Dennis Rushworth BRIGGS

Son of Gerald Rushworth Briggs and Laura Briggs; husband of Molly Briggs (nee Hemingway), of Bradford.  Dennis served in the Royal Air Force as a Sergeant (Observer) in 236 Squadron.  He died on 21st December 1940, aged 24.

He is buried at BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, France.

Dennis joined the RAF in August 1938 and was posted to 236 Squadron on 24th July 1940.  His Squadron served under Coastal Command and was flying Bristol Blenheim fighters from bases in Cornwall and Pembroke where it was used for a mix of reconnaissance and long-range fighter duties operating over the Western Approaches.  236 Squadron are commemorated on the RAF St. Eval memorial, Cornwall, which was unveiled in 2005.

On December 21st, his aircraft, Blenheim IVF R3878, failed to return from a reconnaissance sortie over Brest, with the loss of its three crew: Squadron Leader GW Montagu (pilot), Pilot Officer GH Hannan (gunner) and Sergeant D R Briggs (observer). 

All three men were originally buried in the village of Ploguin, which is in the Finistère department of Brittany.  In July 1948 their graves were transferred to Bayeux where the crew now rest together.  Headstone inscription: “The flower of youth”.

Dennis was born on 23rd March 1916, his father Gerald enlisted into the Royal Artillery in October 1916.  He disembarked in France on 22nd May 1917 joining 249 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.  Gerald was wounded in July, with a gunshot wound to his left arm and he returned to England on the hospital ship St. Denis.  He returned to France and served until January 1919.