Puckle, Douglas Colin Robert (1907-1945)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Douglas Colin Robert Puckle (1907-1945), born in Purley, Surrey on 17 October 1907, son of Henry Leonard Puckle and Helen Cochrane Puckle, of Wray Coppice, Reigate, Surrey; husband of Beatrice M. Puckle (nee Mott). Lived at Almondwood, The Way, Reigate, Surrey.
Attended Doon House School, Westgate on Sea, Kent.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1921-September 1925; 6th form; Prefect; Head of House; 2nd XV colours (1925); Class leader with badge. (Went to Cambridge in October 1925 after appendicitis).
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, M.A., LL. B.
Lieutenant in the Essex Yeomanry, 1932.
WW2, Major, Officer Commanding ‘F’ Battery, 4 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died of wounds at Medjez-el-Bab, Tunisia, on 29 April 1943, aged 36.
Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia, IV. L. 15. Inscription on headstone: ‘HUSBAND OF "B" SECOND SON OF H.L. PUCKLE OF REIGATE, SURREY. "DRIVE ON, ROBERT’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2196921/puckle,-dougl...
Croydon Roll of Honour.
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1943: 'Puckle, Douglas Colin Robert (f '21-'25) became a Prefect and was Head of his House. He was admitted a Solicitor in 1931. While serving as a Temporary Major in the Royal Artillery he died of wounds received in action. A correspondent in 'The Times' writes: "The death from wounds received in action of Bob Puckle came as a bitter blow to many friends and brother officers and men who served under him. Besides being a brave and efficient soldier in war and a keen and conscientious Territorial officer in peace-time, he possessed rare qualities of character which earned devotion of his fellow-men. Loyalty and utter selflessness were in him so marked as to be almost exaggerated: his was a most affectionate nature, and he really derived happiness from other people's good fortune and felt acutely the distress of people in trouble. He was always kind, considerate and courteous; this was all the more credit to him as he was a man of strong views who at no price would be persuaded to do what he considered wrong. In Bob Puckle we have lost a perfect companion, a magnificent friend, and a leader who really cared for us."
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Bob Puckle, who was killed in action in 1941, while serving in the Royal Artillery, was the elder son of Mr L. Puckle of Wray Coppice, Reigate. He was at Abbeylands from 1921 to 1925, where he made many friends and was a keen member of the House.'