1 November 2015

1st November 1943


Remembering the men and women, military and civilian, who lost their lives on the 1st November 1943. The following data is courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

KML/17271 Private Akot Ouku East African Military Labour Corps
Civilian Reginald Percy Allnutt Civilian War Dead
2102569 Leading Aircraftwoman Florence Almond 10 Sqdn. Women's Auxiliary Air Force
SLA/13175 Private Alpha Jalloh African Pioneer Corps (West Africa), R.W.A.F.F.
7653125 Private Leonard Alston Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Second Engineer Officer Walther Andersen Motor Tug CT7, Merchant Navy
13599 Company Quartermaster Serjeant Alexander Findlay Anderson 43 M.T. Coy. Federated Malay States
Volunteer Force Chief Officer Michel Angelikoussis Motor Tug C.T.7. Merchant Navy
14513256 Private Leslie James Artis 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
C/SSX20134 Leading Telegraphist Cyril Richard Ashton H.M.S. "Tamar" Royal Navy
1441498 Gunner Eric Noel Austin 192 H.A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery
5833215 Private Leslie Bernard Bacon 1st Bn. Cambridgeshire Regiment
14357684 Craftsman John Baird Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
6341023 Serjeant Anthony Ball 466 Bty., 41 Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery
T/217698 Driver Victor William Banks Royal Army Service Corps
2989451 Private Charles Beattie 8th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
7042912 Serjeant Robert Hugh Bell 1 Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery
6346082 Private Robert Benneworth 5th Bn. Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
2931532 Lance Corporal John Joseph Benwell 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
897641 Lance Corporal Maurice Bish Corps of Military Police
4803697 Private Cyril Bourne 4th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
911862 Gunner Charles William Brook 125 Anti-Tank Regt. Royal Artillery
6290580 Private Edward William Brooks 2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment
1392268 Sergeant Frederick Tom Brown 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
2877915 Private James Bruce 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders
2346584 Serjeant Sidney Henry Buckland Royal Corps of Signals
2383095 Private Eric James Arthur Burton Pioneer Corps
7653268 Private Walter Kenneth Burton-Phillipson Royal Army Ordnance Corps
3854683 Corporal Alfred Busby 2nd Bn. The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
2822413 Private John Cameron 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
5573494 Private James Chapman 4th Bn. Royal Norfolk Regiment
5950056 Private Herbert Charles Clark 5th Bn. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
6215247 Rifleman Stanley Edward Clarke 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
T/107161 Driver John Henry Clegg Royal Army Service Corps
901938 Signalman Ronald Stanley Cooper Royal Corps of Signals
3527593 Private Samuel Creighton 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment
3239443 Company Quartermaster Serjeant Sidney Thomas Darvell 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
148518 Captain Sydney George Gracie Dear 1/5th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Able Seaman John Diakogiannis Tug C.T.7. Merchant Navy
982196 Gunner Albert Ward Donachie 91 Field Regt. Royal Artillery
2827299 Private Thomas Donnelly 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
Chief Engineer Officer Vassilios Dounias Tug C.T.7. Merchant Navy
6089113 Corporal Kenneth Bertie Dowe 1/5th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
5506662 Serjeant Leslie George Drake 2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment
4861870 Private Frank Droy 2/5th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
14214173 Private Ronald Emms 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
LN/3480 Private Esambe Eyembe Nigeria Regiment, R.W.A.F.F.
1677771 Bombardier Cyril John Everest 6 Maritime Regt. Royal Artillery
4447671 Warrant Officer Class II Ernest Farrage 1st Bn. Somerset Light Infantry
S/94008 Corporal Harry Fawn Royal Army Service Corps
3311145 Corporal Stewart Fraser 8th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
1602819 Sergeant William Milo Charles Fuller 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 1284050 Sergeant George Harry Marriner Garner Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1387268 Flight Sergeant Leslie John Garrow 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1384516 Flight Sergeant Herbert William Gay 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
3854358 Corporal Clarence Mercian Gentles 2nd Bn. The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
1054931 Flight Sergeant Ernest Harold Gibbon 203 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve P/KX
119408 Leading Stoker Harry Jack Golds H.M.S. Ripley Royal Navy
1334864 Aircraftman 2nd Class Robert Richard Goulty Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
4980507 Lance Corporal Albert George Green 2/6th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
48467 Captain Arthur Edward Haines Worcestershire Regiment
5116561 Private Thomas Halfpenny 1/5th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
1119302 Flight Sergeant William Joseph Hall 203 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
13035209 Private Charles William Harris Pioneer Corps
PAL/13636 Private Hassan Ali Abu El Kheir Pioneer Corps
788210 Leading Aircraftman Walter Hecht 1 Wing (Czech). Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
6096386 Rifleman Edward Leslie Herridge 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
3133613 Private James Burns Hoggan 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
5625595 Private James Cyril Hollamby 1/5th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
1057709 Gunner James Hardy Hopper 53 Field Regt. Royal Artillery
1805346 Gunner Herbert James Humphrey 52 Coast Observer Det. Royal Artillery
237392 Lieutenant Geoffrey William Hutchinson North Irish Horse Royal Armoured Corps
4860579 Private Richard Arthur Iliffe 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
T/290437 Driver Geoffrey Ralph Jackson 491 Div. Troops Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
3528193 Private John Jackson 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment
1492795 Gunner John Lewis James 7 Coast Regt. Royal Artillery
3963797 Private Gwilym John Jenkins 5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
1131414 Sergeant Eric Jenkinson 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
268962 Lieutenant Geoffrey Brownlow Wigney Keith Gordon Highlanders
T/137954 Driver Leslie George Kidd 53 Inf. Bde. Group Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
1793063 Sergeant Robert Frew Kincaid Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
6022525 Private Thomas Frederick Lane 1/6th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
2199464 Warrant Officer Class I Walter Edward Langrick 1010 Docks Operating Coy. Royal Engineers
986956 Gunner George Henry Larvin 7 Coast Regt. Royal Artillery
69237 Major Thomas Owen Lawrence 154 Bty., 172 Field Regt. Royal Artillery
1101799 Gunner Frederick Thomas Lerwill 7 Medium Regt. Royal Artillery
1032059 Sergeant Robert Cooper Lewis Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
135065 Pilot Officer Henry Lowcock Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1451463 Sergeant Jack Lusby 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
325708 Serjeant William Francis Colvin Malloch 156 (The Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regt. Royal Artillery
1509131 Sergeant John William Mann Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
219204 Lieutenant Ian Scott Marshall Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
14409062 Private Thomas Henry Martin 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
125701 Flying Officer Frederick Arthur Mellors 111 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve AS/3728 Private R Mokhothau 1951 (Basuto) Coy. African Pioneer Corps (H.C.T.)
2882592 Lance Corporal Alexander Philip Lawrence Murray 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
14281986 Rifleman John Archibald Macdonald 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
 Civilian Dora Blanche Mcavoy Civilian War Dead
2824561 Private Michael Mccoll 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
41719 Flight Lieutenant Irving Francis Mcdermott 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force
2934380 Private James Mcglinchey 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
1102621 Corporal Harold Douglas Mckay Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
T/328906 Corporal John A. Mckie 574 Pack Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
2823432 Private James Mclaughlin 5th Bn. Hampshire Regiment
3527931 Private George William Mcmillan 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment
121085 Flying Officer Ernest George William (Boy) Nash Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Master John Niamonitakis Motor Tug C.T.7. Merchant Navy
1331765 Flight Sergeant Albert George Oliver 211 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
10533288 Craftsman John Arthur Parsons Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
6474763 Rifleman Andrea J. Pauli 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
6212991 Private Charles Walter Pegg 1st Bn. Middlesex Regiment
2872962 Corporal Hugh Simpson Petrie 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders
859611 Leading Aircraftman Albert Reed 957 Balloon Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
1613461 Gunner Arthur Regan 276 Bty., 66 Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery
14214623 Private John Reid 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
159478 Pilot Officer John Leslie Richards 197 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1582564 Aircraftman 2nd Class William Geoffrey Richards Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
A/7 Lance Corporal H C Ridsdale Royal Army Service Corps
LT/JX185756 Leading Seaman John Duthie Robb H.M.S. Flatholme. Royal Naval Patrol Service
1338300 Sergeant Jack Leslie Roll 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
16530 Driver Neophytos Savva Cyprus Regiment
6395942 Serjeant Redmond John Scott 5th Bn. Hampshire Regiment
AS/9098 Private Sebothe Semaele African Pioneer Corps (H.C.T.)
4859394 Lance Bombardier John William Shakespeare 239 Bty., 77 H.A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery
W/237320 Private Marjorie Olive Sheridan Auxiliary Territorial Service
Sub-Lieutenant Robert Henry Shrubsole H.M.S. Flora. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
CEY/6396 Lance Corporal Nasnaram Pattige Julis Silva 1st Ceylon Aux. Pioneer Bn. Ceylon Pioneers
948401 Warrant Officer Class II George Walter Douglas Silvia 23 Field Regt. Royal Artillery
561213 Sergeant Edwin Robert Slade Royal Air Force
1318887 Flight Sergeant Richard Leslie Small 211 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
10535175 Craftsman Francis George Smith Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
14377772 Gunner James Henry Solomon 141 (The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry) Field Regt. Royal Artillery
5833126 Private Percy Harold South 4th Bn. Suffolk Regiment
1317433 Flight Sergeant Henry Theodore Spurrey 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1851499 Sergeant James Frederick Stubbington 104 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
2581 Serjeant Henry Leonard Thompson Mobile Workshop Sec. Burma Army Ordnance Corps
3601896 Corporal Charles William Thornhill 9th Bn. Border Regiment
NA/113748 Sapper Timothy Thomas 35 Artisan Works Coy. West African Engineers, R.W.A.F.F.
14593158 Private Alfred Tydeman Royal Berkshire Regiment
895579 Gunner Dennis Alexander Vicary 143 (The Kent Yeomanry) Field Regt. Royal Artillery
T/216589 Driver Patrick Ward 345 Gen. Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps
129045 Flying Officer David Watson 203 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
5574870 Private Herbert Watts 2nd Bn. Wiltshire Regiment
D/JX 246106 Telegraphist Charles Henry Anthony Wiggett H.M.S. Nile. Royal Navy
624898 Aircraftman 1st Class Arthur Wilson Royal Air Force
PLY/X113327 Marine Arthur John Wilson Royal Marines
1351430 Flight Sergeant Cecil John Withers 203 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Civilian
Frederick William Wood Civilian War Dead
3322264 Private Thomas Wood 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders
14214658 Lance Corporal Matthew Wright 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
UML/72285 Private Yosufu Aikomo African Pioneer Corps (East Africa)
1592540 Gunner William Young 48 Bty., 21 Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery

7 August 2015

Remembering 7th August 1945


Remembering the following men and women who lost their lives seventy years ago today on the 7th August 1945.

His Majesty's Forces - Great Britain

DN/24678 Private Adani Baskolo, King's African Rifles
1700399 Gunner Arthur Attewell, Royal Artillery aged 35
14755540 Private Arthur Bottomley, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry aged 19
198723 Pilot Officer Colin Rex Branch, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 23
1556489 Serjeant William Clifford Braybrook, Royal Artillery aged 43
Sub-Lieutenant (A) Kenneth Victor Breed, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve aged 19
1372824 Leading Aircraftman David Alexander Fraser Bruce, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 33
1086737 Gunner Sidney Harry Buckley, Royal Artillery aged 26
14631090 Private Donald Sidney Camp, Hampshire Regiment aged 20
1131197 Leading Aircraftman John Carter, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 24
198111 Pilot Officer Charles Richard Chancellor, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 21
D/K 1465 Chief Stoker Philip Henry Chapple, Royal Navy aged 55
1881620 Sergeant Terence William Clarke, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 38
14302672 Signalman Donald Stuart Clelland, Royal Corps of Signals aged 21
1322196 Warrant Officer Douglas Richard Cook, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 21
1902918 Aircraftman 2nd Class John Cronin, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 20
14716579 Gunner Stanley George Dezell, Royal Artillery aged 21
1606328 Private William Dobson, Royal Sussex Regiment aged 36
M/7645 Private Filomen Abel, East African Army Medical Corps
1277913 Leading Aircraftman William Finch, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 38
GC/25283 Private A K Fynn, West African Army Service Corps, R.W.A.F.F.
14450923 Private John William Gough, Monmouthshire Regiment
863362 Gunner Edward M. Greene, Royal Artillery
4973230 Gunner William Hallam, Royal Artillery 28
14992173 Private Frank Hammersley, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) aged 20
14871151 Private Robert George A. Hart, South Staffordshire Regiment aged 22
2035224 Lance Serjeant Frederick Maurice Head, Royal Artillery
14715413 Private Ernest Jackson, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) aged 19
14382816 Gunner James Johnson, Royal Artillery aged 23
7264858 Corporal David S. Jones, Royal Army Medical Corps aged 30
FAA/FX. 575500 Leading Airman Neville Mallin Jones, Royal Navy aged 20
46057 Private Kigure Isaka, East African Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1801143 Flight Sergeant John Frederick Kirk, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 23
5110808 Driver Wilfred Lewis, Royal Corps of Signals aged 22
LT/JX 335890 Seaman Ernest Longden, Royal Naval Patrol Service aged 22
AS/7602 Private Ramosonko Makhaola, African Pioneer Corps (H.C.T.) aged
Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Derek Marshall, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve aged 21
1508478 Corporal John Meredith, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged
39 958784 Gunner James Molyneux, Royal Artillery aged
3010802 Sergeant George Mccann, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 20
270441 Major John Kenneth Mcgarrity, South Staffordshire Regiment aged 30
6980625 Fusilier Charles Mcgilloway, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
979660 Gunner Thomas Stanley Clarke Mckee, Royal Artillery aged 28
LT/JX 258479 Telegraphist John Hamilton Mcnair, Royal Naval Patrol Service aged 32
Sub-Lieutenant (A) Owen Burgess Norwood, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve aged 24
7658315 Serjeant John Patton, Royal Army Pay Corps aged 50
172785 Flying Officer Norman Sidney Phillips, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 24
1149494 Leading Aircraftman Ronald Preston, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 37
1171738 Sergeant William Alfred Ralph, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 27
3645201 Private Samuel Reid, Pioneer Corps aged 43
14675465 Corporal Harold Scott, Monmouthshire Regiment aged 20
4345478 Private Vernon Smith, Royal Army Service Corps aged 26
1605243 Flight Sergeant Alan Brian Southwick, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 22
Sub-Lieutenant (A) Phillip Levi Steele, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
1031809 Corporal Thomas Frederick Sweeney, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 32
819824 Bombardier John Tate, Royal Artillery aged 28
1153572 Aircraftman 1st Class Percy Taylor, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 25
5496933 Private Leonard Alfred Llewellyn Thomas, Leicestershire Regiment
893690 Gunner Stanley Trenell, Royal Artillery aged 29
184312 Major Jacques Theodore Paul Marie Vaillant De Guelis, General List aged 38
7397964 Private Albert Edward Walton, Pioneer Corps aged 43
3178274 Private Thomas Wemyss, King's Own Scottish Borderers aged 43
1722781 Bombardier Sidney Westerby, Royal Artillery aged 38
2206001 Flight Sergeant John Evan Wilkinson, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve aged 23
Midshipman (A) Gilbert James Woodfield, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve aged 19
6476146 Lance Corporal Walter John Wright, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) aged 34
7888364 Corporal Richard Wilfred Yearsley, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. aged 25
136252 Major Thomas Forbes Young, Royal Engineers
DT/1903 Lance Corporal Yusufu Odina, King's African Rifles
183869 Captain Zvi Zwilling, Royal Army Medical Corps

British Civilian War Dead 

Edith Gertrude Hogan, Civilian War Dead aged 73
E W H Jacques
Civilian Matthew Trotter, Civilian War Dead aged 51

30 May 2015

Coventry's civilian war dead - November 14th/15th 1940


I was in Coventry on Thursday and, having a couple of hours to kill, visited the old cathedral. I also bought a book, Coventry at War, by David McGrory. 

The story of the bombing of Coventry is probably-well known in general terms. David McGrory, writing about the night of the 14th November 1940, fills in the detail:

"The destruction continued for eleven long hours and blazing Coventry could be seen by bomber crews 150 miles away. The all-clear finally came at 6.15am the following morning. The Luftwaffe had unloaded 500 tons of high explosive bombs, 30,000 incendiaries and 50 land mines on the city. Slowly, the people emerged from their shelters to view the destruction... The Germans created a new word to describe the destruction - Coventrated."

But of course, not everyone emerged from shelters. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website records the names of 674 civilians who died between the 14th and 15th November 1940 and of those, 461 died in Coventry. More still would die from their injuries in the days that followed.

The names below are taken from the CWGC website and I have organised them in alphabetical order by date of death. They range in age from 2-month old Robert Danes, killed at 73 Stratford Street along with his 23-month old brother Gordon, his grandmother, Edith Parr, and his aunt Nancy Parr, to 85-year old Elizabeth Tanner, killed at 19 Springfield Road. Eight people died at Stratford Street in the Coventry raid, six of these children.

A memorial to Coventry's Blitz victims was later erected in the London Road Cemetery, Coventry.

Died on 14th November 1940

Mary Adams aged 64, born circa 1876
William Adams aged 60, born circa 1880
Ann Marie Ager aged 59, born circa 1881
Kathleen Alice Ager aged 21, born circa 1919
James Ahessy aged 32 born circa 1908
Jane Allitt aged 68 born circa 1872
Clara Allport aged 60 born circa 1880
Phyllis Marguerite Allport aged 22 born circa 1918
Norman Allton aged 24 born circa 1916
Charles Archer aged 42 born circa 1898
David Ashby aged 28 born circa 1912
Frederick Atkins aged 43 born circa 1897
Ada Lilian Ball aged 9 born circa 1931
Clara Beatrice Ball aged 37 born circa 1903
Florence May Ball aged 12 born circa 1928


Raymond Ball aged 3 born circa 1937
Thomas Edward Ball aged 10 born circa 1930
William Henry Ball aged 6 born circa 1934
William Joseph Banyard aged 33 born circa 1907
Edith Mary Barker aged 57 born circa 1883
George Fox Barker aged 38 born circa 1902
James Barker aged 58 born circa 1882
Joan Barker aged 16 born circa 1924
Mary Grace Barker aged 14 months born 1939
Frederick Barratt aged 50 born circa 1890
Bertram Barrell aged 47 born circa 1893
Catherine Barritt aged 68 born circa 1872
Alfred Barron aged 61 born circa 1879
Herbert Bausor aged 39 born circa 1901
Albert Ernest Bawden aged 38 born circa 1902
John Baxter aged 44 born circa 1896
Irene May Edith Beadle aged 33 born circa 1907
Agnes Beasley aged 73 born circa 1867
Arthur Leonard Beasley aged 3 born circa 1937
Barbara Beasley aged 4 born circa 1936
Dorothy Beasley aged 26 born circa 1914
Betty Bell aged 14 born circa 1926
Malvina Bell aged 6 born circa 1934
Raymond Henry Bell aged 20 born circa 1920
Christopher Bennett aged 47 born circa 1893
Elsie Bennett aged 25 born circa 1915
Florence May Bennett aged 40 born circa 1900
Walter Bennett aged 60 born circa 1880
Harry Berry aged 34 born circa 1906
Aubrey John Billings aged 9 born circa 1931
Eva Billings aged 26 born circa 1914
Lennard John Billings aged 29 born circa 1911
Marion Grace Billings aged 5 months born circa 1940
James Cecil Blagburn aged 39 born circa 1901
Mary Jane (Polly) Blockley aged 72 born circa 1868
Arthur William Bown aged 23 born circa 1917
George Walter Boyles aged 15 born circa 1925
Bert Bradford aged 43 born circa 1897
Alan Briers aged 6 born circa 1934
Doris Jean Briers aged 10 born circa 1930
Jessie Briers aged 39 born circa 1901
Sheila Lilian Briers aged 12 born circa 1928
Alfred Eli Britt aged 46 born circa 1894
Dennis Brown aged 19 born circa 1921
Edward George Brown aged 16 born circa 1924
John Edwin Brown aged 34 born circa 1906
Joseph Palmer Brown aged 70 born circa 1870
Walter Henry Edwin Brown aged 58 born circa 1882
George Buckenham aged 70 born circa 1870
Lizzie Lewis Buckley aged 40 born circa 1900
Richard Buckley aged 41 born circa 1899
Harold Bullock aged 40 born circa 1900
Dennis Patrick Burns aged 14 born circa 1926
Annie Louisa Burton aged 72 born circa 1868
Alfred Butterfield aged 55 born circa 1885
Dorothy Elizabeth Butterfield aged 59 born circa 1881
Harold Cain aged 52 born circa 1888
Emily Carn aged 72 born circa 1868
Rosina Carvell aged 68 born circa 1872
Agnes Maud Chinn aged 43 born circa 1897


Eric Chinn aged 17 born circa 1923
Vera Maud Chinn aged 18 born circa 1922
Harry Clarke aged 39 born circa 1901
Philip Henry Clarke aged 53 born circa 1887
William Thomas Clarke aged 42 born circa 1898
Frank Clutterbuck aged 54 born circa 1886
Agnes Elizabeth Collett aged 50 born circa 1890
Cyril Ernest Collett aged 17 born circa 1923
Hugh Wilfred Collett aged 51 born circa 1889
Sidney Albert Collett aged 19 born circa 1921
Harry John Collier MM aged 43 born circa 1897
Elizabeth Collingridge aged 64 born circa 1876
Edith Congrave aged 42 born circa 1898
Frederick Arthur Cooke aged 48 born circa 1892
George Edmund Cooke aged 59 born circa 1881
George Frederick Cooke aged 27 born circa 1913
Louisa Cooke aged 57 born circa 1883
Florence Lilian Cooper aged 50 born circa 1890
Henry Cooper aged 13 born circa 1927
Joseph Cooper aged 54 born circa 1886
Norah Cooper aged 33 born circa 1907
Albert Earl Courts aged 56 born circa 1884
Robert John Crawford aged 47 born circa 1893
James Cronan aged 50 born circa 1890
Sarah Lavinia Cronan aged 46 born circa 1894
Michael Joseph Cronin aged 48 born circa 1892
George Cuthbertson aged 32 born circa 1908
Joyce Cuthbertson aged 6 born circa 1934
Mabel Cuthbertson aged 26 born circa 1914
Ada Daines aged 41 born circa 1899
Walter Daines aged 68 born circa 1872
Louis James Daly aged 72 born circa 1868
Gordon David Danes aged 23 months born 1938
Robert John Danes aged 2 months born 1940
John Matthew Davis aged 27 born circa 1913
Mary Ann Davis aged 39 born circa 1901
Christopher Patrick Dawson aged 11 born circa 1929
Kate Dawson aged 40 born circa 1900
Ida Henrietta Deacon aged 53 born circa 1887
Walter Alfred Deacon aged 81 born circa 1859
William James Albert Dennis aged 44 born circa 1896
Edna May Doyle aged 21 born circa 1919
Joan Marjorie Eaves aged 7 born circa 1933
Wesley Allen Edmunds aged 15 born circa 1925
William Frederick Edmunds aged 60 born circa 1880
Gordon Edwards aged 16 born circa 1924
Corbett Egginton aged 46 born circa 1894
Annie Elliott aged 38 born circa 1902
Greta Edwina Elliott aged 14 born circa 1926
Margaret Rose Elliott aged 9 born circa 1931
Ronald Elliott aged 15 born circa 1925
Stanley David Endersby aged 30 born circa 1910
Edna May Evans aged 16 born circa 1924
George Sidney James Evans aged 29 born circa 1911
Joan Margaret Millward Farr aged 17 born circa 1923
Elizabeth Faulkner aged 65 born circa 1875
William Joseph Faulkner aged 67 born circa 1873
Reginald Felgate aged 49 born circa 1891
Wilfred Harold Fern aged 18 born circa 1922
Martin Florence aged 82 born circa 1858
Patrick Foley aged 26 born circa 1914
Thomas Muscott Freeman aged 62 born circa 1878
Eliza Garside aged 41 born circa 1899
Harry Gaskine aged 45 born circa 1895
Frederic Golby aged 48 born circa 1892
Leonard Golby aged 28 born circa 1912
Harold Goodwin aged 35 born circa 1905
Walter Gough aged 72 born circa 1868
Mary Graham aged 26 born circa 1914


Dolly Grinham aged 53 born circa 1887
William Henry Guest aged 80 born circa 1860
Arthur Edward Hadingham aged 16 months born 1939
Winifred Blanche Hadingham aged 21 born circa 1919
Bernard Harbourne aged 15 born circa 1925
William Henry Harris aged 36 born circa 1904
David Harrison aged 57 born circa 1883
Harold Frederick Harrison aged 56 born circa 1884
William Edward Hartell aged 35 born circa 1905
Catherine Elizabeth Haynes aged 12 born circa 1928
John Heath aged 65 born circa 1875
Ada Elizabeth Henley aged 17 born circa 1923
Simon William Heynes aged 3 born circa 1937
Douglas Hill aged 13 born circa 1927
May Hill aged 49 born circa 1891
Alan Hiscocks aged 19 born circa 1921
Hilda May Hoare aged 43 born circa 1897
John Denham Hoare aged 7 born circa 1933
Margaret Hoare aged 3 months born circa 1940
Walter James Denham Hoare aged 35 born circa 1905
Albert Hobbs aged 70 born circa 1870
Daisy Hobday aged 21 born circa 1919
Eliza Hobday aged 64 born circa 1876
George William Hobday aged 64 born circa 1876
May Hobday aged 32 born circa 1908
Almina Holland aged 15 born circa 1925
Raymond Holland aged 23 born circa 1917
Harold Benjamin Hughes aged 53 born circa 1887
William James Hughes aged 47 born circa 1893
Violet Humphreys aged 16 born circa 1924
Ernest William Hydon aged 27 born circa 1913
Agnes Harriett Ince aged 46 born circa 1894
Mary Hannah Isitt aged 27 born circa 1913
Charles Edward Jackson aged 72 born circa 1868
William Alfred Edward Jackson aged 57 born circa 1883
Constance Mary Jeffery aged 18 born circa 1922
Reginald Johnstone aged 47 born circa 1893
Beatrice Ada Mansfield Jones aged 56 born circa 1884
Edward Jones aged 26 born circa 1914
John Osborne Jones aged 56 born circa 1884
William Arthur Jones aged 26 born circa 1914
William Henry Jones aged 38 born circa 1902
Frederick Jowett aged 74 born circa 1866
Cyril Wyatt Stockton Judd aged 42 born circa 1898
William Thomas Keay aged 46 born circa 1894
Robert Kemble aged 78 born circa 1862
Mary Ann Kendrick aged 59 born circa 1881
James Kenney aged 29 born circa 1911
Frederick Kilbuern aged 32 born circa 1908
William Henry Kimberley aged 41 born circa 1899
Agnes Laing aged 51 born circa 1889
Elizabeth Margaret Laing aged 31 born circa 1909
William Robert Lambe aged 26 born circa 1914
Doris Lampitt aged 45 born circa 1895
Dennis Lapworth aged 17 born circa 1923
Jeremiah Law aged 62 born circa 1878
George Layton aged 16 born circa 1924
John Harry Wood Leedham aged 15 born circa 1925
Jane Leeson aged 24 born circa 1916
Raymond Leeson aged 25 born circa 1915
Gwen Ivy Letford aged 15 born circa 1925
Alec Edward Lewin aged 42 born circa 1898
Gertrude Emily Lewin aged 44 born circa 1896
David Geoffrey Harwood Leworthy aged 8 born circa 1932
John Herbert Leworthy aged 44 born circa 1896
Christina Mary Liggins aged 23 born circa 1917
Pamela Mary Littlehales aged 7 born circa 1933
Bertha Livesey aged 30 born circa 1910
Ethel Mary Lovell aged 26 born circa 1914
Maurice William Lovell aged 24 born circa 1916
Arthur Henry Lowe aged 29 born circa 1911
Thomas Roland Lowry aged 16 born circa 1924
William Mallard aged 67 born circa 1873
Herbert Marley aged 56 born circa 1884
Iris Marley aged 15 born circa 1925
Olive Lily Marley aged 13 born circa 1927
Frederic Thomas Marsden aged 50 born circa 1890
Violet Mason aged 16 born circa 1924
Clifford David Masser aged 17 born circa 1923
Henrietta Masters aged 26 born circa 1914
Horace William Miles aged 30 born circa 1910
Lilian Olive Miles aged 39 born circa 1901
Marjorie Elaine Miller aged 17 born circa 1923
William Mills aged 38 born circa 1902
Ethel Moody aged 39 born circa 1901
Percival Clement Moody aged 43 born circa 1897
Maureen Morrell aged 7 born circa 1933
Frederick Arthur Morris aged 20 born circa 1920
Raymond Moss aged 41 born circa 1899
Edith Murphy aged 42 born circa 1898
John Irvine Murphy aged 42 born circa 1898
Alexander Thomas Mcarthur aged 22 born circa 1918
Arthur Mccormack aged 51 born circa 1889
Michael Mcgarrity aged 40 born circa 1900
John George Needle aged 18 born circa 1922
Fred Neville aged 45 born circa 1895
Richard Arthur Newall aged 39 born circa 1901
Mavis Evelyn Newson aged 25 born circa 1915
William Newson aged 62 born circa 1878
Susannah Nightingale aged 84 born circa 1856
Timothy Nolan aged 39 born circa 1901
John Cooper Norman aged 38 born circa 1902
Lavinia Norman aged 65 born circa 1875
Edith Evelyn Oliver aged 30 born circa 1910
Jack Oliver aged 32 born circa 1908
Colin Orton aged 8 months born 1940
Olive Ida Orton aged 36 born circa 1904
Percy Lionel Orton aged 38 born circa 1902
Thelma Orton aged 10 born circa 1930
Emily Osborne aged 53 born circa 1887
Arthur Overbury aged 69 born circa 1871
Ernest Pargetor aged 42 born circa 1898
George Thomas Parncutt aged 38 born circa 1902


Annie Parr aged 54 born circa 1886
Nancy May Parr aged 16 born circa 1924
Alfred Harry Edward Parsons aged 38 born circa 1902
Hilda May Partington aged 27 born circa 1913
George Francis Payne aged 38 born circa 1902
Walter Phillips aged 43 born circa 1897
Reschotti Podesta aged 60 born circa 1880
Edith Emily Pointon aged 47 born circa 1893
Mary Porter aged 76 born circa 1864
Albert Preston aged 52 born circa 1888
Florence Annie Preston aged 55 born circa 1885
Delise Price aged 39 born circa 1901
Graham Charles Price aged 6 months born 1940
Harold Price aged 41 born circa 1899
June Patricia Price aged 5 born circa 1935
Ruth Ann Price aged 3 born circa 1937
Arthur Print aged 55 born circa 1885
Doris Kate Proctor aged 31 born circa 1909
Reginald Proctor aged 37 born circa 1903
Henry Prosser aged 36 born circa 1904
Sarah Pugh aged 56 born circa 1884
William Thomas Pugh aged 58 born circa 1882
Thomas John Purchase aged 49 born circa 1891
Percy William Pyett aged 31 born circa 1909
Charles William Randall aged 60 born circa 1880
Elsie Marjorie Randall aged 23 born circa 1917
Harriet Redgate aged 68 born circa 1872
Hilda May Redgate aged 29 born circa 1911


Eveline Rees aged 35 born circa 1905
Frank Richardson aged 19 born circa 1921
Gordon John Richardson aged 23 born circa 1917
Richard John Richardson aged 40 born circa 1900
Ethel Riley aged 37 born circa 1903
Daisy Millicent Ring aged 55 born circa 1885
John Thomas Ring aged 64 born circa 1876
Audrey Annie Roberts aged 36 born circa 1904
Audrey Patricia Roberts aged 9 born circa 1931
Christina May Roberts aged 37 born circa 1903
Ernest David Roberts aged 14 born circa 1926
Ernest Eric Roberts aged 13 born circa 1927
Frederick Roberts aged 50 born circa 1890
Herbert William Roberts aged 27 born circa 1913
John Roberts aged 38 born circa 1902
Leslie Arthur Roberts aged 11 born circa 1929
Rose May Roberts aged 48 born circa 1892
Frances Nelly Robinson aged 63 born circa 1877
Frederick Robinson aged 55 born circa 1885
Peter Robinson aged 63 born circa 1877
James Robson aged 31 born circa 1909
Dorothy May Rogers aged 29 born circa 1911
Ernest Rogers aged 31 born circa 1909
Agnes Rollason aged 49 born circa 1891
John Donald Rollins aged 26 born circa 1914
Kenneth Charles Rollins aged 30 born circa 1910
Marion Rollins aged 59 born circa 1881
Alice Elizabeth Rooke aged 77 born circa 1863
Charles Arthur Rooms aged 20 born circa 1920
William Robert Loudon Roper aged 18 born circa 1922
Ann Rose aged 73 born circa 1867
Alfred Ernest Roughton aged 41 born circa 1899
Ernest John Roughton aged 14 born circa 1926
Emma Amelia Rowson aged 31 born circa 1909
Florence Lavinia Ruddick aged 37 born circa 1903
Malcolm George Ruddick aged 4 born circa 1936
James Rutter aged 73 born circa 1867
Victor Alexander Satchell aged 38 born circa 1902
Doris Scott aged 17 born circa 1923
Stanley Arthur Sear aged 25 born circa 1915
Eveline Sharrocks aged 29 born circa 1911
Harriet Mary Shillcock aged 36 born circa 1904
Garnet Shore aged 32 born circa 1908
Albert Simpson
Joseph Samuel Simpson aged 3 born circa 1937
Muriel Gwendoline Gladys Simpson aged 11 born circa 1929
Owen Francis Sims aged 71 born circa 1869
Ada Sinclair aged 20 born circa 1920
William Malcolm George Sinclair aged 21 born circa 1919
Arthur Smith aged 36 born circa 1904
Arthur Edward Smith aged 58 born circa 1882
Dennis John Smith aged 14 born circa 1926
James William Smith aged 34 born circa 1906
Josephine Ann Smith aged 3 born circa 1937
Margaret Ettie Smith aged 30 born circa 1910
Phyllis Cicily Smith aged 30 born circa 1910
Rose Smith aged 26 born circa 1914
Walter Smith aged 30 born circa 1910
Joan Margaret Smyth aged 6 born circa 1934
Elsie Rebecca Spalding aged 49 born circa 1891
Isabella Steel aged 52 born circa 1888
Stephen Steel aged 52 born circa 1888
Gertrude Annie Stephens aged 61 born circa 1879
Horace Stephens aged 44 born circa 1896
William Joseph Stephens aged 63 born circa 1877
Minnie Stokes aged 71 born circa 1869
Alice Marjorie Storer aged 35 born circa 1905
Walter Charles Storer aged 69 born circa 1871
Arthur John Stubbs aged 61 born circa 1879


Dorothy Stubbs aged 23 born circa 1917
Irene Stubbs aged 19 born circa 1921
Marjorie Stubbs aged 24 born circa 1916
Edith Mary Sutton aged 35 born circa 1905
Kenneth Sutton aged 10 born circa 1930
Edward Tallis aged 64 born circa 1876
Elizabeth Tanner aged 85 born circa 1855
John Tansey aged 39 born circa 1901
Doris Tarver aged 29 born circa 1911
Harold Asa Tarver aged 57 born circa 1883
Harry Taylor aged 30 born circa 1910
Florence Thompson aged 54 born circa 1886
Walter Thompson aged 54 born circa 1886
Winifred Joan Thorpe aged 18 born circa 1922
William Alfred Henry Timms aged 23 born circa 1917
Alan Tipson aged 3 born circa 1937
Ellen Tipson aged 39 born circa 1901
Joan Tipson aged 13 born circa 1927
Pamela Tipson aged 6 born circa 1934
Patricia Tipson aged 9 months born 1940
Daisy Dot Tovey aged 33 born circa 1907
Doris Tovey aged 15 born circa 1925
Esther Villiers aged 67 born circa 1873
Harry Villiers aged 39 born circa 1901
Edwin Walford aged 32 born circa 1908
Edwin Walford aged 10 born circa 1930
Esther Walford aged 32 born circa 1908
Esther Walford aged 4 born circa 1936
Norman Walford aged 12 born circa 1928
Elsie Walsh aged 45 born circa 1895
Ethel May Walters aged 41 born circa 1899
Richard Walters aged 42 born circa 1898
Richard Derrick Walters aged 12 born circa 1928
Clara Ward aged 66 born circa 1874
Patricia Ward aged 3 born circa 1937
Margaret Warren aged 9 born circa 1931
Bertha Ellen Watkins aged 41 born circa 1899
Alice Watson aged 42 born circa 1898
George Henry Watson aged 44 born circa 1896
Elizabeth White aged 71 born circa 1869
Thomas White aged 67 born circa 1873
Christine Mary Whitehouse aged 13 born circa 1927
Herbert Alec Whitehouse aged 45 born circa 1895
Olive Annie Whitehouse aged 41 born circa 1899
Catherine Nora Williams aged 31 born circa 1909
John Emlyn Williams aged 32 born circa 1908
Mary Ann Williams aged 58 born circa 1882
Mary Alice Wilson aged 72 born circa 1868
Joan Winterburn aged 2 born circa 1938
Annie Wiseman aged 25 born circa 1915
Christine Witcomb aged 7 born circa 1933
Ethel Witcomb aged 38 born circa 1902
Joan Witcomb aged 11 born circa 1929
John Gregory Witcomb aged 47 born circa 1893
Sylvia Witcomb aged 17 born circa 1923
Kenneth John Wood aged 23 born circa 1917
Robert Wilton Wood aged 30 born circa 1910
Francis John Wright aged 41 born circa 1899
Ann Yardley aged 56 born circa 1884
James Harold Yarrow aged 60 born circa 1880
Elizabeth Yates aged 18 born circa 1922
Florence Yates aged 59 born circa 1881
Frederick Samuel Yeomans aged 70 born circa 1870

Died on 15th November 1940

Annie Elizabeth Bass aged 53 born circa 1887
Clement Alfred Gordon Bass aged 12 born circa 1928
Doris Hilda Bass aged 21 born circa 1919
George Arthur Bass aged 14 born circa 1926
Joan Mary Bass aged 18 born circa 1922
Leonard James Bass aged 16 born circa 1924
Thomas William Bass aged 65 born circa 1875
William Charles Baylis aged 36 born circa 1904
Alfred Bird aged 44 born circa 1896
Edna Elsie May Bird aged 16 born circa 1924
Ernest Leslie Claypole aged 20 born circa 1920
Nellie Cramp aged 14 born circa 1926
Colin Arthur Dingley aged 18 born circa 1922
John Eaves aged 38 born circa 1902
Thomas Richard Elson aged 55 born circa 1885
Ethel Frost aged 48 born circa 1892
Leonard Frost aged 13 born circa 1927
James Henry Gould aged 33 born circa 1907
Brenda Alice Green aged 18 born circa 1922
Anthony Peter Hands aged 4 months born 1940
Barbara Harrison aged 8 born circa 1932
John Henry Hipkiss aged 52 born circa 1888
Brenda Holder aged 22 born circa 1918
Dennis Howard Holland aged 29 born circa 1911
Edgar Inman aged 33 born circa 1907
John Alfred James aged 27 born circa 1913
Clement Horace Jones aged 35 born circa 1905
Stephanie Kinzett aged 20 born circa 1920
Doris May Lenton aged 33 born circa 1907
Albert Victor Lockett aged 57 born circa 1883
Leonard Lucien Matthews aged 19 born circa 1921
Peter Edgar Arthur Robbins aged 16 born circa 1924
John Ronan aged 64 born circa 1876
Donald Albert Scarrott aged 8 born circa 1932
Phyllis Thomas aged 23 born circa 1917
Roger William Thompsell aged 39 born circa 1901
Sarah Toney aged 75 born circa 1865
Wilfred Henry Tong aged 29 born circa 1911
Oliver Twamley aged 49 born circa 1891, died at Little Park Steet, below


Walter William Watson aged 72 born circa 1868
Bertram Whyatt West aged 17 born circa 1923
Albert Thomas Woodfield aged 33 born circa 1907
Frances Zena Woodfield aged 35 born circa 1905
Dorothy Wright aged 69 born circa 1871

Each of the individuals listed above was a life cut-short. Local researcher Jane Hewitt has researched many of these individuals in greater detail and their stories can be read on Jane's family tree research site. Also have a look at the Coventry's Blitz website. A number of the photos that I have used on this post also appear on this website.

10 May 2015

CWGC to publish WW2 casualty archive


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced that it intends to publish WW2 casualty documents in August 2015 to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day. Read the full story here.

4 May 2015

4th May 1945


Remembering the following British Army officers and men who gave their lives for King and Country seventy years ago today on the 4th May 1945.

813924 Gunner Watson Baird 28 Field Regt, Royal Artillery
NA/37812 Private Barnabas Yah 6th Bn, Nigeria Regiment, R.W.A.F.F.
1774751 Gunner Frederick Proctor Bickley Royal Artillery
1133757 Lance Bombardier John Maurice Booker 55 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regt, Royal Artillery
1554749 Gunner John Boyd 242 Bty, 48 Lt, AA Regt, Royal Artillery
402717 Trooper William Bramhall 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons), Royal Armoured Corps
13091172 Private Frank Robert Bruce Pioneer Corps
14434365 Rifleman Seamus Buckley 1st (Airborne) Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles
14677236 Guardsman Robert Burns 3rd Bn, Welsh Guards
5348635 Trooper Charles Henry Clay 147th (10th Bn, The Hampshire Regt) Regt, Royal Armoured Corps
14243804 Lance Corporal Leslie Arthur Cole Royal Engineers
T/258552 Driver Donald Cook 847 Gen, Transport Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
5621565 Gunner Wilfred Bernard Cook Royal Artillery
313898 Captain Reginald Harry Mark Curtis General List
1123931 Gunner Arthur Dodson Royal Artillery
3456588 Trooper Cyril Duckett 5th Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
4545279 Corporal Samuel Dyson 1st Bn, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
14203051 Lance Corporal Samuel Fell 13th (2/4th Bn, The South Lancashire Regt) Bn, The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
105906 Captain Walter John Fletcher 112 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regt, Royal Artillery
1532036 Lance Bombardier Henry James Follett 274 (Northumberland Hussars) Bty, 25 Lt AA Regt, Royal Artillery
5825867 Corporal Ernest Fountain 1st Bn, Suffolk Regiment
14444090 Private Bernard George Fowler 1st Bn, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
4682458 Serjeant Edward Garner Royal Artillery
2016162 Sapper Sidney Gavin 170 Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers
2584127 Signalman James Glynn 5th Div Sigs, Royal Corps of Signals
2128052 Sapper Thomas Golden 7 Bomb Disposal Coy, Royal Engineers
S/277945 Staff Serjeant Arthur Bertram Graham Royal Army Service Corps
S/253248 Private Thomas Gray Royal Army Service Corps
2723501 Guardsman Ronald Guest 3rd Bn, Irish Guards
14349512 Private Arthur Hare 9th Bn, Border Regiment
7877107 Private James Harrison 31st Bn, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
140753 Captain Joseph Hubbard 115 Field Regt, Royal Artillery
T/14690595 Driver Cyril Walter Hylton 838 Gen, Transport Coy, Royal Army Service Corps NA/93398 Private Iwoji Erastus 3 Base Workshops West African Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, R.W.A.F.F.
5111801 Lance Corporal Leslie Jones 2nd Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment
7616053 Private Reginald John Charles Jones Royal Army Ordnance Corps
2043020 Gunner Victor George Keefe 567 Searchlight Regt, Royal Artillery
NA/38150 Private Kichia 9th Bn, Nigeria Regiment, R.W.A.F.F.
T/14668116 Private James Walker Little Royal Army Service Corps
1826674 Gunner John Lockhart 21 Lt AA Regt, Royal Artillery
14902739 Private Kenneth Luby General Service Corps
811305 Signalman John Reid Macmillan Royal Corps of Signals
112883 Captain Miles Reginald Rostron Marriott 2nd Bn, Grenadier Guards
T/66263 Driver Robert Ernest Martin Royal Army Service Corps
1570036 Lance Bombardier Fred Middleton 202 Bty, 17 Coast Regt, Royal Artillery
1096088 Gunner William Reid Millar 130 Field Regt, Royal Artillery
14220629 Gunner George Henry Monk 80 (The Scottish Horse) Medium Regt, Royal Artillery
M/7830 Private Mwaura Wathuga East African Army Medical Corps
964623 Lance Bombardier Chris Mccluskey 55 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regt, Royal Artillery
1766545 Private Henry Mcintosh Royal Army Medical Corps
N/25694 Private Ndwati Kurwa 11th Bn, King's African Rifles
899031 Gunner Edward Maurice Oaten 55 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regt, Royal Artillery
1099078 Lance Serjeant James Ottino 74 Field Regt, Royal Artillery
302428 Lieutenant George Wilfred Parker York and Lancaster Regiment
14332108 Gunner Thomas Geoffrey Pitt 55 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regt, Royal Artillery
2756738 Serjeant Peter Mclean Prentice 5th Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
14416501 Private Clifford Rees 2nd Bn, South Wales Borderers
14834021 Private William Thomson Reid 10th Bn, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
241069 Captain Cecil Willoughby Richards Royal Army Medical Corps
PAL/22664 Sapper Said Osman Ahmad Ismail Royal Engineers
331773 Lieutenant David Lloyd George Sewell The Inns of Court Regt, Royal Armoured Corps
1135261 Gunner Colin Shaw 71 Anti-Tank Regt, Royal Artillery
322739 Captain Ronald Charles Shearn General List
14623985 Lance Corporal Walter Charles Spencer 5th Bn, The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
2342130 Signalman Kenneth William Clarke Stevens Royal Corps of Signals
1918639 Driver Mervyn Mark Stevens Royal Engineers
14518356 Private William Strickland 1st Bn, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
6291755 Bombardier Sydney Jack Taylor 274 (Northumberland Hussars) Bty, 25 Lt AA Regt, Royal Artillery
S/10682589 Serjeant John Edward Tidd Royal Army Service Corps
14287400 Fusilier Cyril Vickery 11th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers
14828800 Private Frederick Albert Wellen 9th Bn, The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
1700980 Signalman Robert Wells Royal Corps of Signals
265220 Captain Richard Peter Wheaton 145 (The Berkshire Yeomanry) Field Regt, Royal Artillery
14451654 Driver John Leslie Whittingham 507 Field Coy, Royal Engineers
1557272 Fusilier Edward Wignall 11th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers
1552270 Gunner John Eldred Garsyde Wilson-Williams 27th Field Regt, Royal Artillery
13007503 Private William Wray Pioneer Corps

Data courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 

23 March 2015

23rd March 1941


Remembering the men and women who died whilst serving with United Kingdom forces, or as a result of enemy action, on the 23rd March 1941.

Quartermaster Ah Tee Merchant Navy
17071 Driver Arikadi Mukasa East African Army Service Corps
85573 Lieutenant Giles Compton Domville Auchmuty Royal Corps of Signals
Civilian Louisa Baker Civilian War Dead
1254405 Leading Aircraftman Kenneth Herbert (Ken) Beale Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
PO/X21545 Marine James Beazley Royal Marines
Civilian Ethel Florence Berry Civilian War Dead
1730824 Gunner Samuel George Bishop Royal Artillery
Second Engineer Officer Emmerson Joseph Black Merchant Navy
Civilian William Samuel Bowles Civilian War Dead
Civilian Mary Margaret Helen Burns Civilian War Dead
D/KX 107842 Stoker 2nd Class Victor Campbell Royal Navy
Sailor Chan Sun Sang Merchant Navy
Sailor Chao Ah King Merchant Navy
Civilian William Derry Chapman Civilian War Dead
SLA/33 Private Charles Williams West African Army Service Corps, R.W.A.F.F.
Lieutenant Richard Malet Boileau Charter Royal Navy
Third Hand Charles Chellis Fishing Fleet
Pumpman Chong Fai Merchant Navy
Fireman Chong Song Merchant Navy
Fireman Chong Wo Fook Merchant Navy
Fireman Choung Hee Merchant Navy
Civilian Albert Clements Civilian War Dead
Third Officer Ian Cyril Cunningham Merchant Navy
Deck Hand James Edward Dann Fishing Fleet
Civilian Albert William Dove Civilian War Dead
Civilian Helena Dove Civilian War Dead
Boy Ee Muay Merchant Navy Sailor Ee Ong Fatt Merchant Navy
GC/26393 Private Emmanuel Amponsah Gold Coast Regiment, R.W.A.F.F.
745506 Sergeant Cecil Roy Evans Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Pantry Boy Foo Yee Yain Merchant Navy
1259563 Sergeant Joseph Forster Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
13001692 Private James Foy Pioneer Corps
123433 Lieutenant Silvester Fudge Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Fireman Fung Kui Merchant Navy
60097 Pilot Officer Irvine Scott Owen Gaze Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
755569 Sergeant Frederick Gibbs Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Chief Officer Alfred Gray Merchant Navy
Skipper Robert James Harper Fishing Fleet
970533 Sergeant Eric Harold Harvey Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Senior Electrician John Lyon Herd Merchant Navy
Civilian Annie Hicks Civilian War Dead
Apprentice Richard James Hilhouse Merchant Navy
6982574 Fusilier Daniel Holmes Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Second Officer William Howard Hume Merchant Navy
Steward Joe Tin Fatt Merchant Navy
72685 Flight Lieutenant Sedgebert Herschel Joelson Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Civilian Samuel Charles Jones Civilian War Dead
Chief Steward Juan Seng Merchant Navy
6982911 Fusilier James Kennedy Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
759103 Sergeant Victor Sydney Key Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Sailor Kin Kwang Merchant Navy
904527 Sergeant Cecil Hubert King Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
745364 Sergeant David Kirkland Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
6914989 Rifleman George Edward Knott Rifle Brigade
Fireman Lan Kan Merchant Navy
Volunteer Lawrence  Home Guard
Quartermaster  Lee Ah Chay Merchant Navy
Mess Room Boy Lee John San Merchant Navy
552119 Sergeant C. Francis Xavier Leighton Royal Air Force
Quartermaster Leng Ah Moy Merchant Navy
Bimbashi (Major) William Harold Blyth Lesslie Sudan Defence Force
Fireman Li Kan Merchant Navy
842310 Lance Serjeant Philip George Lilly Royal Artillery
Sailor Lim Sin Keng Merchant Navy
Sailor Lin Loon Merchant Navy
Civilian Susan Linehan Civilian War Dead
Cook Ling Ah Chaw Merchant Navy
4541549 Private Robert Henry Lister West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
D/30209 Private Frederick Harry Lockhart Devonshire Regiment
553787 Sergeant George Sutherland Murray Macleod Royal Air Force
1052363 Aircraftman 2nd Class Harold Major Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Fifth Engineer Officer Peter Hammill Manderville Merchant Navy
Civilian James Martin Civilian War Dead
Civilian Albert Frederick Mason Civilian War Dead
Cook Mew Po Heng Merchant Navy
Fireman Mik Kia Merchant Navy
Fourth Engineer Officer Frank Cameron Miller Merchant Navy
Sub-Lieutenant (A) Peter Mittell Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
740943 Sergeant John Bernard Molony Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Second Radio Officer Michael Timothy Murphy Merchant Navy
755142 Sergeant Robert Friar Murphy Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
967874 Sergeant James Dennison Mccallum Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
First Radio Officer Cornelius William Mccarthy Merchant Navy
Third Engineer Officer Andrew Hughes Mcknight Merchant Navy
87427 Pilot Officer Anthony William Bright Newman Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Storekeeper Ngai Ah Sai Merchant Navy
Apprentice Rothes Gerald Novak Merchant Navy
971337 Gunner Francis Joseph Parsley Royal Artillery
5380041 Lance Corporal Rupert John Perry Corps of Military Police
630635 Leading Aircraftman Leslie James Prior Royal Air Force
936508 Leading Aircraftman Arthur Quarmby Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Civilian William Herbert Ramm Civilian War Dead
Civilian Henry John Reed Civilian War Dead
P/JX 212249 Sick Berth Attendant Joseph Douglas Rice Royal Navy
3601417 Private Thomas Riddell Border Regiment
4465546 Private Frederick Whelans Robson Durham Light Infantry
4040641 Private Ernest Rowley King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Mate Abe Davis Sampson Merchant Navy
4041312 Private Thomas James Sankey Cheshire Regiment
Civilian John Christopher Seward Civilian War Dead
Saloon Boy Sim Tee Jong Merchant Navy
Fireman Siong Wah Merchant Navy
Master Hubert Stanley Sivell Merchant Navy
D/JX 238131 Able Seaman Bertram Smith Royal Navy
Chief Engineer John Murdo Smith Fishing Fleet
Civilian Henry James Swainsbury Civilian War Dead
Deck Hand Walter St. Pierre Fishing Fleet
Chief Cook Tan Tian Teck Merchant Navy
Sailor Tang Siew Luk Merchant Navy
12357 Private Taulo Chitenje King's African Rifles
747821 Sergeant David Arthur Taylor Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Sailor Teong Ah Tay Merchant Navy
Donkeyman Thoe Foon Merchant Navy
Deck Hand William Heaton Thompson Fishing Fleet
Second Engineer William Findley Thomson Fishing Fleet
Carpenter Tiew Khek Guon Merchant Navy
Sailor Ting Meng Merchant Navy
Boatswain Tow Siong Kong Merchant Navy
6348320 Private Cyril Wade Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Fifth Engineer Officer John Walker Merchant Navy
45188 Flying Officer Clifford Vernon Walters
Royal Air Force Steward William Weir Fishing Fleet
Fifth Engineer Officer Frank Wellings Merchant Navy
LT/KX 107518 Engineman Frederick James Western Royal Naval Patrol Service
4537577 Lance Corporal Percy White West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Deck Hand Thomas Alfred Wilde Fishing Fleet
Chief Engineer Officer Alfred Leonard Francis Lambert Williams Merchant Navy
971577 Sergeant Harry Willis Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
C/J 24653 Chief Petty Officer Albert Victor Wincup Royal Navy
Quartermaster Wong Ah Chong Merchant Navy
Sailor Wong Ah Tay Merchant Navy
Cook Wong Choo Merchant Navy
Boy Wong Tung Kwan Merchant Navy
1161131 Sergeant Maurice Frederick Woodhams Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Civilian Giuseppe Zahra Civilian War Dead

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

13 March 2015

For King and Country


Remembering the following British and Commonwealth citizens who gave their lives for King, King Emperor and Kingdom, 69 years ago this day, on the 13th March 1944.  Data supplied by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

MTN/929819 Sepoy Abdul Aziz 31 Indian Armd. Div. Transport Coy, Royal Indian Army Service Corps
16557 Lance Naik Abdullah Khan 3rd Battalion, 8th Punjab Regiment
MTN/912079 Sepoy Adalat Shah 52 (B) G.P. Transport Coy, Royal Indian Army Service Corps
14424982 Private Leslie Morris Adams 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
17597 Sepoy Ahmad Khan 2nd Battalion, 1st Punjab Regiment
43590 Lance Naik Ali Akbar 29 Mountain Regiment, Royal Indian Artillery
30593 Private Ali Juma East African Army Ordnance Corps
19488 Sepoy Allah Ditta 1st Battalion, 10th Baluch Regiment
3779341 Private William Henry Bill Anders 13th Battalion, The King's Regiment (Liverpool) LT/JX
224942 Seaman Ernest Andrews H.M.S. Salpa. Royal Naval Patrol Service
4854912 Private Howard Ashmore Pioneer Corps
40605 Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Sydney Athron Royal Engineers
24167 Lance Naik Atma Ram King George V's Own Bengal Sappers and Miners
12514 Sepoy Babaji Kadam 1st Battalion, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry
5055612 Private Cyril Bailey 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
Fireman Gasper Banjo S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
42358 Pilot Officer Malcolm Eber Palmer Barriball 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force
T/10667759 Driver John James Allen Bates 42nd Inf. Bde. Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
5055155 Private Thomas William Beardmore 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
787973 Sergeant Herbert Beck 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
3600544 Private Phillip Bell 9th Battalion, Border Regiment
13014845 Private John George Benson Pioneer Corps
MTN/791929 Sepoy Bhagirath Singh 312 G.P. Transport Coy, Royal Indian Army Service Corps
19227 Rifleman Bhagirath Thapa 4th Battalion, 1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)
14585598 Private William Lawson Birch 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
Radio Officer John Harold Birtles S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
D/JX 550875 Able Seaman Leonard Bonner H.M.S. President III Royal Navy
NX97238 Private Colin James Bray A.I.F. 7 Div. Pro. Coy, Australian Army Provost Corps
3912060 Gunner Alfred Broome 313 Battery, 90 Lt. A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery
984854 Lance Bombardier Richard Douglas Burgoyne 114 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
5950913 Private Douglas Sydney Button Pioneer Corps
3913409 Bombardier Joseph Byrne 313 Battery, 90 Lt. A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery
1386500 Flight Sergeant Alexander Vernon Charles Campbell 81 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
IA/249 Lieutenant Colonel Charles Harry Campbell Cdg. 2nd Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles
97049 Rifleman Churamani Khattri 1st Battalion, 9th Gurkha Rifles
M/27083 Trooper Charles William Clark 14th Armd. Regiment, Calgary Regiment, R.C.A.C.
Lieutenant William Maxwell Aitken Corbett Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C.
4386935 Corporal Joseph Coulter 1st Battalion, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
T/14554063 Driver William James Coulthard 726 Water Transport Coy, Royal Army Service Corps
7020392 Private John James Cunningham 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
4059 Lance Naik Damar Sing Thapa 1st Battalion, 4th Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles
GC/53910 Lance Bombardier Dampare 2 Lt. Battery, West African Artillery, R.W.A.F.F.
4272653 Lance Serjeant Thomas Davison 410 Battery, 53 (5th Battalion, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery
17455 Havildar Deputy Singh 5th Battalion, 16th Punjab Regiment
V/4123 Sowar Dewa 25 Advanced Field Veterinary Hospital. Indian Army Veterinary Corps
543081V Pupil Pilot Malcolm Dick South African Air Force
51507 Recruit Dil Bahadur Thapa 4th Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles
3774279 Sapper John Disley 1002 Docks Operating Coy, Royal Engineers
14585 Sepoy Duli Chand 3rd Battalion, 4th Bombay Grenadiers
4685084 Serjeant Albert Charles Dyer 2/4th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
F/602415 Gunner Arthur De Witt Eaton Royal Canadian Artillery
5770086 Serjeant James Robert Everett 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
MTN/992851 Lance Naik Faqir 103 G.P. Transport Coy, Royal Indian Army Service Corps Lieutenant Gerald Garfield Ferguson Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C
VX1211 Private George Fildes Australian Headquarters
T/788584 Private James Anthony Flanagan Royal Army Service Corps
NA/42278 Lance Corporal Gabriel Oti West African Army Service Corps, R.W.A.F.F.
138400 Sweeper Gangadharan Indian Army Medical Corps Lieut-Commander Douglas John Gavin H.M.S. Victory. Royal Navy
20119/IO Subadar Ghulam Ahmad 4th Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles
3252384 Private Robert James Gordon 2nd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment
2718653 Guardsman Cecil Graham 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
NX47400 Private Robert William Griffin A.I.F. 2/20 Battalion, Australian Infantry
4398392 Private John Halpin 1st Battalion, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
W/130692 Corporal Margaret Halton Auxiliary Territorial Service
3528829 Private George Hankinson 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment
3602743 Private William Hatton 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment
41456 Lance Naik Hayat Ali 24 Mountain Regiment, Royal Indian Artillery
4131283 Private Frederick Hayes 7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
787207 Flight Sergeant Frantisek Hecl 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
14309415 Gunner Ronald Heywood 69 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
D/JX 207959 Leading Seaman George Edwin Hindle H.M.S. President III Royal Navy
EC/13628 Captain Gordon Hinds 1st Battalion, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry
V/4293 Sowar Hira 25 Advanced Field Veterinary Hospital. Indian Army Veterinary Corps
5059385 Private Cyril Holford 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment C/JX
551763 Able Seaman Charles George Howe S.S. Peleus Royal Navy
PAL/3737 Corporal Moshe Hurvitz Royal Engineers
J/43229 Pilot Officer Victor Herman Inderbitzin Royal Canadian Air Force
Q112639 Private Douglas Earl Inglis A.C.M.F. 15 Battalion, Australian Infantry
8197/IO Subadar Jabre Pun 1st Battalion, 4th Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles
Fireman Jahia Saleh S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
KML/29216 Private Jairo Libale Wambasa King's African Rifles
MT/201079 Sweeper Jog Lal Royal Indian Army Service Corps
14629416 Private Henry Johnson 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
4542825 Gunner James Leslie Johnson 2 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery C/JX
389931 Ordinary Telegraphist Leonard Harold Johnson H.M.S. Milne Royal Navy
3714536 Private Frederick Harry Jones 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment
787308 Warrant Officer Ladislav Kadlec 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve O/82977 Sepoy Kaliyappan 223 Base Ordnance Depot Indian Army Ordnance Corps
22199 Rifleman Kalyan Singh Machine Gun Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles
3907190 Private Michael John Kennedy 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
18896 Sepoy Khan Muhammad 6th Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment
14609498 Private Norman Brian King 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment
T/139712 Driver William Kirkbride Royal Army Service Corps
7047432 Private Samuel Kirkland 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers
311979V Private Kraft South African Medical Corps
127085 Flying Officer Pavel Kubin 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
28736 Havildar Labh Singh 1st Battalion, 11th Sikh Regiment
ME/10411 Craftsman Ladava Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
106488 Rifleman Lal Man Rai 4th Battalion, 10th Gurkha Rifles
D/163213 Private Joseph Albert Dollard Noel Lalonde Royal 22e Regiment, R.C.I.C.
K/62329 Lance Corporal James William Lawrie Canadian Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.
M/23575 Private Le Fleur Indian and Malay Corps, S.A. Forces
V/32595 Petty Officer Gordon Henry Lemessurier H.M.C.S. Givenchy Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
235952 Lieutenant Arthur Walter Lewis Royal Engineers
FX582343 Leading Airman Barry Ryder Lewis H.M.S. Canada Royal Navy
3778120 Private Francis James Lindsay 9th Battalion, Border Regiment
14212248 Signalman Edgar Martin Littlejohn 118 Lt. A.A. Regiment,, R.A. Sig. Sec. Royal Corps of Signals
787998 Sergeant Oskar Lojka 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
GA/1579 Private Louis Gomez 1st Battalion, Gambia Regiment, R.W.A.F.F.
 Sailor Peter Macleod S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
195 Sepoy Mahbub Khan 1st Battalion, Hyderabad Infantry, Indian States Forces
O/77402 Sepoy Mallappa Shindur 5 Ordnance Mobile Laundry Indian Army Ordnance Corps
Boatswain Dimitrios Mamas S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
17875 Sepoy Mangal Singh 1st Battalion, 14th Punjab Regiment
498 Labourer Mathai Cochin State Civil Labour Unit
NA/38071 Private Mbowe Binka 12th Battalion, Nigeria Regiment, R.W.A.F.F.
1874152 Serjeant Charles Arthur Melton 225 Field Coy, Royal Engineers Ordinary Seaman John Henry Melville M.V. Glenstrae (Glasgow) Merchant Navy
NA/ 46993 Private Michael Olapade Fagbemi West African Army Medical Corps, R.W.A.F.F.
13069821 Private Alfred Thomas Miller Pioneer Corps P/JX
335758 Able Seaman George Laidlaw Miller H.M.S. President III Royal Navy
V/5961 Sowar Mir Mai Ram 25 Advanced Field Veterinary Hospital Indian Army Veterinary Corps
J/28363 Flying Officer Thomas Ridley Mitchell Royal Canadian Air Force
14591770 Private Leslie Walter William Mosedale 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
45764 Sapper Muhammad Aslam 17 Field Coy, Royal Bombay Sappers and Miners Sailor James Mcconnach S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
4127065 Private Douglas Stapleton Mcgreevy 7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
4442120 Warrant Officer Class I John Gregory Mcgurk Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
36216 Leading Aircraftman Donald Charles Mckenzie Royal Australian Air Force
7942642 Trooper Thomas Simpson Mckerrow 12th Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
B/37766 Sergeant David Mcmillan Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.
430391 Leading Aircraftman Keith Robert Mcpherson Royal Australian Air Force
46251 Rifleman Nandaras Gurung 1st Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force)
109618 Rifleman Nar Bahadur Rana 4th Battalion, 10th Gurkha Rifles
ME/133266 Sepoy Narayan Pillai Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
ISC/61751 Signalman Narayanaswami 6th Indian Air Form. Sigs. Indian Signal Corps
8951/IO Subadar Narsing Dayal 7th Battalion, 10th Baluch Regiment
15762 Sepoy Nawab Khan 202 Base Ordnance Depot Indian Army Ordnance Corps
FX 83876 Air Mechanic Walter Charles Nicholls Royal Navy
14400875 Fusilier Robert James Nugent 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers
N/11794 Lance Corporal Oketch Odye King's African Rifles
A/23435 Lance Corporal William James Orris Royal Canadian Regiment
1874868 Lance Corporal Dick Palmer 18 Field Park Coy, Royal Engineers
2370948 Signalman Stanley Paton Royal Corps of Signals
14628761 Private Ernest Pierce 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
122091 Flying Officer Charles Harrison Pigg 613 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Steward Alfred Pike S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
233139 Pioneer Pitti Purti Indian Pioneer Corps
21336 Sepoy Polu Ram 26th Battalion, 15th Punjab Regiment
420487 Pilot Officer David Allan Priddle Royal Australian Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander John Loft Pritchard British Columbia Regiment, R.C.A.C.
21160/IO Jemadar Qurban Ali 2nd Battalion, 1st Punjab Regiment
ISC/16612 Signalman Rai Chand 7th Indian Div. Sigs. Indian Signal Corps
786305 Sepoy Ram Bir Parshad 55 G.P. Transport Coy, Royal Indian Army Service Corps
616 Sepoy Ram Singh 1st Battalion, Hyderabad Infantry, Indian States Forces
NA/125856 Private Ramadan Galo 5th West African Aux. Group West African Army Service Corps, R.W.A.F.F.
1097227 Lance Bombardier Henry Sidney George Ranson Royal Artillery
13099079 Signalman George William James Redford Royal Corps of Signals
R/181611 Sergeant Howard Murray Reed Royal Canadian Air Force
234820 Corporal Norman Riddle Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
626503 Corporal Fredrick Arthur Roberts Royal Air Force
198567 Naik Rothar John 604 Supply Sec. Royal Indian Army Service Corps
7022417 Private Norman Roy 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment
T/286715 Private Thomas Royle Royal Army Service Corps
MT/787660 Sepoy Sadiq 103 G.P. Transport Coy, Royal Indian Army Service Corps
43560 Naik Sadiq Husain 24 Mountain Regiment, Royal Indian Artillery
F/43879 Private James Donald Schofield 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion, R.C.I.C.
D/KX 109385 Leading Stoker Walter Scott H.M. Submarine P.512. Royal Navy
J/22158 Flying Officer David John Shea 41 (R.A.F.) Sqdn Royal Canadian Air Force
4189938 Fusilier Frederick Edward Sheady 1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers
O/72626 Lance Naik Shivram Sawant Indian Inf. Bde. Workshop Coy, Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
SW/1129 Private Shongwe 1991 (Swazi) Smoke Coy, African Pioneer Corps (H.C.T.)
5890330 Private Reginald Shorter 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
14586 Sepoy Siri Chand 3rd Battalion, 4th Bombay Grenadiers
6982270 Bombardier Francis Herbert Smith 4 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery
SX12772 Corporal David Arthur Stephen A.I.F. 2/5 Australian Commando Squadron
4619868 Corporal James Herbert Stokes 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment
850426 Gunner Frederick Storey 2 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
5887688 Private James Frederick Straw 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Fireman Emmanuel Sulley S.S. Peleus (Greece) Merchant Navy
Civilian Sushila Bala Majhi Civilian War Dead
37299V Sergeant Samuel Oswald Swailes General Service Corps, S.A. Forces
Captain Alex Jeffrey Swann Indian General Service Corps
34992 Sepoy Tara Chand 15th Punjab Regiment
F/76116 Private Murray Edward Tarr West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C.
2879742 Corporal Alexander Taylor 1st Battalion, The London Scottish Gordon Highlanders
SW/496 Private Tela 1991 (Swazi) Smoke Coy, African Pioneer Corps (H.C.T.)
B/63584 Private Norman Templeton H.Q. 1st Corps Defence Coy, Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment), R.C.I.C.
10330 Rifleman Thamman Bahadur Sing 3rd Battalion, 9th Gurkha Rifles
7942287 Trooper Lawrence Clayton Thomas 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards) Royal Armoured Corps
R/189290 Leading Aircraftman James Edward Tierney Royal Canadian Air Force
170928 Pilot Officer Jan Timko 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
SR/176939 Sepoy Tirlok Singh 588 Supply Sec. Royal Indian Army Service Corps
8214 Rifleman Tul Bir Pun 1st Battalion, 4th Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles
102530 Flight Lieutenant Alois Frantisek Uvizl 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1814929 Leading Aircraftman Douglas Van Der Biesen Barham Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
300205 Lieutenant John Douglas Vine Royal Sussex Regiment 285 Pioneer Vithu 1st Central Provinces and Berar Civil Pioneer Force
6098338 Private Walter Cyril Warner 1st Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
240100 Lieutenant Bernard Joseph Webb 1st Recce. Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C.
2763105 Company Quartermaster Serjeant David Burness Westwood 6th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
14336509 Rifleman Frederick A. Whittaker 1st Battalion, The London Irish Rifles Royal Ulster Rifles
Private Emlyn Williams 9th Glamorganshire (Merthyr) Battalion, Home Guard
3912476 Gunner Thomas Eric Williams 313 Battery, 90 Lt. A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery
228337 Lieutenant Christopher Moelwyn Strachey Williams-Ellis Welsh Guards
5572412 Gunner Horace Arthur Wills 2 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery
173115 Pilot Officer William Joseph Wills 613 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Private Edward Woolley 22nd County of Lancaster (Rochdale) Battalion, Home Guard
169618 Pilot Officer Otakar Zanta 311 (Czech) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
UML/160267 Private Zedekia Kafero East African Military Labour Corps

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

21 February 2015

Died in London - 21st February 1944


The following civilians all died on the 21st February 1944 as a result of enemy action on London. It would appear that some of these 24 civilians died in the line of duty. For instance, Harry Cresswell was serving with the Heavy Rescue Service; Jesse Evans was a volunteer fire-watcher; Winifred Medleycott was working for the British Red Cross Society, James McKenzie working as a fire guard, and Herbert Pill a staff sergeant with the Home Guard.

James Michael Clark aged 5
Harry Cresswell aged 41
Alfred Patrick Donoghue aged 20
Jacqueline Donoghue aged 7
Brian Evans aged 4
Jesse William Evans aged 60
George William Gooch aged 38
Audrey Mary Elaine Hine aged 65
Edward Stimpson Long aged 74
Winifred Mary Medleycott aged 54
Edith Mary Morton aged 66
Roy Leonard Mcguire aged 28
James Reid Mckenzie aged 42
Winifred Rose Nash aged 60
Martha Newton aged 43
John Osborne aged 59
Doris Louisa Penning aged 32
Herbert Ernest Pill aged 44
Sophie Pauline Plane aged 76
Fred Porter aged 50
Henry Oliver Randall aged 53
Audrey Stannard aged 11
Isobel Margaret Marion Thomas aged 39
Mary Turner aged 47

The deaths occurred across London but with six of these recorded in Hammersmith and Fulham. I am assuming that all deaths were as a result of bombing raids.  

1 February 2015

1045805 BQMS William Stephen Holcombe, Royal Artillery


On this day in 1893 my grandfather Walter Leonard Nixon was born. That's him, pictured above in about 1907. Fast forward 51 years and on this day, 1st February 1944, 217 British and Imperial men and women lost their lives in the service of their King and King Emperor.

1045805 Battery Quartermaster Sergeant William Stephen Holcombe of the 9th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, was one of those 217 men to die on this day in 1944. He was a regular soldier; an Old Contemptible who had enlisted in 1913, served throughout the First World War and who subsequently extended his service. His medal index card (below, courtesy of Ancestry) notes the same regimental number that appears on his headstone in Ilkley Cemetery.

 
Findmypast has William Holcombe in its Royal Artillery attestation registers which, in turn, sheds more light on the man and his service.
  • William was born at South Norwood, Croydon and was a seaman before he enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery
  • He originally attested on the 7th January 1913 and was given the number 71580
  • He extended his colour service at various points ( his number 1045805 dates to February 1919) and re-enlisted on 3rd July 1939
  • He married Violet Maud Smith at Woolwich on Christmas Day 1917 and the couple had two children: Francis William Smith (born 28th September 1921) and Reta Violet Smith (born 23rd March 1926).
  • He was discharged from the army on 10th December 1943 under paragraph 392 (xvi) of King's regulations 1940. This paragraph deals with discharges as a result of "ceasing to fulfil army physical requirements" and could imply that he was discharged as a result of wounds
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that William was the husband of Violet Maud Holcombe of Stratford, Essex which, coming full circle, brings me back again to my grandfather Walter who was born in Stratford in 1893.
 
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

2 January 2015

6088544 Pte Herbert Jeffries, 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)


According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 177 men and women serving with United Kingdom forces died on the 2nd January 1945; seventy years ago today. Herbert Jeffries died at home this day and was buried in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington. He was 24 years old, the son of Henrietta Jeffries of Hackney.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
 
Abney Park cemetery image borrowed from the Jane Shoots World blog.

14 December 2014

531390 Leading Aircraft man David Graham Hodge, 99 Sqdn RAF

http://london.indymedia.org

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that there were 96 fatalities on this day, 14th December 1939. My own mother was a day old at what, in London, must have been a very worrying time for my grandparents.

Thirty-four of the 96 casualties were amongst members of the Royal Air Force or Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and Leading Aircraftman David Graham Hodge was one of these men. He was 22 years old, the son of Elizabeth Hodge and the foster-son of Margaret Grant of Greenock, Renfrewshire when he was killed whilst serving with 99 Squadron, RAF. David Hodge has no known grave and is commemorated with over twenty thousand others on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede in Surrey. Image above courtesy of: http://london.indymedia.org.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

30 November 2014

1101197 Flt Sgt Laurence Helm, 39 Sqdn, RAF VR


Remembering today 1101197 Flight Sergeant Laurence Helm of No 39 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who lost his life on this day, 30th November, 1942. He has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 3, column 2 of the Malta Memorial (pictured above, courtesy Wikipedia).

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.