They Also Served: S – Z

In addition to those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice, the following are short biographies of other men and women of Ruskington who enlisted during World War 2 with surnames beginning ‘S’ to ‘Z’.

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Leading Development Officer (?) THOMAS David Lionel:  On Thursday, 30 December a conscientious objector, who was said to have declared that he would sooner be shot than be a soldier, appeared at a special court at Sleaford charged with being an absentee without leave.

He was David Lionel Thomas, B.Sc., a Lecturer, from Church Street, Ruskington. On 28 December the Police at Sleaford had received a communication from the military authorities at Northampton that he had been a.w.o.l. since December 16th.

David Thomas said that: “He was perfectly willing to do any work in the national interest, and his previous experience made him of more use in civilian life than he would have been in the Army. Nothing on earth would induce him to obey a military order.

He had applied to be considered as a conscientious objector, but the appeal had been dismissed. The Chairman said the bench had decided to remand Thomas to await an escort back to his unit. It is not fully known in which Service he was serving.

It is possible that in 1939 (Register) he was living in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, born on 28 June 1903, a “Trained Mechanical Engineer” and employed in the RAF Education Service.

David was still living at 21 Church Street when he died in Lincoln Hospital on 10 July 1962. He was buried in Canwick Road Cemetery, Lincoln, aged 57.