Plumtree School -
Old Prunitians - Roll of Honour
Individual Biographies 1939-1945 G to L
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Sgt. R. G. G. Gain - Robert Gordon Gain was killed as a result of an aircraft accident in England on October 29th, 1941. He was born on April 28th, 1921, at Windhoek, and entered Milner House in January 1935. He was interested in dramatics and did good work for his House. He left in October 1938, and attested in the R.A.F. on July 5th, 1940, and proceeded to England for training. Before the war he was in the Geological Survey Department, Salisbury.
Flight-Sgt. D. A. Green - Dennis Arthur Green lost his life as the result of an aircraft accident on September 4th, 1942. He was born on May 13th, 1920, and entered Lloyd House in January 1936; after Matriculating in 1938 he went to the Witwatersrand University. He played rugger and cricket for the School '3rd teams.
Flight-Sgt. P. C. N. Green - Peter Charles Nightingale Green, who was previously reported missing as the result of air operations on December 25th, 1944, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on August 9th, 1924, and entered Grey House in January, 1938. He left Plumtree in December 1941, to join the R.A.F. He attested in March 1942, and received preliminary training in Rhodesia, and went overseas in May 1943.
Sgt. H. M. Greenfield - Harry Moxom Greenfield, who was reported missing the result of air operations on June 22nd, 1944, is now officially presumed have been killed in action on that date. He was born on March 3rd, 1924, and entered Milner House in January 1937. He was in the School Boxing team and 1st XI Hockey team. He was very keenly interested in dramatics and took a leading part in five school performances. In 1940 he passed Cambridge School Certificate examination, obtaining five credits. After leaving Plumtree in December 1941, he entered the Civil Service, but soon after attested in the R.A.F.
L/Cpl. J. E. C. Harris - John Eardley Colling Harris was killed in Egypt 1940, when there was an accidental explosion amongst some stores. He was born on November 5th, 1919, and entered Grey House in September 1934. After Matriculating he left school in December 1937. School Record: House Prefect, 1937; Rugger 1st XV, 1937; Cricket 1st XI, 1936-37; School Athletic Team, 1936-37, Colours 1937; School Swimming Team, 1937; School 1st Tennis VI, 1936-37.
Lieut. J. V. Hartley, R.N. - John Vernon (Jock) Hartley was killed on active service in November 1942. Lieut. Hartley's squadron met the full force of enemy defences at Oran, and his plane was seen to crash near the target. American troops found the wreckage, and the crew were buried with full military honours at Arzen Bay, 15 miles east of Oran, on November 11th, 1942. Jock was born on January 29th, 1916, and entered Lloyd House in January 1929. He played in junior rugger and cricket teams, and after passing his Junior Certificate in 1931 he went ranching in the Fort Victoria District. In 1938 he left Rhodesia to go overseas.
Pilot Officer L. V. Hayes - Laurence Vincent Hayes, who was previously reported missing as the result of air operations on June 21st, 1944, is now presumed tohave been killed on that date. He was born on May 31st, 1921, and entered Milner House in January 1935. Soon after leaving Plumtree he attested in the R.A.F., receiving his preliminary training in Rhodesia before proceeding overseas. School Record: House Prefect, 1939; School Prefect and Head of House, 1940; Rugger 1st XV, 1940; Cricket 1st XI, 1938, 1939, 1940 (Colours, 1939-40); represented Rhodesian Schools in the Nuffield tournament; Athletic team, 1939, and captain 1940; Swimming team, 1939, 1940; Hockey 1st XI, 1938, 1939, 1940 (Colours 1940; vice-capt., 1939). On School Magazine Committee, and took an active part in Dramatics; Matriculated in 1940.
Sgt. Pilot R.F. Henderson - Richard Fuller Henderson trained as an air mechanic in England, and was posted to Cranborne, Salisbury. Here he received an injury while on duty, as a result of which he died in Cape Town shortly after boarded out. He was born on November 23rd, 1913, and entered Gaul House in January, 1927; he left Plumtree in December, 1928.
Pilot Officer J. C. W. Hewetson - James Cecil William Hewetson, previously reported missing as the result of air operations on February 25th, 1943, is officially presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born at Duns, Berwick, on February 21st, 1921, and entered Lloyd House in September 1935. He Matriculated in December, 1938, and then entered the Public Works Department, Salisbury, attesting in the Royal Air Force in November 1940. He received preliminary training in Southern Rhodesia and the Union before proceeding overseas in August 1941.
Flying Officer C. T. Holland - Christopher Thomas Holland, who was reported missing as the result of air operations on September 13th-14th, 1942 is now believed to have been killed on that date. He was born on March 29th, 1920, and entered Milner House in September, 1934. After leaving Plumtree in August 1937, he worked at Umtali as a clerk and apprentice auctioneer. He attested in the R.A.F. in July 1940, and proceeded overseas for training.
Wireless Operator-Air Gunner G. W. Hough - Gilbert Walter Hough, who was previously reported missing as the result of air operations on May 8, 1942 is now officially presumed to have met his death on May 9th, 1942. Hough was born on 14th April, 1918, and entered Grey House in January 1931. Before leaving school in December 1935, he passed his Junior Certificate examination, represented the School 2nd teams in Rugger and Cricket, and took an active part in Dramatics.
Pilot F. S. Howard - Frank Stanley Howard died on May 20th, as a result of injuries received in air operations on May 17th, 1942. He was born Mafeking on July 23rd, 1911, and entered Gaul House in January, 1923. He left Plumtree in December, 1929. He played Rugger for the School 2nd XV, and took a keen interest in swimming.
Lieut. W. R. Hoyte - Walter Ramond Hoyte was killed in action by a mortar shell when the 9th Durham Light Infantry was attacking Catania, Sicily, in July 1943. He was born on April 7th, 1920, and entered Gaul House in January 1933. After passing his Matriculation Examination he left Plumtree in April 1938, and was entered as a student of Westminster Hospital Medical School, and started working for the 1st M.B. at the University College London. School Record: House Prefect, 1937; L/Cpl. Medical Section, 1936; Rugger 1st XV, 1937; Athletic Under 16 Champion, 1936; Boxing team, 1936; under 14 Swimming Champion.
Sgt.-Pilot G. R: Hullneck - Gilbert Rodney Hullneck was killed in a motor cycle accident in the Far East early this year. He was born on January 21st, 1919, and entered Lloyd House in January 1933, and left Plumtree in August 1935.
Rfm. R. C. Huntly - Roland Campbell Huntly was killed in action in the Western Desert on November 27th, 1942. He was born on October 9th, 1919, and entered Milner House in January 1935. He left Plumtree in December 1936, and before attesting at the outbreak of war he was a salesman with Messrs. Johnson & Fletcher, Gatooma.
Sgt. Air Gunner D. N. Huntly, D.F.M. - Donald Norman Huntly, who was reported missing as the result of air operations on September 13th-14th, 1942, is now reported to have been killed on that date. He was born at Salisbury on September 26th, 1921, and entered Milner House .in January 1935. Before leaving Plumtree in October 1938, he passed the Junior Certificate examination and played rugger for the School 1st XV. At the time he attested in the Air Force in July 1940, he was employed with the Shell Company, Salisbury. Sgt. Huntly took part in the famous Augsburg raid, and in that action won the D.F .M. He was one of the British Services representatives who toured America. Mr. H. Morgenthau, in a special message of condolence to Huntly's parents, said: "We at the Treasury are deeply sorry to hear of his death. He was a great help to us during his visit to the United States, and he at all times was a credit to the uniform he wore. I feel he gave his life not only for his country but for ours in the fight against the common enemy.”
Pilot-Officer S. B. Ingram - Stuart Biddulph Ingram, who was previously reported missing as the result of air operations on May 20th, 1944, is now officially presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on May 8th, 1924, and entered Plumtree School as a day scholar attached to Grey House in January, 1937. He was. a L/Cpl. in the Cadet Corps, and before leaving in December 1941, he passed his Cambridge School Certificate examination obtaining Matric. exemption. He was employed in the Native Department for a short while before attesting for the R.A.F.
Pilot-Officer R. W. James - Ralph Worthington James was killed as the result of a flying accident on November 11th, 1942. He was born on November 22nd, 1920, at Gosforth, Newcastle, and entered Lloyd House in May 1934. He left Plumtree in December 1935, and before attesting in the Air Force in July 1940, he was employed with the Rhodesian Printing and Publishing Company, in Bulawayo.
Sgt.-Pilot L. T. Jearey - L. T. Jearey was killed in a flying accident in Salisbury on 17th February; 1941. He was born at Muizenberg, Cape, in 1910, and entered Lloyd House in 1922. Before leaving in 1927 he was a lance-corporal in the Cadets; a member of the Rugby XV; represented the School boxing team from 1923 to 1927, winning in the latter year the inter-school light-heavy championship; in 1924 he won the School under 14 swimming championship. In 1931, he went to England and served in the Air Force there for three years with a short-service commission. He took a prominent part in boxing and represented the R.A.F. After serving with the R.A,F. in Egypt, he returned to Rhodesia and went mining. He joined the Air Force again soon after the outbreak of war.
Sgt.-Pilot R. W. Jenkins - Richard W. Jenkins was shot down during a sweep over the Channel on July 31st, 1941, and was posted as “missing” believed killed. He was born on September 2nd, 1913, and entered Milner House in January, 1926. He joined the R.A.F. in Canada soon after the war began, and went to England with one of the first drafts from the Canadian air training scheme.
Sgt.-Air Observer B. E. F. Jones - Basil Everard Francis Jones was killed as the result of an aircraft accident in England on June 11th, 1942. He was born on 10th March, 1923, and entered Grey House in January, 1936. He passed his Cambridge Certificate in 1939, and on leaving school in August 1940, went mining at West Nicholson for a few months before joining the R.A.F. School Record: House Prefect, 1940; Rugger 1st XV, 1940; C.S.M. in Cadet Corps. Took an active part in dramatics and represented his House in tennis, hockey and water polo.
Lieut. F. Kempen - Frank Kempen, of the South African Air Force, was killed at Paarl on 27th July, 1941, while on operational flying duties. He was born on 25th February, 1917, and entered Gaul House as a day scholar in January 1932, and left Plumtree the same year.
D. C. Kennelly - Dennis Charles Kennelly was killed in action on board H.M.S. Hermes. He was born on October 1st, 1923, and entered Gaul House in January, 1936, leaving in December 1939. He played rugger and cricket for the School 2nd Teams, and was keen on boxing.
Sgt.-Pilot P. D. Lambert - Peter Denis Lambert was killed as a result of an aircraft accident in England on December 7, 1941. He was born on July 31st, 1921, and entered Lloyd House in January 1935. He took a prominent part in swimming. After leaving in 1937 he went to the Bulawayo Technical School. He attested in the R.A.F. in January 1941, and proceeded to England in August.
A/B P. D. H. Leach - Peter Drummond Hay Leach, who was previously reported missing as the result of the loss of H.M.S. Hollyhock on April. 9th, 1942, when this ship was sunk off Ceylon, is now presumed killed on that date. He was born on September 29th, 1920, and entered Lloyd House in May 1936, leaving school in December 1937. At the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Navy, and at the time of his death he was a Stoker, second class.
Sgt.-Air Observer J. I. M. Logan - John Innes Montgomery Logan, who was reported missing as the result of air operations on September 2, 1942, is now known to have been killed on that date. He was born On December 30th, 1922, and entered Lloyd House in January, 1935. He passed his Cambridge School Certificate Examination in 1939, and after leaving Plumtree in April, 1940, joined the Native Department, Salisbury. He attested in the Air Force in June, 1941, and after preliminary training in Rhodesia proceeded overseas in January, 1942.
Last Updated : December 03, 2002