Wedding and service life



Wedding and service life


Top left - newspaper cutting with b/w photograph of a wedding party with bride and groom (in RAF tunic with half brevet) and two other men and three bridesmaids. Caption mentions Pilot Officer C R Sugar.
Top right - newspaper cutting - long service with the RAF, concerning acting Squadron Gunnery Leader Sacks awarded DFM. Captioned 'Gunnery leader No 35 Sqdn'.
Bottom left - small newspaper cutting - in remembrance of Sergt-Pilot Reginald Keen killed September 11 1940. Captioned 'Reg was of the original Oxford VR and was killed during night flying training in Harvards, his engine failed on take off'.
Bottom middle left - newspaper cutting - bar to D.F,C. Concerns Flying Officer F E Rymills DFC, DFM, RAF and mentions award of DFC and DFM. Captioned 'Another of Oxford VR'.
Bottom middle right - newspaper cutting - Oxford airman buried in Holland. Concerns Flt-Sergt Peter John Withers reported missing has been buried in Holland. Captioned 'another of the VR killed whilst serving with 51 Squadron'.
Bottom right - small newspaper cutting - om active service - Flight Sergeant Petr John Withers previously reported missing now reported killed in action.

Temporal Coverage



Six newspaper cuttings mounted on an album page


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Pilot Officer C.R. Sugar, R.A.F., and Miss Dulcie M. Henderson, members of the Youth Club at St. Andrew’s Church, who were married at Old Headington on Saturday.

KEEN. – In affectionate remembrance of our dear son and brother, Sergt.-Pilot Reginald Keen, of 193, Cowley-road, Oxford, killed on active service with the R.A.F., September 11, 1940. – From his devoted Mother and Father, Sister and Brother.
[inserted] ‘Reg’ was of the original Oxford V.R. and was killed during night flying training in Harvards. His engine failed on take off. [/inserted]



Flying Officer F.E. Rymills, D.F.C., D.F.M., R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve, has been awarded a bar to his D.F.C.

Born in Oxford in 1920, he is an old boy of Southfield School. He enlisted in 1939, was commissioned in 1942, and won his D.F.M. in 1941 and his D.F.C. last May.

The citation says: “This officer has at all times displayed the greatest keenness and enthusiasm for operational flying. Since the award of the D.F.C. he has completed a number of sorties, all of which have been highly successful. The success achieved by Flying Officer Rymills has been highly commendable.”
[inserted] Another of Oxfords’ V.R. [/inserted]


Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Withers, of 25, Glanville-road, Oxford, have received news that their son, Flt.-Sergt. Peter John Withers, R.A.F., who was reported missing in July last year, has been buried at Werkendam, nine miles east of Dortrecht, Holland, together with other members of his aircraft.

Flt.-Sgt. Withers, who was 20 years old, joined the R.A.F. after leaving Southfield School.
[inserted] Another of the V.R. Killed whilst serving with No. 51 Sqdn. [/inserted]

Long Service With The R.A.F.

Acting Squadron Gunnery Leader Sachs, son of Mrs. R.J. Sachs, who is catering manageress at the Aldwark British Restaurant, York, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

Squadron Gunnery Leader SACHS

He joined the Royal Air Force in 1924 after serving with the Merchant Service. Educated at the Nautical School, London, he has been a keen athlete, having played Rugby Union football and boxed in England for the R.A.F. and abroad for the Merchant Service.
[inserted] ‘Gunnery Leader of No. 35 Sqdn. [/inserted]


WITHERS. – Flight-Sergeant Peter John, R.A.F.V.R., beloved younger son of Capt. and Mrs. J.R. Withers, 25, Glanville-road, previously reported missing, now reported killed in action in July, 1942, aged 20 years.


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