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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

cross Marland, John Colin 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.

cross 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. Royal Air Force William Marsden Born July the eighteenth, 1924, entered the School September the tenth, 1936 and left November the first, 1939. Served 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.

cross 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. Missing 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

cross Muir, James Leslie 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.

cross 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.