Ramsey Soldiers - D.

The First World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

Darling From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Darling, Corpl., A.S.C..
Darling -  Sergt. Recruiting Officer. From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Darling, Sergt. Major, Recruiting Officer.
Darlow - Arthur

DARLOW, Arthur – Private – 13503, 2nd Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was the son of Lizzie (nee EDDINGS) & the late Eben DARLOW of Factory Cottage, Bill Bank, Ramsey, enlisted at Huntingdon.  He died of wounds on Saturday, 19th June 1915, aged 18 years, and was interred in the Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Pte. Arthur Darlow, Ramsey, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment, Died of Wounds. Date on paper copy =  June 1915.

Darnell - James

DARNELL, James – Private – G.13319, 11th Bn. Royal West Surrey Regt. (The Queen’s).

He was born at Chelsea, Middlesex, son of William & Janet DARNELL of 3 Rowell's Yard, Great Whyte, Ramsey, who moved to Ramsey with his family in 1908.  He was killed in action on Saturday, 23rd March 1918, aged about 22 years, and his grave is in the Douchy-les-Ayette British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Dawkes - Francis Ernest

DAWKES, Francis Ernest – Private – 9664, 2nd Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

From Ramsey St. Marys, born 6th July 1893 at Godmanchester, son of John George & Sarah Elizabeth DAWKES, enlisted at Bedford and entered the theatre of war in France in August 1914.  He had seen more than five years service, had been wounded at Mons, and was killed in action on Sunday, 30th July 1916, aged 21 years, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys & Great Stukeley memorials]

Dawkes - George James Thomas

DAWKES, George James Thomas – Private – 41409, 1st Bn. Cambridgeshire Regt.

He was born at Grafham, son of John George & Sarah Elizabeth DAWKES, of Ramsey St. Marys, enlisted at Bedford.  He died on Wednesday, 26th September 1917, aged about 28 years, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, which forms the north-eastern boundary of the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]  Formerly 203907 Bedfordshire Regt.

Day - E. E.

Newspaper extract from Newspaper dated May 13th 1916 - 'The Brothers Day of Ramsey' - Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Day, 29 Field Terrace, Ramsey.  Left to right = Pte. F. J. Day, 17th Manchester Regiment, France; Sapper E. E. Day, 2nd Corps Signals, R. E., France; Rifleman P. W. Day, 11th Batt. [?] in France.

Day - F. J.

Newspaper extract from Newspaper dated May 13th 1916 - 'The Brothers Day of Ramsey' - Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Day, 29 Field Terrace, Ramsey.  Left to right = Pte. F. J. Day, 17th Manchester Regiment, France; Sapper E. E. Day, 2nd Corps Signals, R. E., France; Rifleman P. W. Day, 11th Batt. [?] in France.

Day - F. From an unknown newspaper dated July 8th 1916. 'Casualty Lists' = The casualty lists of the week tell the following story locally:-  Wounded  -  Day, Bomb. F. Manchester Regiment, Ramsey.
Day - P. W.

Newspaper extract from Newspaper dated May 13th 1916 - 'The Brothers Day of Ramsey' - Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Day, 29 Field Terrace, Ramsey.  Left to right = Pte. F. J. Day, 17th Manchester Regiment, France; Sapper E. E. Day, 2nd Corps Signals, R. E., France; Rifleman P. W. Day, 11th Batt. [?] in France.

Dawkes - F. E. From a local newspaper dated 15/9/1916 - Huntingdonshire Casualties - The following casualties appear in the official lists:- MISSING Pte. F. E. Dawkes, Ramsey, Beds. Regt.

Dawson -  W. 

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Dawson, W., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

Day - E. C.

DAY, Ernest Charles – Private – 23701, 7th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born at Ramsey, son of Henry & Martha Elizabeth (nee HAWKES) DAY of 1 Marriott's Yard, Great Whyte, Ramsey, enlisted at Bedford.  He died of wounds on Monday, 11th February 1918, aged 24 years, and was buried in the Noyon New British Cemetery, Oise, France.

Pte. E. C. Day, Bedford Regiment from Ramsey was wounded.

Day -  F. G or J.

Newspaper extract from Newspaper dated May 13th 1916 - 'The Brothers Day of Ramsey' - Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Day, 29 Field Terrace, Ramsey.  Left to right = Pte. F. J. Day, 17th Manchester Regiment, France; Sapper E. E. Day, 2nd Corps Signals, R. E., France; Rifleman P. W. Day, 11th Batt. [?] in France.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Day, F. G or J., Manchester Regiment.

Day - George William

DAY, George William Gray – Private – 19873, 7th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born 20th July 1888 at Woodwalton, son of Henry & Martha Elizabeth DAY of 1 Marriott's Yard, Great Whyte, Ramsey, was killed in action on Thursday, 3rd May 1917, aged 28 years, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  Two sons of Mr. & Mrs. DAY died, and two more were serving their country – Cpl. Herbert John DAY in the Bedfordshire Regt. and Pte Harry Scott DAY in the Devonshire Regt.

Private George William Day, Bedfordshire Regiment from Ramsey is noted as being missing and wounded.

Day H. J.

Corpl. H. J. Day, Bedford Regiment, Ramsey, serving his country.

Day - H. S.

Pte. H. S. Day, Ramsey, Devon Regiment, serving overseas.

Day - P. W.

Newspaper extract from Newspaper dated May 13th 1916 - 'The Brothers Day of Ramsey' - Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Day, 29 Field Terrace, Ramsey.  Left to right = Pte. F. J. Day, 17th Manchester Regiment, France; Sapper E. E. Day, 2nd Corps Signals, R. E., France; Rifleman P. W. Day, 11th Batt. [?] in France.

Denton - George William

DENTON, George William – Private – 291135, 7th Bn. Gordon Highlanders.

He was born at Werrington, Northants, son of William & Elizabeth DENTON of Ramsey.  He was killed in action on Tuesday, 26th March 1918, aged about 25 years, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Denton - Leonard

DENTON, Leonard – Private – 203266, 4th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was the son of William Denton & Mary Ann (nee ARCHER) AYRES of Ramsey St. Marys, was officially reported to have been killed in action at Paschendale on Tuesday, 30th October 1917, aged about 23 years, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, which forms the north-eastern boundary of the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  He left a widow, Sarah DENTON.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]    [On war memorials as Leonard DENTON;  shown in Army records as Leonard Denton AYRES]

29/6/1918 - From a local newspaper - Local War News - Roll of Honour - KILLED Pte. L. Denton, Ramsey St. Mary's, formerly missing.
Dyer - Daniel

DYER, Daniel – Private – G/21045, 7th Bn. East Kent Regt. (The Buffs)

He was the fourth son of Daniel & Martha (nee WHITSEY) DYER, of Oilmills Road, Ramsey Mereside, was killed in action when the Fifth Army were being driven back across the former Somme battlefields.  He died on Thursday, 4th April 1918, aged 20 years, and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, which encloses the Pozieres British Cemetery, Somme, France.     [Not on Ramsey memorial; on Pondersbridge & Whittlesey memorials]

   
The Second World War.
 Name  

 Notes on soldier.

DAVIS, Philip Osca

DAVIS, Philip Oscar– Flying Officer – 115138, 511 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was the second son of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth DAVIS & the late Frank Richards DAVIS of Bleak House, 23 Blenheim Road, Ramsey, was reported missing and since presumed killed on the night of Tuesday, 10th August 1943, aged 22 years, and is commemorated on the Malta Memorial, located in the area of Floriana, Malta.  He joined the R.A.F. at the outbreak of the War and quickly attained his wings as a Fighter Sergeant Pilot, later being promoted to commissioned rank.  After taking part in the Battle of Britain, he had just been granted the Freedom of the City of Coventry, where he had served his articles in aircraft construction.  He had recently been operating from Gibraltar and was actually on his way home in a bomber for a well-earned rest when the plane was reported missing.     [Also on Ramsey Grammar School memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

His name was inscribed on the original Wooden tablet in Sports Pavilion on Playing Field at Ramsey Grammar School. This memorial tablet is now located in the main Abbey building.  This Pavilion was given to the School by Old Grammarians in proud and lasting memory of the fifteen Old Boys who lost their lives in World War II.

DAWSON, George William

DAWSON, George William – Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner – 1875339,  466 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was born 17th December 1924, eldest son of William Ward & Violet DAWSON of 24 New Road, Ramsey, lost his life as a result of air operations during the night of Sunday, 15th October 1944, and was buried in the Sage War Cemetery, Germany.  He was the rear-gunner, one of a crew of seven, in a Halifax plane which was on an operational flight near Jackstede.  Having previously been wounded in the legs during a flying operation over France, he had spent some time in a Yorkshire hospital.  Before joining the R.A.F. in 1943, he was employed as an assistant at the International Stores, Ramsey. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

DEAN, Claude Edwin (Bill)

DEAN, Claude Edwin (Bill) – Private – 5827609,  2nd Bn. Suffolk Regt.

He was the son of George & Florence (nee BRADFORD) DEAN of Ramsey Mereside, had been abroad for two and a half years when he was killed in action in Burma on Wednesday, 7th June 1944, aged 25 years, and was buried in the Imphal War Cemetery, Manipur State, north east India.  Before joining up in November 1939, he was employed by his father.  He left a widow Ethel (nee SNEESBY) DEAN, and a daughter Janet, living at Benwick. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

DUFFY, Phillip Paul

DUFFY, Phillip Paul – Sergeant/Observer – 525887, 142 Sqdn. Royal Air Force.

He was killed in a plane crash while engaged in night flying operations on Sunday, 4th August 1940, aged 24 years, and was buried in Ramsey Cemetery.  He left a widow Vera (nee GARTON) DUFFY.       [Added to Ramsey memorial]   He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.
   
   
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