Leading Air Engineering Mechanic (Electrical) 1
845 Squadron Fleet Air Arm
Don was born on January 13th 1956 at Oddstock hospital in Salisbury. His twin sister Terry shared his birthday, they were both christened in Salisbury Cathedral.
Don was educated at various schools depending on his Dad's posting in the Fleet Air Arm, at sixteen he left Bridgemary community school in Gosport to follow his Dad's footsteps in a Fleet Air Arm career.
As a keen scout and athlete with many other hobbies including art, music, ornithology, philately and chess, Don's life was always busy. His particular love was football both as an active participant and Portsmouth supporter. Many happy Saturdays were spent at Fratton Park with his Dad cheering on 'Pompey'. When at home he would always enjoy his Mother's Sunday roast.
Don loved to have a pint with his many friends. Everyone loved his warm, sunny personality and incredibly funny sense of humour. His generosity caused him to always return from overseas postings with many gifts for friends and family.
On May 23rd 1982 during the Falklands War Don was transferred with his flight onto the Atlantic Conveyer, two days later the ship was hit by an exocet missile and Don's young life was stolen from him along with the lives of eleven others.
Don's body was recovered from the sea and taken aboard H.M.S. Alacrity where attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was buried at sea on May 26th.
Without a final resting place to visit, Don lives on in the hearts of his Mum, Dad and three sisters - Terry, Debbie and Jackie. Always loved. Never to be forgotten.