Peachell MICHAEL ERNEST
Approx. 1920 -
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 79 Sqdn.
Service Number: '986914'
Country died/cemetery or memorial: United States of America, MONTGOMERY (OAKWOOD) CEMETERY ANNEXE, Sec. N. Lot 112. Grave 5.
Montgomery (Oakwood) Cemetery Annexe contains 78 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, all airmen who died while training in Alabama under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
Son of George Ernest and EA Dorothy Peachell
of 677 Dorchester Rd, Broadwey
The Peachell family lived next door to the Barnes family who lost 2 sons.
Dorset Daily Echo 28.5.1942
Old Weymouthian Killed -
A former Weymouth rugby player, M Michael Peachell, son of the late DR GE Peachell and of Mrs EA Dorothy Peachell of 677 Dorchester Road, Broadwey has been killed in a flying accident caused by a freak storm in America, where he was training as a pilot. The news reached his mother a few hours after the arrival of a cheery letter from him saying how well he was getting on.
Mrs Peachell said 'My son taught in a preparatory school at Sheffield for 15 months with a view to entering the Police College at Hendon'. He joined the RAF in July 1940 as a wireless operator and later was accepted for a pilot's course. He went to America in November 1941 and had passed on to the advanced stage of flying when he met his death.' He was 22.
The news is naturally a great blow to his mother, whose other son is serving in the Army. Her daughter is in the WRNS signals service.
Regret, too will be felt in Weymouth rugby circles and by his former schoolfellows at Weymouth College, where he was educated from 1933 to 1938. He had a distinguished record at the school, especially in the sports sphere. He was secretary of the games committee and repreented 'A' House in football, cricket, fives, athletics, tennis and dramatics. He was captain of the house cricket and fives teams. He played rugby for the College, Weymouth, West Dorset and at one time for HMS Osprey. Mr Peachell had thought of taking up journalism as a profession. He was an editor of Weymouth College journal 'The Clavinian'.
Randall Victor John
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service: Royal Navy
Ship: H.M.S. Hood
Country died/cemetery or memorial: United Kingdom, PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Panel 55, Column 2.
Born on 28 March 1919 in Dorchester, the son of Albert Owen Randall and Edith Randall, of Upwey.
No info at present
Steele WALTER REGINALD THOMAS
Approx. 1918 -
Regiment: Coldstream Guards, 3rd Bn.
Service Number: '2659901'
Country died/cemetery or memorial: Egypt, ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Column 54.
The campaign in the Western Desert was fought between the Commonwealth forces (with, later, the addition of two brigades of Free French and one each of Polish and Greek troops) all based in Egypt, and the Axis forces (German and Italian) based in Libya. The battlefield, across which the fighting surged back and forth between 1940 and 1942, was the 1,000 kilometres of desert between Alexandria in Egypt and Benghazi in Libya. It was a campaign of manoeuvre and movement, the objectives being the control of the Mediterranean, the link with the east through the Suez Canal, the Middle East oil supplies and the supply route to Russia through Persia.
SON OF ELLEN STEELE, OF BINCOMBE, DORSETSHIRE.
Brother of Wilfred Steele, Coldstream Guards who died 5.10.44 -
Steele WILFRED LESLIE HERBERT
Approx. 1921 -
Regiment: Coldstream Guards, 5th Bn.
Service Number: '2664516'
Country died/cemetery or memorial: Netherlands, JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, 22. C. 3.
The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-
Nijmegen was a front line town from 17 September 1944 until February 1945. The cemetery, which was created by No. 3 Casualty Clearing station, is in a wooded area known as Jonkers Bosch, from which it took its name.
SON OF THOMAS STEELE, AND OF ELLEN STEELE, OF BINCOMBE, DORSETSHIRE.
Brother of Walter Steele, Coldstream Guards who died 26.6.42 -
No info at present
West James Rowland -
Approx. 1895 -
Age : 47
Rank: Captain, Home Guard
Regiment: 5th Dorset (Weymouth) Bn
Country died/cemetery or memorial: United Kingdom, WEYMOUTH CREMATORIUM
Son of Harry James Albert West and Annie Maria West (nee Stuart);
Husband of Florence Mary West,of Basingstoke, Hampshire. B.A., Ph.D.
Lived at Upwey Manor at time of death
The Home Guard was operational from 1940 to 1944, and was set up by the British Army during the Second World War. The nickname "Dad's Army" was due to the average age of the local volunteers who signed up for The Home Guard, who were ineligible for military service, usually because of their age. Originally called "Local Defence Volunteers" or LDV, the Home Guard's role was to defend British coastal areas, airfields, factories and explosives stores in the case of invasion by German forces and their allies.
Dorset Daily Echo Tues 14.4.1942
Salisbury Plain Accident -
During a combined Army and RAF exercise near Imber on Monday an unfortunate accident occurred which resulted in 19 men dead. It is understood that 30 more are still in a serious condition.
The incident occurred during a realistic manoeuvre in which fighter aircraft were practising power-
Dorset Daily Echo 27.6.1942
Misadventure Verdict recorded at Inquest
5 Hurricanes fired at dummy troops -
Dorset Daily Echo 15.4.1942
Education Officer for Dorset -
Two officers of the Dorset Home Guard, Captain JR West of Upwey (Education Officer for Dorset) and Captain FJ Willy of Poole were among those killed in the accident in Monday's RAF Army demonstration near Warminster.
Captain Lewis Jones of Weymouth, another Home Guard officer is in Shaftesbury Hospital suffering from an injury to a leg and shock received in the incident. Captain Blackstock of Holcomb Cottage, Upwey was present at the demonstration and escaped injury.
Education in Dorset has sustained a severe loss by the tragic death of Dr West. An extremely able administrator, Dr West took up is appointment in May 1936 and he had the happiest relations not only with his colleagues on the county authority but with the teaching profession, whose members held him in warm regard and recognised his outstanding qualities as an educationalist.
The outbreak of the war interrupted an important scheme of school re-
Dr West began his career as an educational administrator on the staff of Reading Education Office, but left soon after the outbreak of the Great War and joined the Army. He attained the rank of Captain in the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He saw service in Gallipoli, North West Egypt, Salonika and France. He was twice wounded and was awarded the MC.
After the war he completed his degree course at Reading and in 1921 obtained his BA at London University wth a first class honours degree in history. He also held a degree of PhD London and ws a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was a member of the Royal Society of Teachers.
In 1927 he was appointed junior assistant to the Director of Education Nottinghamshire and in 1933 Deputy Director of Education for Staffordshire. He was appointed County Education Officer for Dorset in 1936 succeeding Mr Clement G Bone.
Outside Education Dr West had many interests. He was a member of Came Golf Club and Weymouth Drama Club.