Obituary for Sergeant Air Gunner D W Randall

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Obituary for Sergeant Air Gunner D W Randall

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Reports death in active service of Air Gunner Douglas William Randall who was previously a fellow inmate of Laghouat internment camp where he produced the camp newspaper and helped organise sport.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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Claire Monk

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One newspaper cutting

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NSmithEA151029-030009

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ENFIELD AIRMAN’S DEATH AND FUNERAL
SERGT.-AIT-GUNNER D.W. RANDALL
A FELLOW-OFFICER’S TRIBUTE

The “Gazette” regrets to record the death on Active Service of Sgt. Air-Gunner Douglas William Randall, of 58 The Sunny Road, Enfield. Aged 32, Sgt. Randall was for 2 ½ years and internee at Laghouat in Algeria, gaining his freedom in November, 1942, soon after which he was married.

In an interview with a “Gazette” reporter, a petty officer in the Royal Navy, who was in the same camp, spoke of the good work done by Sgt. Randall, who played a big part in the manning of the camps, He also produced a camp paper entitles the “Echo” and helped organise sports in the camp. His final effort on behalf of the men who were held captive behind barbed wire, guarded by French native soldiers, was the part he played in organising an escape party.
Sgt. Randall joined the R.A.F. at the beginning of the war and had taken part in a number of operation flights over Germany.
Prior to going into the Services he was employed at “Zet-a-lite’s” where he became a director and was very popular for his ever-present smile and good nature. He also engaged in free-lance journalism, writing articles for well- known newspapers and magazines.
At the funeral on Monday, the Royal Air Force was represented by Flying Officer Hoskins, and amongst the many sent were wreaths from the N.C.O.s of the Squadron; Officers of the Squadron; and his Squadron.

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“Obituary for Sergeant Air Gunner D W Randall,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 24, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10945.

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