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Colmore, David Martin (1922-1944)

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 Martin Colmore (1922-1944), born 17 September 1922, son of Captain M.W. Colmore, M.C., High Close, Moreton Avenue, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.


Attended Winton House School, Winchester, Hampshire.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1936-July 1940; 6th form.


WW2, Flight Lieutenant, 11 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed in action in Burma on 14 May 1944, aged 21.


Commemorated at:

Singapore Memorial, Column 431


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


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1945: 'David Colmore came to Abbey House in September 1936. He was not an outstanding boy at Sherborne, but he was a fine athlete and boxed for the school on many occasions. When he left in July 1940 he intended to enter St Edmund Hall, Oxford, but he eventually decided to enlist in the R.A.F.R. He began his training in September 1940, got his wings and commission in Canada where he completed his training, and went, in March 1942, on active operations to the Middle East. He was a Night Fighter Pilot before he was transferred to an Aircraft Delivery Unit. It was apparent from all his letters at this time that he was getting full value out of his extensive travels and that he particularly enjoyed his leave in Palestine. He joined the India Command in December 1943, and carried out many solo missions over enemy territory in the Chindwin Hills in Burma. It was here, on the banks of the Chindwin, 80 miles from Imphal, that the single seater Hurricane crashed on the night of May 24th. David had a good clear brain and was always able to work up great enthusiasm for his many interests and occupations. Very forthright and determined, he was yet a marvellous companion and friend - above all a lover of books and long walks.'

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