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Wilson, David (1914-1942)

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 Wilson (1914-1942), born 7 June 1914, son of Dr David Wilson and Constance Beatrice Wilson of Elm Bank, Abbey Road, Torquay, Devon.


Attended Park House School, Paignton, Devon.


Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) May 1928-July 1932; 6th form; House Prefect; Class Leader; Sergeant in OTC.


New College, Oxford, B.A; Vice-Commodore of the Oxford University Sailing Club.


British Aeroplanes.

WW2, Lieutenant (E), HMS Dorsetshire, Royal Navy. On 5 April 1942, HMS Dorsetshire was on patrol in the Indian Ocean with HMS Cornwall. HMS Dorsetshire was attacked by Japanese carrier-based bombers on 5 April 1942 and Lieutenant Wilson was killed in action, aged 27.


Commemorated at:

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, Panel 63, Column 1,-david/


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


Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'D.E. Wilson after leaving Sherborne went up to New College, and took an honours degree in Engineering. He was very keen on sailing and became Vice-Commodore of the O.U. Sailing Club for two years, during which time he led his team to victory, twice against Cambridge, and in other races. He joined Bristol Aeroplanes, but in October 1939, became Sub-Lieutenant in the RNVR, and was promoted Lieutenant after one year. He went down with the "Dorsetshire" on April 5th 1942. His heart was in sailing. He acted as helmsman in the English team, with Stewart Morris and Peter Scott, which beat the Swiss in the Anglo-Swiss Yacht Races on Lake Thun in 1939. His ambition was to take a boat and sail to the South Islands. He had a very kindly and happy disposition, as boy and man, and made a host of friends.'

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