Lindsay, David (No. 654457)

Lindsay, David

Leading Aircraftman

No. 654457, Royal Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 14 March 1945 (aged 33)


Lajes War Cemetery, Terceira, Azores (Row E Grave 8)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

First Bangor Presbyterian Church


David Lindsay was born on 25 November 1911 in Alfred Street, Bangor and he was the elder son of David and Florence Lindsay (nee McMillin) of Alfred Street and later 17 Donard Avenue, Bangor.  David Lindsay Senior worked as a bricklayer and he and Florence McMillin were married on 1 November 1909 in Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church.  David Lindsay from Bangor was a son of David Lindsay, a mariner.  Florence McMillan from Bangor was a daughter of John McMillan, a labourer.  Three weeks later, David’s sister Alice married Thomas McNeill in Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church.

David and Florence Lindsay (nee McMillan) had at least four children:

Martha (born 15 November 1910 at 23 Alfred Street, Bangor)

David (born 25 November 1911 in Alfred Street, Bangor)

Norah (born 7 August 1914 at 23 Alfred Street, Bangor)

John (born 11 July 1917 in Alfred Street, Bangor)

David Lindsay Junior was the husband of Dorothy (Dorrie) Lindsay (nee Rooney) of 96 Elmwood Drive, Bangor.  They were married on 14 December 1933 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.

In the 31 March 1945 edition of the County Down Spectator there were four Died on Active Service notices, one from his wife Dorrie and family; one from his parents, sisters and brother; one from his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Rubina and Andrew Steele of 96 Elmwood Drive, Bangor and one from his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Eileen and William Kennedy and Catherine and James Savage.

In the same edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported under the headline Bangor Airman’s Death that, prior to the war, David Lindsay had been employed as a painter by John Jamison of High Street in Bangor.  At the outbreak of war, he joined the RAF and served in Canada and the Azores.  His younger brother John also served in the RAF and was discharged in 1944.  His sisters were Mrs Forbes Connor of 122 Donaghadee Road, Bangor and Mrs Raymond Robinson of Hove, Sussex.  David Lindsay left a wife and three children – Leslie (aged ten), Vyne (aged seven) and Yvonne (aged six).  His daughter Yvonne died on 21 August 1946.

Dorothy’s brother, Rifleman Stanley Rooney (No. 3254795) served with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) attached to Headquarters 157th Infantry Brigade and he was 24 when he died suddenly on 7 September 1946.  He was buried in Munster Heath War Cemetery, Telgte, Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany (Grave 1. C. 8).  Within a period of 18 months Dorrie Lindsay lost her husband, her youngest child, and her brother.

Leading Aircraftman David Lindsay (No. 654457) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.