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.
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.
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.