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Barrett, David Charles (1920-1943)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

 

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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

Details: David Charles Barrett (1920-1943), born 12 February 1920, son of Rollo Samuel Barrett, mining engineer, and Freda Ethel Louisa Barrett (née Wilson) of Heddon Hall, Heddon-on-the Wall, Northumberland.

 

Attended Summerfield preparatory school, Oxford.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1933-July 1938; 6th form; Sergeant in OTC.

 

Attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

 

WW2, Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Killed in action on HMS Cromarty in the Straits of Bonifacio (Messina) on 23 October 1943, aged 23.

 

Commemorated at:

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, Panel 84, Column 1 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2475225/BARRETT,%20DA...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.

 

Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'D.C. Barrett joined the R.N.V.R. after coming down from Cambridge, and after serving on the lower deck he got his commission. He served in various craft, including coastal schooners carrying supplies to Tobruk, and minesweepers. He was killed when his ship struck a mine in the Mediterranean in October 1943. At Sherborne he was quiet and of a gentle disposition, apparently ill-fitted for war, but like so many of his type he made an excellent officer under arduous conditions of service and won the good opinion of officers and men.'

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