Roll of Honour 1939-1940

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Trooper, BAKER, Mervyn, 319439; (Squadron unknown) Killed in action on 13th September 1940, Aged 23 The son of Gwilym and Winifred Baker, of Neath in Glamorgan Mervyn was the fourth eldest out of 8 children born on the 9th December 1917 at No 18 Walters Road, Melyn in Neath. Educated at Merlin School in Neath before being employed locally as a Coal Merchant Rounds Man Mervyn joined up in London in 1936 initially with the 12th Royal Lancers and then the 11th Hussars where he excelled as a Boxer. On the 12th September 1940, RHQ, A&B Sqns where at Maaten Mohammed in observation positions in the Sheferzen and Sidi Omar area During that night the Italians carried out heavy bombing raids targeting the Barrani-Matruh road, none of the bombs dropped exploded. Early the next morning as the leave party was traveling down the road toward Matruh station they ran into the unexploded bombs, killing Tpr Baker and Tpr Walsh, wounding L/Cpl Gingell. Mervyn's father Gwilym joined up in 1939 at the age of 54 serving with the Royal Pioneer Corps from Dunkirk through to D-Day as well as his brother Cyril who was killed in Burma near to the end of the war. Another brother served in the Royal Navy surviving two torpedo attacks. Mervyn is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery in Egypt Grave Ref: XXXII.H.7. Mervyn is commemorated on the Neath War Memorial and in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance held at the Welsh National Museum in Cardiff on page 75 (11th Hussars). Family dedication; "In my mind Mervyn was colossus and very solely missed". (Gwilym) (My gratitude to Mervyn's family for their help and kindness shown)

11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) "Cherrypickers"

1939-1947

Roll of Honour

1939-1940;

(Entries with photographs at the bottom of the page)

Top photograph: Warrant Officer Class II (T.S.M) BOWYER (MM) Thomas Henry, 548805;

2nd Troop, 'B' Squadron (Troop Leader)

Died of wounds on 15th October 1940, Aged 30

The son of James Edward (10/01/1882-13/12/1936) and Alice (Nee: Brown) Bowyer (09/07/1882-06/09/1975).

Husband of Christine Ann Bowyer (Nee: Dyer) of 3 Rue Dlir Barhan (Cairo) Egypt.

Brother of Alice, Lillie, James Edward, Richard Alfred, Charles William, Minnie, Albert Arthur and Nellie Bowyer.

Thomas was born on the 9th February 1909 at No 3 Red Lion Row, Camberwell (Newington) in London, registered on the 23rd March 1909.

Thomas joined up initially into the 12th Royal Lancers pre 1932 when in the October he was promoted to L/Cpl (unpaid) L/Cpl (paid) 1933 and Cpl (paid) 1935, he would have served in Egypt with the Lancers before returning to Tidworth with the Regiment.

The Lancers Journal still records him still being in the Regiment in December 1938 after which Thomas joined the 11th Hussars.

On the 15th October 1940, 5th Troop had an armoured car blown up in a mine field, Thomas made a gallant attempt to recover it but as he did a second mine denoted wounding him so severely that he died on the spot a few minutes after.

Thomas was awarded the Military Medal posthumously (London Gazette 1/4/1941); however his MM doesn't appear on his CWGC headstone (CWGC have been informed as is being dealt with).

Thomas is recorded in the war diary for his MM on the 12th July 1940

Thomas is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt

Grave Ref: 19.A.9.

(My gratitude to Deborah Stenner the granddaughter of Thomas's sister Nellie for her help and kindness shown)

Warrant Officer Class II (S.S.M) CHAPPLE, Edwin Edward, MM, 535804;

'C' Squadron

Killed in action on 14th December 1940, Aged 39

Born on 11th October 1901 in Devon

The son of Edwin and Sarah Chapple

Husband of Hilda Chapple of Bradford, Previously of the Hotel Connaught, Ocean Beach in South Africa

At 08.30 hrs on the 14th December 1940, while having crossed the 'wire' and heading towards the Bardia-Tobruk road a special Squadron of Italian C.R.42 biplane fighter's swooped down on 'C' Squadron armed with armour piecing explosive rounds, it was one of these rounds that had torn through the turret of Major Payne-Gallwey's Morris armoured car and killed Edwin who was standing by his side returning fire with the Bren gun.

Edwin is commemorated on Column 19 of the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt

(My gratitude to Mr Peter Christian 'C' Sqn, 11th Hussars for his help)

Trooper, CHARMAN, Stanley, 7908118;

(Squadron unknown)

Killed in action on the 27th December 1940, Aged 20

(Stanley isn't mentioned in either the "Eleventh at War" or the War Diaries)

Born on the 9th February 1920 in Surrey

His W.3040 records that he was reported missing and also killed in action on the 27th December 1940 and that up until the 22nd August 1941 his father was still writing to the Regiment regarding Stanley.

The son of Mr & Mrs (A) Charman of 135 Walton Road Woking, Surrey

(W.3040 recorded Stanley's father as being named as Herbert)

Buried at the Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma in Libya

Grave Ref: 16.C.13.

Corporal, HORTON, Frederick, 318826;

1st Troop,'B' Squadron

Killed in action on the 10th December 1940, Aged 23

Born on the 20th December 1916 in Newcastle on Tyne

The son of Frederick and Mary Ellen Horton

(W.3040 next of kin recorded as being sister, Margaret (Peggy) Bigg (Nee: Horton) of, Manor Cottage, Warden Point Sheerness, in Kent)

On the 10th December 1940, 'B' Squadron while in the Sidi Barrani area was in a duel with Italian anti-tank guns and it was during this duel that Frederick was killed along side Sgt Taber and Tpr Ralstein (See below).

Commemorated at the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt on Panel 20

Trooper, HUNT, Alfred, 7889406;

'A' Squadron

Killed in Action on the 11th December 1940, Aged 22

Baptized on the 29th November 1918 at All Saints Church, Northampton, his father was recorded as being employed as an Electrical Engineer.

The son of Frederick and Louisa Hunt, of Far Cotton Northampton

Brother of Frederick Hunt.

Born on the 9th June 1918, 3 Forest Road, Far Cotton Northampton.

Alfred enlisted initially into C Squadron the Northampton Yeomanry on the 28th March 1938 having been a Boot and Shoe worker.

His daily rate of pay at that time was 2 Shillings per day.

On the 10th December 1940, 'A' Squadron was in pursuit of the withdrawing Italian garrison of Sofafi when at 11.30 am they were attacked by Italian fighters resulting in the Squadron Leader Captain David Lloyd being slightly wounded in the head.

It was not long afterwards that two fighters returned and attacked again this time Captain Lloyd was wounded a further two times and his Rolls-Royce armoured car repeatedly hit resulting in the wounding of Alfred who was to succumb to his wounds the following day.

Alfred's notice of his loss was reported in the "Northampton Independent" in January 1941"Died of Wounds".

Alfred is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt

Grave Ref: 19.F.10

Also on the War Memorial, Abingdon Square in Northampton

(My gratitude to Mrs Wendy Bland, Boothville in Northampton and to Mr Andy North, Record Office, Northampton County Council for all of their help)

Trooper, JONES, Frederick, 4907970;

2nd Troop 'B' Squadron

Presumed died after being reported missing on the 21st June 1940, Aged 34(W.3040 records age of 29).

Born on the 24th December 1910, 50 Victoria Street, Tunstell in Staffordshire

The son of Thomas and Margaret Ann Jones, of 125 Furlong Road, Tunstall

Brother of;

John, William, Mary Ellen, Frances, Margaret, and Alfred Jones

(W.3040 records next of kin as Brother Alfred Jones, 93 Reid Street Dalehall in Burslem)

Reported missing on the 21st June 1940 after contact was lost with 2nd Troop 'B' Squadron (TSM Howarth) in the area of El Gubi.

Fredericks Memorial Service was at the Wesley Chapel on Sunday 11th August 1940 was reported in "The Sentinel" newspaper on Monday 5th August 1940.

Frederick is commemorated on the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt on Column 20

Also on the Tunstall War Memorial and the Tunstall Memorial Gardens Plaque

Sergeant, KELLY, William Thomas, 553497;

(Squadron unknown)

Died on the 1st June 1940, Aged 25 at Alexandria Military Hospital

Born on the 14th February 1915, Hawarden in Flintshire.

The son of Thomas and Margaret Elizabeth Kelly, of 26 Fourth Avenue Mount Pleasant in Flintshire

Brother of Walter Kelly.

Thomas initially joined the Denbighshire Hussars before transferring to the 11th Hussars

Thomas is buried at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military Hospital and War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt

Grave Ref: G.132

Commemorated in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance, Page 75.

(Thomas' headstone has the Regiments name engraved as the Royal Hussars, CWGC have been informed and are in the process of changing it)

Trooper, McVAY, William John, 7907725;

(Squadron unknown)

Died of wounds on 17th December 1940, Aged 21

Born in February 1920, West Derby in Lancashire

The son of Robert and Elizaberth Jane (Nee Doubleday) McVay, of 36 Uereham Crescent Fazakerley in Liverpool

William is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt

Grave Ref: 21.A.10.

Williams's obituary appeared in the 'Liverpool Echo' on the 15th January 1941.

Commemorated in the 1939-1945 Book of Remembrance at Emmanuel Church Fazakerley in Liverpool

Second Lieutenant, NIVEN, Maurice Carmichael, 143201;

Drowned following an accidental fall from a gangway off a vessel into the sea on the 29th December 1940, Aged 31.

Born on the 10th May 1909, Fareham, Hants.

The son of Captain Oswal Carmichael (RA) and Edith Mary Kate Niven, of Locks Heath in Hampshire

Husband of Mrs Eve Niven, of Locks Heath in Hampshire

Brother of Oswald Lewis (1901-1991) Evelyn Charles Harry (1904-1987) Hugh Graham George Niven (1905-1982).

Cousin of Actor James David Graham Niven 1910-1983 (David Niven)

Maurice was educated at the Imperial Service College junior School from 1919-1922 when he entered the Imperial Service College (I.S.C-Haileybury College) 'E' House known as 'Connaught House' where he was Head and Secretary of the Cricket Team gaining his Cricket colours in 1927.

In March 1927 Maurice passed his 'A' certificate examination for the Office Training Corps (OTC) and promoted to Corps Sergeant before leaving I.S.C in the summer of 1927.

The same year Maurice entered Sandhurst and in July 1929 was commissioned into the Norfolk Regiment, resigning his commission in 1930 to become a Civil Engineer.

On the 9th July 1940 Maurice was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 11th Hussars (P.A.O).

Maurice accidentally drowned at Poole in Dorset on the 29th December 1940; his body wasn't recovered until the 13th April 1941 at the rear of 'Fisherman's Dock'.

The inquest was held at Poole on the 16th April 1941 and recorded death by accidentally drowning.

Maurice is buried at the Wool (Holy Rood) Churchyard and Extension in Dorset.

Grave Ref: Grave 35.

Commemorated at Haileybury College, Hertfordshire Panel 34, 1

(My gratitude to Mr T.Parker at Haileybury)

Trooper, PEARSON, George Richard, 319750;

SHQ 'C ' Squadron (Driver)

Killed in action on the 14th December 1940 aged 21 during an Italian air attack.

Born on the 25th August 1919 at Hunslet in Yorkshire

The son of James Alfred and Phyllis Libbie Pearson, of 56 Neville Garth, Leeds 9

George is commemorated on the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt on Column 20.

Trooper, RALSTEIN, Clarence John, 7955047;

1st Troop 'B' Squadron

Killed in action on the 10th December 1940 aged 22 during an engagement with Italian anti-tank guns in the Barrani area.

Born on the 9th August 1918 in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia

The son of Morris and Pauline Ralstein of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia

Clarence was posted to the 11th Hussars on the 30th April 1940

Clarence is commemorated at the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt on Column 20 and on the Bulawayo Cenotaph (Courtyard adjacent to the Post Office).

Trooper, SUTTON, Thomas (Tom) Edward, 553958;

3rd Troop 'B' Squadron

Killed in action on the 28th December 1940 aged 31 during an Italian air attack in the El Adem area.

Born on the 4th September 1909 in Leicester

The son of Frederick and Alice Sutton, of 3 Granby Road, Leicester in Leicestershire

Thomas is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt

Grave Ref: 20.G.1.

Second Lieutenant, TIGHE, Brian Francis Kenrick, 56017;

Attached to 'B' Squadron, 1st Lothian's and Border Horse (Yeomanry)

Killed in action on the 5th June 1940 aged 27, during the 1st Lothian's and Border Horse defence of the Bailleul-Bois de Bailleul area by direct tank fire.

Brian was born on the 26th February 1913 originally named Maurice afterwards being changed to Brian Kenrick Francis, at 10 Cornwall Terrace, Christchurch St Marylebone London

The son of * Captain Edward Kenrick Bunbury (Justice of the Peace)* and Viola Lilian Henrietta (Nee Skeffington-Smyth) Tighe, of 104 Eaton Place, Belgravia, SW London (previously of the Tighe family home at Woodstock, Co Kilkenny, Ireland which was burnt to the ground on the 2nd July 1922 on the orders of the I.R.A Command)

Brother of Frederick Edward Fownes (10th November1904- 8th August 1911) Kathleen, Donah, Mogra and Shelagh Tighe.

*On the evening of Monday 12th November 1917 the Tighe family retired to bed, Brian's father suffered from asthma and slept in a separate bedroom so as to not disturb his wife.

The night passed without incident until the morning when at 07.30 as the maid walked passed Captain Tighe's room she heard groaning from inside.

As she went in she discovered that the Captain had been battered with a poker with such force that the poker had been bent.

Captain Tighe was rushed to Hospital but died of his injuries on the 17th November.

On Tuesday 12th February 1918 at Wandsworth Prison Arthur Harold Victor Stamrowsky (de Stamir) was hung by the Hangman John Ellis for the murder of Captain Tighe after a trial at the Old Bailey on the 10th January 1918, motive burglary*.

Brian is commemorated on the Dunkirk War Memorial in France on Column 3 and also on the Scottish National Memorial and the 1st Lothian's and Border Horse Roll of Honour.

Trooper, WALSH, Robert (Bobby) Henry, 7893002;

(Squadron Unknown)

Died on the 13th September 1940 aged 21, while driving on the Barrani-Matruh road on route to Matruh station(Leave party) after hitting an unexploded bomb dropped by Italian aircraft the night before.

Tpr Baker was also killed and L/Cpl Gingell wounded having lost a foot in the explosion, he would after the war visit Robert's parents.

Robert was born on the 27th August 1919 at 6 Booth Street, Hull

(Registered name as Welsh).

The son of Arthur (Dock Labourer ex Army) (Welsh) and Julia Ann (Nee Eagan) (Welsh) of 6 Booth Street Hull

Brother of Emily, Kate, Margaret and Charlotte

Fiancée of Miss Hilda Lacey of Liverpool

Robert was educated at Fountain Road School before being employed as a Slaughter man at an Abattoir in Hull.

Initially joining the 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1939 before the 11th Hussars

Robert's obituary appeared in the Hull Daily Mail on the 23rd September 1940 and in Memory of on the 13th September 1941;

"To those who loved him his memory will never fade".

Roberts's family dedication;

"One of England's heroes, his memory will never fade"

"Dearly loved son and brother now reunited with Mother Julia and Sisters Kate, Lottie, Maggie and Emmo".

(Chris)

Robert is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery in Egypt

Grave Ref: XXXII.H.13.

(My gratitude to Chris and Robert's family for their help and kindness shown)

Sergeant, WHITEHOUSE, Alfred Edward, 554152;

3rd Troop, "C" Squadron (Troop Leader)

Killed in action at 17.45 hrs on the 26th July 1940 aged 25, during the attempt to rescue Sgt Mines 2nd Troop which had come under attack from enemy air and tank fire which lasted for 5 hours in the area of Bir Haleisin.

Born in December 1924 at Aston in Warwickshire (Birmingham)

The son of William and Rose Harriet (Nee Wooten) Whitehouse, of Birmingham

Alfred is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt

Grave Ref: 21.G.6.

Commemorated at the Birmingham Hall of Memory, Roll of Honour in Birmingham

Trooper, WATHEN, Neville Anthony Wrey, 7955050;

2nd Troop "B" Squadron

Killed in action as the result of an Italian air attack on;

"Eleventh at War" records date of death as being the 29th December 1940?

CWGC records date of death as being the 25th December 1940?

W.3040 records presumed died of wounds on or after 23rd December 1940, after recording as missing on the 27th December 1940?

Neville was born on the 13th November 1913 at no 15, 15th Avenue, Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia

The son of Arthur John and Rose Eileen Wrey Wathen, of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia

Neville joined the 11th Hussars on the 30th April 1940

Neville is commemorated at the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt on Column 20

Commemorated on the Bulawayo Cenotaph (Courtyard adjacent to the Post Office)

Warrant Officer Class II (T.S.M) BOWYER (MM) Thomas Henry, 548805; 2nd Troop, 'B' Squadron (Troop Leader) Died of wounds on 15th October 1940, Aged 30 The son of James Edward (10/01/1882-13/12/1936) and Alice (Nee: Brown) Bowyer (09/07/1882-06/09/1975). Husband of Christine Ann Bowyer (Nee: Dyer) of 3 Rue Dlir Barhan (Cairo) Egypt. Brother of Alice, Lillie, James Edward, Richard Alfred, Charles William, Minnie, Albert Arthur and Nellie Bowyer. Thomas was born on the 9th February 1909 at No 3 Red Lion Row, Camberwell (Newington) in London, registered on the 23rd March 1909. Thomas joined up initially into the 12th Royal Lancers pre 1932 when in the October he was promoted to L/Cpl (unpaid) L/Cpl (paid) 1933 and Cpl (paid) 1935, he would have served in Egypt with the Lancers before returning to Tidworth with the Regiment. The Lancers Journal still records him still being in the Regiment in December 1938 after which Thomas joined the 11th Hussars. On the 15th October 1940, 5th Troop had an armoured car blown up in a mine field, Thomas made a gallant attempt to recover it but as he did a second mine denoted wounding him so severely that he died on the spot a few minutes after. Thomas was awarded the Military Medal posthumously (London Gazette 1/4/1941); however his MM doesn't appear on his CWGC headstone (CWGC have been informed as is being dealt with). Thomas is recorded in the war diary for his MM on the 12th July 1940 Thomas is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt Grave Ref: 19.A.9. (My gratitude to Deborah Stenner the granddaughter of Thomas's sister Nellie for her help and kindness shown)

Staff Sergeant (S.Q.M.S) KING, Albert, 546967; 'B' Squadron (Quarter Master Sergeant) Died on the 23rd October 1940 of Pneumonia at the Cairo Military Hospital, Aged 35 Born on the 20th July 1905 in Barton upon Irwell in Lancashire The son of Albert and Emma King Husband of Ethel King, of Durban, Natal South Africa Albert had captained the Regimental Football team to victory in the Cavalry Cup in 1943. As a Cricket player Albert was feared as a deadly slow bowler Mentioned in Dispatches during the Palestine rebellion and had been a Troop Leader until his illness. Albert had served 14 years in the Regiment, a cheerful and popular member of the Regiment. Albert is buried at the Cairo Memorial Cemerty in Egypt Grave Ref: P.268.

Sergeant, CANN, Ernest, 553997; (Squadron unknown) Born on 26th March 1913 in Stoke on Trent Died in Cairo Hospital on 8th August 1940, Aged 27 The son of William and Abigail Eliza (Nee: Brookes) Cann, of Uttoxeter Road, Draycott in the Moors, Stoke on Trent (Married March 1896 at Leek in Staffordshire) Brother of William Arthur (1897- ) May Stanton (1899- ) Mary Adeline (1901- ) Annie (1903-1993) Edwin Francis (1909- ) and William H K (1911- ) Marjorie (1914- ) Maurice John H Rigby (1935- )Cann. Ernest is buried at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt Grave Ref: P.248. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace because he trusted in thee". (My gratitude to Ernest's family for their help and kindness shown)

Lance Corporal, PANCHEN, William Henry, 553085; 'A' Squadron (Squadron Leaders Driver / Wireless Operator) Killed in action on the 16th September 1940 aged 22 during the successful withdrawal from the frontier. A Squadron was covering the cross roads just north-west of Nizwet Metamir when at 10.00 hrs they were heavily bombed, resulting in the death of William. Born on the 27th January-February 1918, Devizes, Wiltshire The son of Alfred and Eliza (Renshaw) Panchen, of Alverstoke Gosport in Hampshire Brother of Alfreda and Billy (ex 11th Hussars) Uncle of Mr Jim William Panchen, Mrs Suzanne and Genevieve Raja (France) Mrs Christine McAfee (U.S.A) William is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt Grave Ref: 19.B.5.

Sergeant, Arthur Alfred John TABER, MM, 552802; 'B' Squadron (1st Troop Leader) Killed in action on the 10th December 1940, aged 24 during an engagement with Italian anti-tank guns Born on the 4th July 1917 at 15 High Street Frome, Somerset. The son of Arthur James (Railway man) and Minnie Taber, of Frome, Somerset Brother of Victoria and Dinah Taber. Uncle of Greta Arthur was educated at St John's School, Bath Street Frome, until he was 16 when Arthur joined the 11th Hussars in 1932, promoted to L/Cpl in 1939 On the 16th June 1940 Arthur won his Military Medal (MM) as an acting Sergeant, the first to be awarded to the Regiment in WWII in an action on the Libyan frontier (London Gazette on the 30th July 1940-war diary 16th July 1940). Arthur is commemorated at the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt on Column 19. Also on the Frome War Memorial and at the Memorial Theatre, Christchurch Street West, Frome Should also now be in the Somerset 1939-1945 Book of Remembrance, held at Wells Cathedral (My gratitude to Arthur's family for their help and kindness shown) Family dedication; "Fought and died for his Country" "Sadly we were not able to know you in person, only through your Sisters Victoria and Dinah Holley (Nee: Taber) our Mother, who always mentioned you with pride" (Greta)

Sergeant, MINES, Kenneth Gordon (MM) (MiD) 549963; 2nd Troop 'C' Squadron (Troop Leader) Died of wounds received on the 26th July 1940 (during numerous Italian fighter attacks) in Tobruk Hospital (Buried 26/07/1940) whilst a prisoner of war on the 3rd August 1940, Aged 31 Born on the 18th May 1909, 50 Southwell Street, Clifton in Bristol The son of Ms Mabel Kate Mines (1883-Corsley, Wiltshire) Husband of Mrs Irene Golding (Charlton) Mines (11/01/1911-4/2001) Father of Mr Kenneth Anthony (Tony) Mines (1936-Abbassia-) Kenneth's mention in dispatch by the King's order for distinguished service was published in the 'London Gazette' on the 1st April 1941. His Military Medal (MM) was awarded, but was never received by the family. Irene and Tony (4yrs) were evacuated from Egypt to Palestine (Jericho) and then on to South Africa before returning to England at the time of Kenneth's death. Kenneth is commemorated on the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt on Column 19. (My gratitude to Mr Tony Mines)

Second Lieutenant, ARKWRIGHT, Albert Peter, 77304; Attached to 2nd Troop, 'A' Squadron the 12th Royal Lancers (Troop Leader) Died of wounds 24th May 1940, Aged 20 The son of John Peter (b: 21/05/1864-18/11/1931) and Violet Catherine (Nee: Brassey) Arkwright (27/11/1878-20/02/1963), of Hatton Hall, Hatton, Warwick in Warwickshire. Brother of Lieutenant John Brassey, Warwickshire Yeomanry Killed in action on 27th August 1941, Aged 29. Percy Frederick, Rose and Susan Arkwright Albert who was born in 1919 in Warwick was educated at Eton College before joining the 11th Hussars and then attached to the 12th Royal Lancers. The 12th Royal Lancers arrived in France on the 16th October 1939. On the 22nd May 1940, 2nd Troop 'A' Squadron of the 12th Royal Lancers during covering the B.E.F's withdrawal to Dunkirk ran into enemy tanks in concealment, resulting in the first armoured car being knocked out. It was while trying to get the crew out of the stricken armoured car that Albert was severely wounded, later succumbing to his wounds two days later at a field Hospital at Lens when it was overrun. In H.R.H Duchess of Cornwall father's (Bruce Shand) book "Previous Engagements" Bruce remembered Albert; "A natural soldier, loved by his men and when he died at only twenty and a most charming person" Albert is buried at the Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery in France Grave Ref: 8.A.35. Commemorated at Eton College and Holy Trinity Church, Hatton in Warwick (My gratitude to H.R.H the Duchess of Cornwall, Albert's family, Eton College and Holy Trinity Church in Warwick for their help and kindness shown)

Trooper, AVIS, Richard (Dick) 2560483; 'B' Squadron (Despatch Rider) Died 5th November 1939, Aged 32. The son of George William and Helen Avis Husband of Olive Francis Avis, of Stevenage in Hertfordshire Father of Mr Mike Avis Richard was born on the 5th November 1907 in Hove Baptized on the 20th March 1908 at St Leonard's Church Southwick in West Sussex It was during a scheme that Richard died on his 32nd Birthday while using a petrol cooker which exploded causing fatal burns. The Regimental Journal records that; "Dick as he was known to his comrades was a true 11th Hussar at heart and his loss was a severe blow to all ranks of the Regiment". Richard is buried at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt Grave Ref: 32.H.7.

Trooper, MUSCATELLI, John James, 319605; 'A' Squadron Died of shrapnel wounds in Hospital at 04.00 hrs on the 1st July 1940, received on the 29th June 1940 whilst attempting to tow away a damaged armoured car while under air attack on 'B' Echelon in the area of El Gubi Born on the 11th June 1920, Aged 20(W.3040 records date of birth as 1918, Aged 22) Liverpool The son of Fermo Carlo (-03/02/1961) and Christina (-12/01/1962) Muscatelli, of 1a Queen Anne (place) Street, Liverpool John's father being of Italian descent along with his family was interned in an Internment Camp in Lancashire at the time of his son's death and it was here that they were informed of John's death! John's obituary appeared in the 'Evening Express' on the 20th July 1940. John is buried at the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt Grave Ref: 21.G.4. Remembered at St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Salisbury Street in Liverpool

LAWSON, Robert William, 271291; Second Lieutenant, Royal Warwickshire Regiment Died on the 25th November 1943, aged? The son of Robert and Lucy Lawson, of: Leamington Spa Buried at Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery Grave Ref: 109.209

READING, Alfred Edward Raworth, 29191; Private, Pioneer Corps Died on the 26th November 1944, aged: 56 The son of Edward and Mary Jane Reading (Nee: Raworth); husband of: Mary Ann Reading, of: Leamington Spa Buried at Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery Grave Ref: 102.260

BAYLISS, Reginald, 14505797; Corporal, Corps of Royal Military Police Died on the 9th July 1947, aged: 38 The son of Edwin and Mary Anne Bayliss, of: Leamington Spa; husband of: Hannah Elizabeth Bayliss, of: Leamington Spa Buried at Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery Grave Ref: 109.118

WARWICK, John, 621293; Aircraftman 1st Class, Royal Air Force Died on the 5th December 1940, aged: 19 The Nephew of Mrs A.Shearsby, of: Leamington Spa Buried at Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery Grave Ref: 109.223

WIDMER, Reginald Christie, 330605; Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force Died on the 6th January 1940, aged: 37 The son of Charlie and Elizabeth (Betty) Widmer, of: Leamington Spa; husband of: Queenie Widmer, of: Leamington Spa Buried at Leamington (Whitnash Road) Cemetery Grave Ref: 105.195

GAMMON, Peter, JX675762; Ordinary Seaman (H.M.S.Daedalus) Royal Navy Died on the 24th May 1944, aged: 18 The son of Calypso Clarence and Frances Sarah Gammon, of: 1 Telford Avenue, Leamington Spa Buried and Commemorated at St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Lillington Grave Ref: (New Ground) Row 11, Grave 3

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