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.
Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy, Coll. grave III, F, 9 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2049700/cleeve,-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.'