Private Clifford V Darby

07 Jun 1944

Clifford Vernon Darby was the son of Albert and Agnes Darby, of Worcestershire, he enlisted in the General Service Corps and volunteered for Airborne forces.

Private Darby successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 87, from 13 to 25 October 1943. His course report stated “Confident, keen, will do very well.” He was posted to 13th Battalion (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regiment), The Parachute Regiment, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Pte Darby was killed in action on 7 June 1944, aged 23, and was given a field burial near Ranville and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 28 August 1945.

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