King's College London
War Memorials

Wesley, David Millis

D.M. Wesley, B.A.1934, A.K.C. 1936, Teacher’ s Diploma 1936, three times full colours for Boxing and Rugby, twice for cricket: Captain of Rugby, Vice-Captain and Captain of cricket. Chairman of the Anglican Society. U.C.R. Games Secretary. Executive Committee 1934. Finally, in 1935, he became President of the Union. In the University he was awarded a half-purple and a full purple for Boxing, being Secretary, Vice-President and, ultimately, President of Boxing as well as Heavy-weight Champion. He was also awarded a full purple for Rugby, being Hon. Team Sec., Captain and Vice-President; he played for U.A.U. and Middlesex. He represented the University in Cricket for two years. He was Vice-President and President of the U.L.A.U. and Vice-President of U.L.U. His death took place in Canada on the 4th of April, 1941, being due to an accident while flying. King’ s College Hospital Gazette March 1941


First name(s)David Millis
Date of birth12 March 1914
Place of birthEdmonton Registration District
Family detailsSon of Joseph and Ethel P. Wesley, of Tottenham. Middlesex, England.
Previous educationTottenham Grammar
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1932-1936
Dept / courseFaculty of Arts
QualificationsB.A. 1934; A.K.C. 1936; Teacher’ s Diploma 1936.
Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number1376243
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death04/04/1941
Age at death27
Rank at deathLeading Aircraftman
Place of deathCanada
Cause of deathDied on active service
Burial placeBrandon Cemetery, Manitoba
Commemoration(s)King’ s College

D.M. Wesley, the President of the Union Society, was born in purple of athletic distinction, and has gone on acquiring purple ever since. His bag includes rugger and boxing, and he does most other sports inhumanly well. For the benefit of those who only know him as one of the most impressive figureheads that ever adorned the Presidency, it is pleasant to add that he has all the really human frailties. He has the soundest and sanest of ideas about things in general, and an unerring instinct for a good thing in particular. No one really knows what his academic studies are or even about, but one cannot imagine Wesley condescending to do anything badly, so it is presumable that he doesn’t do them at all.

Not only superlatively sound, he is an idealist in disguise. His real element is a tight corner and while he is at the helm, it is a pity the course of King’s should be through such smooth water. In rough weather one suspects his cheery smile would be even cheerier. King’s Review Dec. 1935


SourcesKing’ s College London Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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