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11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) "Cherrypickers"
Roll of Honour
1945-1947 and Casualties Associated to the 11th Hussars (P.A.O) 1939-1945;
(Entries with photographs at bottom)
Lieutenant, TROUP, Ivan Gordon, 295902;
2nd Troop 'B' Squadron (Troop Leader)
Killed in action on the 28th March 1945 aged 21 as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a Self Propelled 88mm gun near the village of Heiden in Germany
Born in March 1924 in Winchester
The son of Lindsey Gordon OBE (1891-1966) and Ania (Nee Yencken) Troup, of Winchfield in Hampshire (Married in December 1919-Newton Abbott-Devon)
Brother of Leila L Troup (1922- )
Ivan was educated at Radley College in Oxfordshire in 1941 for one year while at the College Ivan became Team Captain of both the Tennis and Squash Teams and also House prefect, before leaving to Clare College in Cambridge for a year where he studied agriculture until 1942, then on the 24th April 1943 Ivan joined the RAC wing at Sandhurst OCTU until leaving on the 30th October 1943 when he was commissioned into the 11th Hussars
Ivan is buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 46.F.5.
Commemorated at St Mary the Virgin Church in Winchfield, Radley College and Claire College in Cambridge
"The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice"
From Ivan's Headstone
(My gratitude to St Mary Church, Sandhurst and David & Rosamund Connell for their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, BARR, Alfred Frank, 14641679(CWGC records only Alfred);
5th Troop 'C' Squadron (Driver)
Died of wounds received in action on the 5th April 1945 aged 21 as the result of a 88mm shell landing next to his White Scout car which Alfred was the driver of in the area of Diepholz in Germany, which also cost the life of Tpr R E J Shrosbury (see below)
Born on the 30th April 1923 at Kensington in London
The son of (No CWGC record) Albert Frank (1886- ) and Florence M (Nee Hayman) Barr (Married in 1921 -Kensington), of Kensington in London
Brother of Dorothy Edith (1921) Hilda R (1925) Barr
W.3040 records Alfred's next of kin as being Sister Mrs Dorothy Peckling (Nee Barr), of 17 Masbrough Road, West Kensington (Married Henry Arthur Peckings in 1941 at Hammersmith)
Alfred is buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 13.C.21.
Trooper, BOSWELL, Thomas Hubert, 7912903;
On detachment in Italy to as yet unknown unit
Died on the 10th March 1945 aged 29(cause of death as per W.3040)
Born on the 13th September 1915 at Mancot Royal Maternity Hospital in Sandycroft in Flintshire
The son of Thomas and Lily (-1940) Boswell, of Mancot Royal
Husband of Olive Eileen Boswell, of 78 Mancot Way, Mancot Royal Queens Ferry in Chester
Brother of Sybil Roberts (Nee Boswell) and Pte C Boswell (R.A.S.C)
Thomas was educated at Sandycroft School until aged 11 when he went to Shotton Council School, during this time he attended Sandycroft Methodist Church.
Thomas was called up shortly after his mother's death in 1940 between July and August having to bring his wedding forward.
Thomas attended Bovington Training Camp in Dorset and by Christmas was posted to the 11th Hussars in North Africa "and that was the last time we saw Hubert" Sybil.
The family received notification of Thomas's death on the 17th March 1945(W.3040).
Thomas' notice of death was published in the Chester Chronicle a week after his death, as killed in action (W.3040)
Thomas is buried at the Rome War Cemetery in Italy
Grave Ref: I.D.27.
Commemorated at St Francis's Church in Sandycroft and has been added to page 75 of the Welsh National Book of Remembrance held at the Welsh National Museum in Cardiff
(My gratitude to Sybil and St Francis Church for all their help)
Trooper, FITCH, Richard William, 14701052;
4th Troop 'A' Squadron
Killed in action on the 23rd April 1945 aged 19 while trying to take cover after his armoured car was set on fire when it was knocked out by a Bazooka in the village of Hornburg in Germany
Born in March 1927 in the West Ham District of Essex
Half brother of Mr John Stephens
Richard was educated at St Vincent's Catholic School in Ilford.
Richard is buried at the Becklingen War Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 10.J.1.
Trooper, HASTINGS, John Forsyth, 551570;
5th Troop 'C' Squadron
Killed in action on the 27th March 1945 aged 35, as the result of enemy shelling while trying to recover their Troop Leaders armoured car which had got bogged in near to the village of Borken in Germany
Born on the 14th December 1909 at 1 Kilmholm Street in Kilmarnock in Scotland
The son of (No CWGC record) John Forsyth (-1956) and Mary Ann Davidson (Nee Gillespie) Hastings (-1941) of 18 Jeffery Road, Riccarton in Kilmarnock (Married on the 29th June 1909 at Newmilns in Ayrshire)
Brother of Jane, Samuel, Mary Ann, Catherine, James and Christina Hastings.
John was educated at the Kilmarnock Academy and afterwards employed as a turner with Messer Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd, in Kilmarnock.
John joined up in 1929 serving with the Regiment from the early days in Palestine.
Wounded in action on the 24th April 1941 at Buq-Buq
John's death notice was published in the Kilmarnock Standard on the 28th April 1945
John is buried at the Reichswald Forrest War Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 62.C.5.
Commemorated in the Scottish National Roll of Honour
Trooper, KELSALL, Frederick James, 5053980;
W.3040 records killed in action on the 1st April 1945 aged 25.
Born on the 24th December 1919 in Stoke-on-Trent
The son of (No GWGC record) Frederick John and Martha (Nee Moran) Kelsall (Married 1914 in Stone, Staffordshire) of Stoke-on-Trent
Husband of Ada (Nee Wain) Kelsall, of 22 Tabernacle Row in Carmarthen, Wales
Father of Frederick J Kelsall (1945- )
Frederick initially joined the 27th Lancers which was formed from cadres from the 12th Royal Lancers, 13th/18th Hussars, 16th/5th Lancers, 17th/21st Lancers , The Greys and the Welsh Regiment, before transferring to the 11th Hussars.
Frederick is buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 46.A.5.
Trooper, SHROSBERY, Reginald Edward James, 7907645;
5th Troop 'C' Squadron
Died of wounds on the 6th April 1945 received on the 5th April 1945 aged 27, as the result of an enemy shell landing close to the White Scout Car (WSC) he was traveling in, in the Diepholz area in Germany, which also cost the life of Tpr A Barr (See above).
Born on the 12th May 1917 in Barnet in London
The son of Edward Verdi Alfred and Elizabeth Aseneth (Spackman) Shrosbery, of Bushy Heath in Hertfordshire
Brother of Edward, Joan and John
Reginald is buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 46.J.17.
Commemorated at St Peter's Church in Bushy Heath in Hertfordshire
(My gratitude to Fr Geoffrey Neal of St Peter's Church for his help)
Lance Sergeant, WILLIAMS, Frank, 327980;
2nd Troop 'D' Squadron (Car Commander)
Killed in action on the 17th April 1945 aged 25, as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a Panther tank in woods on the outskirts of the village of Soltau in Germany, which also cost the lives of Tpr K C Glover and Tpr R Rodger (See above)
Born on the 19th September 1919 at 25 Tonge Moore Road, Bolton in Lancashire
The son of (No CWGC record) the late Mr Hugh Williams and Mrs Holgate, of 25 Tonge Moor Road, Bolton in Lancashire
Brother of Florence, Benny (Burma) Nora, Bob, and Jim (Italy) Williams
Step son of Mr C Holgate
Fiancé of Margaret
Frank was educated at Clarence Street Council School, before being employed at Kay and Co Ltd Brass Foundry in Bolton
Frank was a member of the Rotary Camp and 'Harriers' Athletics Club and was also a Drummer in a local Band.
Frank enlisted in 1939 into the RAC being posted to the 12th Lancers before being transferred to the 11th Hussars, previously being wounded on the 2nd August 1944 when with 5th Troop he was wounded by a grenade in the area of St Germain which resulted in Frank being evacuated back to the UK and Sheffield Hospital until the 25th August 1944, afterwards rejoining the Regiment
Franks death notice was published in the local Bolton newspaper on the 17th April 1945 and another on the 4th May 1945 in memory of.
Frank is commemorated on the Groesbeek War Memorial in the Netherlands on Panel 1.
Trooper, STEWART, George Alexander, 14742422;
Drowned on the 26th May 1946 aged 22 as a result of a boating accident in Wilhelmshaven Harbour in Germany, George's body was recovered on the 4th June 1946.
Born on the 27th September 1923 in Perthshire in Scotland
The son of James McGregor (Poulterer) and Elizaberth (Nee Simpson) Stewart (Tea Room Manager), of 7 Merick Gardens in Glasgow (Married on the 7th July 1922, Glasgow)
Brother of Gordon (1927-died 10 days later) and Roderick Simpson Stewart
Uncle of Peter Stewart
George is buried at the Munster Heath Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 4.E.8.
Commemorated in the Glasgow Roll of Honour on the Carmunnock War Memorial, and in the Scottish National War Memorial Roll of Honour
Trooper, STOWE, James, 14308369;
Killed whilst driving a vehicle which was involved in a traffic accident at Kunsebeck near Bielefeld in Germany on the 28th September 1946 aged 23
Born on the 6th February 1924 in Merthyr Tydvil, Glamorgan in Wales
The son of Robert and Margaret (Nee Williams) Stowe, of 21 Upper Taff Street, Caedraw in Merthyr Tydvil in Glamorgan
Uncle of Diana Foulkes
James was educated at Queen's Road School in Merthyr and afterwards employed for two years by the Direct Trading Company and later at the 'Crusher', Caedraw.
James attended St David's Church in Merthyr.
James at the time of his loss had completed five years service and was waiting to be demobbed.
James came to 'A' Squadron at Ashbridge in February 1944
The 'Journal' records of James that he was a popular member of the Squadron, a keen Sportsman and a fine comrade.
James notice of death appeared in the Merthyr Express on the 12th October 1946 on the front page.
James is buried at the Munster Heath Cemetery in Germany
Grave ref: 4.C.7.
Commemorated on page 75 in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance, held at the Welsh National Museum in Cardiff in Wales
(My gratitude to Diana and family for all of their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, DONALDSON, Andrew, 558738;
Died in Hospital following an operation on the 1st May 1947 aged 33 at Oldenburg Military Hospital in Germany
Born on the 17th January 1914 in Kircaldy in Scotland
The son of (No CWGC record) W.3040 next of kin; Cousin Mr R Forrest, of 27 New Buildings, Springfield in Cupar in Fife
Andrew had served from 1942 and was wounded in action on the 4th April 1944 but remained on duty.
Andrew is buried at the Munster Heath Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 3.A.7.
Commemorated on the Scottish National War Memorial, Roll of Honour
Sergeant, EADON, Denis, 544072;
Posted to the 62nd Training Regiment in Catterick
Died of acute heart failure at Catterick Military Hospital on the 20th October 1947 aged 38(W.3040 no record of D.O.B or age recorded, Headstone records age 38 but burial records record age as being 47)
Born in 1909 in Essex
The son of George and Ellen Eadon, of Essex
Brother of Mrs Painter (Nee Eadon), of 141 Marlborough Road, Dagenham in Essex (W.3040; next of kin)
Denis was buried at 2pm on the 28th October 1947 at Leytonstone (St Patrick's Catholic) Cemetery (Funeral Directors; West & Coe) in a public grave in Plot 10(10.3.8) and is commemorated on the Cemetery Memorial Screen Wall.
Trooper, HEWITT, Peter, 405352;
Died on the 19th May 1947 (Cause Unknown)
Born (No Birth Record and Age Unknown)
The son of (No Record of Parents or Next of Kin)
Peter is buried at the Munster Heath Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 3.A.14.
Peters Headstone Inscription reads;
"A Prayer, A Tear, From A Heart Sincere, From One who Loved You Very Dear"
Trooper, GLOVER, Harry, 14828909;
Drowned on the 30th May 1947 aged 20 while on rear party duties after getting into difficulties while swimming in a Lake in Munster in Germany, Harry was taken to Munster Hospital but sadly couldn't be saved
Born on the 29th July 1926 at No 8 Star Cottages, Hall Green, UpHolland in Lancashire
The son of Fred and Mary Alice Glover, of 101 Ormakirk Road, UpHolland near Wigan in Lancashire
Brother of Frank Glover
Uncle of Frank Holman
Harry was educated at the C of E Primary School and the C of E Elementary School in UpHolland until he was 14 when Harry went to work as a shop assistant / errand boy for O&G Rushton until he was 16.
After which Harry went to work as a fitter preparing gents jackets at a bespoke tailoring factory in Wigan named Brown & Haigh.
Harry was conscripted in 1944 enlisting at the UpHolland Labour Exchange Office in School Lane in UpHolland, initially posted in Perth before leaving for Germany in November 1946.
"As you may imagine i have a multitude of memories which i treasure, we were a close knit family and if there is one statement which sums it all up, it would be that Harry was much loved".
Harry is buried at the Munster Heath Cemetery in Germany
Grave Ref: 3.A.18
Commemorated on the UpHolland War Memorial
(My gratitude to Frank Glover for all his help and kindness shown)
Lance Corporal, SCOTT, Henry Clifton, 14374848;
Died at the 94th British Military Hospital in Hamburg on the 29th April 1947 of Diphtheria aged 22
Born on the 26th July 1924 at North Street, Burwell Newmarket in Cambridgeshire
Baptized at Burwell Baptist Church in 1941 by the Revd Sutton
The son of George Newness (-15th January 1972) and Ethel Manning (Nee Pollendine) Scott (-30th March 1975), of North Street, Burwell in Cambridgeshire (Married in 1923 in Burwell)
Brother of Alfred W Scott (1927-25th August 2005-Burwell Baptist Church)
Henry is buried at the Hamburg Cemetery in Germany.
Grave Ref: 9a.M.5.
Remembered at Burwell Baptist Church, North Street
(My gratitude to Kevin Burdett 'Minister', Pat Kilbey and Denise for all of their help)
Casualties Associated with the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) 'Cherrypickers'
Squadron Sergeant Major, BROWN, Leonard (Topper) Tom, MM, 551954;
HQ Squadron, 3rd City of London Yeomanry
Died of wounds on the 11th July 1944 aged 31 in Normandy after being wounded by shell fire while bringing up fuel and ammunition lorries to the front.
Born on the 8th July 1913 in Nottingham
The son of Tom and Lucy Brown, of Nottingham
Brother of Cyril, Connie, Olive and Lucy Brown
Husband of Mrs Elsie May Brown, of 157 Lindfield Road Broxtowe Lane, Aspley in Nottinghamshire
Father of Mrs Glenis Ping (Nee Brown) and Mrs. Valma Hurst (Nee Brown).
Before enlisting on the 28th July 1931 aged 17 at the Drill Hall in Barnet Tom was employed as a Motor Mechanic.
Tom was posted to the 11th Hussars on the 30th July 1931 and then to the 12th Royal Lancers on the 25th January 1938 and then back to the 11th Hussars at some point in time afterwards before being posted for the final time to the 3rd City of London Yeomanry 'Sharpshooters' in 1941.
Tom was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for his actions on the 30th November 1943 while in charge of five ammunition Lorries which came under both artillery and air attacks which resulted in three of the five Lorries set on fire.
Tom who with total disregarded for his own safety jumped onto one of the Lorries pulling the burning canvas off and then organized a party of men to unload the burning ammunition boxes.
Tom's notification of death (Effects Form 100-B.104-?) was signed on the 9th September 1944.
Captain W H J Sale 'A' Squadron wrote to Elsie on the 15th October 1944 a letter of condolence in which he enclosed a photograph of Tom's wooden cross from his grave and in paying tribute to Tom wrote;
"I myself knew Topper well and he is a great loss to Headquarters Squadron and the whole Regiment"
Tom's Medals are held at the King's Royal Hussars Museum in Winchester, after his wife Elsie arranged for them to be there as she said;
"He had always remarked that once a 'Cherrypicker' always a 'Cherrypicker', so she felt it was the right place for them"
Tom is buried at the Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville in France
Grave Ref: VII.E.8.
I also received a family dedication today to insert please for the 11th Hussars Roll of Honour for: Sgt Tom Brown, MM (1945-1947 Casualties Associated);
"In memory of my Father Tom Brown MM who gave his life so that we could live ours"
"Thank you Dad i just wish my Sister Valma and i had been given the opportunity to really know you"
"Glenis and Mrs Valma Hurst xx"
Trooper, HARDY, William Markwell, 547616;
12th Royal Lancers
Killed in action on the 22nd December 1941 aged 33 in Egypt.
Born on the 7th March 1908 in Leicester
The son of William and Darina Hardy, of Leicester
Husband of Edna Maud Hardy, of 42 Bedford Road, West Ealing in Middlesex W13
William is commemorated on the El Alamein War Memorial in Egypt and in the WW2 Land Forces Roll of Honour, Vol: 1 R.A.C (11th Hussars).
Corporal, HENNESSY, John George Patrick, 556125;
Royal Armoured Corps
Died on the 23rd May 1944 aged 28 (No W.3040) cause unknown
Born in August 1915 at Newton Abbot in Devon
The son of Patrick and Tryphena L (Nee Battershill) Hennessy, of Devon (Married in March 1915 at Newton Abbott in Devon)
Brother of Francis J L Hennessy (1918- )
John is buried at the Derby (Nottingham Road) Cemetery in Derby
Grave Ref: Section: F, Grave: 66840.
Commemorated in the WW2 Land Forces Roll of Honour, on page 15 (11th Hussars)
Trooper, PHILLPOTTS, Walter George, 554053;
1st Derbyshire Yeomanry
Died in No 100 General Hospital on the 14th March 1944 aged 30
Born on the 17th December 1913 at Tamworth in Warwickshire
The son of (No CWGC record) Mothers maiden name: Tregenna
Husband of Mrs D Phillpotts, of 48 South Street, Dosthill Tamworth
Walter joined 'B' Squadron 11th Hussars in 1934 being awarded his G.S.M and Boxing Medal with the Regiment, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, 1st Army Bar, Defence Medal and War Medal while with the 1st Derbyshire Yeomanry.
Walter is buried at the Bone War Cemetery in Algeria
Grave Ref: 7.C.12.
Commemorated in the WW2 Land Forces Roll of Honour, R.A.C (11th Hussars)
Sergeant, SANDISON, William Richard (Billy Brandon), 319089;
Inns of Court (City of London Yeomanry)
Died of wounds on the 2nd September 1944 after being wounded in action on the 1st September 1944 aged 24
Born on the 16th December 1919 in Kent
The foster son of Mrs Louisa Brandon (-1958), of 40 Cambridge Gardens, St Neots in Huntingdonshire
Williams’ notice of death appeared in the St Neots Advertiser on the 22nd September 1944;
"Billy had been in the Middle East for 71/2 years and as a member of the famous Desert Rats was in the fighting between El Alamein and Tripoli with his Regiment the 'Cherrypickers' he was one of the first into Tobruk, first into Benghazi and first into Tripoli"( 5th Tp'B' Sqn).
William is buried at the St.Pierre Cemetery, Amiens in France
Grave Ref: 6.B.11.
Commemorated at St Mary' Parish Church of St Neots, also in the WW2 Land Forces Roll of Honour, Vol: 1 (11th Hussars)
Sergeant, SHEPHARD, Stanley Charles, 582086;
'B' Squadron, 4th Queen's Own Hussars
Killed in action on the 23rd April 1941 aged (No CWGC record)
Born on the 15th September 1911 in Birmingham
The son of (No CWGC record)
Next of kin: Wife: C/o Mrs Rhodes, of Stainly Villa, Starkholmes Road in Matlock
Stanley was killed in action as the result of shell fire on the Squadrons position east of Patras near Athens in Greece, which also resulted in another seven killed and five wounded when the Lorry they were traveling in was hit.
Stanley is buried at Phaleron War Cemetery in Greece
Grave Ref: 12.D.1-4.
Commemorated in the WW2 Land Forces Roll of Honour, Vol: 1 (11th Hussars).
Sergeant, FITZPATRICK, Dennis Joseph, MM, 401023; 2nd Troop 'A' Squadron Fatally injured in a car accident in Berlin on the 8th September 1945 aged 39. Born on the 4th March 1906 in Weymouth in Dorset The son of Peter (-1942) and Mrs M Fitzpatrick (-1959), of 14 Upper Hill Street, Milford Haven Brother of Peter Leslie (-1971-Milford Haven) Husband of Dorothy Father of Brian Uncle of Maureen Pederson (Nee Fitzpatrick) Dennis enlisted on the 31st January 1927, after postings to the King's Dragoon Guards, 5th Irish Dragoon Guards and the 15th/19th Hussars Dennis was finally posted to the 11th Hussars in March 1938, being awarded the Military Medal (MM) for his actions on the 7th April 1943 which was published in the London Gazette on the 25th November 1943. Dennis was captured on the 8th September 1944 but managed to escape and returned to the UK and the following year he returned to the Regiment in Berlin (See Escape Account) Lt Col Wainman D.S.O wrote to Mrs Fitzpatrick after Dennis' death; "He has been the most loyal, brave and popular Sergeant this Regiment ever had". Dennis is buried at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery in Germany Grave Ref: 3.E.20. Commemorated on the Milford Haven War Memorial and now on page 75 in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance held at the Welsh National Museum in Cardiff. (My gratitude to Maureen for her help and kindness shown)
Lance Corporal, GARNER, Rowland Hubert, DCM, 319529; 2nd Troop 'C' Squadron Died of wounds on the 25th April 1945 aged 28, as the result of an engagement after out flanking a German position which he crashed in on, it was while he was changing his machine gun magazine that Rowland was fatally shot just outside of the village of Bargstedt in Germany Born on the 21st February 1917 at Lilleshall Cottage in Lilleshall, Newport in Shropshire The son of Oscar Arthur (Bank Clerk) and Sallie Prescott (Nee Major) Garner, of Newport in Shropshire Husband of Ellen Garner, of Hebburn in Co. Durham Father of John Rowland Garner, of Co. Durham Rowland had been taken prisoner of the 26th July 1940 while observing Italian Troop movements on the Tobruk road, spending four years as a POW in Italy before escaping and making his own way through Southern Italy before re-joining the Regiment after a short spell at Cattrick Hospital in 1944. Rowland was awarded his DCM at Buckingham Palace in March 1945 with Ellen who at the time was carrying their son John, a month later Rowland was killed, Ellen died on her Husbands 40th anniversary of his death in 1985 Of Rowland it was written; "In Rowland Garner 'C' Squadron lost one of their most valuable NCO's , who had come through with them since the years in Egypt and Palestine before the war, a man with no sense of fear whatsoever and a genuine love of danger". Rowland rests at the Becklingen War Cemetery in Germany Grave Ref: 4.H.14 Commemorated in the Birmingham Book of Remembrance, in the Hall of Memories in Birmingham (My gratitude to John for his help)
Trooper, RODGER, Robert (Bob), 7903349; 2nd Troop 'D' Squadron Killed in action on the 17th April 1945 aged 31, as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a Panther tank in woods on the outskirts of the village of Soltau in Germany, which also cost the lives of Sgt F Williams(See below) and Tpr K C Glover(See above). Born on the 28th June 1913 in Liverpool The son of Robert and Susannah (Nee Turner) Rodger, of Liverpool Brother of Johnny (-1999) and Elizaberth Finnerty (-2004) Husband of Mrs Winifred A (Nee Jackson) Rodger, of 12 Dawson Avenue, Birkenhead in Cheshire Father of Billy (11th Hussars-1950's) and Michael Rodger Uncle of Mrs Irene Egan Robert is believed to have been educated at Laird Street School Robert had previously served with the Royal Tank Regiment, 29th Armoured Brigade before transferring to the 11th Hussars Robert is commemorated at the Groesbeek War Memorial in the Netherlands on Panel 1. Robert is also commemorated on his Mothers Headstone at Landican Cemetery and on the Birkenhead War Memorial in Cheshire. Family Dedication; For Bob; "We know you're never far away So here are some things we wanted to say We're so proud of you and all that you did We'll never forget you as long as we live". (My gratitude to Irene and all of Robert's family for their help and kindness shown)
Major, POSTON, John William, MC+Bar, 87368; Liaison Officer to General Sir Bernard Montgomery Killed in action on the 21st April 1945 aged 25 as the result of an ambush while returning back to General Montgomery's TAC HQ on the Luneberg Heath in Germany. Born on the 16th September 1919 at Temple Manor in Hampshire The son of Col William John Lloyd Poston D.S.O (13/08/1882-11/10/1950) and Marjorie Blanche (Dalglish) Poston, of Barnes, Surrey (Married in 1919 St Paul's Knightsbridge in London) Brother of George Christopher (1923-2004) Half brother of John Alec F Hood (1907-1996) Uncle of Mrs Diana Owen (Nee Poston) and John William Poston (1958-2007) John was educated at Farnborough School in 1930 and then at Harrow School from September 1933 to December 1937 before joining the RAC in 1939(London Gazette 28th April 1939) being posted to the 1st Royal Tank Regiment on the 2nd November 1939 until his posting to the 11th Hussars on the 14th January 1940. John initially commanded 1st 'A' Squadron as the 11th Hussars first penetrated the Libyan border 'the wire'. John was awarded his Military Cross (MC) on the 19th March 1942 at the rank of Lieutenant presented by King George VI on the 14th June 1944, in the following August John was appointed ADC to General Gott in Cairo just weeks before the Generals death. Lieutenant General Montgomery arrived in Cairo to replace General Gott on the 14th August and appointed John as his ADC on the same day. John would serve 'Monty' throughout the North African and Italian Campaign as his ADC. On the 18th November 1943 the London Gazette announced John's promotion to Captain and at the same time 'Monty' sent John to Staff College at Haifa (31st January 1944-27th May 1944) before having been on a five week detachment to the 4th Armoured Brigade HQ. John returned to 'Monty's ' Staff this time as a member of his trusted Liaison Officers. John's promotion to Major was announced in the London Gazette on the 21st December 1944 at the same time as John was awarded a Bar to his MC for his action in reaching the Arnham enclave. Lieutenant Colonel Trumbull Warren 'Monty's' Personnel Assistant later recalled one instance of the closeness shared between John and 'Monty', John had fallen in love with a girl in London but had competition and wanted to marry her and had asked to see 'Monty'; "He (John) was in his master's office a long time and i thought holy smoke what's happened? But when he came out, this young lad had tears in his eyes. And i said, John what's happened? He said Im to take his aeroplane, fly to London and keep the plane there until the girl agrees to marry me-however long it takes". John returned mission accomplished, but John never did marry the girl. John's body was recovered and brought back to 'Monty's' TAC HQ where 200 yards from 'Monty's' caravan John was buried. During the funeral at which the 11th Hussars provided trumpeters, a firing party and a Guard of Honour John's body was carried on a Cart, his coffin draped with the Union Flag and pulled by those who he had served with. The service was conducted by the Revd W.S.Tindall (Staff Chaplin) at which John's half brother John Hood attended, at which also in a letter to John's father dated 25/04/45 'Monty' wrote that he had broken down during. John's father received a personnel letter of condolence from the King dated the 28th April 1945 in which His Majesty offered his sincere sympathy; "His Majesty knew your son personally, and remembers that he was driven many miles by him in North Africa during his visit to the Eight Army in 1943". Six days after John's death on the 27th April 1945 John's Obituary appeared on page 7 of The Times written by Field Marshall Montgomery, in the last paragraph he said of John; "He was a Harrow boy and his was a sterling character; generous, unselfish to a degree. Warm hearted a devoted and loyal friend, and a most lovable person; I was completely devoted to him and i feel very sad; some thing has definitely gone out of my life". John rests at the Becklingen War Cemetery in Germany Grave Ref: 15.C.6. Commemorated at Harrow School and at St Mary's Church in Barnes in Surrey (My gratitude to John's family, Denise, St Mary's Church, Christine, Eton College for the photograph of John's grave, Sir Alistair Horne CBE, The Royal Archives, News International Newspapers Ltd, The Imperial War Museum and Bovington Tank Museum, for all their help and kindness shown)
Corporal, OGDEN, Arthur Roland George, MM, 5334221; 1st Troop 'A' Squadron Killed in action on the 8th April 1945 aged 31 North East of the village of Reide in Germany. Born on the 11th December 1913 in Pewsey in Wiltshire The son of (No CWGC record) Mrs F (Nee Goddard) Cook, of 59 Bridget Street in Rugby Warwickshire (W.3040) Father of Lawrence Ogden Arthur initially joined the 2nd Royal Gloustershire Hussars (2RGH) in 1939, being awarded his Military Medal in North Africa on the 1st June 1942 at the rank of Sgt, for his actions during an engagement at Bir El Aslagh where his Crusader tank as part of a composite Squadron Commanded by Capt Gordon-Creed engaged anti-tank guns and tanks. 2RGH disbanded in January 1943 and it was then that Arthur transferred to the 11th Hussars. Arthur is buried at the Becklingen War Cemetery in Germany Grave Ref: 10.E.14. (My gratitude to Lawrence for his help)
Trooper, HUGHES, Thomas Charles, 3970029; On attachment in Italy with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment Died on the 24th July 1945 aged 30 as the result of injuries sustained when the car he was in skidded and overturned in Italy while on duty. Born on the 3rd October 1914 in Conway (Conwy) Caernarvonshire in Denbighshire in Wales The son of Hugh and Margaret (Nee Williams) Hughes, of Erasmus Street in Penmaenmawr Husband of Mary Josephine Hughes, of Gyffin, Caernarvonshire in Wales Brother of Ernest Hughes (Aircraftman 1st Class R.A.F/ 17/09/1941) George, Hugh and Minnie Hughes Uncle of Gareth and Huw Griffiths (Hughes) Thomas initially joined the Welsh Regiment before transferring into the 11th Hussars. Thomas's notice of death was published in the North Wales Weekly News as well as his brother's Ernest. Thomas is buried at the Rome War Cemetery in Italy Grave Ref: II.C.8. Commemorated on the Penmaenmawr War Memorial (with Ernest) and on Thomas's Grandmothers Headstone at Dwygyfylchi near Penmaenmawr, St Mary & All Saint's Church Memorial Book in Conway and also on page 75 of the Welsh National Book of Remembrance held at the Welsh National Museum in Cardiff. Ernest is buried at the Benoni Cemetery in South Africa. Grave Ref: M.590. (My gratitude to Gareth for his help and kindness shown)
Lance Corporal, GREENSIDES, Stanley (Flip) John, 14713107; 5th Troop 'D' Squadron Killed in action on the 18th April 1945 aged 19, as the result of being shot in the heart by a sniper during an engagement with an 88mm gun and supporting Infantry near the village of Soltua in Germany. Born in 1926 in Roos in Yorkshire The son of Henry and Florence Greensides, of Roos in Yorkshire Brother of Leslie Greensides (RSM -11th Hussars) Uncle of Tony Greensides Stanley's brother Leslie was serving with him at the time of his death, later Leslie was to become RSM in Malaya in 1955. Stanley is buried at the Becklingen War Cemetery in Germany Grave Ref: 8.E.13. The family dedication reads; "Requiescat In Pace" (Tony) (My gratitude to Wilf Luke, MM '11th Hussars', Tony Greensides and John Robert Baker for all their help)
Trooper, GLOVER, Kenneth Cecil, 14571453; 2nd Troop 'D' Squadron (Gunner/Wireless Operator) Killed in action on the 17th April 1945 aged 20, as the result of his Daimler armoured car being knocked out by a Panther tank in woods on the outskirts of the village of Soltau in Germany, which also cost the life of their Driver Tpr R Rodger (See below) Born on the 31st January 1925 at Southwark in London The son of Cecil Frank (1893-1968-Somerset) and Ivy Madeline O (1898-1983) (Nee Garrett) Glover, of 43 Chadacre Road, Stoneleigh-Epsom in Surrey Brother of Joyce Glover (1922- ) Kenneth is commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial in the Netherlands on Panel 1 (My gratitude to Brian Gaplin, Steven Glover and Geoff Hill 2nd Troop 'D' Squadron, for their help)
Trooper, BARRETT, Martin Joseph, 14515092(CWGC records first name as Morton); 'C'/'D' Squadron Died of wounds on the 10th January 1945 received in action on the 30th December 1944 aged 35 in the Gebroek area of the Netherlands. W.3040 records cause of wounds as being Battle Accident, no Eleventh at War or War Diary record. Born on the 17th January 1908 at Crossmolina, County Mayo in West Ireland The eldest son of James (Land Steward) and Helen Barrett Brother of two younger brothers and one sister Husband of Isabell Barrett, of Leyland in Lancashire Father of Patricia, Kevin and Movita Barrett Grandfather of Kerrie Sharpe When James died Helen moved to the U.S.A with the three younger children looking for a better life for the family leaving Martin in Ireland with an Uncle and Aunt who ran a small carpentry business where Martin learnt a trade. Upon Martins Uncle and Aunts retirement he moved to England looking for work where in Preston he was employed, shortly after he met and married Isabell in December 1939. In December 1940 their first child Patricia was born. In January 1943 Martin enlisted at Preston, in July 1943 their second child Kevin was born. Martin died of his wounds on the 10th January 1945 five days before the birth of their third child Movita on the 15th January 1945 and two days before what would have been his 36th birthday. The telegram arrived shortly before Movita's birth and the news was withheld from Isabell until after the birth. Martin is buried at the Brunssum War Cemetery in the Netherlands Grave Ref: VI.309. Commemorated on the Leyland War Memorial opposite St Andrews Church, Leyland in Lancashire Martin's families' dedication; "A father missing from our lives A Love undiminished by this plight Deep within our hearts he stays Loved and remembered everyday" (Kerrie) (My gratitude to Kerrie and family and Ruud Scholten for their help and kindness shown)
Sergeant, ATKINSON, Reginald Peter, 7907133; 4th Troop 'A' Squadron (Car Commander) Killed in action on the 17th April 1945 aged 28 as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a Bazooka in the area of Ottingen in Germany. Born on the 11th January 1917 at Sculcoates in Yorkshire-East Riding The son of (no CWGC record) John Henry (1890- ) and Maud Susannah (1890-1992) (Nee Pinchbeck) Atkinson (Married in 1915), of Bay Horse Inn, Cherry Burton, Beverley in Yorkshire Reginald had been previously injured in an accident on the 22nd April 1943 in Southern Tunisia (W.3040 W.I.A) Reginald is buried at the Becklingen War Cemetery in Germany Grave Ref: 7.B.9.
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
Trooper, IRELAND (Jack) John, 7922912; 4th Troop, 'A' Sqn, 10th Royal (11th) Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)"Ich Dien", 279th Armoured Delivery Sqn, 7th Armoured Division 'Desert Rats' Killed on the 15th May 1945 aged 35 on the road to Argenta (Italy) when the Armoured Car he was traveling in overturned. Jack was born on the 19th January 1910 at Newton-in-Bowland, West Riding Yorkshire The son of Thomas Henry and Maud Alice (Nee: Coulthard) of 33 Wellgate, Clitheroe Lancashire. Husband of Mrs Hilda (Nee: Fell) Ireland (-27/04/1940) Brother of: Walter, Leslie, Dorothy (Patefield) Ada Margery (Margerison) and Barbara Ellen (Robinson) Uncle of Mr Keith Patefield Jack was educated at the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and attended St Mary's Church where he was a member of the Church Sunday School, Institute and Football Team. After leaving School Jack was employed as a Bus Conductor with Ribble Motor Services until he enlisted into the Royal Armoured Corps on the 1st November 1940 at Catterick. Jack is buried at the Faenza War Cemetery, Italy Grave Ref: VIII.F.8 (Far right hand corner from entrance) Commemorated upon the Clitheroe War Memorial and at St Mary's Church, Clitheroe
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