2338218 Signalman Douglas Clarke Larman,
2nd Air Formation Signal Regiment, Royal Signals
Douglas Clarke Larman was the elder of the two children of George Thomas Larman, an electrician, and his wife, Ann Goodwin Clarke, from Chorlton in Manchester. Both Douglas, and his sister, Marjorie were born in Chorlton, in 1913 and 1916 respectively, and both shared their mother’s maiden name, Clarke, as their middle names.
During the Great War, George Larman had served between December 1917 and April 1920 in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force.
Douglas Larman married Joan Constance Baguley in Manchester early in 1937, and soon afterwards moved to Scholes. Their only child, Alan, was born in 1939 just before the Second World War began, by which time, Douglas and Joan were living on Barwick Road. Douglas Larman was a highly skilled teleprinter operator and worked for the GPO. He also acted as the electrician to the Scholes Village Players amateur dramatics group which put on many productions in the then new village hall. Joan appeared in several productions the Village Players put on.
1939 was a very busy year for the Larman family as a whole. With war looming, Douglas’ father, George volunteered for service with the RAF, as he had done during the previous war. He was accepted and joined the service on 23rd June. He wasn’t fit for overseas service, but the Royal Air Force employed him as an instructor to trainee electricians. Then Douglas and Joan became parents to Alan. When war came, Douglas Larman joined the Army where his skills as a teleprinter operator and electrician ensured that he was enlisted into the Royal Signals. He would deploy to France with 2nd Air Formation Signal Regiment. In her husband’s absence, Joan and Alan moved to 9 Redland Crescent, Chorlton to live with her parents.