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Macqueen, Noel Rees (1922-1942)

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: Noel Rees Macqueen (1922-1942), born 14 September 1922, son of Alexander Rees Macqueen and Ada Lucy Macqueen of Greengates, Littledown Road, Bournemouth.

 

Attended Wychwood preparatory school, Bournemouth.

 

Attended Sherborne School (School House) May 1936-March 1939.

 

WW2, Pilot Officer, 65 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed in action over the English Channel on 3 September 1942, aged 19.

 

Commemorated at:

Margate Cemetery, Kent, Sec. 50. Grave 16203. Inscription on headstone: ‘BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2654739/macqueen,-noe...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.

 

Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Nowell Reece Macqueen, son of A.R. Macqueen, Esq., Greengates, Littledown Road, Bournemouth came to Sherborne in 1936. I first made his acquaintance in the preparatory school stage when I saw him playing the part of 'Dick Dead Eye' in HMS Pinafore, at Wychwood Preparatory School, Bournemouth. At Sherborne he spent three very happy years travelling up the school at a normal rate of progress, making a host of friends and living the normal healthy life of a public school boy with no extravagances and no serious misdemeanours. But he left while he was still quite young on the outbreak of war. He served in the RAF and must have been in one of the first contingents to be trained in Canada. He quickly made his mark as a skilled Pilot and returned to England after six months absence; one of his first acts on returning was to visit his old school proudly displaying his newly acquired wings. Shortly afterwards he was posted to an operational squadron and, it seemed but a few days after his visit to Sherborne that we heard the sad news that he had been shot down within the first month of his active service over the Channel. He leaves behind him many happy memories of a very gallant, cheerful and friendly spirit.'

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