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Cleeve, Desmond Maxwell (1924-1944)

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


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Details: Desmond Maxwell Cleeve (1924-1944), born 18 March 1924, son of Charles Edward Cleeve, OBE, and Josephine Eugenie Cleeve, of Westminster, London.


Attended Naish House School, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.


Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1938-July 1942; upper 6th.


WW2, Pilot Officer, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed in action at Portoferraio, Italy, on 12 May 1944, aged 20.


Commemorated at:

Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy, Coll. grave III, F, 9,-desmo...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Desmond Maxwell Cleeve (c, '38-'42). Desmond Maxwell Cleeve, F./O., R.A.F., was reported missing in May 1944 and is now presumed killed in action. He came to Sherborne from Naish House, Burnham-on-Sea, in May 1938. He had a shy and retiring nature, which, allied with indifferent health, long made him diffident of his own powers; but before he left School he was a house Prefect, a keen and enthusiastic member of the Modern Languages VI and in all his House teams. On leaving school, he joined the R.A.F.; he completed his training in South Africa and was then posted to the Middle East, where he was serving at the time of his death in action.'

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