David, John Ronald

He was the third son of the Reverend Frederick Paul David (Chaplain of Winchester College 1900-1931 and 1936-1947; House Master of ‘D’ 1904-1931; OC Rifle Corps 1900-1908) and Mary Winifred David (daughter of Alfred Henry Evans, Assistant Master 1881-1888). His brothers were Richard William David (Coll.1924-1931), Paul Alfred Scott David (D1928-1933) and Geoffrey Charles David (D1936-1940).

He came to Winchester from Horris Hill in September 1929 and from the first was a keen scholar and showed great aptitude for games.  He played a notable part in junior House football, cricket and rowing.

He left Winchester for the Navy in 1933, going to HMS Frobisher, a redundant cruiser being used as a cadet training ship, and passed out first in 1934 with the King’s Dirk, prizes for seamanship and navigation and the Howard Crockett Prize for “leadership and good example”.  A spell in the Far East was followed by examinations for his Sub-Lieutenantship, in which he secured five Firsts.     He was then posted to the Mediterranean.

During the war his service included postings to Narvik in 1940, the Western Approaches  in 1940-1941 and in 1942 to the Mediterranean again.   He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1940 and from May that year served as Navigating Officer in three ships.   The third of these was HMS Sikh, while serving in which he was mentioned in Despatches for a Malta Convoy in May 1942.

He was killed in action in the disastrous naval raid, known as Operation Agreement, on Tobruk of 14th September of that year, when HMS Sikh was hit and sunk with the loss of  115 men.  Many more were taken prisoner.

He is commemorated on panel 51.1 of the Chatham Naval Memorial and was posthumously mentioned in Despatches.

He left a widow, Viola A. David, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.





War: World War 2

  • Surname: David
  • Forenames or initials: John Ronald
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1929-1933
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Navy
  • Date of Birth: 1st July 1916
  • Date of Death: 14th September 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 51.1