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- Derek Blundell Stebbing -

Unknown person Name : Derek Blundell Stebbing

Son of Bernard Frederic Stebbing and Irene Alice May Stebbing (née Blundell) of Lake, Isle of Wight.

Born 12 November 1922 Lake, Isle of Wight.

Derek Stebbing married in 1947, Joan Callow (registered in Wallasey, Dec qtr 1947).
  Electoral roll information :

1922 : Bernard Stebbing is listed at Ashey View, Brownlow Road, Lake.

Between 1925 and 1929 : the Stebbing family were at 22 Camden Villas, Avenue Road, Sandown.

1945 - 48 : Derek Blundell Stebbing is listed at 12 Crossley Street, Islington, London N.7.
  Service Details :

Flight Lieutenant 58249 Derek Blundell Stebbing, 91 Sqn. Royal Air Force Regiment. Based at R.A.F. Changi, Malaya

  Casualty Details :

Died in Malaya 6 June 1952 aged 29.

Buried at : Sun Gei Besi Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Lake War Memorial (name added in 2012)

His name appears on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

His name is recorded in the Book of Remembrance (Book X) at the RAF Church of St Clement Danes, in London.
  Photo Gallery :

Stebbing, D B at NMA
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

National Probate Calendar 1952
  Biography (from Jan Stebbing) :

Derek Stebbing was born in Lake on November 12, 1922 and spent his boyhood in Sandown. The family moved to London when he was about 9 years old. He joined the RAF as a boy recruit in February 1939 and in 1941-42 was deployed in North Africa, later serving in Italy, and also, towards the end of the war, in Iraq. From 1946 to late 1947 he was involved in Recruitment and Training in West Kirby, Wirral, and from there moved as a newly married man to RAF Upavon in Wiltshire to serve with 63 Squadron, which he did from early 1948 to August 1949. He had become a Flying Officer in 1946 (mentioned in the London Gazette).

In 1949 he was deployed as a member of RAF Regiment 91 Rifle Squadron to RAF Changi in Singapore. In 1950 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant, responsible for leading patrol missions into the jungle from Kuala Lumpur. This he did successfully for 3 years before losing his life on June 6, 1952.

Derek Stebbing's daughter Jan was presented with the Elizabeth Cross in 2011.
  Further Information :


This web page (created by Harry Fox, a former colleague of Derek Stebbing) includes photos of Derek Stebbing, and of his headstone at Sun Gei Besi Cemetery.
  Acknowledgments :

Jan Stebbing, daughter of Derek Stebbing.
  Page status :
Page last updated : 23 April 2013 (added NMA image)


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