Lest We Forget

1939 - 1945

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Not listed on the memorial

Valentine, David

Rank
Gunner, Royal Artillery
Service Number
1528214
Born
1916 in Lochee, Dundee
Parents
David and Charlotte Ann Valentine
Date of death
5 October 1944 (Aged about 28)
Grave
Block "S". Plot 1. Row J. Grave 10, St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France
Other Memorials
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

According to Commonwealth War Graves Commission he served in 44 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, however this regiment served in Burma, not Europe.

Family state he was with Heavy artillery.

Before the war he is believed to have been a jute worker for a time.

He married Mary Burns, at Dundee in 1942. She had children by a previous marriage.
They lived at Battery Road, North Queensferry

The family were told that he collapsed while in action with his gun, possibly suffering a stroke or similar illness and died a few days later.

This seems borne out by his place of burial, which was largely used for casualties who died in hospital.

His widow applied for a War Widow’s Pension, but this was refused for reasons now unclear.


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Mrs Greer (Step-daughter)


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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