18 December 2009

T/291509 Dvr Cecil William Chilmaid, RASC

32-year-old T/291509 Driver Cecil William Chilmaid of the Royal Army Service Corps, died on the 18th December 1942. He was the son of William and Kate Chilmaid of Rochester in Kent, and the husband of Edith Chilmaid of Rochester. Cecil died on active service in North Africa and he is buried in the ironically named Bone War Cemetery in Annaba, Algeria.

This from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

"Allied troops made a series of landings on the Algerian coast in early November 1942. From there, they swept east into Tunisia, where the North African campaign came to an end in May 1943 with the surrender of the Axis forces. Bone was occupied by Allied forces on 12 November 1942 and became important as a supply port, and for its airfield. The 70th General Hospital was there during the early months of 1943. Bone War Cemetery contains 868 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. There are also 14 non-war burials, mostly of merchant seamen whose deaths were not due to war service. The cemetery also contains one First World War burial which was transferred here from Bone Communal Cemetery."

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


Ancestry.co.uk (1939-1945 Roll of Honour)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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