Plumtree School -
Old Prunitians - Roll of Honour
Individual Biographies 1939-1945 M to R
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Pilot-Officer D. G. Mackay - Donald George Mackay, who was previously reported missing as a result of air operations on May 8th, 1942, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on March 24th, 1921, and entered Grey House in January 1934. He passed his Junior Certificate in 1936, and played for the School 1st Cricket XI in 1937. After leaving Plumtree in December 1937, he was employed in the Standard Bank, Gwelo. He attested in November, 1940, and received preliminary training in Rhodesia, after which he proceeded overseas in April, 1941.
Sgt.-Air-Gunner K. L. Macfarlane - Kenneth Lowe Macfarlane was killed as the result of air operations on April 12, 1944. He was born on July 8th, 1923, and entered Milner House in January 1937. Before leaving in December 1940, he passed his Cambridge School Certificate examination, obtaining six credits. From Plumtree he went to Wits University. Later he joined the R.A.F. and received his preliminary training in Southern Rhodesia, then proceeded overseas in July 1943.
Sgt. A. B. McLaggan - Angus Beatty McLaggan was killed in Durban as a result of an accident in a military lorry. He was born on October 25th, 1919, and entered Milner House in January 1935, and left Plumtree in the same year.
2nd-Lieutenant P. J. Nice - Philip John Nice was killed in action in Burma in 1944, while serving with the Royal Engineers. He was born on September 28, 1918, and entered Lloyd House in January 1932. He left Plumtree in June 1935.
Flying-Officer S. H. Miller - Samuel Henry (Billy) Miller died as the result of injuries received in an aircraft accident on July 8th, 1942, in the Middle East. He was born on March 20th, 1910, and entered Lloyd House in January 1924. After leaving school in December 1926, he worked in Bulawayo and was an Insurance Inspector at the time he joined the R.A.F. in October, 1939.
Sgt. K. S. M. Miller - Kenneth Silver Mylne Miller was reported missing as the result of air operations on December 21st - 22nd, 1944, and is now believed to have been killed on that date. He was born on September 29th, 1924, and entered Lloyd House in January 1937. He played for the School 2nd teams in rugger and cricket, and in 1942 was appointed a School Prefect and Head of the House. He was a Corporal in the Air Cadets and left Plumtree in December 1942, to join the R.A.F. as a career. He attested in January 1943, received preliminary training in Rhodesia, and went overseas in December 1943.
Flying-Officer R. M. Napier – Ronald Macdonald Napier was accidentally killed in the Middle East on March 14th, 1944. He was born on March 10th, 1906, and entered Grey House in April 1920. After matriculating in 1925, he entered business in Cape Town, becoming managing director of the Table Mountain Canning Company and the Lambert's Bay Canning Company. When war broke out Napier was in America but immediately returned to join the Cape Town Highlanders. Later he transferred to the Reconnaissance Unit (Rhodesian), after which he volunteered for the R.A.F. He was serving as a pilot with 237 Squadron at the time of his death. School Record: House Prefect, 1923-24; School Prefect, 1925; Cricket 1st XI, 1923-24-25 and Colours 1923-24-25; Rugby 2nd XV, 1924; Corporal in the Cadets, 1924; Matriculated June 1926.
Flying-Officer G. W. Oldham, D.F.C.- Gordon William Oldham, who was reported missing as a result of air operations on April 26th - 27th, 1944, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on October 9th, 1920, and entered Lloyd House in January, 1936. . He was an outstanding boxer and represented the School; also a fine athlete, he held the Under 16 long jump, hurdles, and 100 yards School records for many years. He left Plumtree School in April 1938. He attested in September 1940, and after receiving preliminary training in Rhodesia he proceeded overseas in October 1941.
Gunner J. P. P. Pattinson - John Pearson Parker Pattinson was killed in action in the Western Desert on November 1st, 1942. He was born on August 17, 1906, and entered Grey House in February 1920. He passed his Junior Certificate in 1922, and played rugger and cricket for the School 2nd teams, and was a L.-Corporal in the Cadet Corps. After leaving in June 1923, he went mining in the Gwanda district. At the time he joined the Forces he was employed as a mining engineer at Belingwe. He was a keen hockey player, and represented Rhodesia in 1933.
Pilot-Officer A. W. Paul - Alfred Walter Paul was reported missing as the result of air operations on October 6th, 1944, and nothing further has since been heard of him. He was born on October 9th, 1921, and entered Grey House in .January 1935. He was at Plumtree only for a few terms.
Flying-Officer A. F. Posselt - Arthur Francis Posselt, who was reported missing after a raid on the Meuse on May 14th, 1940, has since been presumed killed in action on that date. He was born on August 16th, 1918, and entered Plumtree School first as a day scholar attached to Lloyd House in January 1931. He left for a short period, re-entering in 1937, and finally leaving school in August 1938.
Pilot-Officer C. J. Randle - Colin James Randle was killed as the result of air operations on June 8th, 1944, at Gambu, and was buried at Tobruk. He was born on January 9th, 1919, and entered Grey House in January, l932. At the outbreak of war he was in Australia and received his training there before being posted to the Middle East.
Pilot-Officer T. B. Richards - Thomas Bryan Richards, who was previously reported missing as the result of air operations on 22nd June, 1944, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on September 6th, 1922, and entered Gaul House in January, 1938. Having passed the Cambridge School Certificate Examination, Richards left Plumtree in April, 1940, and shortly afterwards he attested in the R.A.F., receiving his preliminary training in Rhodesia before proceeding overseas.
Flying-Officer T. Rickland - Tore Rickland, who was previously missing as a result of air operations on May 9th, 1944, is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was born on November 13th, 1920, and entered Lloyd House in January, 1933. He left Plumtree School in December, 1939, and almost immediately attested for the R.A.F. School Record: Matriculated 1939,. House Prefect 1939, Sgt. in Cadet Corps, Shooting VIII; Rugger 1st XV, 1938-39; School Athletic Team, 1934-35-38-39 (Colours 1939).
Sgt. J. C. Robertson - John Charles Robertson was killed as the result of an air accident outside Salisbury. He was born On July 12th,1912, and entered Gaul House in April 1922. After leaving Plumtree he went to George Watson's College, Edinburgh. He graduated B.Sc. at Edinburgh University. Returning to Rhodesia in 1934, he joined the Imperial Tobacco Company. In 1935 he was the Salisbury golf champion. He joined the R.A.F. in August 1941, and had just qualified for his wings.
Private H. J. W. Ross - Harold James White Ross was killed in action in Italy on February 21st, 1945, and buried at Capella, Tortonare. He was born on July 17th, 1917, and entered Lloyd House in January, 1930. After matriculating in December, 1935, he left Plumtree, and at the outbreak of war he was working on the Rand, where he joined up with the 1st Transvaal Scottish. School Record: House Prefect, 1935; School Prefect, 1935; Rugger 1st XV and Colours, 1935; School Swimming team, 1935; Sergeant in the Cadet Corps; Dramatic Society; 1st Class J.C., 1933, and won a Senior Beit Scholarship.
Flight-Lieut. J. Russell - John Russell, who was reported missing as the result of air operations on September 17th, 1944, is now believed to have been killed on that date. He was born on June 10th, 1916, and entered Milner House in January 1929. He passed his Junior Certificate in 1932, was appointed a House Prefect in 1934, lance-corporal in the Cadet Corps; School 2nd Rugger XV, 1934; and he took a keen interest in dramatics, appearing in four school performances. He left Plumtree in December 1934.
Last Updated : December 03, 2002