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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.

Campbell R 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, L H 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.

cross 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. Citation: 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.

cross 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.

Coward J 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.

cross 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