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Lance Bombardier Peter Haycraft Dibdin

26 years old on entering Royal Artillery 2088311 408 Bty., 123 Lt. A.A. Regt.

Died on Active Service 28/09/1943

Link to Peter's War Museum

Commonwealth War Grave


More of the life of  Peter Haycraft Dibdin

The son of Lionel Dibdin and Cecily (nee Haycraft) who died in plane crash in 1933. 
He was the elder brother of Joan Dibdin by 7 years.
He was drawn into the Guise family group at Streatham by June 1942 and somehow bought a grand piano in London for £10 and had it delivered to 4 Pinfold Rod where it stayed until the 1980’s.
Sadly Peter was killed in a gunnery accident in Lymington on Sea. 

Initials: P H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 408 Bty., 123 Lt. A.A. Regt.
Date of Death: 28/09/1943
Service No: 2088311
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. V. Grave 237.


Joining TA 1938

Diary 1939   Appointments stopped 24 Aug 1939  (War started Sept 1st)

Peter enlisted in TA 11 May 1939 for 4 years – signed 1 Sept 1939

Records have been found that while in training he made detailed notes on the workings of the Otto cycle combustion engine and other useful vehicle mechanics. Coincidentally later in the war his sister took some similar notes! 

Don Haycraft, a cousin of Peter's was on active service --  115 26 Light Mobile AARA Luton

Peter in WW2 was the following camps at:

20 Nov 1939 325 CO. Sect 3 Det 6 RE Camp Rowhook Horsham Sussex 
OCTU Shorecliffe
09-07-1941 Coobe Place Offham Lewes Queen 3 Sept 43 Bertha’s School Birchington Westgate on Sea Kent 

4 Aug 1943 AA Training Camp Clacton on Sea
8 Sept 1943 Queen Bertha’s School Buckington Westgate on Sea.
14 Sept 1943 Blandford Dorset -  Evans Barracks
RE camp Rownook Horsham
23 Sep 1943 Peter died at Lymington



More of the life of  Peter Haycraft Dibdin