th two Hampdens were lost whilst minelaying in the Frisians and off Wilhelmshaven and Heligoland.


Dodgson, Lance Corporal (F Hayes contact), H12-1940.


Dodson, P J  Signalman. Royal Corps of Signals, H-Christmas-1942.


V Drury, Jack Burton   Memorial Book   

RAF, H12-1939.  Drury, Leading Aircraftsman J B hopes to complete his pilot training in Canada.  Has played soccer for his Squadron, H7-1940.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force     Jack Burton Drury

Born March the second, 1918, entered the School September the eleventh, 1929, and left June the twenty-ninth, 1934. Served in the Royal Air Force from 1939 Bomber Command.  Sergeant Observer. Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany November the sixteenth, 1941.

CWG: Jack Burton Drury  Sergeant (Observer)  RAFVR 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron  Died 16th November 1941.  Service Number 968019.  Grave Reference: A IV British A . 13 Trondhein (Stavne) Cemetery.

In the early part of the war the RAF “Observer” acted, depending on the type of plane, as Navigator, Bomb Aimer, Wireless Operator, quite possibly Gunner. As the aircraft became bigger and the need for precise navigation over long distances, particularly over featureless seas, required specialist navigators concentrating on the one task, the different skills were awarded their own half-wings and “Observer” was dropped.

Four Wellingtons were lost on the raid on Kiel whose archives do not record any raid taking place in what was poor visibility for the aircrews, who also had to contend with severe icing.  The Wellington IC (Mk One C) bomber had taken off from Marham at 2243 on 15th November for Kiel.  Presumably during its return it crashed in the North Sea. Jack Drury’s was the only body of the six-man crew to have been recovered for burial.

218 Squadron was based at Marham and flew the Wellington Mk IC and Mk II.


Duerden, N   (M Duerden) Returned from war service


Dumbill, Mr Senior Gym master, had enlisted in the RAF prior to the start of the term as a Physical Training Instructor.  H12-1940.


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Earle, D  to join RAF


Edmondson, Harry RAF Iraq 1938-1941 and RAF to 1945.  Entered School 1927.  Senior Civil Servants’ Mess on an RAF station in Iraq, PGS 1927-1929, H7-1940.


England, Len J   RAOC H12-1939.  Driver. Volunteered at beginning of the War.   In France,  H4-1940.  Lance Corporal Len has appeared several times for his unit football team, H7-1940.   Serving in the East.


Fairley, F   May be a civilian instructor at Woolwich under considerable pressure.


Farrah, Harold   Sergeant Army   May be Prisoner of War in Malaya. Prisoner of the Japanese, H-Midsummer-1943.


Fazackerley, Officer Cadet A  Hard physical and mental effort but has enjoyed the training, H7-1940.


Fernley, Private W J R  RASC, was in France and billeted at the top of a building which, if it had been hit, at least meant he would meet St Peter before those on lower floors! H7-1940. Corporal, with the BEF in France before being evacuated from Calais completely unscathed, H12-1940.   Telecommuniations Mechanic working with an AA Battery.


Fisher, A C  Captain  Left 1933.


Fitchie, J F Marine


Flannery,      serving in Greece; brother-in-law of David Kerr.V


Fleetwood, Corporal   Middle East.


Fleming, S   RAF  Corporal, H-Christmas-1942.


Fleming, Pat is in the same area of USA Western seaboard as his form-mate Ted Laraway.


Fletcher, Frank  was in a reserved occupation but volunteered and has been accepted for a commission in the Army.    University Section, New Member,  H7-1940.  2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry, H-Christmas-1942.


Forshaw, Eric  Aircraftsman   Wireless Operator.  Was in the Orange Free State, H-Christmas-1942.


Fortune, John Is known to have been a Paratrooper, H7-1944.


Fowler, A G    Militia H12-1939.


French, E  Resident in South Africa, taken prisoner at Tobruk, released, H7-1945.


French, J A  Major  Rhodesian Border Regiment. Distinguished Service Order.

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Gardner, Alan  Leading Aircraftsman   Has been training as a pilot in Florida, now Sergeant, H-Christmas-1942.


Gardner, Peter (Gardener, both spellings in same item.) Royal Navy.


Gardner, Harold F  Captain, H-Christmas-1942. Major.  Commissioned in Australia 1931, transferred to British Army after Dunkirk.


V Gee, Donald Antony         Memorial Book 

Leading Aircraftsman,  on the same base as J B Drury and also training to be a pilot.  Considered he was well on the way to becoming Champion Sand Bagger of the British Empire but was promoted to Hole Digger,  H7-1940.  Sergeant Pilot D A Gee has safely escaped a crash when he ran out of petrol; obtained 83.4%, 5th place, in his exams leading to his present rank, H12-1940. Sergeant Pilot, after one operation to Germany returned with forty-seven bullet holes in his plane; has been in combat wwith fighters and his crew have shot down one, H12-1941. Flight Sergeant;Tony recently married Irene Sadler of Preston. Is instructing pupils to fly Wellingtons.  Took part in 37 raids over Germany and Occupied territories, H-Christmas-1942.

Memorial Book:   Royal Air Force    Donald Antony Gee   

Born January the twenty-third, 1920, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1931 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1936. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command from September 1939. Warrant Officer. Killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service October the seventh, 1942

CWG: Donald Antony Gee  Warrant Officer (Pilot)  RAFVR 22 Years. Died 7th October 1942.  Service Number 966815.  Son of Leslie and Delphine Ivy Gee, of Hulton, Lancashire; husband of Irene Gee.  Grave reference: Row F Grave 14 Burton-on-the-Wolds Church Cemetery.

A Warrant Officer in the RAF wears the crown on the wrist of his uniform sleeves, and is the equivalent of a Company or Regimental Sergeant Major - the Senior NCO.

Wellington IC, R1801, of 28 OTU, flying from Wymeswold on flying experience. It jettisoned fuel before crashing at Woodhouse Eaves, near Loughborough. The Wellington had a fabric covered metal

airframe and fabric may have stripped off a wing. 


V Gee, Stanley Walch   Memorial Book

Father - James Edward Gee, Green Mount, Mulgrave Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.  Chief Assistant to the County Medical Officer.

Stanley born 8th May 1906. Ashby House (Private School) Ashton. PGS 3rd May 1916 to 2nd March 1923. School Certificate Northern Universities Joint Matriculation Board, July 1922.  Then private tuition for Dentists’ Examinations.

PGS  May 1916 - March 1923.  2nd Form, Harris 1917.  2nd Form Prize, H6-1918.

PGSA No 278, 16th November 1927.  LDS.  Greenbank, Mulgrave Avenue, Ashton. 125 Tulketh Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. Oakhill, 74 Powis Road, Ashton,  Preston.

Memorial Book:     Army Dental Corps    Stanley Walch Gee 

Born May the eighth, 1906, entered the School May the third, 1916 and left March the second, 1923.  Served in the Army Dental Corps from 1939. Captain.   Died in hospital whilst on Active Service July the twelfth, 1941.

CWG: Stanley Walch Gee  Captain  Army Dental Corps  35 years   Died 12th July 1941   Service Number 135119  Son of James Edward and Edith Mary Gee, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston; husband of Henrietta Gee, of Ashton-on-Ribble.  LDS (Liverpool)  Grave: North of church, East Walk, Grave 5, Ashton-on-Ribble (St Andrew) Churchyard.


Gill, D F  RAF  H12-1939.  Leading Aircraftsman Donald Gill, in South Africa.  Corporal, in Southern Rhodesia, H-Midsummer-1943.


Glassfield, R    RAF


Goring, Harry  Merchant Navy, 19 year old Second Cook and Baker. Ship sunk by submarine, rescued by Royal Navy with amazing skill amidst wild seas.  No mail had reached him for six months and on reaching home in Chaddock Street found his family had moved to Morecambe, H-Midsummer-1943.


V Gorst, Fred     Memorial Book 

Named in a Japanese broadcast as a prisoner, H-Midsummer-1943.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Fred Gorst  

Born February the ninth, 1920, entered the School September the fourteenth 1931 and left July the twenty-seventh, 1934. Served in the Royal Air Force from March 1940. Aircraftsman, First Class. Drowned whilst a Prisoner of War in a Japanese transport in the China Seas November the twenty-third, 1943.

CWG: Fred Gorst   Aircraftsman Second Class RAFVR  84 Squadron.  23 years. Died 29th November 1943. Service Number 1056822.  Son of Edward William and Ellen Gorst, of Preston, Lancashire. Memorial Reference: Column 429 Singapore Memorial.

On 25th November 1943 the Japanese cargo ship Suez Maru, another ship and an escorting minesweeper left Ambon (Port Amboina, Java Sea). During the night of the 28th the minesweeper left to pursue a submarine contact.  The second ship left for its own destination and the minesweeper returned.  Dawn on Monday, 29th, about 70 miles north east of Kangean Island, US Submarine Bonefish found Suez Maru, 4,645 tons, built 1919, coal burner, 10 knots.  This was a cargo ship but in Holds 1 and 2 were sick Japanese.  In Holds 3 and 4 were 546 sick PoWs, 422 British and 124 Dutch. The British included 221 RAF personnel. Conditions for the PoWs were atrocious.  USS Bonefish fired 4 torpedoes, two struck, one amidships, one hitting No 4 Hold from which no one was seen to emerge. Other prisoners abandoned ship.  After the depth charging ceased Bonefish came up to periscope depth, saw the minesweeper apparently rescuing survivors and withdrew. The minesweeper was picking up Japanese survivors and had so many on board the CO feared taking more could cause it to capsize. On the claim that the PoWs prior to embarking had seen military dispositions which they could reveal if rescued, the CO of the minesweeper ordered the shooting of all the survivors in the waterSuez Maru had taken 20 minutes to sink. It was evening when the minesweeper left the scene.  There were no prisoner survivors.   Details were not known, although suspected, until around 2000 when a Japanese former officer who had been ordered to take part disclosed the circumstances.


Gorst, Harry     Architectural post in the ARP, H12-1940.


Grange, James Geoffrey 612 ………… 13 The Crescent, Ashton, Preston. Date of Entry  1933, Date of Leaving  1938.  Date of Birth   19th August 1921.  Card: James Geoffrey Grange, FCA, 8 Embassy Court, Avenue Road, South Norwood, London SE 25 4DY. Life Member.  HM Forces. Cadet, H-......  Lieutenant, in Italy engaged on a campaign against the malaria-mosquito, H7-1945.


Greenhalgh, J  Second Lieutenant  Appears to be based in a Concentration Camp vacated by the Germans and put to use by the Army.


Gregg, Ronald  PGS  10th September 1930 - 26th July 1938;  PGSA 16th August 1938 No 581. Braemar, 228 Skeffington Road, Preston.  Alma Villa, Lea Town, near Preston. Gunner,  University Section.  A knee injury, which needed an operation, deprived him of an emergency Commission. The Army is a little trying after Oxford but he thinks all Oxford men would benefit from a spell, H7-1940. 155349 Bombardier, 27th June 1941.  Sergeant.  Membership Register.


V Gregson, George Dietlin   NOT in the Memorial Book 

Father - George Frederick Gregson, Oak House, Garstang Road, Fulwood.  1922. Engineering Material Manufacturer.

George born 1st April 1906. Taught at home.  PGS 21st September 1916 to 27th July 1918. 1st Form, Goodair, 1917. 1st Form Prize, H6-1918.

To Private Secondary School, Mostyn House School, Park Gate, Chester.

CWG: George Dietlin Gregson   Major   Royal Artillery   88th Field Regiment  34 years   Died 29th May 1940  Service Number 34650   Mentioned in Despatches   Son of George F and Natalie Josephine Charlotte Gregson.   Memorial: Column 7 Dunkirk.

Note:  The Pedders owned much land in Fulwood, part of which on the east side of what became Garstang Road was sold to James Dandy and James Goodair.  Dandy, a PGS name - was a builder who built his mansion, Oak House, about 1840.  Goodair did not build on his land and in 1873 James Gregson bought it and built in 1876 Highgate Park mansion standing in 82 acres of gardens. This old Preston family included Josiah Gregson, Guild Mayor in 1702. The father of James had begun a small  business manufacturing spinning machinery. James continued with production of power looms - Gregson & Monk. James was a major property owner in the town and a member of Fulwood District Council. His eldest of three sons was John James who together with George Frederick are positively identified as Old Boys.  John James and his family lived at Highgate Park for many years.  George Frederick and his family did likewise at Oak House. There is a third Old Boy not yet positively identified as a son of James. John James’ son, cousin of George Dietlin, was an Old Boy.  George was either a professional soldier or a Major in the Territorial Army.  It seems unbelievable that a son of this prominent family, serving in a Regiment in which numbers of other Old Boys also served, killed on the beaches of Dunkirk, was missed from all the records of serving Old Boys. This should reinforce the need for Old Boys and their families to provide information on Service in the Armed Forces for inclusion in these Lists.  Oak House is now Pius X School.


Grenfell, N  Corporal, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Played twice at Trent Bridge, plays football for his Company, rides his Norton between Trent and Derwent, H-Christmas-1942.


V Griffith,  Thomas   Memorial Book    

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Thomas Griffith 

Born February the nineteenth, 1913, entered the School May the ninth, 1924 & left March the twenty-third, 1932.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from 1941. Sergeant Observer. Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany May the fifth, 1943.    

GWC: Thomas Griffith  Sergeant (Air Bomber)  RAFVR   83 Squadron 30 years.  Died 5th May 1943.  Service Number 1023959. Son of Rodney Owen Griffith and Maria Griffith of Cadley, Preston, Lancashire. Grave Reference: 3 - A - 12 Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

83 Squadron flew Lancasters.

On 4th/5th May 596 aircraft made the first major attack on Dortmund, two steel producing factories were seriously damaged as were many port facilities. 83 Squadron was one of the original Pathfinder Squadrons. 6 Lancasters out of 255 were lost. The Lancaster I, R5629  OL-J, with an 8-man crew - normally 7 - took off from Wyton, crashed in the Dortmund area, the crew being buried initially in a city cemetery.


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Hale, Maurice Wolfenden  RAF  PGS 1936 - 1942;   PGSA 17th June 1943   No 795. 27 Walton Park, Walton, Liverpool.


Hall, E  Corporal RAF  Wireless Repair.


Hall, H  Sergeant   Army  RASC  H-Christmas-1942.


Hall, J S  Army


Hall, Signalman R (Bob)  Can now clean his boots properly. Was the Harris goalie but now is playing inside left.  Had been hoping for some leave to get married, H7-1940.   Serving in the East, sailed on the same troopship as Len England.  Sergeant, an instructor.


Hall, W E    Army


Hanson,  A H Second Lieutenant


Hargreaves, John   Had been a prisoner of war of the Japanese for nearly four years, H7-1949.


Harris, Arthur N Major, Royal Engineers, Middle East.


V Harris,  George       Memorial Book

Sergeant Gunner, may have been in the Pathfinder force; has been on a St Nazaire raid, H-Midsummer-1943.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    George Harris 

Born February the eighteenth, 1923, entered the School September the twelfth, 1934 and left March the twentieth, 1940.  School Prefect. Served in the Royal Air Force from April 1942.  Special Duties Branch.  Warrant Officer.  Missing presumed killed in operation over Norway December the thirtieth, 1944.

CWG: George Harris  Warrant Officer  RAFVR  138 Squadron. 21 years.  Died 31st December 1944. Service Number 1485057.  Son of Daniel and Winifred Harris, of Preston, Lancashire.  Memorial Reference: Panel 213 Runnymede Memorial.

138 Squadron was formed on 25th August 1941 as a mixed aircraft squadron tasked for Special Operations Executive duties, usually parachuting personnel and supplies behind enemy lines. A Stirling Mk IV was used on this operation.   The early Short Stirling was under-powered as a heavy bomber but engine changes made it effective in other roles. On 30th/31st December 1944 Stirling LK 283 - NF - L was lost at sea from sea-borne anti-aircraft fire during Operation Crupper 10; George Harris was listed as a crew member.


Hartley, J Kenneth  Major.


Harwood, W   In December 1947 reference to past service in RAF which seems unlikely to have been National Service.


V Haworth, Ronald Lewis Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force      Ronald Lewis Haworth 

Born August the tenth, 1921, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1937.  Served in the Royal Sir Force, Bomber Command, from May 1941.  Sergeant Navigator  Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany June the twelfth, 1943.

CWG: Ronald Lewis Howarth Sergeant Navigator.  RAFVR.  100 Squadron. 21 years.  Died 13th June 1943.  Service Number 1132279. Son of James and Isabella Howarth, of Preston, Lancashire. Grave Reference: 5 . F . 15  Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

On 12th June 1943 the Lancasters of 100 Squadron took off from RAF Waltham, Grimsby, just before midnight for a raid on Bochum at the heart of the Ruhr.    503 aircraft were in the raid which destroyed 130 acres.  Lancaster III W4989 HW-F2 crashed near Essen and the crew were buried initially at Dusseldorf.


Hayes, Frank married Edith Riley. Frank is in the same camp as Lance Corporal J R Hodgson  H7-1940.  Lance Corporal F Hayes has 15 months Army service,   H12-1940.


Haywood, T   Sub-Lieutenant   Royal Navy


V Heald, Hugh   Memorial Book

Army Dental Corps, RAMC, H12-1939. Lieutenant.  Dentist, working flat out on the teeth of recruits, H4-1940. Younger brother of Roger, still in Britain as an Army dentist, H4-1940.

Memorial Book:     Army Dental Corps    Hugh Heald  

Born April the sixth, 1915, entered the School September the sixteenth, 1925 and left July the twenty-ninth, 1931.  Served in the Army Dental Corps from 1940.   Captain.  Died on Active Service March the thirteenth, 1941.

CWG: Hugh Heald  Captain  Army Dental Corps.  Died 13th March 1941. Service Number 10442. BDS. Grave reference: Section A.E.C. Grave 319 Chorley Cemetery.


Heald, Roger   PGSA No 341, 10th October 1929. 25 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston.  January 1923 - July 1929.  Card: TD, DL, ACA, deleted, FCA, FIOM deleted.  50 Moss Bank Road, deleted. 46 Villiers Crescent inserted, Eccleston, St Helens WA10 5HR.  Life Member.  HM Forces.  Searchlights, H12-1939.   Lieutenant.   Called up early and movements wrapped in an impenetrable air of secrecy ever since.  Believed to have been assigned to a post in the Far North, H4-1940.  Captain, responsible for planning and construction of two camps near Offa’s Dyke.  H-Christmas-1942.   Been on a course in the West Riding. Captain Roger Heald married Beatrice M Thurston on 8th May 1943 at Whitewell Church, near Whitchurch, Salop, H-Midsummer-1943.


Heane, W H  Flight Lieutenant W H Heane, RAFVR, aged 21, has been awarded the DFC for gallantry and devotion to duty during air operations.  Attested in 1941, he was trained in Canada and the USA and has been based in UK on operational duty for 12 months.


Heaps, T   PGSOB goalkeeper, returned by the RAF, apparently unfit, H7-1944.


Heaton, John Junior Gym master. Apparently one of the finest sprinters in the country.   Enlisted/called up as a PTI and rapidly promoted to Sergeant Instructor. H4-1940

Plays bassoon in the School orchestra. Junior Gym Master. One of the best sprinters in the country. Enlisted in the Army as a PTI and promoted to Sergeant-Instructor  The first member of the teaching staff to join or to be called up, H4-1940. Sergeant-Inspector John, APTS, won the Forces 100 and 220 yards at Manchester on 6th July 1940, H7-1940. (The rank ought to be Sergeant-Instructor; Army Physical Training Service.) 

Left two terms ago to become a PTI in the Army.  The Government now has a scheme to provide physical training to youths between fourteen and eighteen who would not otherwise have such facilities.  Has been released from the Army under this scheme and returned to the School,  H12-1940.   Recalled to the Physical Training Corps, H7-1944. Returned from war service and is Captain of PGSOB football team but has an appointment in Blackpool, H7-1947.


V Helm,  Francis         Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Francis Helm  

Born March the eleventh, 1922, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left July the twenty-sixth, 1938. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from 1941.  Flight Sergeant. Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany January the thirtieth, 1944

CWG: Francis Helm Flight Sergeant Wireless Operator (Air)  RAFVR 100 Squadron.  21 years. Died 30th January 1944. Service Number 1437898.  Son of James and Elizabeth Helm of Preston, Lancashire. Grave Reference 7. A . 22 Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

The list of names in the Minster gives him as Frank.

100 Squadron flew Lancasters from RAF Grimsby, otherwise known as RAF Waltham. It had flown 86 sorties without loss in the previous six raids on Berlin. On 30th January 1944 Lancaster III ND398 HW-B took off about 1700 hours for Berlin and return time was to have been about 2330 hours. Three of the Squadron’s Lancasters were lost.  There were burials reported from Karwe, near Karstädt, and there was one survivor who became a prisoner of war.  540 aircraft were dispatched on this raid, 33 were lost; 193 crew members were killed and 53 prisoners of war.  The raid was over the target for 14 minutes, dropping 1,896 tons of bombs.


Henthorn, C T   Gunner.  Sapper, in Malaya, H7-1947.


Heppell, James R M   His PGS history states 3rd (Queen Alexandra’s Own) Gurkha Rifles in India and Burma.    India, Cadet, hoping for a commission soon. Same station as Kenneth Nightingale, H-Christmas-1942. Second Lieutenant, H-Midsummer-1943.


Heys, J C  Aircraftsman in Photographic Section, H-Christmas-1942.  Has left Blackpool for overseas, H-Midsummer-1943.


Heyworth, R  Army


V Hill, Kenneth Walter Memorial Book 

PGSA Number 782, 8th November 1942.  22 Symonds Road, Preston.   Membership Register.

Memorial Book:     Royal Corps of Signals     Kenneth Walter Hill

Born November the twenty-first, 1922, entered the School September the twelfth 1934 and left July the twenty-sixth 1938. Served Royal Corps of Signals. Signalman. Killed in action in North Africa January the twenty-first, 1943.  

CWG: Kenneth Walter Hill  Signalman  Royal Corps of Signals  4th Light Armoured Brigade Group Signals Section. 20 years.  Died 21st January 1943. Service Number 2379801. Son of Walter and Elizabeth Hill, of Preston, Lancashire.  Memorial Reference: Column 52 Alamein Memorial.


Hilton, Lance Corporal P R Went to France early in the war, H7-1940.


Hilton, R  Sergeant Royal Armoured Corps in Middle East Forces, Alamein, hospital at Tobruk with hepatitis, was also at Dunkirk, H-Midsummer-1943.


V Hilton, Ronald Denis Memorial Book

Reported as missing during air operations over India.  He left the Agricultural Department of the County Offices to join the RAF is 1941, H7-1945.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Ronald Denis Hilton 

Born March the twenty-second, 1922, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left February the eighth, 1938.  Served in the Royal Air Force from March 1940.  159 Squadron.  Flight Sergeant.  Missing presumed killed in operations over Burma December the twenty-ninth, 1944.

CWG: Ronald Denis Hilton  Flight Sergeant RAFVR 159 Squadron.  22 years. Died 29th December 1944. Service Number 1233506.  Son of Joseph and Sarah Emily Hilton, of Ashton, Preston, Lancashire. Memorial Reference:  Column 434 Singapore Memorial.

Ronald Denis Hilton was the Rear Gunner of “X”, KH 276, Liberator Mk VI, Flight Sergeant A J Stewart, Captain.  The Liberator was shot down by anti-aircraft fire off Elephant Point on 29th December 1944.


Hilton, Thomas Duncan  PGSA No 924, 1st February 1945.  Stoneleigh, Station Road, New Longton, Preston.  Entry 1934.  Card: 18 Aspels Crescent, Penwortham, Preston. Left PGS December 1941. Date of joining January 1945.  LM  SR. Royal Artillery, Private, H-Christmas-1942. HM Forces (Lt). On 7th June 1947 at St Mary’s Church, Penwortham, married Jean Andrew.


Hind, F   Signalman  Army, in UK, H-Christmas-1942.  In Italy. Playing football, 22 goals in 13 matches. Writes towards the end of the North African campaign, H-Midsummer-1943.


Hitchen, W Arthur    Merchant Navy, Radio Officer, Forces, H-Christmas-1942,


Hodgkinson, Richard  Birth 16th October 1922.   PGS September 1933 - 29th August 1940;  PGSA Number 678, 12th June 1940.  Ivy Cottage, Whittingham Lane, Broughton, Preston. Athletic Section.  Forces, November 1941.   Membership Register.  HM Forces, H-Christmas-1942.  


Hodgson, Joseph E G    Royal Armoured Corps


V Hodson, John       Memorial Book 

Gunner, a despatch rider in the Royal Artillery, was killed in a collision whilst on active service on 17th September 1939, H4-1940.

Memorial Book:     Royal Regiment of Artillery    John Hodson

Born December the third, 1912, entered the School September the seventeenth, 1924 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1929. Served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery from September 1939.  Gunner. Accidentally killed whilst on Active Service September the seventeenth, 1939

CWG: John Hodgson   Gunner, Royal Artillery.  209 Battery, 73rd Anti-Aircraft Regiment. 26 years.  Died 17th September 1939. Service Number 1430989.  Son of Robert and Maud Hodson, of Preston, husband of Georgina M C Hodson, of Preston.  Grave Reference: Section F, Nonconformist, Grave 458, Preston (New Hall Lane) Cemetery.


Hodgson, Lance Corporal J R   Undergoing intensive training.  Has met Kerr Calderbank and Hayes.   H7-1940.


V Hogg, William Arden Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force Regiment     William Arden Hogg

Born November the twenty-fourth, 1916, entered the School April the tenth, 1929 and left July the twenty-sixth, 1933. Served in the Royal Air Force Regiment from May 1940.  Squadron Leader. Died of fever whilst on Active Service in North Africa August the sixteenth, 1943

CWG: William Arden Hogg Squadron Leader  RAFVR  2930 Squadron RAF Regiment   26 years. Died 16th August 1943.  Service Number 104933.  Son of William and Ellen Irwin Hogg, of Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire.  Grave reference 7 . B . 16 Tripoli War Cemetery.

2930 Squadron formed at Castel Benito in February 1943 in the Light Anti-Aircraft role.  Served at Mareth, Gabe, Azizia, Benghazi, Khanka, Helwan, Gaza East, Hadera, and was disbanded April 1944. 


Holden, C P L / Cpl  In Beit Nabala, a turbulent spot in the Middle East, H7-1947.   (Not clear whether this is WW2 or National Service.)


Holden, Mr Fred Pickup   RAF


Hopkins, Harry   Private  Escaped from Singapore to India.  Royal Army Ordnance Corps,


Hopkins, H  2nd Lieutenant  in New Delhi, Public Relations Directorate, GHQ, H-Midsummer-1943. Captain     India


Horam, John Shaw   Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Skeena in major anti submarine battle. The destroyer Skeena had a very busy time as a convoy escort on the North Atlantic.  John Horam took part in a 66-hur battle with at least 20 U-boats, H-Midsummer-1942. This may have been 9th to 14th September 1941 when Convoy SC42, 64 ships, south of Cape Farewell was attacked by at least seventeen U-boats. Skeena was credited with three sinkings but post-war reassessments disclose 16 ships lost from the convoy, two U-boats sunk with U 85 being damaged by Skeena.  On 23rd September 1939 when Convoy HX.2 left Halifax for UK Skeena appears to have been the sole escort! On 12th June 1940 Skeena and two other RCN destroyers met off Gibraltar a troopship convoy from Australia and New Zealand, with several of the finest British passenger liners, including Queen Mary being escorted to the Clyde by a force led by HMS Hood.


Howarth, Jack  RAF  Sergeant DFM  H-Midsummer-1943.


Howarth, James   HM Forces Membership Register.

PGSA No 382, 6th September 1930. 22 Victoria Parade   Preston   22 Fishwick Parade, Preston. September 1925 - July 1930.  189 High Road, Halton, Lancaster.


Howarth, Private T  enjoys army life, better even than the School Scouts, H7-1940.


Howarth, Tom Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant  RAOC


Hoyle, E   Army


Hoyle, T Possibly in the Navy - met S Barker.


Hoyle, W Ordinary Telegraphist.   In Scotland.


Hudson, George W Corporal   RAF   Mentioned in Despatches.  Sergeant.


Hudson, K  Royal Navy, H7-1944.


Hudson, W  Marine,  Mess 26 HMS Despatch   C/o GPO London   Date of Entry September 1929;  Date of Leaving  August 1933;  28 Room, 2 Company, RM Barracks, Southsea, Hampshire. A Regular.   Membership Register.


V Hughes,  Alfred   Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Parachute Regiment    Alfred Hughes

Born January the twentysixth, 1916, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1927 and left March the second 1932.  Served in the Parachute Regiment. Lieutenant.  Killed in action in Normandy June the sixth, 1944 (D-day) 

CWG: Alfred Hughes  Lieutenant  Parachute Regiment  9th Battalion.  28 years. Died 6th June 1944. Service Number 273622. Son of Richard and Ellen Hughes, of Preston, Lancashire; husband of Violet Ida Hughes of Preston. Grave Reference: Grave 7 St Vaast-en-Auge Churchyard.

This is some 18 miles north east of Caen and 13 miles north west of Lisieux. There are 12 war graves.

9th Paras were part of the forces detailed to destroy, early on D-Day before the invasion fleets arrived, the Merville Battery - a huge heavily fortified coastal defence position dominating a landing beach.

See David Fisher Kerr, Glider Pilot Regiment.


Huss, Terence  RAF  LAC A temporary member of Staff, is in India,  H-Midsummer-1943.

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Ibison, B  Returned from war service


Ireland, Corporal F J Is pleased that his job in the RAF is one for which he was trained as a civilian.

H7-1940. Sergeant F J Ireland is working hard.  Seems to be in or attached to the RAF, H12-1940.  Flight Sergeant, stationed in a village, H-Christmas-1942.


Isherwood, E Surgeon-Lieutenant   Royal Navy. Not been heard from for some time, H-Midsummer-1943.


Jackson, E   88th Brigade RA, H12-1939.  H-Christmas-1942.


Jackson, F   Army.  Private, rifle company of an Infantry Regiment, H-Midsummer-1943. Lieutenant.  Prisoner of war in Germany. Released, H7-1945.


Jackson, I   RAF  Aircraftsman 1, H-Christmas-1942.


Jacob, Dennis    Lance Sergeant Royal Artilley   Military Medal


V Johnson, Alan Hewitt Abbott       Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Alan Hewitt Abbott Johnson  

Born July the twenty-second, 1921, entered the School September the thirteenth, 1932 and left July the twenty-sixth 1938. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from August 1940.  Sergeant Pilot.  Killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service July the twenty-fifth, 1941.    

CWG: Alan Hewitt Abbott Johnson   Sergeant Pilot RAFVR  Died 25th July 1941.  Service Number 1288650.  Son of John and Laura Gertrude Johnson, of St Anne’s-on-Sea, Lancashire.  Grave Reference:  20.B.15, Brookwood Military Cemetery. (This is near Purbright.)


Johnson, Stanley Dr  PGS 1934-1940.   RAF.  October 2008 Newsletter.


Johnson, S F   LAC  Done a lot of flying and is working on radar.


Johnstone, Henry (Harry) Date of Birth  20th January 1920. Entry September 1931 to November 1936. PGSA No 547, 6th September 1937. 45 Fishwick Parade, Preston, Lancashire.  Junior till 1938. Card:  Myletta, Lydiate Lane, Eccleston, Lancashire. Life Member.  HM Forces.  Athletic Section, since the close of last season has joined the RAF, H12-1940.  Leading Aircraftsman, Canada, could see the Rockies but now moved a distance eastwards apparently still in Canada, H-Christmas-1942.   Canada, playing football, met George Simpson playing for the opposition. Now near Winnipeg after a severe Canadian winter, H-Midsummer-1943.


Jones, A In same camp as J S T Thornley.

Jones, Arthur  Served in the Navy, brother of Harry, now at Wadham, Oxford, since January, H7-1947.


Jones, Denys   Signalman. Eighth Army, fall of Tripoli, H-Midsummer-1943.


Jones, F PGSOB First XI, now in Forces


Jones, F B PGSOB First XI, now in Forces  (not F Jones above)

Jones, Frederic D  Signalman, now overseas.


Jones, Private Harold Still in England with his Regiment and serving with Private E H Saunders, H4-1940.


Jones, Harry   Vice-Captain. Left since Christmas to a University Naval Course at Liverpool, H-Christmas-1942.Served in the Navy, brother of Arthur, now at Jesus, Oxford from October 1946, H7-1947.


Jones, W B A   PGSA No 549, 23rd September 1937. 7 Watling Street Road  Fulwood  Preston. Date of Birth 6th April 1921. PGS 10th January 1934 to 23rd July 1937.  HM Forces 13th June 1941.  Deceased 30th July 1947.  Membership Register. (This appears to be William Bromley Jones, who served in the RAF for six years during the war. After demobilisation and re-entering civilian life in business with his father as an auctioneer, he died in hospital of infantile paralysis.)


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Kay, Corporal S   In a searchlight unit, H7-1940. Married Nancy E Coates, H12-1940.


Keeling, Signalman G J  Suffering from rheumatic fever, H7-1940.


Kellett, T C   Sgt  Landed on the Normandy beach 7.30am, D-Day, wounded 7.45am, first stretcher case landed back in England.


V Kemp,  Frederick Jackson     Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Frederick Jackson Kemp  

Born November the eighth, 1920, entered the School January the seventeenth 1936 and left December the twenty-second, 1936. Served in the Royal Air Force, Overseas Despatch Carrying Unit from October 1940.  Sergeant Air Gunner.  Killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service September the twenty fifth, 1941.

CWG: Frederick Jackson Kemp Wireless Operator / Air Gunner.  Sergeant. RAFVR. 20 years. Died 25th September 1941. Service Number 929624. Son of Sam Jackson Kemp and Laura Edith Kemp, of Dutton. Grave Reference: Plot 14 Grave 177 Marton (St Paul) Church Burial Ground.


V Kempster,  Arthur   Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Regiment of Artillery    Arthur Kempster 

Born February the twelfth 1922, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left July the twenty-sixth, 1938. Served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery from July 1942.  Gunner.  Killed in action in North Africa April the eighth, 1943.

CWG: Arthur Kempster  Gunner   Royal Artillery 152 (The Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment.  22 years. Died 8th April 1943. Service Number 14230440. Son of Jonathan and Sarah Alice Kempster of Preston, Lancashire.   Grave Reference: 111 . N . 2 Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia.


Kenyon, Signalman J  Finding time to sunbathe, H7-1940.


V Kerr, David Fisher Memorial Book  

PGSA about 1940, No 620. 30 Ribblesdale Place, Preston.   Membership Register.

David Kerr married Doreen Flannery, sister of an Old Boy, on 3rd March 1943, at St James’ Church.  H-Midsummer-1943. On 19th December 1943, to Mr and Mrs D F Kerr, a son, Neil David, H7-1944.

Memorial Book:     Army Air Corps     David Fisher Kerr

Born 27 Ap. 1920, entered the School 14 Sep. 1927 & left 26 July 1938. School Prefect.  Served in the East Lancashire Regt. from Sept.. 1940 & in the Glider Pilot Regt. from 1942.  Staff Sergt.  Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for gallant conduct in Normandy 6 June 1944 (D-day) when he engaged in heavy fighting with German reinforcements whom he prevented from reaching their objective.  Killed in action at Arnhem October 1944.

CWG: David Fisher Kerr Staff Serjeant Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps. 24 years.  Died 22nd September 1944. Service Number 3387884.  DFM. Son of David and Georgina Kerr, husband of Doreen Kerr, of Eccleston, Lancashire.  Memorial Reference: Panel 8, Groesbeek Memorial.

The Glider Pilot Regiment carried much of the attacking force against the Merville Battery on D-Day.  Overlooking Sword Beach, it was deemed to be a major obstacle against a successful assault up the beaches. A massive structure believed to be holding several heavy coastal defence guns, protected by minefields, dense barbed wire, ditches, with possible glider landing areas covered with obstacles. Its purpose in the defence of Hitler’s Europe required it to be virtually impregnable.  Early on D-Day a major bombing raid by Lancasters was launched. Pathfinder Paratroops dropped to clear and mark dropping zones and landing strips for gliders.  Seventytwo gliders were to go to the landing zone.  Three Horsa gliders carrying volunteers from the 9th Battalion Parachute Regiment were to crash land within the perimeter of the Battery. The British designed and built Airspeed Horsa glider was 88’ wingspan; 67’ long; 15,250 lbs laden; using an arrester system and parachute could stop in 100 yards. The three heavily laden gliders were towed off in UK but one broke its tow rope and had to land before reaching the Channel.  The fair weather plan was to be towed at 6,000 feet to a cast-off point over the Channel some distance from the target. Across the Channel Staff Sergeant Kerr ran into heavy cloud which forced the tug and glider down to 1,000 feet. Radio navigation aids were not being picked up, visibility was poor, the tug began to criss-cross the area and the pilot switched on his landing lights in the hope that paratroopers on the ground could fire recognition flares.  The plane, possibly a Halifax or a Stirling, and the plywood glider came under anti-aircraft fire, with many hits. Some paratroopers were wounded, a fire started, and as some of the men had plate-sized slabs of explosive hung on their chests, a hit there would instantly end the mission. A full scale model of the Battery and surroundings had been built for training purposes, David Kerr glimpsed a feature he recognised, cast off the tow, took the glider down and successfully landed at the Battery.  Everyone rapidly left the glider and heard German reinforcements approaching.  A short range fire-fight took place which held the position. One report states the fighting lasted four hours and prevented the German support arriving at the Battery.  To put down onto the Merville Battery a heavily laden glider, bigger than the Wellington medium bomber, was judged to be a supreme test of flying skills.  He was a First Pilot. The lowest rank in the Regiment was Sergeant and the great majority were NCOs; only 1,200 Glider Pilots served in the Regiment which was formed in February 1942.  The citation (which I haven’t seen) will show whether David Kerr was awarded the DFM (Gazetted on 12th October 1944, and shown as “Normandy”) partly for his determination to put his glider and troops exactly where the plan required,   and partly for his actions in supporting the fire fight. The award was for exceptional skill and determination. There is a multitude of books about the Normandy landings and the Merville Battery will be featured in most. If anyone reads them, David Kerr landed the last of the gliders, B Flight, and the only one on target, if he is named he is sometimes referred to (obviously, coming from Preston!) as Dick or Richard Kerr.  He may have been in the Sicily invasion, he was certainly in Italy in 1943. Those started off with the non-stop flying by the tugs and gliders from UK, out beyond the Bay of Biscay before heading into the Mediterranean and North Africa.  He lost his life at Arnhem, where there was no way back for the pilots, who were trained to be able to fight alongside the Airborne troops whose red beret they also wore.  The Arnhem landings began on 17th September.  (‘Dick Kerr’ - Preston’s major engineering company, Dick, Kerr & Co., tram manufacturers par excellence.)

Operation Tonga. His glider Chalk 27, Sgt H Walker was Second Pilot, was towed into Merville by an Albemarle of 297 Squadron, Flt Lt Thompson. (Chalk 27 - the wooden gliders had their numbers chalked on them!)  It carried 21 Men of A Company 9 Para and 591 Para Squadron Royal Engineers, Lieutenant Hugh C Pond, 9 Para, commanding. Different books claim unspecified Stirling and Halifax as tugs.  In training for the raid the paratroopers flew repeatedly in the glider with Kerr landing on a small circle, at which he became expert. The Paras were most impressed with his skill.  At least three main force gliders were lost in the Channel and were carrying all the mortars and signalling equipment for use at Merville to identify the target for the three gliders.  The intention was to land between two casements which would tear off the wings and leave the glider open for the Paratroopers to make their attack directly onto the Battery.  As he was just touching down he saw a large notice warning of a minefield, lifted the nose in a difficult manoeuvre (there was no power), regained flight, cleared the field and was going in to land, deployed his parachute which caught in trees and brought him up just short of landing as planned between the concrete casements. There is a painting for the Regiment of the glider, wings torn off and the fuselage broken in two and on fire, as the paratroopers fought their way out. The direct assault on the Battery did not have a separate Operation name, just “Battery” as part of Operation Tonga.  There were 98 gliders in total, each with a 2-man crew.  Only ten DFMs were awarded. Some of the Glider Pilots were awarded Military Medals, which may suggest that David Kerr’s DFM was awarded primarily for his flying skills. The three gliders from “B” Squadron took off from Brize Norton.  The RAF tug pilots always practised with the same glider pilots, including messing together.  On the way across the Channel, which included a very difficult time in huge cumulo-nimbus cloud formations near Odiham, Flt Lt Thompson decided to take the glider all the way to the Battery. The gliders were all heavily overladen: the paratroopers took every piece of armament they could carry, including “hand luggage” - bags or buckets full of grenades.    Over 700 men took off for the raid on Merville and other tasks. The 9th Battalion was scattered over a wide area and only some 65 men were gathered together in time to make the attack on the Battery.    With no signalling equipment, the troops under attack but holding the Battery could not inform the cruiser HMS Arethusa, standing off the beach, of the success of the raid.  A few minutes before she was due to move in and open fire a Verey light fired by a Paratrooper was seen by a plane which radioed the news just in time to stop the bombardment.

Sicily 1943, there was a shortage of RAF tugs and pilots.  The GPR suffered 57 fatalities almost all due to the American tug pilots of USAF Transport Command casting off the gliders as soon as they encountered flak, forcing 60% of the gliders to ditch. Brigadier (General Sir John) Hackett placed the Regiment under arrest for several days to prevent them seeking out the Americans, especially as the latter held a parade at which bravery awards were handed out. 

David Kerr was wounded at Arnhem and officially reported as missing but for some time was believed to be a prisoner of war.


Kew, Dicky (F Hayes contact), H12-1940.


Kidd, Able Seaman Trevor C was in the Merchant Navy but transferred into the Royal Navy when War broke out, H4-1940.  Lieutenant, RNVR. Married Evelyn Whiteside.


Kilner, E J  RAF Leading Aircraftsman awaiting transfer to an Air Observer School to train as a Navigator, H-Midsummer-1943.


Kinnear, J R   Returned from war service

Kinnear, Ray   HM Forces, H-Christmas-1942.


Kinnear, Gunner W Spends his spare rime sunbathing and listening to dance music, H7-1940.


V Kirby,   Brian Chandos   Memorial Book

Date of Birth 18th April 1921;   PGS April 1932 - October 1937;  PGSA 16th August 1938 No 579.  14 Gosforth Road, Blackpool N.  95 Broadway, Morecambe.  Casualty HM Forces. Membership Register.   Born in Preston.

Memorial Book:     Royal Armoured Corps     Brian Chandos Kirby

Born April the eighteenth, 1921, entered the School April the tenth, 1929 and left October the twenty-second 1937.  Served in the Royal Armoured Corps, 144th Regiment, from May 1941.  Lieutenant. Killed in action in Normandy June the thirteenth, 1944.

CWG: Brian Chandos Kirby Second Lieutenant Royal Armoured Corps 144th (8th East Lancashire) Regiment.  23 years. Died 13th June 1944.  Service Number 311836.  Son of Rudolf Chandos Kirby and Muriel Kirby; husband of Joyce Kirby of St Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire.  Grave Reference: 111-H-11, Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery, near Bayeux.

Brian Kirby was in the 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.  It converted from Infantry to Armoured and was badged with the Armoured Fist of the 144th Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.  He is listed in the East Lancashire’s Roll of Honour as a Second Lieutenant, died 13th June 1944, and is buried in the Cemetery at Hottot-les-Bagues, near Bayeux.

Brian Kirby married Joyce Hill of St Annes-on-Sea.


Kirby, Aircraftsman R D has passed out as a flight rigger, second in the examination, H12-1940. LAC, East Africa, attack of sand-fly fever in Egypt. Now further south in a fertile country, H-Midsummer-1943.


Kitchen, D Leading Telegraphist on battleship HMS Duke of York.

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Lacey, Peter Aircraftsman, draughtsman at the Air Ministry.


Lake, Lt-Gen Sir Percy H N KCB, KCMG, Vice President PGSA, H4-1940.  H7-1940.


Lambert, John  Lieutenant   Artillery. May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.  Prisoner in Java,  H-Midsummer-1943.


Lambert, Robert  Flying Officer, Qualified Officer of the Watch in the Flying Control Service. Flight Lieutenant, Iceland.


Lang, G  H7-1944.


Laraway, Corporal E has been in the RAF, ground staff, about two and a half years, H12-1940. Corporal, somewhere on the Western seaboard of USA.Sergeant, in the Bahamas.  

A bit ahead of things but it establishes that Ted Laraway survived the war and had a career in the RAF. On 15th May 1957 a Valiant bomber of 49 Squadron, based at Wittering, dropped the first British nuclear weapon at Christmas Island in the Pacific.  It had a 5-man crew which included Flight Lieutenant Laraway. His duties are not at present known but he was the last named. The Navigator / Bomb Aimer was Flight Lieutenant Alan Washbrook, of Blackburn, cousin of Cyril Washbrook. Squadron Leader Edward Laraway of Ingol obtained a coat of arms, which up to now has not been seen nor its blazon turned up.  The crest is a blue seated greyhound with upraised black wings and in its front paws is holding something which possibly was part of the insignia of Bomber Command. The crest is on a “wreath” of white and blue.  “Wreath” is more like a curved length of rope with alternating vertical stripes of the principal colours of the arms.



Law, J A  May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.


Leeming, Rifleman J Fred  Is in the Army and finds it cold sweeping floors, H4-1940.  Has not been passed for overseas service and is acting as a guardian angel to convoys. Which he prefers to footslogging with the L.I.R. (Which presumably means a Light Infantry Regiment, although the abbreviation is more normally LI.  Unless it is something like Liverpool Irish.), H7-1940. University Section, now a cook, H12-1940.  Still a cook - 1942.  H-Christmas-1942.


Lendrum, K L Sub-Lieutenant, RNVR, H-Christmas-1942.


Lewis, Eric  PGSA No 927. 7th April 1945. 10 Church Avenue, Penwortham.  Card: (Captain). 19 Denford Avenue, St Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire.  1 Links Avenue, Southport.  1928 to 1932.  Life Member.  Army February 1940 - Private - to June 1946 - Captain.  North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Austria. Newsletter October 2007.


Lindsay, Derrick D  Bombardier   May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.  Interned in Tai Camp, H-Midsummer-1943.


Line, Gerald W PGS  11th January 1933 - 26th July 1938;  PGSA 18th July 1938 No 578.   University Section member. 12 St Andrew’s Avenue, Ashton; 202 Long Lane, Ashton-on-Ribble,   Preston.      HM Forces 18th June 1941.  Membership Register. Known as Falstaff.  Sergeant Instructor in the Orkneys. Sergeant-Instructor, Army Education Corps, H-Midsummer-1943.


Liver, A R Army


V Lucas, Norman Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     Norman Lucas

Born January the second, 1913, entered the School September the seven-teenth, 1924 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1930. Served in the Royal Navy from 1940.  Motor Torpedo Boats. Ordinary Telegraphist. Missing presumed lost in the North Sea October the seventh, 1942.  

CWG: Norman Lucas   Ordinary Telegraphist   HMMTB 29   29 years  Died 6th October 1942   Service Number P/JX 259511  Son of Thomas and Mary Margaret Lucas; husband of Lily Lucas, of Preston, Lancashire.    Memorial Reference: Panel 67 Column 1 Portsmouth Naval Memorial.  

HM Motor Torpedo Boat 29, was designed and built by Vosper in 1939-1940; 35¾ tons, 70’ long, 3 x Isotta-Fraschini petrol engines totalling 3,450bhp, 40 knots; 4 x 0.5” machine guns, 2 x 21” torpedo tubes; complement of 10. The engines were Italian, supplies of which halted when Italy entered the war. Later boats had USA Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlins. MTB 29 and her sister 30 were both lost in 1942.

On 5th October 1942, late evening, a section of MGBs and MTBs set out from their Base, HMS Beehive at Felixstowe, to ambush a large merchant ship and other vessels heading north east off the Dutch coast.  If they travelled at speed on a still night their engines could be heard up to fifteen miles away. When in position and with some time to wait they cut the outer engines and switched in the silencer on the centre engine.  The power-driven armaments and some other equipment took their power from drives on the outer propeller shafts.  Shortly after midnight two 600-ton German torpedo boats and several E-boats (larger and more powerfully armed equivalents to MGB / MTBs) attacked the section which did not have speed or armaments until there was full power on all engines. Numbers 29 and 30 collided, the former was severely damaged, turned away heading back to base but sank.


Lumley, P  Indian Army


Lund, Douglas F N  Wireless Operator, prisoner in the same camp as Clifford Nightingale whose letter contained the first references that Douglas was safe and relieved his mother’s anxiety.  He had been posted as missing since last January. He is in Stalag XB (I lag), H12-1941. Prisoner in a Stalag, H-Midsummer-1943.

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MacDonald, J Officer Cadet stationed at Mhow, near Indore, H7-1945.


Major, Jack  Private. Eighteen months as a Section Officer in the AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service), now in the Reconnaissance Corps. Corporal, training assault troops, first cousins to the Commandos.  Stood up to the strain but it is a young man’s job, H-Christmas-1942.


Malcolm, Alexander George      Father - Alec R Malcolm,  Bull & Royal Hotel, Church Street, Preston.   Hotel Proprietor.

Alexander born 19th August 1889.  PGS January 1900.    Studies at the discretion of Head Master.

United States WWII Draft Registration Card 1942, Roll WWII-2372618, Serial Number U 824. Date of Birth 18th August 1889, Preston. Address: Previously 35 Rokeby Place, (Brooklyn?), 128 Marine Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; current was 10 Walbrook Avenue, West Brighton, New York.  Wife, Gladys, 10 Walbrook Avenue, W.B.S.I.  Employer - Mersey & Hudson Wharfage Corp, Pier 20, Staten Island.  Registered at the Local Board No 292, 288 Broadway, Corner of Castleton Avenue, West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York.  There is no further information. His age on registration, 53 years, would rule him out in UK - he wouldn’t have had to register unless he had previous Service.  There is one soldier with the same name recorded in a Scottish Regiment in the Great War, with no identifying details.


Margerison, L    Army


V Marland,   John Colin   Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    John Colin Marland  

Born February the third, 1922, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left March the twenty-fifth, 1937.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from October 1941.  Pilot Officer.  Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany May the twenty-second, 1944.

CWG: John Colin Marland  Flying Officer (Pilot).  RAFVR 57 Squadron.  22 years. Died 23rd May 1944. Service Number 170960. Son of Charles and Millicent B Marland, of Ribbleton, Lancashire. Coll. Grave 26.B.13-18, Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

John Marland was captain of the Lancaster III, ND879 DX-H, which left East Kirkby at 10pm on the 22nd bound for Braunschweig. The seven man crew died and are buried in Germany.

57 Squadron motto was Corpus non animum muto I change my body, not my spirit. Its badge has two logs across each other as a saltire with a phoenix rising above them.  At one stage during the Great War within a short period of time all the flying personnel became casualties but the Squadron remained operational with new personnel.  Based at East Kirby from August 1943, flying Lancaster I and III  heavy bombers.  The Lancaster had the biggest bomb bay of any aircraft of any country of WW2, and carried the heaviest bomb load. On a raid to Berlin a typical bomb load of mixed weapons would be around 9,000 pounds but could load 14,000 lbs in a small number of large or very large bombs.  It was the only aircraft - with some weight saving modifications - capable of delivering Barnes Wallis’ 10 ton (22,000lb) “earthquake bomb”.


Marsden, S   In Canada on initial training as a pilot for the Fleet Air Arm.  Returned from war service.


V Marsden, William     Memorial Book

Reported as missing believed killed after a flight over enemy territory. His plane was known to have crashed in Belgium, H7-1945.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force     William Marsden

Born July the eighteenth, 1924, entered the School September the tenth, 1936 and left Novemer the first, 1939. Sered in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from November 1943.  Sergeant Engineer.  Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany March the fifth, 1945.

CWG: William Marsden  Sergeant (Flight Engineer).  RAFVR  514 Squadron. 20 years.  Died 5th March 1945. Service Number 1589746.  Son of John and Ellen Marsden, of Eccleston, Chorley, Lancashire.  Grave Reference: Coll. Grave 10 . F . 1-7.  Heverlee War Cemetery, Near Leuven, Belgium.

514 Squadron was formed on 1st September 1943 in 3 Group and its Lancasters flew 3,675 operational sorties. On 5th March 3 Group, 170 Lancasters, raided a benzol plant at Gelsenkirchen, one being lost. On 5th/6th March 1,223 aircraft made raids on several synthetic oil plants, Squadrons not yet identified.


V Martin,  Clifford MacKenzie Memorial Book 

Reported missing after night bombing operations. He went to Canada eleven years ago under a Government Training Scheme, was a schoolmaster in Ontario and was married shortly before leaving for England with his unit, early in the war, H12-1941.

Memorial Book:     Royal Canadian Air Force     Clifford MacKenzie Martin  

Born March the twenty-seventh, 1914, entered the School September the sixteenth, 1925 and left April the seventeenth, 1930.  Served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, 78 Squadron, from September 1939. Sergeant Pilot.  Missisng presumed lost in the North Sea after operations over Germany July the ninth 1941

CWG: Clifford MacKenzie Martin  Canadian.  Sergeant  Royal Canadian Air Force  78 Squadron.  27 years. Died 9th July 1941.  Service Number R / 64471. Son of George and Sophia Martin; husband of Anne Martin, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Memorial Reference: Panel 61, Runnymede Memorial.

78 Squadron RAF motto is Nemo non paratus - Nobody unprepared. In July 1941 they were flying Whitley Mk V bombers, based at Middleton St George.  On late evening of 8th July 1941 aircraft from 10, 44, 58, 78 and 83 Squadrons raided Hamm. The Whitley V, Z6555, EY- , Sgt O W McLean, Royal Australian Air Force, captain, with Clifford Martin as second pilot, left Middleton St George at 2303hrs. It crashed at 0251 which indicates it was on its return journey and over the eastern sector of the North Sea.  Only one body was washed ashore.


Mason, Jack  Sub-Lieutenant DSC Jack still attracts magnetic blondes in preference to magnetic mines.  Late of Merton College, Oxford, H4-1940.

University Section.The first Old Boy to be decorated in this war.  Operations off Dunkirk, with near misses from shells and bombs, he traversed the Channel repeatedly with troops being taken out of Dunkirk.  He appears to have been in command of one of the Navy’s small craft, H7-1940. Nicknamed by the local press where he is based as “Bombproof”, H12-1940.  Lieutenant, RNVR.


Mason, W E Lance Corporal   Royal Marines, in the south west, H-Christmas-1942.


Mauldon, Peter A   Militia, H12-1939.   Sergeant, Instructor to a Home Guard Unit, engaged to a London girl in the ATS, H-Christmas-1942. Lieutenant, in Kenya.  Captain Peter, in June 1945 commanded a platoon of the Northern Rhodesia Regiment, 22nd (EA) Infantry Brigade, which captured the Brigade’s first Japanese prisoner, thus winning the Brigade Commander’s £20 reward.  Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Burma.  Joined the Loyals about a year before the war and since 1943 has seen service in Kenya, Ceylon and Burma.


Maylor, H B  Cadet, Bert  Army, 2nd Lieutenant, Pioneer Corps,  H-Christmas-1942. Lieutenant


Megson, Frederick H  Sergeant.  Listed as RASC but later asked for a correction to Maritime Royal Artillery, H-Christmas-1942.  Is in the 4th Regiment Maritime Royal Artillery, H-Midsummer-1943.


Merrett, J J   Royal Navy, in Scotland. At Lincoln College, Oxford, since January, served in the Navy, H7-1947.


Milner, Colin    1926 - 1933  Now in RAF, Membership Register.


Millward, C G  May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.


Millward, J  Pilot Officer  Prisoner of War released by the American Forces, H7-1945.


Moore, Richard Leonard   Athletic Section, since close of last season has joined the Royal Navy, H12-1940.

Now in Royal Navy serving afloat.  HMS Kenya 20th June 1941.  Possibly in India but known to have been in Ceylon.  Signaller.  Has crossed the Equator sixteen times.  Membership Register.

In the Mediterranean, met Norman Sheridan in Gibraltar.  In May 1941 Kenya took part in the hunt for the Bismark, following which the RN set about a systematic find and destroy the pre-positioned supply ships for the Bismark. Len Moore gives a graphic account, minus the details, of what must have been finding on 3rd June the tanker Belchen refuelling a submarine in the Davis Straits. The cruiser opened fire on the tanker which soon was ablaze before blowing up in a huge explosion. On 14th November with two British and two Soviet destroyers, Kenya went down the Norwegian Arctic coast and bombarded Vardo before taking over the escort of convoy PQ.3 to Archangel. The following day they did the Vardo shore batteries again, culminating in a very satisfying explosion. (The wartime censor has removed all the detail but Len Moore gives enough information for the actions now to be traced.)

Kenya was the flagship of the commander of the escort for a Malta re-supply convoy June 1942.  His next letter is from a north-east seaport where he is staying for quite some time and also refers to the gruelling time on a big Malta convoy.  That must have been probably the most famous of the Malta convoys - Operation Pedestal, when in August thirteen large fast freighters and a tanker had an escort of four cruisers, one was Kenya, plus destroyers and others with a covering force of two battleships, four aircraft carriers, cruisers, over thirty destroyers were involved, and other warships.  Three of the freighters were escorted into Malta followed later by another and the tanker, both damaged. Kenya was torpedoed but was able to continue. Presumably then had to be repaired and the Tyne is probably where Len wrote from, H-Christmas-1942.  In the Tropics, H-Midsummer-1943.


Mowbray, P G Sapper   In France. In hospital after fighting in Holland. Was at Walcheren and whilst in hospital was seen by a psychiatrist from Whittingham. (Doesn’t say whether it was a friendly or professional visit.)


Mott, C W  RAF, Pilot Officer, H-Christmas-1942. Flight Lieutenant


V Muir,  James Leslie Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Regiment of Artillery    James Leslie Muir

Born December the third, 1909, entered the School September the fifteenth 1920 and left July the twenty-eighth, 1926.  Served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, 88th Field Regiment, from September 1939. Bombardier.  Died October the twenty first, 1943 at Kami Sonkrai in Thailand whilst a Prisoner of War in Japanese hands.

CWG: James Leslie Muir  Bombardier  Royal Artillery 88 Field Regiment.  33 years. Died 21st October 1943. Service Number 894915. Son of John Cunningham Muir and Edith Muir of Preston, Lancashire; husband of Mabel Anne Muir of Preston. Grave Reference: B6 . D . 6 Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. Burma-Siam Railway.

Father - James C Muir, 42 or 41 Frenchwood Street, Preston.  Architectural Draughtsman.

James born 3rd December 1909.  Christ Church Boys’ School. PGS 15th September 1920 to 28th July 1926.  Upper 3C to 5B. Exemption from fees September 1920, Governors of the School, Indeterminate period.  Northern Universities School Certificate July 1926. Clerk, Borough Surveyor’s Department, Town Hall, Preston.

In the 1960s Mrs Mabel Muir was on the County Treasurer’s staff, in the Computer Control Section, and Esmond Sowerby (qv), an ex-Japanese PoW, was the Section Head.


Muirhead, J R Believes he is the only ex-PGS Electrical Artificer in the Royal Navy.


V Mullineaux, Rowland     NOT in the Memorial Book 

Father - Frederick Mullineaux, (21 East View), Sunnyside, Victoria Road, Fulwood.  1922. Leather Factor.

Rowland born 23rd July 1905.  Miss Ketton’s Private School. PGS 16th September 1914 to 23rd July 1921.  Then private tuition in book-keeping, typewriting, etc. Intends to become a purser’s clerk.

There is a reference to him having been born in Preston and died at sea. No record has been found of any warship being lost on 12th July. RASC and Royal Engineers had large numbers of small craft and larger ships - “the Army’s Navy”.

CWG: Rowland Mullineaux Serjeant Royal Army Service Corps.  39 years. Died 12th July 1945.  Service Number 512391037. Son of Frederick and Harriet Ann Mullineaux, of Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire.  Grave Reference:  IV . K . 12 Naples War Cemetery.

His brother Leonard was at the School 19th January 1916 to 2nd September 1922.


Murray, G H  Surgeon Lieutenant RNVR Mentioned in Despatches, December 1942. Soviet Order of the Red Star. 


Murray, T G  Undergraduate Rating Edinburgh. Prospective air engineering officer leading to Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy.   Fleet Air Arm.

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Nabarro, Derrick D W Athletic Section, since the end of last season has joined the RAF, H12-1940. Sergeant, H-Christmas-1942.  The London Gazette last night (19th January 1943) announced that Sergeant Derrick D W Nabarro, a pilot in the RAF, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, in recognition of gallant and distinguished service. This is the first award since the announcement on Saturday last that the DCM, an Army decoration, would be available for members of the RAF for gallantry on the ground.  Nabarro joined the RAF as a volunteer in July, 1940, direct from Preston Grammar School, where he was champion athlete in 1939, and captain of the football and cricket teams, H-Midsummer-1943.


V Nash, Thomas Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Regiment of Artillery    Thomas Nash

Born August the nineteenth, 1920, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1931 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1936. Served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery from September 1939.  Gunner. Killed in action at the Sangro crossing in Italy January the nineteenth, 1944

CWG: Thomas Nash  Gunner Royal Artillery 138 Field Regiment.  23 years. Died 19th January 1944.  Service Number 1435399.   Grave Reference V . E . 40, Sangro River War Cemetery.


C Newbold    Possibly Army, Sergeant.


Newhouse, N T  School Captain 1942-1943 but left since Christmas, Oxford Open Scholarship but entered the Army, transferred into Intelligence Corps, H-Christmas-1942. At Wadham since October 1946, appears to have served in India, H7-1947.


Newhouse,  N T 2nd Lieutenant  Loyals.


Nightingale, Kenneth   Volunteered for active service 1939.   Eventually promoted to major, seconded to the Indian Army with the Gurkhas. LEP.   India, same station as Jim Heppell, H-Christmas-1942. With Gurkhas, H-Midsummer-1943.


Nightingale, William Clifford  Able Seaman. Royal Navy. Missing at sea, April 1941.  Membership Register. HMS Voltaire was sunk by Thor, German auxiliary cruiser, on 4th April. The armed merchant cruiser, Voltaire, Lamport & Holt Line, 13,248grt, built 1923 for the Liverpool-New York-South America service, had been used as a troopship before being coverted to an AMC.  Had eight elderly 6” guns.  She was on passage from Halifax to Freetown via Trinidad when she met the commerce raider Thor in mid-Atlantic. There was a fierce 90-minute gun duel during which Voltaire was set on fire and sank.  Thor rescued 197 but 75 crew were lost. In the PoW camp Clifford is working in the sick bay, earning the nickname ‘Florence Nightingale’, H12-1941. Clifford is a PoW in Germany, H-Midsummer-1943. His ship was sunk by a German raider in April 1941.  In captivity edited a secret news bulletin; now released, H7-1945.


Norman, Aircraftsman G Is now highly skilled at making tea,   H7-1940.


Norman, G P  RAF  Sergeant, H-Christmas-1942.


Norman, George E Probationery Sick Bay Attendant. Volunteered for the Navy and called up last May.  Hospital training in the south west, H-Christmas-1942.


Norton, G  Fly. Opps. Left Canada for UK.


Norwood, Albert  Born 12th February 1907, PGS 15th September 1915 to 29th June 1923.  Left to join the Merchant Navy.  No further information but check if he continued to serve.


V Noy, Donald Reginald Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Merchant Navy    Donald Reginald Noy

Born November the twelfth, 1924, entered the School September the tenth, 1936 and left May the twenty-ninth, 1940.  Served in the Merchant Navy from October 1942.  Second Radion Officer.  Killed in a torpedo attack in the Indian Ocean September the twelfth, 1943.

CWG: Donald Reginald Noy  Second Radio Officer  SS Fort Longueuil, London.  18 years. Died 20th September 1943. Memorial Reference: Panel 50 Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Fort Longueuil was built by United Shipyards Ltd., Montreal, part of a contract for 90 similar standard ships.  She was delivered on 8th December 1942, owned by the Ministry of War Transport, Lancashire Shipping Co as Managers.  Crew of 49 plus 10 gunners. 4,532 tons. From Barry (Wales) to Australia with ammunition. Or, Kosseir and Aden to Fremantle, Port Kembla and Newcastle, NSW, with 8,475 tons of phosphates.  Various guesses have been made that the voyage was a combination of the two with cargoes being picked up and dropped off at different ports.  She was torpedoed in the Indian Ocean on 20th September 1943 by the German submarine U532, a Type IX/C40, built November 1942. German records give the date as 19th;  however, German ships keep German time. There were apparently no survivors but, remarkably, on 1st February 1944 a life raft drifted ashore on Sumatra with two Indian sailors on board.  They were promptly made prisoners of war by the Japanese.  Donald Noy was posted as Missing until after the end of the war against Japan.


Nurton, George   RAF  Aircraftsman  In USA, “peach belt”.

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Ogden, Edgar F Became proficient in Morse, transferred to Physical Training Instructor but became chief clerk in the Education Office.  Probably in RAF, H-Midsummer-1943.


Openshaw, W A  PGSA No 565  21st January 1938, PGS 1931-1937; Date of Birth 26th March 1920.  27 Rawsthorn Road, Penwortham.   HM Forces 8th August 1941.  Membership Register.


Ormsby, T H  Marine   Was in France from the start.


Owens, E E L   LAC  Canada then Florida to complete his pilot’s training. Ted, RAF, Flying Catalinas. October 2008 Newsletter.


V Park, Kenneth Hunton Memorial Book   

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Kenneth Hunton Park   

Born September the twenty-first, 1914, entered the School September the fifteenth, 1926 and left July the seventeenth, 1931. Served in the Royal Air Force, Operational Training Unit.  Sergeant Observer.  Killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service, December the second, 1942.

CWG: Kenneth Hunton Park  Sergeant Air Bomber  RAFVR.  28 years. Died 3rd December 1942.  Service Number 1382096. Son of Henry and Clara Park, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. Grave Reference: Plot E Row B Grave 9 Penwortham (St Mary) Churchyard. 

On 2nd December 1942 at 27 Operational Training Unit, Lichfield, Wellington III, X3944, Sgt R E Mitchell, RAAF, captain, took off in poor visibility and crashed at 0008 hrs in the River Tame near Chetwynd, or Sater’s Bridge, a hamlet near Alrewas and very close to the boundary of the airfield.  All five crew were killed.


V Parker,  James Ronald Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force Regiment    James Ronald Parker 

Born June the fifteenth, 1914, entered the School Septembe the sixteenth, 1925 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1930.  Served in the Royal Air Force Regiment from 1942. Sergeant.  Killed in a torpedo attack on a landing craft off Normandy June the eighth, 1944.

CWG: James Ronald Parker   Sergeant  RAFVR  2817 Squadron RAF Regiment.  30 years. Died 7th June 1944.  Service Number 1541161. Son of John Thomas and Ethel Parker, of Catterall, Lancashire; husband of Hannah E Parker. Memorial Reference: Panel 235, Runnymede Memorial.

The Squadron formed on 19th December 1941 as 817 Squadron and then with all other Squadrons of the Regiment added the “2” prefix.  It took on a Light Anti-Aircraft role in May 1943.  It was placed in the 2nd Tactical Air Force in April 1944 and crossed the Channel in the invasion of Normandy in LCT46 (Landing Craft Tank).  It was attacked by a German coastal battery, killing some, wounding others. LCT43 took off the dead and survivors before LCT46 sank.   The Squadron landed on Juno Beach on D+2 and deployed to Grange-sur-Mer.


Parkinson, Edward   Flying Officer, somewhere in UK south west, H-Christmas-1942.


Parkinson, Malcolm In RAF, USA, same base as George Nurton, H-Christmas-1942.


V Parkinson, Norman   Memorial Book  

Memorial Book:     The Loyal Regiment     Norman Parkinson

Born May the twenty-fourth, 1917, entered the School September the eleventh, 1929 and left July the twenty-ninth, 1931.  Served in the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) from January 1940.  Private.  Died October the second, 1942 in Korea whilst a Prisoner-of-War in Japanese hands.

CWG: Norman Parkinson Private  The Loyal Regiment (North Lancahire) 2nd Battalion.  25 years.  Died 2nd October 1942. Service Number 3859455.  The son of Harold and Eveline Walker Parkinson, of Broughton, Lancashire.  Grave Reference:  British Section FD.9 Yokohama War Cemetery.


V Parr, John Martland     Memorial Book

PGSA No 553, 12th October 1937.   2 Prospect Place, Ashton, Preston.  PGS 1933-1937.  HM Forces 28th November 1941.  Membership Register.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    John Martland Parr

Born August the second, 1921, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1937.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from August 1941. Sergeant Pilot. Missing presumed killed in operations over Italy August the fourteenth, 1943.

CWG: John Martland Parr   Sergeant  RAFVR.  420 Squadron. Died 15th August 1943.  Service Number 1431080.  Memorial Reference: Panel 9 Col 1 Malta Memorial.

420 Squadron was Royal Canadian Air Force, it’s badge was a Canadian snowy owl which hunts by night, and it’s motto was Pugnamus Finiturn - We fight to a finish.  The Squadron had moved to North Africa in May 1943, flying Wellingtons and attacking targets in Italy.


Pearson, J Michael Royal Navy in Scotland.  Reading Law at Lincoln College, Oxford, since January, had served in the Navy.


V Phillips, Peter Royston         Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     Peter Royston Phillips

Born August the twenty-ninth, 1914, entered the School April the twenty-third, 1928 & left July the twenty-second 1932.  Served in the Royal Navy from September 1939, Submarine Service. Lieutenant.  Mentioned in Despatches for taking a captured Italian sloop from Alexandria to Sollum with ammunition during 1940. Missing presumed lost with the submarine Tetrarch October 1941.

CWG:   Peter Royston Phillips   Lieutenant (E)  Royal Navy   HM Submarine Tetrarch 27 years  Died 2nd November 1941   Memorial Reference: Panel 45   Column 2  Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

HM Submarine Tetrarch, N77, laid down by Vickers on 24th August 1938, launched 14th November 1939, Commissioned 15th February 1940.  It was the last RN submarine built to be capable of laying mines. The design of the mine required it to be laid in shallow waters such as the channel approach to a port, which meant the submarine could not submerge to escape detection, and if it did submerge it might detonate its own mines. The mines were to be laid out of the bow with the submarine then sailing over its own mines, supposedly safe long enough for the mine layer to leave the area. The difficulties were viewed with disfavour and it is probable that Tetrarch did not lay any mines.

On 23rd April 1940 sank UJB/Treff V, German submarine chaser; in the Skagerrak 20th May 1940 captured the Danish fishing vessel Emmanuel in the North Sea and took it as a prize into Leith, after scuttling the Danish fishing vessel Terieven.  16th June 1940 torpedoed and sank the German tanker Samland, 5,978grt, off Lista, Norway. Parthian (Lt Cdr M G Rimington), based Alexandria, in a fight on the surface sank the Italian submarine Diamante on 20th June 1940 off Tobruk, the first RN submarine success in the Mediterranean. September 1940 Lt Cdr R G Mills was instructed to take four T-Class submarines to Malta, commanding Tetrarch and Acting Commander of the submarine base.  All four on patrol by 20th September.  Mills promoted to Commander end 1940. 4th November 1940 torpedoed and sank the Italian merchantman Snia Amba, 2,532grt, off Benghazi. 

In January 1941 Lt Cdr R M T Peacock took over command of Tetrarch from Cdr R Mills.  12th April 1941 torpedoed and sank the Italian tanker Persiano, 2,474grt, north west of Tripoli. 18th May 1941 torpedoed and sank the Italian Giovinezza, 2,362grt, off Benghazi.  22nd July 1941 attacked with gunfire a sailing vessel in the Aegean. On 25th July attacked the Greek tanker Olympus, 5,216 grt, off Gaidero Island, Greece, but did not hit her. On 27th July sank by gunfire the Italian sailing vessel Nicita, off Kos.  On 23rd August sank by gunfire the sailing vessel V72 Fratelli Garre, 413 grt and V113 Francesco Garre, 399 grt, in the Gulf of Syrte.

About September Lt Cdr G H Greenway assumed command of Tetrarch. Torpedoed and sank the Italian Citta di Bastian, 2,499 grt in the Aegean, south of Milos Island, on 26th September 1941; and on 27th torpedoed and damaged the German merchant ship Yalova, 3,751 grt off Agios Giorgios Island in the Aegean. Sailed from Malta 26th October 1941 for a scheduled refit in UK, and was due to call at Gibraltar on 2nd November. Failed to arrive and posted as missing presumed died as on that date.  Tetrarch was probably lost on Italian mines off Capo Granditola, Sicily, in late October 1941.

Conditions in the Mediterranean for submarine operations were not favourable.  Tests showed that in clear weather a submarine submerged to 70 feet was clearly visible to an aircrew, resulting in the submarines being painted bright blue.  Variable salinity affected depth keeping and a submarine could spontaneously surface or deep dive by hitting an area of water of different density.

It was said by the Germans that the sinkings of supply ships and tankers off the North Africa coast had an impact on the vital fuel and other supplies to Rommel’s Afrika Korps out of all proportion to the comparatively small size of the ships sunk.

After most of the above had been entered on the assumption that Tetrarch, being the only ship referred to in the Memorials, had been the only ship on which Peter Phillips had served, further research revealed that he had initially served on a battleship and a cruiser before volunteering for the submarine service and going to the submarine Parthian.  The chronology above of Tetrarch has been amended to include the deployments, actions, and Commanding Officers of both submarines, which may assist in fixing the date on which he moved to Tetrarch.


Philipson, Clifford  Anyone know of his whereabouts?  Gunner Calvert wants to hear from him.   H7-1940. Driver, 30,000 miles through Africa, Sicily, Italy.  Has been seen several times by Frank Hind, H-Midsummer-1943.


Phizackerley, Charles  Gunner   In Malaya.  Had been posted as missing for a time.


Pickston, L A  Royal Navy


Pilkington, John E Private  Missing whilst serving with New Zealand Forces in the Middle East, is now a Prisoner of War.  He went to New Zealand about four years ago and joined up on the outbreak of war, H12-1941.   New Zealand Forces, a PoW, H-Midsummer-1943.


Pilling, S G  Signalman.


Piper, Sapper R As a result of being at PGS he is able to ask for an egg in the native tongue.    H7-1940.


V Place, Kenneth Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     The Loyal Regiment     Kenneth Place

Born September the twentieth, 1919, entered the School September the tenth, 1930 and left March the twenty-fifth, 1937. School Prefect.  Served in the Royal Army Service Corps from September 1939 and subsequently in The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) First Battalion. Lieutenant.  Killed in action in Burma December 21, 1944

CWG: Kenneth Place  Lieutenant   The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)   Secondary Regiment Nigeria Regiment, RWAFF. Seconded to 2nd Battalion.  25 years. Died 21st December 1944. Service Number 247159.   Son of Fred and Edna Place; husband of Sylvia M Place, of Stanford Rivers, Essex.  Memorial Reference: Face 15 Rangoon Memorial.


Pollard, F H   A / LA   That might mean Air / Leading Artificer.  Fleet Air Arm Training in Canada as a Telegraphist / Air Gunner.


Pomfret, Eric  University Section, volunteered for the Royal Artillery, H7-1940.  University Section, Forces, H12-1940.


Poole, E   AC2  Learning to fly.  Pilot Officer E Poole, RAFVR married Edith L Cunningham on 11th June 1945 at St Michael’s Parish Church, Newquay, H7-1945.


Potter, Gunner R reported missing.  Last seen by members of his unit lying wounded in a Dunkirk hospital, H7-1940. Is a prisoner of war, and has fully recovered from his wounds, H12-1940.


Porter, Kenneth RAF  Fly. Opps. Left Canada for UK.  Did pilot training in Canada. October 2008 Newsletter. Flying Officer Kenneth Porter, aged 21, awarded the DFC for gallantry and devotion to duty in air operations.  Volunteered for the RAFVR in January 1942, he trained in Canada and received his commission in October 1943, H7-1945.


Preston, F J Officer in local 1951 Squadron ATC, H-Christmas-1942, (see Great War).


Pulman, Mr RAF 1941 Pilot Officer W H Pulman has arrived at his destination after a long sea voyage. Apparently short of wine, women, so making do with much singing, H-Christmas-1942. Flight Lieutenant in India, H-Midsummer-1943.


Pye, Arthur W Leading Aircraftsman.  Armourer Group II, H-Midsummer-1943.

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Rae, Bombardiar R F (Bobby) Evacuated from Dunkirk, recently married.  His musical talents are in demand at camp concerts.  Married Mavis Denham, H7-1940.  Lance-Sergeant R F Ray moved rapidly through Belgium to Dunkirk,  H12-1940. (These two appear to be the same with a spelling error.)  Lieutenant, has been in desert warfare, H-Midsummer-1943.   Captain.


Rainford, Geoffrey     Radio Officer,   Maritime.


V Rainford, Harry Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     Harry Rainford 

Born December the thirtieth, 1911, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1921 and left July the twenty-ninth 1931. School Prefect.  Served in the Royal Navy from 1939. Third Radio Officer. Missing presumed killed in a torpedo attack in the Atlantic June the twenty-first, 1940, whilst on His Majesty’s Ship Cape Howe, then on a secret mission.

CWG: Harry Rainford   Third Radio Officer.  Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy).  HMS Cape Howe. Died 21st June 1940.  Son of Walter and Helena Mary Rainford of Preston, Lancashire. BA Hons, Bristol.  Memorial Reference: Panel 8 Column 2 Liverpool Naval Memorial.

(Third Radio Officer is a Merchant Navy rank.  There were numerous Naval Auxiliary Personnel serving on Cape Howe.)

Royal Navy   27 years old.  Wireless Operator.  Went to sea first time January 1939, Canadian Pacific’s Empress of AustraliaThree other ships; then joined Booth’s Clement at New York. Rainford’s letter September 10th 1939 believed the ship may be bound for Buenos Aires.  Torpedoed and sunk in South Atlantic, crew safely landed, H12-1939.  Radio Officers were frequently employed by a specialist firm, Cable & Wireless for example, and were posted to a ship as required.

Clement (built 1934 by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, their 1,000th ship; 5,051 tons) sailed New York on 19th August 1939 for Salvador in Brazil, laden with 20,000 cases of kerosene / paraffin and on 30th September when about 70 miles north east of Pernambuco (Recife) was stopped by the pocket battleship (Panzerschiff) Admiral Graf Spee, masquerading as the Admiral von Scheer.  Graf Spee was seen to be approaching bow on at speed.  Clement’s Master, Captain C E P Harris, assumed her to be HMS Ajax and went to his cabin to change into a clean white tunic in order to properly receive the Royal Navy.  She closed, rounded broadside on and was flying her German Battle Ensigns and then a seaplane opened machine gun fire aimed at the bridge, without authority from Langsdorf.  Reprimand followed!  Clement sent a radio signal RRR AAA. ‘R’ was under attack by a raider, ‘A’ was under attack by an aircraft - the number of German Navy ships able to operate in the South Atlantic and fly-off a seaplane was limited.  The RN now knew there was something large in the area and until then were unaware that the three pocket battleships (more properly, heavy cruisers) had left Germany undetected in poor weather conditions prior to the outbreak of war (Graf Spee on 19th August 1939). The identity of the Radio Officer who sent the signal despite a warning not to is not yet known. In the short time available before a boarding party arrived, the Captain sank the confidential papers and codes in a weighted bag; the radio and the main engine were destroyed.  Unable to make use of the disabled ship, Captain Langsdorf ordered the crew to be safely removed before firing two torpedoes. The two ships were stationary not too far apart in what seemed to be a flat calm but which had a long heavy swell.  One torpedo passed in front and the other passed behind the Clement. Graf Spee then opened fire with 5.9” guns, 25 rounds, before using the 11” main armament, 5 rounds. After that lack-lustre performance (due to experimental high technology linking of range finding, gun sights and automatic compensation for rolling and pitching, which worked better when the ship was moving) future captures were sunk by explosive charges.  The one slightly injured officer was treated and the crews in the lifeboats were given a course to the nearest landfall.  Langsdorf radioed to the wireless station at Pernambuco asking for the crew to be rescued and waited until a ship was sighted. Later that day the Brazilian merchantman Itatinga recovered one lifeboat and the other three made land safely at Maceio, about 150 miles south of Pernambuco on 1st October.

Clement was the first sinking of the Graf Spee’s short war and was also the first Allied merchant ship to be sunk by a German surface ship since the declaration of war.  The Graf Spee was scuttled following the Battle of the River Plate. By coincidence, Captain C Pottinger, Master of the third ship to be sunk, Ashlea, was held prisoner on board Graf Spee until she arrived in Montevideo.  Repatriated to Britain, he joined the RNR, served as Navigator on the Q-ship HMS Cape Howe and survived the sinking in which Harry Rainford lost his life.

Wireless Operator Harry Rainford is reported as having lost his life at sea as a result of enemy action, H12-1940.

Pardoe-Thomas & Co Ltd, Newport, Monmouthshire, ordered from Lithgows about 1929 what was due to be ten similar ships for their Ottoman Line services.  Trading conditions deteriorated in the Depression and four of the ships were sold to Lyle Shipping Company.   (Pardoe-Thomas was a surname as well as the Company name.)

Knight Almoner 4,443 grt, about 9,300 tons deadweight. 375’ x 53’ x 25’6”. Triple expansion 3-cylinder steam reciprocating engine. Completed July 1930 by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow, for the Ottoman Line.  On 7th February 1934 renamed Cape Howe by Lyle Shipping Co. 15th September 1939 she was taken over by the Royal Navy and commissioned as an anti-submarine Q-ship HMS Cape Howe, X.02. To maintain secrecy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary name Prunella and the RFA Blue Ensign were used on entering and whilst in harbour. On 21st June 1940 was torpedoed and sunk, south of Iceland, west of Ireland.  Another report states off Lands End.

Ten Special Service Q-ships were commissioned. (See Cedric Naylor, DSO** DSC*, The Great War).  Q-ships in the Great War were deliberately small, nondescript coasters and trawlers, too small to waste a torpedo on, especially when the early submarines only carried four.

Rear Admiral Gordon Campbell, VC, in 1914-1918 had two Q-ships sunk under him and another had to be run ashore as a total loss, sank two submarines, leapfrogged over 500 officers senior to him and in 1917 issued written orders to officers on his ship to deliberately allow torpedoes to hit their ship.  In 1939 he was placed in command of the Special Service ships. The Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, Campbell’s superior officer, had served with Campbell in 1914-1918 and, with numerous others, developed a lifelong dislike of the man and his methods.  The 1939 Q-ships were a motley collection, one elderly ship having a top speed of 8 knots and a notoriously unreliable engine. HMS Cape Sable, one of Pardoe-Thomas’ order, was built 1936 and would have been an inviting target for a salvo of torpedoes from any U-boat. Their inadequate armaments, obsolete 4” or 5.9”, came from scrapyards and apparently in one case from a museum. They had no anti-aircraft weapons, several did not have Asdic. Campbell intended the Q-ships to be submarine decoys and also to take on surface raiders including pocket battleships. When Graf Spee fought three cruisers, Exeter fired 193 x 8” shells, and Achilles and Ajax between them fired over 2,000 x 6” shells. A Q-ship would have been obliterated by any surface raider.  HMS Cape Howe was the first Q-ship to be sunk, She was hit on 21st June 1940 by a torpedo at 12.00 from U-28, the panic party took to the boats.  A Radio Officer probably would not be in any panic party.  U-28 remained submerged and then fired a second at 12.30. She took four hours to sink. Lifeboats were scattered by a fierce North Atlantic storm which lasted for several days.  The French merchant ship Casamance, one of the last French ships to leave that country after the capitulation, picked up 27 crew on 24th June and landed them in Falmouth. Thirteen survivors on a raft were picked up on 27th June by HMS Versatile 150 miles off Ushant (Brest Peninsula).  There had been a crew of about 90. When an 11-year old, 4,700 grt Q-ship was hit without warning by a salvo of three torpedoes on 29th June she lost 66 out of 90 crew.  There had been a total lack of success and the remaining Q-ships were at high risk with little or no hope of success; Churchill in September 1940 ordered the withdrawal of Q-ships. 

Rainford, John Father - Walter Rainford, Lytham Road, Fulwood; 5 Regent Street, Preston, 1922. Boot Maker.

John born 16th March 1905. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  PGS 3rd May 1916 to 30th March 1920.  Apprenticed to Merchant Service. 

[Subject to confirmation as more records are computerised, it is believed that John Rainford remained in the Merchant Navy and served throughout the war as a Radio Officer.]


V Ramsay,  Walter Dennis       Memorial Book

Father - Dr Archibald Ramsay, 152 New Hall Lane, Preston.  Medical Practitioner.

Dennis born 30th March 1922. Cambridge House School, Fishergate Hill.   PGS 10th September 1930 - July 1938.  PGSA No 591, 6th October 1938, 152 New Hall Lane,  Preston.   Leading Aircraftsman, on a course in America.

PGSA No 553, 12th October 1937.   2 Prospect Place, Ashton, Preston.  PGS 1933-1937.  HM Forces 28th November 1941.  Membership Register.

Joined up with a crew, highly pleased, and hopes they can stay together. (Forming a crew in Bomber Command was very informal.  Numerous aircrew joining a Squadron were taken to a Mess and left to sort out who wished to crew with who.) Sergeant Observer, H-Christmas-1942.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Walter Dennis Ramsay

Born March the thirtieth, 1922, entered the School September the tenth, 1930 and left July the twenty-sixth, 1938. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from April 1942.  Sergeant Navigator. Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany April the twenty-first, 1943.

CWG: Walter Dennis Ramsay Sergeant (Observer), 103 Squadron. RAFVR. 21 years.  Died 21st April 1943. Service Number 1238287.  Son of Dr Archibald Ramsay, MA MB and Hilda M Ramsay, of Preston, Lancashire.  Grave Reference: A.10.20  Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery. 

103 Squadron was flying Lancaster heavy bombers. On 20th April Lancaster III ED614 PM-G took off from Elsham Wolds for Stettin but was shot down just after midnight by a fighter near Ribe in Denmark.


Rawlinson, G May be in RAF, seen by AC2 K Wiggans.  Training in South Africa.


Rawlinson, Sydney 

Father - John Rawlinson, 15 Daisy Lane,  Holme Slack,  Preston.  Clerk.

Sydney born 23rd April 1916. Deepdale Modern School.  Entered PGS or Date of Application was 26th September 1930.

88th Brigade RA, H12-1939. 902166 Lance Bombardier Sydney Rawlinson.  RHQ 88th Field Regiment Royal Artillery, Wickford, Essex .  20th June 1941 Membership Register.

Gunner Sydney  In same Unit as Driver E G Bamber.  In France dug trenches. Now in the Regimental Office. Violinist in the Regimental Dance Band, and vocalist, as well as winning the 3-mile road race, H7-1940. Had a rough time between Lorraine and Dunkirk but was in Preston three days before most people knew he was safe, H12-1940.

Bombardier, Prisoner of War, Singapore.


V Rawlinson, Thomas     RAF               NOT in the Memorial Book 

Flight Lieutenant   DFC Missing presumed dead on operations over Germany in May 1944.  His grave is at Oosterhout, Holland.

Watch this one.  The detail within PGSA seems too obvious to have been missed.

CWG: Thomas Rawlinson Flight Lieutenant / Pilot  Died 25th May 1944  Service Number 168670 DFC Son of Robert and Margaret Elizabeth Rawlinson, husband of Mary Rawlinson, of Preston, Lancashire. Grave Reference: 24 . J. 6  Jonkers Bos War Cemetery. The Cemetery is in a wooded area known as Jonkers Bosch and a variation was adopted for the Cemetery’s name. The nearest town is Nijmegan.  There are 1,629 Commonwealth war graves in this cemetery. There is a possibility that he was originally buried in the locality of his death and after the war the CWG Commission gathered together those in more isolated graves.

The motto of 429 (Bison) Squadron RCAF, was Fortunae nihil Nothing to chance. Its badge was a bison, head lowered, on a mount. Standing on a grassy mound with head lowered about to charge, the bison is a ferocious animal.  The Squadron formed at East Moor on 7th November 1942 in No 4 Group - the Yorkshire-based Bomber Command Group.  Five months later it was assigned to No 6 Royal Canadian Air Force Group. Moved to Leeming in August 1943.  Originally flying Wellington III and X, from September 1943 the Halifax II, the Mk V in November 1943 and the Mk III from March 1944.


Reed, George     Father - Edward James Reed, 23 Newton Road, Ashton-on-Ribble. Auctioneer.

George born 6th December 1893.  St Andrew’s School.  PGS 11th September 1905 to 22nd December 1908.  Helping his father.

Corporal, D Squadron,  Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915.  H1-1916.  Wounded, H9-1916. Military Medal, H10-1918. Additional List gives details of 2nd Lieutenant in Tank Corps. PGSA No 202, 18th January 1926.

The above entry is from the Great War List.  The PGSA membership record shows his home address deleted and the note “HM Forces”, which must post-date 18th January 1926.


Reeder, ERA W (Engine Room Artificer)  Joined the Navy before the war. Has served on the Northern Patrol, H7-1940.  Petty Officer W Reeder, recently promoted from Engine Room Artificer.  Is serving afloat, H12-1940.


Renwick, Joe is in the Army, H4-1940.


Rhodes, Norman Private  Playing football for his Battalion, H-Christmas-1942. RAOC, and passing his exams, H-Midsummer-1943. Corporal


V Richardson,  Gordon Knight     Memorial Book

Born 27th October 1924. PGS 1939 to August 1940; PGSA No 683, 12th October 1940, Athletic Section.  235 Brockholes View, Preston.  Membership Register.  Secretary of the Athletic Section, H-Midsummer-1942.  Left in mid-season to join the Forces, now a Lance-Bombardier and has served in Perth, Alexandria (Dumbartonshire) and Newcastle-on-Tyne, H-Midsummer-1943.

Memorial Book:     Army Air Corps    Gordon Knight Richardson

Born October the twenty-seventh, 1924, entered the School June the sixth, 1939 and left July the twenty-fifth, 1940. Served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery from January 1943 and volunteered for the Army Air Corps, Glider Pilot Regiment, in May 1943.  Sergeant. Missing presumed killed during the crossing of the Rhine, March the twenty-fourth, 1945.

CWG: Gordon Knight Richardson   Serjeant  Glider Pilot Regiment Army Air Corps.  20 years. Died 24th March 1945. Service Number 14389378. Son of George Knight Richardson and Muriel Richardson of Preston, Lancashire. Memorial Reference Panel 8 Groesbeek.

Operation Plunder was the Crossing of the Rhine by 21st Army Group; Operation Varsity was the Airborne component of the Crossing of the Rhine. It began for the 6th Airborne at ‘Plunder’ D-Day, 24th March 1945, 0600 hours.   The plan called for 22,000 airborne troops, paratroops and by glider, together with supplies to be put into the fighting zones in four hours.   The casualty rate at Arnhem amongst the Glider Pilot Regiment had been so great that many RAF pilots had been trained to pilot the gliders.   For Operation Varsity 440 Horsa and 48 Hamilcar gliders were piloted by the Glider Pilot Regiment with the American forces adding 906 Waco gliders. The British gliders were piloted in the main by Staff Sergeants (First Pilot) and Sergeants (Second Pilot) of the Regiment.


V Ridgewell,   Edward Henry           Memorial Book

RAF   H12-1939.  PGS September 1929 to June 1935.  PGSA 1938,  No 600, 79 Selborne Street, Preston. Killed in flying accident August 1941. Membership Register .

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Edward Henry Ridgewell

Born November the twenty-first., 1918, entered the School September the eleventh, 1929 and left January the twenty-first 1935.  Served in the Royal Air Force from October 1939. Pilot Cadet. Killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service August the seventh, 1941.

CWG: Edward Henry (Teddy) Ridgewell Leading Aircraftsman, Pilot Under Training.  RAFVR. 22 years.  Died 7th August 1941.  Service Number 971228. Son of Edward Henry and Christina Ridgewell, of Preston. Grave Reference: Section HH CofE Grave 119, Preston New Hall Lane Cemetery.


Rigby, Colin E Able Seaman, just had six months at sea. Sub-Lieutenant, been through the three King Alfred training establishments, RN College, Greenwich, won the 100 yards in the Sports, looking forward to being second-in-command of his ships, H-Christmas-1942.  Lieutenant  In Italy.  In command of a landing craft.  Has been based on the American coast but now back in UK, in Combined Operations, H-Midsummer-1943.


Rimmer, Thomas RAF, probably Lossiemouth, April 1941. Membership Register. RAF, H12-1939.  Flying Officer, apparently Bomber Command, but off operations for a spell on administration in north Oxfordshire.   Squadron Leader, flying Mosquitoes. Mentioned in Despatches, 1944. Squadron Leader, Station Navigation Officer. Captains the men’s football team, H-Midsummer-1943. Awarded the DFC. Volunteered for flying duties in September 1939 and has made over 90 operational flights. For some time he was a member of a Pathfinder Squadron, H7-1945.


V Roberts, Abel Austin Memorial Book 

Memorial Book:     Northamptonshire Yeomanry    Abel Austin Roberts

Born December the 4th, 1923, entered the School November the seventeenth 1938 and left July the twenty-fifh 1941. Served in the Royal Armoured Corps, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry.  Trooper.  Killed in action near Lataille in Normandy June the twenty-seventh, 1944.

CWG: Abel Austin Roberts  Trooper  Royal Armoured Corps  1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry. 20 years.  Died 27th June 1944.  Service Number 7963171. Son of Thomas Samuel and Cordelia Roberts of Ribbleton, Preston, Lancashire. Grave Reference: III . B . 6  Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery, near Bayeux.


Robertson, W N Private, RAOC, H-Christmas-1942.


Robinson, F S  Corporal


Robinson, U    Corporal   REME


Robinson, William (Bill) Signalman.


V Robinson,  William Midgley         Memorial Book

PGSA Number 542, 9th July 1937.  Craigmillar, 5 Aldwych Drive, Ashton.   Junior Member till 1938.   Membership Register. Died of head wounds received during an enemy air attack.  He was one of the founders of the University Section, H7-1945.

Memorial Book:     Royal Corps of Signals     William Midgley Robinson

Born October the twenty-sixth, 1913, entered the School September the sixteenth 1925 and left July the twenty-sixth, 1933.  School Prefect. Served in the Royal Corps of Signals from January 1941. Corporal.  Died of wounds at Lubeck in Germany May the third,, 1945 

CWG: William Midgley Robinson  Corporal   Royal Corps of Signals  11th Armoured Division Signals.  31 years. Died 3rd May 1945. Service Number 2358759.  Son of William Inglis Robinson and Nancy Robinson, of Preston; husband of Eveline Robinson, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. BA Hons. Grave Reference: I . C . 5 Celle War Cemetery, Hannover. 

The 64th British Military Hospital Cemetery. Died of wounds in the last week of the war in Europe.


Rodwell, B   May be in RAF, seen by AC2 K Wiggans.


Rowe, David  Coder  Survived the sinking of HMS Warwick.


Rowe, Peter  Corporal Equipment assistant in a large RAF stores.

Russell, E No details, but an enigmatic comment of a letter from his Colonel about his future and what he should do with it.

Russell, W E   Signaller

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Saunders,  Aircraftsman A Has a good billet in a popular resort where he is training to be a flight rigger, H7-1940.


Saunders,  Signalman (F Hayes contact), H12-1940.


Saunders, E H  Private  Still in England in a Regiment, serving with Harold Jones, H4-1940.


Seed, E F  Sergeant Major left PGS about 13 years ago and has seen Service from Singapore to the North West Frontier,  H12-1940.


Seed, Francis William  PGSA No 259, 27th May 1927. DFC, Croix de Guerre.

Suspend October 6th 1938.   See 1914-18 for F W Seed, which war produced the medals?


Seed, G A  Liverpool University, expecting to be called up for the FAA, H12-1939. (Is this an error for John Arthur Seed, Liverpool University, Fleet Air RM?)


V Seed,  John Arthur Memorial Book 

Date of Birth 14th July 1918.  PGS 1928 - 1935. PGSA 25th August 1938, No 584.  2 Hastings Road  Ashton-on-Ribble   Preston.  Killed in Action July 1940 serving with the Fleet Air Arm.   Membership Register.

Officer Cadet John Arthur “Pop” Seed, University Section, Fleet Air Arm, killed in action only a short time before he was due to receive his wings,  H12-1940

Memorial Book:     Fleet Air Arm    John Arthur Seed

Born July the fourteenth, 1918, entered the School September the tenth, 1928 & left July the twenty-fourth, 1935. Served in the Fleet Air Arm from February 1940. Officer Cadet. Killed in training whilst on Active Service July the twenty-first, 1940.

CWG: John Arthur Seed Leading Airman HMS Daedalus. Died 21st July 1940.  Service Number FX 78986. Grave Reference: Section 5 CofE Grave 1305.  Preston (New Hall Lane) Cemetery.

(Note: No other information is given on the CWG record.  Daedalus is a Fleet Air Arm Base.)

Was studying architecture at Liverpool University, has been recommended for a commission in the Fleet Air Arm, H4-1940.  Is training for a commission in the Fleet Air Arm, H7-1940.


Seed, Richard    Leading Aircraftsman,  wireless operator.


Severs, Ronald Ernest  PGSA No 788, 20th December 1942.  Ingledene, Hazelmere Road, Broughton, Nr Preston. Athletic Section.  Card: Ronald Ernest. 13, later 19 Conway Drive, Fulwood, Preston. Telephone 774021. 1939.  Life Member.  Re-numbered 1802. HM Forces. Entry 19   Left 1939.  Joined March 1974 and re-numbered 1802, and (2009) transferred back to 788.   19 Conway Drive,  Fulwood,  Preston PR2 3EN. Worked at Horrockses at 10/- for a 48-hour week. RAF India. Newsletter October 2007.


Shadlock, G  Indian Ocean


Sharples, Jack   By 20 years old was a radio operator in the First Commando Brigade, D-Day landings 1944, Crossing the Rhine 1945. (LEP)


V Sharples,  John Frederick   Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    John Frederick Sharples

Born December the ninth, 1922, entered the School September the nineteenth, 1934 and left July the twenty-seventh, 1939.  Served in the Royal Air Force from 1942.  Leading Aircraftsman.  Died on Active Service July the third, 1944

CWG: John Frederick Sharples  Leading Aircraftsman. 21 years.  Died 3rd July 1944.  Service Number 1674843.  Son of William and May Sharples, of New Longton, Lancashire.  Memorial:  Screen Wall, Ipswich Crematorium.


V Shaw,  Richard Kenneth   Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Army Medical Corps     Richard Kenneth Shaw 

Born April the eleventh, 1920, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1931 and left July the twenty-sixth, 1933.  Served in the Royal Army Medical Corps from June 1940 and in the Airborne Division in 1944.  Private.  Died of wounds at Arnhem on or about the twenty-first of September 1944.

CWG: Richard Kenneth Shaw  Private  Royal Army Medical Corps 16th Parachute Field Ambulance. 24 years.  Died 21st September 1944. Service Number 7523428.  Son of Matthew and Gertrude Milcah Shaw, of Leek, Staffordshire.  Grave reference 22 . C . 10 Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.


Sheridan, Norman Royal Navy, met Len Moore in Gibraltar.


Shorrock, G  Aircraftsman Training as an armourer, H-Midsummer-1943.

Shufflebottom, C PGSOB team secretary, left during the season to join the Forces, H-Midsummer-1943.


Simons,  Cyril   University Section, Forces, H12-1940.  Army, Corporal, in UK in an area with many US personnel, RAOC, H-Christmas-1942


Simpson, George  In Canada, playing football, met Harry Johnstone and presumably in the RAF.   Leading Aircraftsman, training for aircrew, passed his final flyng test, now Sergeant, H-Christmas-1942.  Returned from war service.


Simpson, Henry George  RAF


Sinclair, Arthur Crawford Father - tea merchant, deceased.   Guardian - B P Megahy, Inisfail   Watling Street Road   Fulwood   Preston.  Laundryman deleted. (See Theodore James Anderson)

Arthur born 7th January 1897.   Bangor Grammar School, Co Down.   PGS 16th January 1911 to 25th July 1914.  Oxford and Cambridge Schools Examination July 1913, School Certificate. Harris Football First XI, inside right, 1913, H12-1913. Higher Certificate 1914. Private coaching for Belfast Matriculation Examination in preparation for study of Medicine and Surgery.

PGSA No 372, 26th April 1930. Dr, MD, DPH, DPM.  Mental Hospital, Brentwood, Essex.  Life Member. Card: Flerrison Hospital, Flerrison, Dorchester. Delepsed.  HM Forces. (“Delepsed” is plainly written and seems to be a combination of deleted and lapsed!)

May be in the Navy, met S Barker.


V Smirk, William Cecil          Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    William Cecil Smirk

Born April the twenty-sixth, 1914, entered the School April the twenty-third 1925 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1929.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from March 1940.  77 Squadron.  Sergeant Engineer.  Missing presumed killed in operations over Germany September the seventh, 1943

CWG: William Cecil Smirk  Sergeant. RAFVR. 77 Squadron. Died 7th September 1943. Service Number 983888. Memorial Reference: Panel 165 Runnymede Memorial.

77 Squadron flew Halifax heavy bombers.  William Smirk appears to have been the flight engineer of Halifax II DT793 KN-E which left Elvington during the evening of 6th September for Munich.  The raid by 404 Lancasters and Halifaxes sustained sixteen losses.


V Smith, Peter Woodhouse            Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Corps of Royal Engineers    Peter Woodhouse Smith

Born May the twenty-ninth, 1916, entered the School September the sixteenth, 1925 and left July the twenty-fourth 1928.  Served in the Corps of Royal Engineers from 1939. Captain. Mentioned posthumously in Despatches for distinguished service.  Killed in action in Normandy June the sixth, 1944 (D-day) 

CWG: Peter Woodhouse Smith  Captain Royal Engineers Obstacle Clearing Unit.  28 Years. Died 6th June 1944.  Service Number 132795.  Son of Revd Alfred Samuel Woodhouse Smith MA, and Dorothy Smith, of Timberscombe, Somerset.  MA Oxon.  Grave Reference X . E . 25, Bayeux War Cemetery.  

Mentioned in Despatches (posthumously).


Smith, Sidney  May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.  Royal Artillery, Gunner.  Prisoner in Malai Camp,  H-Midsummer-1943.


Sowerbutts, Leslie T Sergeant   Attached to a fild Battery in MEF, H-Midsummer-1943.


Sowerby, Bernard RAF  Sergeant Mentioned in Despatches for gallant conduct in an area and an action that must remain secret, H-Midsummer-1943.


Sowerby, Esmond W  Long serving Territorial officer, Royal Artillery. Captured at Singapore, which led to an intense dislike of anything Japanese. Had kept a diary throughout his captivity - penalty if discovered would have been beheading - which he took back to Singapore for War Criminal trials.  County Treasurer’s Department, ended as Deputy Chief Cashier.

Sowerby, Second Lieutenant E W is immensely proud of his regiment “the oldest in the world” (Royal Artillery), H7-1940. 11th Indian Division, missing at Singapore now reported as a prisoner,  H-Midsummer-1943.


Speakman, A  RAF Sergeant Reported missing whilst on an operation over enemy territory is now a prisoner of war, H12-1941.  Prisoner in Germany, H-Midsummer-1943.


Standing, Basil  Flying Officer


Stephens, C A  Royal Navy Ordinary Signaller, H-Christmas-1942.


V Stevenson, George Telford           Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Regiment of Artillery    George Telford Stevenson

Born December the sixth, 1918, entered the School September the eleventh, 1929 and left on July the twenty-fourth, 1935. Served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, 88th Field Regiment, from September 1939. Lance Bombardier.  Died October the sixteenth, 1943, at Chungkai in Thailand whilst a Prisoner-of-War in the hands of the Japanese.

CWG: George Telford Stevenson Lance Bombardier Royal Artillery 88 Field Regiment. 24 years. Died 16th October 1943. Service Number 910785. Son of Percy Telford Stevenson and Amanda Stevenson; husband of Margaret Mary Stevenson, of Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire.  Grave Reference 9 . B . 4 Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand.  Burma - Siam Railway.


Stott, M   RAF, H-Christmas-1942.


V Sumner,   Fred   Memorial Book

PGSA No 630, 24th February 1940. PGS June 1932 - June 1938.   78 Prospect Terrace, Preston.

Memorial Book:     Fleet Air Arm    Fred Sumner 

Born November the ninth, 1920, entered the School September the thirteenth 1932 and left November the fourth, 1938.  Served in the Fleet Air Arm from November 1942.  Sub-Lieutenant.   Killed whilst on Active Service December the fifteenth, 1944

CWG: Fred Sumner  Sub-Lieutenant (A) RNVR.  HMS Nightjar.  24 years.  Died 15th December 1944. The son of Cuthbert and Ellen Sumner of Preston, Lancashire. Memorial Reference: Bay 5 Panel 6 Lee-on-Solent Memorial.

HMS Nightjar was the RN airfield at Inskip. The Fleet Air Arm names its Bases after appropriate birds to be found in the area. Thus, the temporary aluminium strip put down in the Falklands for the Harriers and helicopters which was capable of coming apart when it shouldn’t was appropriately named HMS Sheathbill, a local seabird of unprepossessing appearance and disgusting habits!


Sumner, T  Ordinary Seaman, was a curate in training, H-Midsummer-1943.


Sunderland, Richard  Aircraftsman. Birth 5th August 1924.  Entry 10th September 1935, Leaving September 1940. PGSA No 691, 1st November 1940.   232 St Thomas’ Road, Preston. Athletic Section.  Card: ATI. 103 Black Bull Lane, Fulwood.  233 Black Bull Lane.  11 Yewlands Drive, Fulwood, Preston.  Life Member.  HM Forces.  Learning the principles of electricity, magnetism, and harvesting! RAF 1943 for four years, two in India. October 2008 Newsletter.


Sutton, Clifford   Lance Bombardier, married Joan Thompson, H4-1940.  In same Unit as Driver E G Bamber, H7-1940.   Bombardier, is safe but a prisoner of war,  H12-1940. Demobilised in 1946 after five years in a German PoW camp, H7-1947.


Swindlehurst, Geoffrey Maurice   Birth 1st February 1926.  Entry September 1937, Leaving 9th October 1941.   PGSA No 748, 18th November 1941.  32 Manor House Lane, Holme Slack, Preston.  Athletic Section. Card: Holme Slack Farm, Mau Narok, Kenya.  PO Box 255, Nanyuki, Kenya, East Africa.  HM Forces.


Swindlehurst, Trooper Jack had an equitation course and then his Unit was mechanised , H4-1940.

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Taylor, D Flight Sergeant  Prisoner of War released by American Forces, H7-1945.


Taylor, J  Sergeant   May have been a prisoner in Germany who escaped for four days, wearing only one boot.   Confirmed as PoW in Germany.

Taylor, J H PGSA Magazine editor now in the Forces , H4-1940. Has a grim determination to rid the world of the Nazis, H7-1940.   Gunner, played cricket for his Company. Apparently in an AA battery from comments about occasionally assisting in shooting down German planes, H12-1940.


Thomas, G  Telegraphist (S O) Seems to be stationed at Freetown.


Thomasson, H O  Left School to join the RAF, H7-1940. Sergeant Observer, H-Christmas-1942.


Thompson, E  Flying Officer E Thompson has been awarded the Air Force Cross while serving in India.  He began his service in 1940 in the Loyals before volunteering for flying duties in March 1941.  He received his commission in 1943 and was Mentioned in Despatches in 1944, H7-1945.


Thompson, Corporal Jack, University Section, was a research student and left to join the Army,    H4-1940.  Second Lieutenant Jack E  On leave and met up with members of the University Section to celebrate his recent promotion and his engagement, H7-1940. Is in the Forces,  H12-1940. Captain.


Thornley, J S T  On an Air-Fitter (Electrical) course.


Threlfall, N   Leading Radio Mechanic first in the class at the final examination.


Topping, Gunner J No regrets at having been mechanised after being hospitalised by the hoof of a horse, H7-1940.  Lance-Bombardier J Topping has now left Wales, H12-1940.


Topping, J  Second Lieutenant  Royal Engineers, Surveying, possibly in the Welsh mountains, H-Christmas-1942.   Lieutenant.


Gunner J A Tragen has become an expert on seaside landladies, now Service landladies - one of whom charges 1p for sitting in the armchair!  H12-1940.  In the Orkneys. RASC somewhere sunny.


V Treasure, Guy Benjamin     Memorial Book

PGSA No 630, 24th February 1940. PGS June 1932 - June 1938.   78 Prospect Terrace, Preston.

RAF  H12-1939.  Membership Register states Casualty HMF.

Stationed in Canada, has married a Canadian cousin.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Guy Benjamin Treasure

Born February the twenty-fourth, 1916, entered the School September the fifteenth, 1926 and left July the twenty second, 1932.   Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from September 1939. 50 Squadron. Squadron Leader. Killed in operations over Europe June the twelfth, 1944.    

CWG: Guy Benjamin Treasure. Squadron Leader, Pilot.  RAFVR.  102 Squadron. 28 years.  Died 25th June 1944.  Service Number 70880. Son of Benjamin and Leah Treasure (nee Clegg); husband of Vera Treasure, nee Richardson.  Grave 9 Fontaine L’Etalon Churchyard.

The village is 51 kilometres west of Arras, there are ten British graves.  No 102 ‘Ceylon’ Squadron at one period was Commanded by Leonard Cheshire.  The Squadron flew Halifax heavy bombers.

323 aircraft attacked various flying bomb sites. 102 Squadron was in 4 Group which lost two Halifaxes in a raid on the Montorgueil site. This was a daylight raid.  Halifax III LL549 KN-N of 77 Squadron from Full Sutton collided with Guy Treasure’s similar Mk III MZ753 DY-M from Pocklington, both planes crashing at Fontaine l’Etalon in the Pas-de-Calais, near Hesdin.


Treasure, J S  Cadet  REME.  Lieutenant. PGSOB centre half, called up part way through the season, H7-1944.


V Trewby,  John Preston Memorial Book  

RAF Flying Officer, son of the late Rev Norman Trewby, a former Headmaster.  Reported missing, believed killed in action, H4-1940.

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    John Preston Trewby

Born August the sixteenth, 1913, entered the School September the fourteenth, 1921 and left October the twentieth, 1925.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from September 1939.  99 Squadron.  Flying Officer. Missing presumed killed in operations over Heligoland December the fourteenth, 1939

CWG: John Preston Trewby  Royal Air Force   Flying Officer. 99 Squadron.  Service Number 39622. 26 years.  Died 14th December 1939.  Son of Revd Norman and Maria J Trewby, of Framfield, Sussex.  Memorial Reference: Panel 1 Runnymede Memorial.

He is shown as RAF, not RAFVR, and was probably a Regular. 99 Squadron was the first to receive the new Vickers Wellington, classed at that time as a heavy bomber. Based at Mildenhall, moved on the outbreak of war to Newmarket Heath, the racecourse, and used the Rowley Mile as the landing and take-off strip. All RAF bases were grassed, hard surfaced runways came later. The accepted policy was that daylight bombing by a close formation of bombers with their defensive armament would always fight their way to a target.  Crews were instructed to avoid civilian property and personnel damage including the instruction to drop bombs so as to lodge in the superstructure of moored ships!  There were several patrols and sweeps against shipping targets.  A flight from 99 Squadron made the first RAF raid, in December 1939, and returned unharmed. A second, larger, raid by 12 Wellingtons of 99 Squadron was launched against German naval targets at Wilhelmshaven on 14th December 1939, met Messerschmitt Me 109 and 110 fighters, lost five Wellingtons and a sixth crashed on landing.  There was an immediate re-appraisal of the bombing tactics. John Trewby was co-pilot of a Wellington IA which was hit by an Me 109 and turned towards the German mainland, presumably crashing in the sea.


Turner, Jack Brother of Joe, in the General Service Corps in a remote Scottish village, H-Christmas-1942.


Turner, Joseph C   Sapper, engaged on work for which his specialised knowledge fits him, H-Christmas-1942.  In an Infantry Training Baattalion somewhere in the Borders. Lance Corporal   Army.

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Urquhart, W R  Flight Lieutenant  Royal Canadian Air Force. Senior Flying Control Officer at a base in Alaska. Gives his home address as Seattle, USA, H-Midsummer-1943.


Utton, Gunner Norman  He was somewhere amidst tough conditions, H7-1940.


V Claude William Valder   Memorial Book

Memorial Book:       Royal Air Force  Claude William Valder

Born May the sixteenth, 1921, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1937.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from September 1939.  101 Squadron. Sergeant Air Gunner. Killed in operations over Europe April the third, 1942.

CWG: Claude William Valder.  Royal Air Force.  Sergeant Air Gunner.  101 Squadron. Service Number 621311. 21 years.  Died 3rd April 1942. Son of Claude Cecil and Pearl Mary Valder (nee Keen), of Crosthwaite, Westmorland. Grave Reference: Plot 62 Row B Grave 7, Lorient (Kerentrech) Communal Cemetery.

There are 30 1939-1945 war casualties in this cemetery.

The Squadron in 1941-42 changed rapidly from Blenheim to Wellington to Lancaster bombers. In April 1942 was flying Wellington Mk III, and X3709, SR-J, was Gardening (mine laying) in the Lorient area. No reason is known for the loss. Three bodies were recovered.  


Varley, Douglas Agnew   Entry 12th September 1933,   Leaving 6th March 1939. PGSA No 631, 26th February 1940, 279 North Road, Preston. HM Forces 12th July 1941. Varley, Private D A  recently joined the Army.  Athletic Section.  New member since June 30th 1939,   H4-1940. Gunner, Desert Rat

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Walker, J B  Royal Engineers


Wallwork, H C  Captain


Walmsley, D V  Royal Marines


Walmsley,  F   Staff Sergeant To France in 1939; Greece, Albania with the Greek Army; Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Tripolitania, Italy.


Walsh, R B   Lance-Bombardier H12-1940.   May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.


Ward, R H  met his brother T E in Italy.


Ward, T E  Craftsman  Met his brother R H in Italy.


Watson,  Roger S Aircraftsman, Flight Mechanic, with a Squadron overseas, H-Christmas-1942.


Waud,  H E   Trooper  Eighth Army in North Africa, tank crew, interviewed by British United Press correspondents, H-Christmas-1942.  


V Waud, Thomas Edward         Memorial Book 

At PGS September 1921 to December 1926.  PGSA No 255,  9th April 1927. 11 Addison Road West,   Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.  37 Newton Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. Struck off membership 1936-37.

Younger brother of Alfred Edward, also at the School.

HMS Martin, G44, was laid down by Vickers Armstrong on the Tyne on 23rd October 1939, launched on 12th December 1940 and completed on 4th April 1942. An L and M-Class Destroyer. She was torpedoed by U-431 when north east of Algiers on 10th November 1942.  There were 63 survivors but 161 lost their lives.

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     Thomas Edward Waud

Born April the twentieth, 1910, entered the School September the fourteenth 1921 and left December the twenty-first 1926. Served in the Royal Navy from December 1941. His Majesty’s Ship Martin. Able Seaman. Missing presumed killed off Algiers, during the landings in North Africa, November tenth, 1942.

CWG: Thomas Edward Waud   Able Seaman   HMS Martin   32 years   Died 10th November 1942  Service Number P/JX 314485   Son of Herbert Edward and Margaretta Waud; husband of Mildred Waud, of Penwortham, Lancashire.  Memorial:  Panel 65  Column 1   Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Wearden, C K was studying architecture at Liverpool University, has been recommended for a commission in the Fleet Air Arm, H4-1940. Wearden, Cliff University Section, is training for a commission in the Fleet Air Arm, H7-1940. University Section, Forces, H12-1940.   Sub-Lieutenant (A). H-Christmas, 1942.


V Webster, Douglas Royland       Memorial Book

Father - John Harold Webster,  12 Rose Avenue, Preston.  Universal Miller (engineer).  

Douglas born 22nd November 1918.    Roebuck School.   Application for PGS 3rd July 1930.  [Douglas Roland]

Sub-Lieutenant RNVR.   Killed in action off the coast of France, H7-1940.

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     Douglas Royland Webster  

Born November the twenty-second, 1918, entered the School September the tenth 1930 and left November the twenty-eighth, 1934.   Served in the Royal Navy from September 1939.  His Majesty’s Ship Vimy.   Sub-Lieutenant.  Killed on board whilst bringing wounded out of Boulogne May the twenty-fourth, 1940.

CWG: Douglas Royland Webster   Sub-Lieutenant  RNVR   HMS Vimy   21 years   Died 23rd May 1940  Son of John Harold and Eliza Webster, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire.   Memorial Panel 44  Column 2   Portsmouth Naval Memorial

The destroyer HMS Vimy was launched on 28th December 1917 as HMS Vancouver.  She was not modernised between the wars. On 9th August 1939 she recommissioned with a Reservist company. During the next few months she was engaged on convoy escorts in the Western Approaches, the Channel, North Sea and several Gibraltar convoys. On 6th February 1940 convoy OBM85G was under escort off Bishop’s Rock when an Anson of Coastal Command, 217 Squadron, lost control during a turn and dived into the sea.  One member of the four-man crew survived and was rescued by Vimy.  An ‘OB’ convoy was outward bound from Liverpool and M probably indicates to the Mediterranean.  In May 1940 came under Dover Command, and on the 13th escorted to UK from Ymuiden the Blue Funnel Line’s Perseus carrying the Dutch gold reserves together with some members of the Dutch Royal Household.   On 22nd May she bombarded Calais and brought out a detachment of Welsh Guards.  On 23rd May she took Irish and Welsh Guards and a Royal Marines’ demolition team [Operation XD(G)] into Boulogne and brought out wounded.  The Royal Marines were to demolish the locks so as to render the dock system unusable, the Guards were to defend the Marines whilst they carried out their demolitions.

Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of the Army from France, began on the evening of 26th May. Prior to that the Navy brought out wounded and specific Units. The destroyers Keith and Whitshed had delivered troops to Calais before joining Vimy in Boulogne. Keith and Whitshed berthed side by side at the quay, Whitshed taking stretcher cases.  She fought an artillery battle against German troop movements, tanks, artillery and machine gun positions. Fully loaded, she backed out of the harbour, and when a machine gun post in a warehouse overlooking the quay came within her arc of fire it was obliterated at point blank range, and then also destroyed several others.  Once outside the harbour she continued to attack tanks, artillery, and destroyed a French fort which had been taken over by the Germans.  Reports stated that the troops ashore enjoyed and were greatly heartened by the strange experience of a Navy destroyer waging an artillery battle with her 4.7-inch main armament against tanks and artillery.  As Whitshed left Vimy took her place and continued the battle. Shortly afterwards there was a co-ordinated attack by massed Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers, machine guns, mortars and troops.  Near misses to Keith by dive bombers with hits from mortar shells and machine gun fire damaged the bridge and gun positions, killed the Commanding Officer, other Officers and Men. Vimy’s CO was seriously injured and one Officer and several Men were killed.  That one Officer would appear to be Douglas Webster.  When fully loaded the two destroyers began to withdraw, Vimy on fire aft and with a list, but not seriously damaged.  Whitshed returned to give support and the three destroyers continued the artillery battle.  Keith and Vimy were ordered to Dover.  Keith buried her dead at sea and Vimy presumably did likewise.  


Westley, Arthur B  Has returned to civilian life, H-Christmas-1942.


Westrope, F  Sapper later, Lance Corporal.   Italy.   Returned from war service.


Whalley, B Officer in local 541 Squadron ATC, H-Christmas-1942.


Whalley, H   Marine, previously in Lancashire Constabulary CID, H-Christmas-1942. Lance Corporal, Royal Marines but has been moving between Units which caused him to lose and then recover his stripes.  Corporal, H-Midsummer-1943.


V Whalley James     Memorial Book

Memorial Book:         Royal Air Force          James Whalley

Born August the fourteenth, 1913, entered the School September the sixteenth, 1925 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1929. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from December 1940. Sergeant Observer. Missing presumed killed in operations over Europe July the twenty-sixth, 1942.

CWG: James Whalley Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Sergeant Observer. 138 Squadron. Service Number 1072964.  28 years. Died 26th July 1942.  Son of Thomas and Jane Whalley of Preston, Lancashire; husband of Edith Whalley, of Preston. Grave Reference: Plot L Grave 4 Vire New Communal Cemetery. 

Vire is a small town in the Calvados prefecture, about 37 miles south west of Caen.  There are four graves from the 1939-1945 war.

138 Squadron was a Special Duties squadron operating for the Special Operations Executive (see George Harris). On Saturday / Sunday, 25th/26th July 1942, the Whitley V bomber Z9282 - NF - M, Flight Sergeant John Owen, captain, crashed at Vire during an SOE mission on Cholet, which is about 50 miles east-south-east of St Nazaire, Nantes halfway between the two. The Whitley had a crew of five, one survived and became a prisoner of war.


Whalley, William PGSA No 320, 9th February 1929.  28 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, nr Preston. 18 School Lane, Bamber Bridge, nr Preston.  4 Grove Road, Walton-le-Dale. 5 Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale.  188A Victoria Road, Walton, Preston.  Glengarth, Higher Walton Road, Higher Walton, Preston. Card:  Glengarth, 314 Higher Walton Road, PR5 4HT. 1926.  Life Member.  HM Forces.  Aircraftsman, based near home so able to continue playing football for PGSOB, H-Christmas-1942.  Overseas on a long voyage which means he missed his weekly game of football, H-Midsummer-1943. L A C, RAF, Ceylon.  Later, Corporal.


White, George  Army   Trooper Made disparaging remarks about the letter censors wearing out razor blades so his letter had many holes and few words. Royal Armoured Corps, joined in July 1942, stationed in Wiltshire, H-Christmas-1942.


Whitemoss, Cyril   HM Forces, H-Christmas-1942.


Whiteside, Gunner K   Appears to be a heavy artillery driver, H7-1940.  Gunner,  H12-1940.


Whittle, H May be in RAF, seen by E J Kilner, H-Midsummer-1943.


Wiggans, K  Aircraftsman 2.


Wignall, William Cecil   Card Index HM Forces.


Wilcock, Kenneth   Signalman  Happy compiling balance sheets and working in the Pay Office, H-Christmas-1942.  Also shown as a Gunner. Back as a Signalman, in an office overlooking the beach in a pleasant seaside town, H-Midsummer-1943.


V Wilkinson,   Geoffrey Prater                     Memorial Book

RAF  Born 5th December 1922.  PGS September 1934 - August 1938; PGSA No 681, 12th October 1940, Athletic Section.  20 Woodside Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston.   Membership Register.  Memorial Book:         Royal Air Force        Geoffrey Prater Wilkinson

Born December the fifth, 1922, entered the School September the twelfth, 1934, and left July the twenty-sixth, 1938. Served in the Royal Air Force, Coastal Command, from February 1941. 248 Squadron.  Flight Sergeant Pilot.  Missing presumed killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service September the seventh, 1943.

CWG: Geoffrey Prater Wilkinson  Flight Sergeant  RAFVR  248 Squadron 20 years   Died 7th September 1943  Service Number 1236806.  Son of Charles S and Ada Wilkinson, of Ribbleton, Lancashire.  Memorial Reference: Panel 140, Runnymede Memorial.

248 Squadron flew Blenheims from Cornwall providing fighter escort for strike aircraft attacking shipping off the French coast and the Bay of Biscay. In June 1943 they changed to Beaufighter X, flying from Predannack, Cornwall.


Wilkinson, J H Flight Lieutenant  Many years ago had played for Swindon Town and is now playing in the Wing team.  RAF Educational Branch, H-Midsummer-1943.


Willington, Tom  Staff Sergeant   Was in Palestine but based in Khartoum, H7-1947.


Willmoth, Gunner A E ACA  Hon Auditor,  skywatching somewhere in England, H4-1940.


V Wilmore, Hubert Roy                          Memorial Book

Memorial Book:     Royal Air Force    Hubert Roy Wilmore

Born March the sixth 1922, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left July the twenty-sixth, 1938.  Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from August 1941.  196 Squadron. Sergeant Air Gunner. Killed in operations over Germany March the thirtieth, 1943.

CWG: Hubert Roy Wilmore RAFVR  Sergeant Air Gunner 196 Squadron.  21 years. Died 30th March 1943. Service Number 1231055.  Son of Hubert and Ann Wilmore, of Fulwood, Lancashire.  Grave Reference:  Plot 2, Row A, Coll. Grave 7-11, Laren (Barchem) General Cemetery.

South east of Apeldoorn.

196 Squadron badge is a mailed fist holding a dagger, hilt downwards.  The mailed fist indicates the power of bombing whilst the dagger being handed down indicates supply dropping.  Motto: Sic fidem servamus Thus we keep Faith.  It was a night bombing squadron flying, from January 1943, the Wellington X, based at Leconfield. On a raid to Bochum HE385 was shot down by a night fighter over Zwiep, Holland. There were no survivors.


Wilson, H Ball   Nothing is yet known about this Old Boy other than that he was a fighter pilot, then entered civil aviation administration, and was alive in 1951.


Wilson, J S    Lieutenant   With the Guards in Italy. Son of Colonel J B Wilson of Fulwood.


Wilson, M C  Officer in local 541 Squadron ATC, H-Christmas-1942, (see Great War).


Wilson,  R P ‘Tug’  


Winwood, H C H7-1944.


Withington, Peter H  Signal Training Regiment, Royal Artillery, H-Christmas-1942.   Army  October 2008 Newsletter.


Woodall, Mr   left early in the term to join the Army, H12-1940.


Woodruff, T W  RAF


Woods, B N REME Craftsman. Left PGS 1926. In India, H-Midsummer-1943.


Woods, G L Flight Sergeant G L Woods, RAFVR, aged 24, enlisted in July 1941 and has since done over 40 operational flights.  He has been awarded the DFM in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty, H7-1945.


V Worsley, George Herbert               Memorial Book  

Memorial Book:     George Herbert Worsley     Gordon Highlanders

Born July the tenth, 1913, entered the School April the twenty-second, 1925 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1929.   Served in The Gordon Highlanders, First Battalion, from 1939. Private. Died of wounds received in action near Caen in Normandy July the eighteenth, 1944.

GWC: George Herbert Worsley  Private  Seaforth Highlanders 5th Battalion.  30 years. Died 18th July 1944.  Service Number 3861315.   Son of Herbert and Eleanor Mary Worsley, of Preston.  Vice President, UK Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing.  Grave Reference: IV A .L . 15  Ranville War Cemetery.


Worth, E   Corporal is doing in the Army much as he did as a civilian, Sanitary Inspector, going from unit to unit giving advice, H12-1940.

Worth, Edwin   Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps.


Worthington, George W  Royal Navy   Scotland. In same camp as J S T Thornley.


Wyles, J L   Athletic Section, since the end of last season has joined the Forces,  H12-1940.

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Yates, A D   Army Major, Regular.  Lieutenant A D Yates is in Japan with the War Crimes Commission, H7-1947.   Lt-Col A D Yates presented a trophy to the School.


Yates, Arnold  RAF


Yates, Cyril   PGSA No 674, 2nd September 1940. 10 Lorraine Avenue, Preston. Entry September 1927,  Leaving July 1932.  Card: 1 Stratford Drive, Fulwood, Preston.  10 Lorraine Avenue, Preston PR2 3BL.  Life Member.  HM Forces.  Aircraftsman, Flight Mechanic, H-Christmas-1942.  RAF, brother of Norman.   Aircraftsman, in Italy.


Yates, F   May be Prisoner of War in Malaya.


Yates, Jack  RAF  Sgt Pilot Met his brother Ronald in Egypt. Trained in South Africa.

V Yates, James                     Memorial Book

Missing at sea, H-Midsummer-1942.

Memorial Book:     Royal Navy     James Yates

Born December the tenth, 1921, entered the School September the twelfth 1933 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1937.  Served in the Royal Navy, His Majesty’s Ships Raleigh, Drake, and Edinburgh, from June 1941.  Ordinary Seamen.  Missing presumed killed in a torpedo attack off Murmansk April the thirtieth, 1942.

CWG: James Yates  Ordinary Seaman Royal Navy.  HMS Edinburgh. 20 years. Died 2nd May 1942.  Service Number D/JX 286892. Son of James and Florence Yates of Penwortham, Lancashire.  Memorial Reference: Panel 67 Column 3 Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Served on HMS Edinburgh, sister ship to HMS Belfast now moored on the Thames at Tower Bridge.  Edinburgh was launched by Swan Hunter on the Tyne on 31st March 1938, a 10,000 ton cruiser, 12 x 6” guns main armament, complement of 850. Was on Russia to UK convoy QP11 escort duty and was carrying £45 million in gold bullion payment by the Soviet Union for armaments being supplied. She was torpedoed in the Barents Sea by U-456, her stern being blown off. A tug was towing her back to the Kola Inlet at Murmansk when she and her escort were attacked by three German destroyers.  Z-24 hit Edinburgh with another torpedo which had been aimed at one of the escorts. The cruiser still had one operational turret and her second salvo so badly damaged Hermann Schoemann that the Germans had to scuttle her. Edinburgh herself was now too badly damaged to save and had to be scuttled on 2nd May.  There were 57 casualties in the two attacks.  The bullion has since been recovered!

HMSs Raleigh and Drake are Training Establishments.


Yates, Norman  Company Sergeant Major, H-Christmas-1942.  Met his brother Cyril in Italy.


Yates, Ronald  Met his brother Jack in Egypt.


Youds, J Aircraftsman Likely to be sent overseas, H-Midsummer-1943.


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