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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.

cross 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 with 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.

cross 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.

cross 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 water. Suez 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.

cross 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.

cross 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.