BIRNEY, David Leslie

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Rifle Brigade
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
75991
Born: 
Thursday, June 11, 1914
Died : 
Tuesday, April 28, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
27
Operations: 
Captain David Birney, Officer Commanding 2 troop, died of wounds after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire which took place on 28 March 1942.
He was commanding an assault group that had embarked on Motor Launch ML 447. 
  • Born in India, David Birney later attended Trinity College graduating with a BA in 1938. The previous year he had won the King's Prize at Bisley at his first attempt.
Sources
CWGC
St Nazaire Society website.
Trinity College Chapel records.
Article in the Gloucestershire Echo 22 March 1944.
 
Notes
The date of his death is as recorded by French authorities, and the CWGC, whose records show that he died of wounds. This fact was also reported in the Glocestershire Echo in 1944.
 
Primary Roll of Honour: 
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