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ON January 1, 2015, Donald Percy Attenburrow, BVSc, FRCVS, of Langford Farm, Newton St Cyres, Exeter. Mr Attenburrow qualified from Bristol in 1955.
Peter Attenburrow writes: My father passed away peacefully at 90 years of age. Known by all as ‘Don Attenburrow’, he was born in Leicester in 1924. After leaving Kibworth School, he took up an apprenticeship at an engineering company called Hobson, Hobson and Taylor. The skills learned during this apprenticeship were to help him throughout his life, both in the development of research tools and instruments, and in the many engineering projects he approached with vigour during his practising life and well into ‘retirement.’
At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Navy as a cadet and learned to fly with the American Naval Air Force in Pensacola, Florida, joining the Fleet Air Arm as a fighter pilot. He flew Corsairs off HMS Vengeance in the last two years of the Second World War. The last entry in his 1945 diary was simply the word ‘Peace.’ He left the services in 1946 and at that time had already considered a career as a veterinary surgeon. …