Higgins, Denis Gray (1918-1943)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Denis Gray Higgins (1918-1943), born 7 May 1918, son of Charles Alleyne Higgins (barrister-at-law) and Marjorie Edith Higgins of East Horsley, Surrey (formerly of Sheerlands, New Haw, Weybridge, Surrey).
Attended Langley Place School, St Leonards-on-Sea.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) September 1931-December 1935; Scholar; 6th form; PT Instructor; Gym Squad (1935).
2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery (TA).
WW2, Captain, 17 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Awarded the M.C. Killed in action at Longstop Hill on 26 April 1943, aged 24.
Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia, 10. A. 19. Inscription on his headstone: ‘IN PROUD AND EVER GRATEFUL MEMORY OF A DEARLY LOVED SON AND BROTHER’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2620835/higgins,-deni...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Denis Gray Higgins came to Sherborne as a scholar in 1931. When he left in 1935, he was a House Prefect, a member of the School Gym Squad, and a House Cap for football. After starting training for Estate Agency, he decided to become a regular soldier and joined the Army through the Territorials in May 1937, getting a regular commission in the Royal Artillery in May 1939. He was promoted Captain in December 1940, but much to his disgust he remained in this country until late in 1942, when he went to North Africa. He was awarded the Military Cross for great gallantry, when acting as a Forward Observation Officer, in February 1943. But the following April he was killed instantly, when the tank from which he was shooting his battery was hit by an enemy 88mm gun. His C.O. wrote about him: "He was one of those rare people who appear to have no sense of fear whatsoever. I have been with him once or twice when things were happening and his complete unconcern always amazed me."