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Fairweather, Donovan James

Fairweather was born in India in 1915, the only son of Colonel and Mrs. Fairweather. He was educated at King’ s College School, at King’ s College, Strand and then at the King’ s College Hospital Dental School, qualifying L,D.S., R.C.S. in 1939.

He was one of that outstanding crowd of dental students who, for a year or two, practically ran the athletic and social activities of the Medical School. He was a fine athlete, his specialities being hockey and cricket, and an enthusiastic member of the sailing club.

He was very quiet and rather reserved, but he was a friendly soul, a good companion and had a grand sense of humour. Everyone who knew him will be sorry that he is gone. King’ s College Hospital Gazette, January 1941


First name(s)Donovan James
Date of birth19 January 1915
Place of birthIndia
Family detailsSon of John William and Charlotte Maud Celia Fairweather, of Kolar Gold Reef, Mysore, India.
Previous educationKing’ s College School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1933-1936
Dept / courseFaculty of Medicine
QualificationsL.D.S., R.D.S. 1939
Military unitRoyal Navy, H.M.S. Southampton
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death11/01/1941
Age at death25
Rank at deathSurgeon Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Chatham Naval Memorial; Roll of the Fallen, University of London O.T.C. & S.T.C.

Surgeon Lieut. Donovan James Fairweather, R.N. killed in action on board H.M.S. Southampton in the Mediterranean, January 1941. He was educated at King’s College School, King’s College, London and King’s College Dental School. An addendum to King’s and some King’s Men, Willoughby Lyle

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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