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Old Prunitians - Roll of Honour
Individual Biographies 1939-1945 A to F - Please submit any additions/deletions to the webmaster
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Flight Lieut. A. I. Albertson: Arthur Ian Albertson was killed in England on March 2nd, 1945. He was born on March 3rd, 1914, and entered Milner House in August, 1926; after leaving Plumtree School in 1931 he was employed by the Texas Company. He attested in November, 1940, and received preliminary training in Southern Rhodesia and the Union; on returning to Rhodesia he was engaged on flying instructors' duties until proceeding overseas in June, 1944.
Flying Officer H. E. C. Aylward: Harold Edgar Cecil Aylward, who was reported missing as the result of air operations on March 29th, 1945, is now believed to have been killed on that date. He was born on November 4th, 1924, and entered Gaul House in January, 1937. In December, 1940, he passed his Cambridge School Certificate, obtaining eight credits. After sitting his Beit Bursary examination in 1941, he went to Rhodes University College to take up law. He attested in January, 1943, received preliminary training in Rhodesia, and proceeded to the Middle East in November of the same year.
Sub-Lieutenant E. R. Bailey: Edward Roy Bailey, R.N.V.R., was reported missing, presumed killed on active service on July 3lst, 1944, when his ship was taking part in operations off the Normandy beach-head. Bailey was born on March 26th, 1923, and entered Lloyd House in January, 1936. After winning a bursary in 1941 he went to Cape Town University for a short time before joining the Royal Navy at Simonstown in March, 1942. He served in a cruiser until he trained for his commission at Port Elizabeth at the end of 1942. In March, 1943, he was posted to the Mediterranean, where he served in a destroyer. School Record: Cambridge Certificate, 1940 (5 credits). House Prefect 1941. L/Cpl. and Marksman in Cadet Corps. Cricket 2nd XI; Rugger 3rd XV; Secretary to the Scientific Society.
Flight Sgt. A. Balloch - Albert Balloch was reported missing as the result of air operations on February 2nd-3rd, 1945, and is now officially presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on July 6th, 1922, and entered Grey House in January, 1936. After passing his Junior Certificate examination in December, 1937, he left to take up employment in Northern Rhodesia. He attested in July, 1943, received preliminary training in Rhodesia, and proceeded overseas in December, 1943.
Pilot S. J. Barbour - Stanley John Barbour was killed in action in Egypt
on February 15th, 1941. He was 28 years of age, and entered Milner House
in 1927. He left in 1928, and in that year was a member of the school Rugger 1st
XV. After leaving School, he joined a sports business in
He was first at Vincent's and then at Alick Stuart's. On the outbreak of war he
left to join the S.R.A.F. at Cranborne,
from there he went to Habbaniya in
where he passed out as Sgt.Pilot.
Gnr. C. W. Bawden - Charles William Bawden died on service on October 6th, 1943 in Southern Rhodesia. He was born on April 15th, 1925, and entered Grey House in January 1940. He left Plumtree in April 1942, and went farming until attesting in May 1, 1943.
Sgt. Air Gunner J. A. Bland - Joseph Arthur Bland, who was reported, missing as the result of air operations on the night of April 22nd/23rd, 1943, is now officially presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on November 20th, 1916, and entered Gaul House in 1929, having previously been at the Plumtree Prep. School since January 1927. After passing his Junior Certificate examination, he left Plumtree in 1933. Joe was keen on all sport : he played for the School 1st Cricket XI, 2nd XV Rugger team and represented the School at the inter-school sports in 1930. He attested in February 1942, and after receiving preliminary training in Rhodesia, proceeded overseas in June of the same year. Before the war he was a reduction officer on the Acturus Mine.
Lieut. H. P. Booth - Harold Booth was killed in action in Burma on April 7th, 1945. He was born on November 18th, 1921, and entered Grey House in January 1934. He left Plumtree in December 1935, to complete his education in England. He joined the Northern Rhodesia Regiment soon after the outbreak of war, and saw service in East Africa before going to Burma.
Sgt.-Pilot J. B. Boyd-Clark - John Bertram Boyd-Clark died on active service on April 8th, 1943. He was born on June 16th, 1920, and entered Milner House in January 1937. After passing his Matriculation examination in December 1938, he left Plumtree and went farming at Inyazura until attesting in October, 1941.
Pilot-Officer P. C. L. Brunton - Peter Charles Lindsay Brunton, who was reported missing as the result of air operations in the Middle East on February 3rd, 1942, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on July 14th, 1914, and entered Lloyd House in January 1927. He passed his Matriculation in 1931, and at the time he joined up was in the Mines Department, Gwelo. He played wing three-quarter for Rhodesia against Cove-Smith's English team. School Record: House Prefect; Head of Lloyd House and School Prefect, 1931; Cadet/Lieut., 1931; Shooting VIII, 1929-30-31; Rugger 1st XV, Colours 1931; Athletic Team, 1981; School Boxing Team, 1929-30; Tennis VI and vice-captain, 193;1.; Cricket XI, 1930-31; vice-captain and Colours, 1931; House Swimming Team, 1929-31.
Lieutenant D. Carmichael - Donald Carmichael was killed in action on July 26th, 1944. He was born on September 11th, 1912, and entered Plumtree Junior School in April 1918; he left Plumtree in May 1920.
Sgt. Pilot J. Casson - John Casson died as the result of air operations on May 27th, 1944. He was born on 20th November, 1922, and entered Grey House in January, 1934. He passed his Junior Certificate examination in 1937, and after leaving Plumtree in December 1940, he was employed by the Imperial Tobacco Co. He attested in October, 1941, and after receiving his preliminary training in Rhodesia he proceeded to the Middle East in January 1943.
Wireless Operator-Air Gunner W. H. Casson -William Harry Casson was
killed as the result of air operations on December 12, 1942. He was born on June
24, 1921, and entered Grey House in January 1934. After leaving School in August
1938, Casson went farming in the Rusapi district, and in October, 1940, he
attested in the Air Force and proceeded overseas for training.
Flight-Sgt.-Pilot C. A. Cox - Clive Arthur Cox, who was reported missing
as a result of air operations on December 3rd, 1943, has now been reclassified
as missing, believed killed in action. He was born on September 11th, 1917 and
entered Gaul House in January 1937. After passing the Cambridge School
Certificate examination in December 1940, he left Plumtree and joined the Native
Department for a short while before attesting in the R.A.F.
F /Lt. A. W. B. Davies - Arthur William Bowen Davies was reported missing
as the result of air operations on April 24th, 1945, and nothing further has
since been heard of him. He was born on August 10th, 1922 and entered Lloyd
House in January 1936. After passing the Cambridge School Certificate
examination in December 1939, he left Plumtree to take up employment with the
Salisbury Municipality. He attested in April 1941, received preliminary training
in Rhodesia, and proceeded to the Middle East in January 1942.
Bombardier M. G. Dorset - Michael Gervase Dorset died of wounds in Italy on June 28th, 1944. He was born on December 26th, 1922, and entered Milner House in March 1936. He was a marksman in the Cadet Corps, and took an interest in dramatics. He left Plumtree in December 1940, having passed his Cambridge Certificate. He attested in November, 1941, and proceeded on commitment in March 1943.
Lieut. B. I. Duff - Benjamin Ian Duff was killed in action in Burma on
March 2nd, 1944. He was born on January 2nd, 1918, and entered Lloyd House in
January 1932. After leaving Plumtree in August 1936, he entered the Public
Health Department of the Civil Service. He attested in September 1939, and
almost immediately proceeded on commitment.
Sgt. K. D. H. Fraser - Kenneth Desmond Heath Fraser lost his life as the result of an aircraft accident near Salisbury on September 30th, 1942. He was born on August 4th, 1922, and entered Lloyd House in January, 1935. After leaving School in 1939, he entered the Civil Service in the Surveyor-General's Department, Salisbury. He joined the Military Forces and was transferred to the Air Force in October, 1941. School Record: House Prefect, 1939; Sgt. in Cadet Corps; Shooting VIII 1937-38-39; Rugger 1st XV, 1939; Athletics School Team, 1936-37; took an active part in the Debating and Dramatic Societies.
Captain J. J. Fraser-Russell M.B., S.A.M.C. – J.J. Fraser-Russell was
killed in action in Libya on December 2nd, 1941. He was born on December 23rd,
1906, and entered Plumtree School in January 1916, leaving in April 1918. He
entered the University of Cape Town in 1926; later he qualified as Doctor from
the University of Cambridge.
Pilot Officer C. B. S. Fynn - Castle Blondin S. Fynn was killed in air operations on September 1st, 1941. He was born on January 15th, at Cape Town, and entered Grey House in 1928. After matriculating in 1933 he joined the Native Department. He went overseas for training and attested in the R.A.F. on July 5th, 1940. School Record: House Prefect, 1931-32; School Prefect, 1932-33; Corporal in the Cadets; Rugger 1st XV, 1933; Cricket XI, 1932-33 (Colours); School Tennis VI, 1933.
Last Updated : December 03, 2002