Dennis H Jeeves

758013 R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve

Dennis Herbert Jeeves was the only son of Charles Herbert and Millicent Jeeves of 54 Wymington Road, Rushden.

He died on 19th July 1941, aged 23 years, and is commemorated at Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Plot 2 Row 2 Collective Grave 4-5.

He was educated at the Rushden Intermediate School and was employed as a cashier at the Kettering Office of the Co-operative Building Society.  An active member of the YMCA, he was for a time secretary of the Rushden branch.  He joined the RAFVR two weeks before war broke out.

On July 19th 1941 he was in one of three Sterling bombers which set out to bomb a factory near Lille but, due to cloud, diverted to their secondary target at Dunkirk docks where enemy gunners were waiting and his aircraft was shot down.  He is buried together with Sergeant N.N.Symondson, the wireless operator/air gunner of the ill-fated aircraft.



[Adapted text and photo courtesy of 'Hearts & Soles']