11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) "Cherrypickers"
Roll of Honour
(Entries with photographs at bottom)
Trooper, BLACKMORE, Reginald Frederick, 2572632;
'B' Squadron (Despatch Rider)
Killed in action on the 28th October 1944 aged 26 as a result of a stray German Artillery shell that landed at Tac Sqn HQ at 17.38 pm.
Born in June 1918 in Southampton
The son of William and Letitia Alice (Nee Vokes) Blackmore(Married: March 1913-Southampton) of 11 Birmingham Street, Southampton
Brother of Dorothy, William, Leslie and Myrtle Blackmore
Uncle of Mr Bob Howlett
Reginald was educated at Central School in Southampton.
At the time of Reginald's death he had served in the Regiment for five and a half years, he had been wounded three times and was mentioned in dispatches.
Reginald's first wounding occurred on the 21st June 1940 when part of TSM Howarths Troop at El Gubi.
Reginald is buried at the Udenhout Roman Catholic Churchyard in the Netherlands
Grave Ref: Grave 3.
(My gratitude to Bob for his help and kindness shown)
Corporal, ARIS, Arthur Sidney, 7907889;
Scout Section 'A' Squadron
Killed in action on the 22nd October 1944 aged 27 during a close engagement in the village of Maren in France.
Born on the 14th December 1916 in St Pancras in London
Next of kin Wife Mrs I M Aris, of 52 Agar Grove N/W 1
Arthur is buried at the Uden War Cemetery in the Netherlands
Grave Ref: 3.F.9.
Trooper, ASH, Arthur, 3458578;
Died in the West Herts Hospital, Hemel Hampstead in Hertfordshire on the 4th April 1944, as a result of an accident on the 3rd April 1944
Born (No W.3040 record)
Aged 24 (Headstone inscription)
The son of (No CWGC record)
Next of kin recorded as being Father S., of 5 Cedar Grove, Moss Estate in Macclesfield
From Arthur's Headstone his Grandparents were Catherine and Harry and two other family members were Thomas and Caroline Ault.
Brother of Michael Ash
Uncle of John Ash
Arthur initially joined the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers before transferring in to the R.A.C on the 1st November 1941, posted to the 143rd Regt RAC before joining the 11th Hussars shortly afterwards.
Arthur is buried at the Macclesfield Cemetery in Cheshire (Family Grave) interned on the 10th April 1944.
Grave Ref: Plot 4 Grave 305.
(My gratitude to John and Michael for their help and kindness shown)
Lieutenant, BROOKE, Basil Malise, 177327;
Died on the 4th March 1944 aged 22 (Cause Unknown)
By Burkes Peerage, Basil was killed on active service (page 526)
Born on the 4th May 1922 in Hampshire
The son of Rear Admiral Sir Basil Vernon Brooke(09/03/1876-11/12/1945) G.C.V.O and Lady Olave Barbara Brooke (Nee Clementina Graham) Brooke(d: 16/12/1966) of Paddington in London (Married: 26/08/1915-Paddington)
Husband of Agnes Mary Brooke (Nee Bateson) of Paddington in London (Married: 05/09/1941)
Re-Married Robert H Angell-21/07/1947, A.E.Dyke-?
Basil was buried in a common grave(44790) in square 23 of the Streatham Park Cemetery in Surrey, which had a Headstone with other family names on it.
Unfortunately during the re-lawning of that area of the cemetery in the 1980's the Headstone was lost.
Lance Corporal, CARTWRIGHT, Edward John, 6024208;
4th Troop 'D' Squadron
Killed in action on the 28th October 1944 aged 23 as the result of an engagement with a German Self-Propelled gun at the crossroads at De Heideblom (Dongen and Loon-op-Zand) in the Netherlands.
Born on the 29th January 1921 at Holloway in East London
The son of (No CWGC record) John and Alice (Nee Dodd) Cartwright, of: Bethnal Green (Married in November 1906 at Bethnal Green
Brother of Louisa (1912-) John F (1914-) and Edward J (1920-) Cartwright, all of Bethnel Green.
Husband of Margaret E (Nee Bound) Cartwright, of: 38 Chilton Street Bethnel Green London E2 (Married in May 1944 at Bethnel Green) Re-married in 1947.
Edward was educated at Highbury County School from 1930 until 1933 when his family left the area.
Edward is believed to have joined the 11th Hussars in 1939.
Edward is buried at the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemerty in the Netherlands
Grave Ref: 23.AA.10.
Commemorated on the North London Grammar School
Lieutenant, COUSINS, John Albany Mackay, MC, 355830;
4th Troop 'D' Squadron (Troop Leader)
Killed in action on the 28th October 1944 aged 21 alongside L/Cpl E J Cartwright (see above for circumstance of death)
Born in November 1922 in Bristol
The son of the Revd Cannon Alfred Edmund and Margaret Rothnie (Nee Mackay) Cousins, of Winfrith Dorchester
Brother of Farquharson Albany Mackay Cousins (May 1917-Bristol-)
John joined the RAC wing at Sandhurst OCTU on the 12th June 1942, leaving on the 11th December 1942 before being commissioned into the 11th Hussars
John's Military Cross (MC) was announced in the London Gazette on the 1st March 1945 "Since killed in action"
John is buried at the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery in the Netherlands
Grave Ref: 23.AA.9.
(My gratitude to Sandhurst for their help)
Trooper, DIXON, James, 6026619;
4th Troop 'C' Squadron
Died of wounds on the 8th August 1944 received in action on the 14th June 1944 aged 29.
On the 14th June 4th Troop 'C' Squadron were entering the village of Anctoville when Sgt Leslie Grahams (see below) armoured car was hit twice by a anti-tank gun, the first round going through the engine block, the second wounding Sgt Graham .
Tprs Dixon and Myers managed to get Leslie to a nearby house where after Tpr Myers applied a tourniquet he left to get help leaving James and Leslie.
Leslie was beyond help and died shortly afterwards and James wounded himself with a crushed right hip was taken prisoner and died of his wounds on the 8th August 1944 in a French Hospital in Tours.
Born on the 5th May 1915 in Newcastle
The son of James and Margaret Ethel (Nee Kennedy) Dixon (Married August 1911-Newcastle) of 110 Two Ball Lonnen Fenham in Newcastle
James who was originally buried in the Hospital grounds is now buried at the Nantes (Pont-Du-Cens) Communal Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: L.B.22.
Trooper, DRUMMOND, Stephen, 14541012;
Died of wounds on the 19th July 1944 received the night before on the 18th July 1944 aged 23 during a single German bomber attack on the Squadron Leaguer area near the river Orne.
Born on the 15th October 1924 on Main Street, Methil in Fife
The son of Stephen and Jean Drummond, of Thornton, Fife in Scotland
Brother of James
Uncle of Steve Drummond Carstairs
At the age of 5 Stephen began his education at Methil Primary School until he was 10 when he moved to Aberhill High School also in Methil.
Around this time Stephens's father who was working as an Engine Driver at Thornton Station moved the family there to be closer to work.
After leaving School Stephen was employed as a joiner at a local firm repairing railway stock
Afterwards Stephen enlisted into the 11th Hussars.
Stephen is buried at the Ranville War Cemerty in France
Grave Ref: IVH.A.7.
Commemorated on the left hand plaque of the gates of the Thornton Memorial Park and on the Scottish National Memorial
(My gratitude to Steve Drummond Castairs and his mother Stephens's sister for all their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, FERMANDEL, Arthur F, 7940266;
Killed in action on the 18th July 1944 aged 22 as the result of a single German bomber attack on the Squadron Leaguer near the river Orne.
Born on the 11th September 1921 in Bristol
The son of Mrs (Nee Ougley) Fermandel, of Bristol
Husband of Doris (Dolly) Fermandel, of 7 Tyler Street, Phillips Marsh in Bristol
Arthur is buried at the Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: I.D.12.
"He died that we all might live, fondest memory Dolly"
Arthur's wife's words on Arthur's Headstone
Trooper, GREEN, Robert Henry, 319039;
3rd Troop 'A' Squadron
Killed in action on the 18th September 1944 aged 27.
On the 18th August 1944 'A' Squadron had relieved positions held by the 8th Hussars overlooking the Albert Canal east of Antwerp.
It was during the evening that Robert was shot and killed by a sniper during 3rd Troops relief by the Canadians at Wyneghem.
Born on the 29th November 1916 in London)
The son of Robert and Rhoda Green, of London
Husband of Mrs N Green, of Porthill Lodge, Porthill in Stoke-on-Trent
Brother of Mary Green
Robert is buried at the Geel War Cemetery in Belgium
Grave Ref: III.B.2.
"Eternal rest give unto him o lord, ever remembered, sister Mary and Tom"
Taken from the inscription from Roberts Headstone
(My gratitude to Keith Osbourne and Geoffrey Churton '11th Hussars' for their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, HENDERSON, Charles, 7885900;
1st Troop 'C' Squadron (Driver)
Killed in action on the 20th October 1944 aged 26 by a sniper while standing by the side of his armoured car in the village of Maren while waiting to cross the Nijmegen Bridge in the Netherlands.
Born in 1918 in Edinburgh in Scotland
The youngest son of William and Helen Henderson, of Edinburgh in Scotland
Husband of Mrs E Henderson, of Edinburgh in Scotland
Charles initially joined the Lothian and Border Horse before later transferring to the 11th Hussars
Charles is buried at the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in the Netherlands
Grave Ref: 16.J.9.
Commemorated on the Scottish National War Memorial
Trooper, HOULT, William Henry, 318866;
Died on the 6th November 1944 aged 29 (Cause Unknown) at the time of Williams’s death the Regiment was in reserve at Dongen in the Netherlands.
Born on the 13th October 1915 in the village of Ansley in Atherstone in Warwickshire
The son of George Thomas and Annie Marie (Nee Nash) Hoult, of Ansley, Atherstone in Warwickshire and later of Earlsdon in Coventry
William was buried at St Joseph's Church in Dongen until recently when the Church closed, William now rests at the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery in the Netherlands
Grave Ref: 23.AA.25.
Trooper, HUMPHREY, Anthony, MPS (Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society) 7953111;
Scout Troop 'B' Squadron
Killed in action on the 3rd August 1944 aged 28 as the result of enemy Motor fire in the Jurques area.
Born on the 9th March 1916 in Sunderland
Baptized at All Saint's Church on the 28th March 1916
The first son of Robert (joiner) and Anne Humphrey, of Sunderland
Brother of Dr Crosby W Humphrey
Husband of Dorothy Margaret (Nee Chapman) Humphrey, of Gorleston in Norfolk
Anthony was educated at Redby Elementary School (1921-1927) and Bede Boys Grammar School(1927-1934) in Sunderland.
Anthony attended the family Church of All Saint's in Monkwearmouth where he sang as a baritone as boy and man, where also his father was organist and choirmaster.
After leaving Bede Anthony went to the Sunderland Technical College (1934-1938) as a student in the Pharmacy Department , obtaining a M.P.S qualification in 1938.
After qualifying Anthony was first employed as a dispenser at Messrs Fairman, of Vine Place in Sunderland, and then afterwards at several Boots the Chemists stores, including at Highgate in London.
Anthony enlisted into the 11th Hussars in 1942 serving in North Africa and Italy.
Shortly after the Regiments return to the UK Anthony met and married
Dorothy Margaret Chapman(d: 1962) on the 12th January 1944.
Anthony is buried at the St Charles De Percy War Cemetery, in France
Grave Ref: XIII.G.3.
Commemorated on page 52 of Boots the Chemists "Lest We Forget" and on their 1939-1945 Roll of Honour and on All Saint's Church Roll of Honour in Sunderland
"In reverend memory of a very dear son and brother who gave his life in a noble cause"
(Dr C W Humphrey)
(My gratitude to Dr Humphrey Boots the Chemists and to All Saint's Church in Sunderland, for all of their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, HUMPHRIES, Sidney, 550830;
1st Troop 'D' Squadron
Killed in action on the 2nd August 1944 aged 36.
In the early morning mist on the 2nd August 1st Troop commanded by Lt R G G Copeland had pushed forward up the road towards Aunay following reports that the road ahead had been opened by the Infantry supported by the 5th Dragoon Guards (5th DG).
As they advanced up the road Lt Copeland saw to his front a tank in the middle of the road and believing it to be one of the 5th DG's halted the Troop and went towards it on foot to ask what the hold up was, he had got within 50 yards before the horror of seeing that it was infact a Panther tank.
As he turned and began to run back towards the Troop shouting for them to get out a sniper shot him.
Meanwhile back at the Troop the first armoured car was knocked out by the Panther, the White Scout car as it turned away hit and knocked over a telegraph pole which resulted in the ditching of the third armoured car.
When finally the last remains of the Troop had got clear L/Cpl Kennedy, Tprs Humphries and Sanderson were missing, all three where discovered later as to have been killed in action.
Born on the 4th August 1910 in Salford in Manchester
The son of Ernest and Ellen Humphries, of Salford in Manchester
Husband of Doris Edna (Nee Wright) Humphries (Married in Salford in Manchester, date unclear), of Star Cottage Burntwood, Lichfield in Staffordshire (W.3040) the CWGC has Doris as living in Kingston in Jamaica.
Sidney iniaitatly joined the 12th Royal Lancers before transferring into the 11th Hussars
There is also a question over Sidney's age at death, his Headstone and the CWGC records record his age as being 36.
His W.3040 records his age as being 33 which coincides with his date of birth as confirmed by Manchester Records Office (The CWGC have been informed).
Sidney is buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: XVI.F.24
Commemorated on the Caribbean WW2 Army Roll of Honour
(My gratitude to Manchester Records Office and Jerome Lee from the Caribbean Roll of Honour for their help)
Trooper, KENNEDY, Peter Joseph, 7920971;
1st Troop 'D' Squadron
Killed in action on the 2nd August 1944 aged 24 (See Tpr S Humphries above for circumstance of death)
Born on the 13th July 1920 at Worksop in Derbyshire
The son of (No CWGC record) Peter and the late Mrs Kennedy (Nee Coffey), Oldcoates in Derbyshire-Laurels Cottage, Leverton Road in Retford
Husband of Betty (Nee Camm) Kennedy, of RAF West Prawle in Devon (W.A.A.F)
Peter was educated at Retford Grammar School before being employed as a Clerk with the L.N.E.R Company at Newark Station
Peter enlisted in 1940 initially serving with the 10th Hussars in North Africa before being wounded and discharged.
Peter re-joined in 1941 into the 11th Hussars serving throughout North Africa and Italy.
Peter’s notice of death was reported in the Retford, Gainsborough, and Worksop Times on Friday 8th September 1944 and in the Worksop Guardian on the 29th September 1944
Peter is buried at the Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: XVI.E.13
Commemorated in the L.N.E.R Magazine, 1944, page 230, Retford Grammar School Roll of Honour (now Retford Oaks School) and on the Retford War Memorial
Trooper, KNIGHT, Murray William Sinclair, 7957291;
3rd Troop 'A' Squadron (Wireless Operator)
Killed in action on the 31st August 1944 aged 21 as the result of a 75mm anti-tank gun knocking out his armoured car in the Gaillefontaine area France, which also cost the life of Tpr E E A Smith (see below)
Born on the 6th May 1923 in Bromley in Kent
The son of William Spring Knight (13/11/1890-1973-Bromley) and Florence Jane (Nee Sinclair) Knight (07/08/1889-1979-Bromley), of Beckenham in Kent (Married in June 1915 at Bromley in Kent)
Brother of Lawrence Sinclair Knight (30/05/1917-July 2001-Bromley)
Murray is buried at the Gaillefontaine Communal Cemetery in France
Commemorated on the Beckenham War Memorial
Second Lieutenant, LLEWELLEN-PALMER, William George, 303274;
3rd Troop 'D' Squadron (Under Instruction)
Died of wounds on the 2nd August 1944 aged (not known) received the night before as the result of an enemy bomber attack with Canister after three fell in the ditch where he was sleeping, in the area of Robin in France.
The son of General George Llewellyn- Palmer (Wiltshire Yeomanry), of Wiltshire
Half brother of Colonel William Llewellen-Palmer of the 10th Hussars
William was 40 years the junior of his half-sister (name unknown) and his half-brother Col William, from his fathers second marriage to a Polish girl (name unknown)
His father died in 1930 and at this time William has lost touch with his half brother and sister, they in turn had also lost touch with his mother.
Williams's death was only discovered by his half-brother who was then in retirement looking through the Times list of casualties some time after Williams's death.
William was educated at Tonbridge School where he was a competent Oarsman.
William joined the RAC wing at Sandhurst OCTU on the 26th June 1943, leaving on the 1st January 1944, before being commissioned into the 11th Hussars
On the 6th June 2004 a Mr Norman Wallace contributed to the BBC WW2 Peoples War Web-Site 'A Soldiers Letter';
A letter was found while he was clearing out his parents house(location unknown); dated 27th June 1944 from a William Palmer a member of 3rd Troop 'D' Squadron 11th Hussars (P.A.O).
Within the letter William describes his experiences and thoughts about the war and concludes in his final paragraph thus;
"The invasion has been going three weeks yet it seems like three months already i wonder when i shall see England again, will she ever be the same? Yes, a Country fit for heroes to live in and it will take a hero to live in it".
William is buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: III.C.20.
William is also commemorated on the Leander Club Roll of Honour in Henley-on-Thames.
(My gratitude to Dr Robert Trehame Jones, Charlie Palmer and family and to Sandhurst for all their help and kindness shown)
Lance Sergeant, POYNTON, Harry, 552351;
4th Troop 'A' Squadron
Killed in action on the 22nd October 1944 aged 30 as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a Bazooka in the village of Maren in which Tpr P Lambert(see above) died of wounds from.
Born on the 6th February 1914 in Chorlton in Cheshire
The son of Harry and Edith Jane (Nee Waddington) Poynton, of Macclesfield in Cheshire (Married in 1910 in Salford)
Brother of Hilda (1912) Thomas (1917) Edith (1920) Herbert (1922) May (1924) Robert (1926) Audrey (1928) and Millicent (1931)
Harry initially joined the 12th Royal Lancers before transferring into the 11th Hussars prior to 1941 (W.3040)
Harry is buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands
Grave Ref: XXII.E.1.
Trooper, ROBINSON, Dennis James, 14561047;
Killed in action on the 18th July 1944 aged 19 as the result of a single German bomber attack on the Squadron Leaguer near the river Orne.
Born on the 10th February 1925 in Hammersmith in London
The son of James William and Ethel Margaret (Nee Hobbs) Robinson, of 30 Boscombe Road, Shepard's Bush in London
Dennis is buried at the Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: I.D.11.
Trooper, SANDERSON, Ronald, 14557067;
1st Troop 'D' Squadron
Killed in action on the 2nd August 1944 aged 20 (See Tpr S Humphries above for circumstance of death)
Born on the 18th July 1924 in Sheffield in Yorkshire
The son of John (Furness Man-Labourer) and Edna Sanderson (Manchester) of 79 Alison Crescent, Manor in Sheffield in Yorkshire
Husband of (No CWGC record) Mrs Edna Sanderson
Cousin of Mr John Sanderson Woodhouse and sisters
Ronald was educated at All Saint's C of E School on Sutherland Road in Pitsmoor and then Pipworth Road Senior Mixed School, leaving in 1938 having gained a certificate of merit with two distinctions.
Attending the local Church of St Swithuns
Ronald is buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: XVI.F.23.
(My gratitude to John Sanderson Woodhouse and Alison Darby for their help)
Trooper, SMITH, Alfred, 319041;
Died of wounds on the 19th July 1944 aged 30
The Eleventh at War on page 378 incorrectly records Alfred's death as being on the 31st August 1944 alongside L/Cpl M W S Knight; it should have been Tpr E R A Smith.
Alfred died of wounds the day after a single German bomber attacked the Squadrons Leaguer near the river Orne on the 18th July 1944.
Born on the 26th March 1914 in London
The son of Alfred and Emily Smith, of Lower Clapton in London
Previously of 47 Walford Road, Stoke Newington N16
Alfred is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: IVA.G.7.
Trooper, SMITH, Edward Robert Arthur, 557170;
3rd Troop 'A' Squadron
Killed in action on the 31st August 1944 aged 25 as the result of his and L/Cpl M W S Knight's armoured car being knocked out by a anti-tank gun in Gaillefontaine in France.
Born on the 21st December 1918 at Bosmere in Suffolk
The son of Jessie (1890-1970) and Eliza (Nee Overfield) Smith (1895-1971), of 16 Milton Avenue, Scarborough in Yorkshire (Married in June 1915 in Scarborough)
Brother of Florence May (1916-1995) Wilfred (1921-1981) and Violet (1923-1978)
After leaving School Edward was employed as a Butchers boy until in 1936 when he joined the 11th Hussars.
At the same time a friend and fellow Butchers boy Mr Jack Leppington also joined up.
The next time Jack would see Edward would be in 1942 when Jack then a senior NCO in the 15th Tank Transporter Company RASC, came across the 11th Hussars south of Tobruck.
The second time would be some six months later when in the Tripoli area that Edward came bounding over to me.
I will let Jack tell his story;
" Now it is 1944 and i have arrived in Germany and once again you asked me to say where it was, however , everyday we were on the move, on one particular day i saw the sign for the Hussars pointing down a side road, don't know where this was , joy of joys i thought we were going to meet up again, how sadly i was mistaken when i met with the Hussars i was told that he had been killed, i was to upset to ask any questions at the time".
Edward is buried at the Gaillefontaine Communal Cemetery in France.
Commemorated at St James Church, Scarborough
"Missed but never forgotten"
Jack Leppington, Scarborough-2008
(My gratitude to Jack and his daughter Dian Leppington and the Revd Phil White of St James Church for their help and kindness shown)
Trooper / Lance Corporal, STOKES, George Arthur, 7934962;
(There seems to be confusion regarding George's rank at the time of his death; the Eleventh at War records him in the index as being L/Cpl but on the page of his detail he is a Tpr.
The war diary also records him as being an L/Cpl but his Headstone and the CWGC records him as a Tpr, his notice of death records him again as an L/Cpl)
Died of wounds on the 18th July 1944 aged 33 as the result of an unlucky shell hitting him in the chest in the Coverville area in France.
Born on the 3rd April 1911 in Stockport in Cheshire
The son of Joseph and Mary Ann Stokes, of Stockport in Cheshire
Husband of Irene Mary Stokes, of 6 Babbacombe Road, Stockport in Cheshire
Before the war George was well known in Stockport as a Haulage Contractor.
George's notice of death was published in the Stockport Express on the 24th August 1944 in which it mentions his Wife, little Daughter and Father, the photograph included shows George wearing the beret of the Royal Tank Regiment.
George is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: IVA.J.13.
Commemorated on the Stockport War Memorial in Cheshire
Signalman, THOMSON, David, 14359497;
Royal Corps of Signals, 6th Guards Tank Brigade
Died of wounds on the 28th September 1944 aged 33.
Born in 1911 in Fifeshire, Scotland
The son of John and Catherine Thomson
Husband of Phoebe Thomson, of Bethnal Green in London
David died of wounds at the 105th Field Hospital as the result of enemy artillery fire while with 'D' Squadron in the area of Caen in France on the 22nd July 1944, which also resulted in the wounding of an Officer and two men.
David is buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery in France
Grave Ref: II.M.7.
Commemorated in the Scottish National War Memorial
Trooper, WHITE, Norman Frank, 14433654;
4th Troop 'D' Squadron
Died of wounds while in German hands, received in action on the 28th October 1944 aged 23 in the De Heidebloem area in the Netherlands.
Born on the 19th November 1920 at Wandsworth in London
The son of Frank Reginald and Alice May (Nee Kelly) White, of 4B Parklands, Surbiton in Surrey.
Brother of Edwin R White (May 1923- )
Norman is buried at the Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.
Grave Ref: 6.D.12.
Commemorated on the Surbiton War Memorial
Trooper, BERGER, Gerald, 14322863; 5th Troop 'C' Squadron Killed in action on the 7th August 1944 aged 20 as the result of his armoured car being hit by a shell from a anti-tank gun hidden in woods in the Mont Pincon area in France. Born on the 4th May 1924 at No 9 Newstead Road in Liverpool The only child of Ely and Celia (Nee Friedman) Berger, of Liverpool Father of Maria Second Cousin of Geoffrey Berg Educated at the Morrison School then the Liverpool Institute (Danson House, Forms 3b-1936, 4b-1937 and U4-1938) from 1933 until leaving in 1940 Gerald attended the 59th Training Regiment before joining the 11th Hussars between 1942 and 1943 The notice of Gerald's death appeared in the Liverpool Echo on the 19th August 1944; "Left us with a broken heart forever" Gerald is buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados in France Grave Ref: XXIV.C.20. The translation of the Hebrew inscription (Tehi nishmato tzururah bitzror hachayim) on Gerald's Headstone reads; "May his dear soul rest in peace" Commemorated at the Liverpool Institute Roll of Honour (Liobians) and on the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation Roll of Honour, and on the Childwall Synagogue Memorial in Liverpool (My gratitude to Maria, Geoffrey, Saul Marks, the Jewish Telegraph, Patricia Lacey, Fred Crane, John Snelson, Ian Taylor and George Lucy for all of their help and kindness shown )
Trooper, BROWN, Walter Arnold, 14508382; 'B' Squadron Killed in action on the 26th December 1944 aged 27 as the result of a German 88mm shell landing near by in the village of Jabheek in the Netherlands. Born in 1917 in Yorkshire The son of Edward Robert and Annie Brown, of Bainbridge in Yorkshire Uncle of Mrs Hazel Peacock Walter is buried at the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in the Netherlands Grave Ref: 23.H.5. Commemorated on the Roll of Honour at St Oswald's Church in Askrigg in Yorkshire
Lance Corporal, BANNOCKS, Francis (Frank) Albert, 869872; 2nd Troop 'A' Squadron Killed in action on the 18th July 1944, during a night single bomber attack on the Squadron Leaguer area, south of the river Orne Born on the 16th June 1919 at 72 Ash Ville Road, Leytonstone in London The eldest child of Francis George and Emily May Bannocks, of Elm Park, Romford in Essex. Christened at Christ Church in Leytonstone Brother of Lily, Frances, Alfred, Emily, Margaret, Sidney, Ronald, Tony and Maureen Perryman (Nee Bannocks) Educated in Canvey in Essex Francis was employed as a Labourer at Costain Builders in Canvey in Essex (helping to build the Church Steeple of Canvey Island Roman Catholic Church) before enlisting in the 12th Royal Lancers at Warley on the 24th February 1938. Francis passed his Certificate of Education on the 6th April 1938 at Tidworth and Vickers MG 1939, Bren in 1939, Boyes in 1939, 1st Aid in 1940, Anti Gas in 1941, 7.92mm in 1942, Driver / Operator Class III in 1942 and Class II in 1943. Francis was promoted from Trooper to Lance Corporal on the 30th August 1943 in a telegram to his mother he wrote; "Have been promoted, hope you will soon be better, god be with you till we meet again". Notification of Francis's death arrived on the 2nd August 1944. Francis is buried at the Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados in France. Grave Ref: I.D.13. Francis's youngest sister Maureen has asked for the inscription on his Headstone which is mother and father chose as the family's dedication; "God gave a treasure for a while then took our darling son to dwell with him above". (My gratitude to Maureen and family for their help and kindness shown)
Lieutenant, CREATON, Donald Ashworth, MC, 245680; 5th Troop 'C' Squadron (Troop Leader) Killed in action on the 3rd September 1944 aged 23 in the village of Croisette. Born on the 17th October 1920 at Dover in Kent The son of the Revd Donald Humphrey (d: 1934) and Marjorie Ruth (Nee Ashworth) Creaton, of High Holden in Kent. Brother of Mr John Humphrey Creaton Donald was educated at A.O Snowden, Hilesham House, and Saint Peters in Broadstairs in Kent before entering Haileybury College in the Easter of 1934 In 1935 Donald passed his School Certificate gaining credits in English, History, Latin and Greek. While at Haileybury Donald was a Sergeant in the College Officer Training Corps and in 1939 he became a member of the Air Section. At this time Donald was awarded a minor scholarship in Classics at Queen College in Cambridge. On the 17th April 1942 Donald joined the RAC wing at Sandhurst, leaving on the 25th September 1942 then being commissioned into the 11th Hussars When Donald's death was announced in December 1944 the following comments were printed in the Haileyburian (No 682.vol XXIX, 18 December 1944; "Quite exceptionally brave" "Complete fearlessness and a wonderful sense of duty" "He was the friend and companion to all, however bad and at the same time devoted servant of Christ and never forgot the duties this involved". His Master said of him; "His contemporaries will remember him, not as the boy who was Head of Batten in 1939 or the boy who was in the XI, but as the boy who was an active Christian, i think i have known no boy who stood out more definitely as living near to Christ". The 11th Hussars Chaplin said of him; "His faith was crystal clear and an inspiration, i know how great his example and influence has been in the regiment". The 11th Hussars Commanding Officer said of him; "Everybody in the Regiment loved him, a wonderful person, and a better officer did not exist, his work was at times difficult and dangerous, but he never flinched" Donald's Military Cross (MC) was anounouced in the London Gazette on the 1st March 1945(one line below Lt Cousins)"since killed in action" Donald is buried in an isolated grave, his mother purchased the land within which her son's grave lay, and his grave was left in situ. His mother also erected a private Memorial at the spot about 1 kilometer south-east of the Church of the village of Croisette in France. (Donald's Grave and Memorial is still used today as the village War Memorial on Remembrance Days and local School children still whisper his name as flowers are laid) Commemorated at Haileybury College, Queen College Roll of Honour and on the Temple Ewell War Memorial in Kent (My gratitude to Toby Parker of Haileybury College and the Residence and School Children of Croisette in France for all their help and continuing Remembrance)
Corporal, FINCH, Thomas (William), 4123039; 3rd Troop 'C' Squadron Killed in action on the 18th August 1944 aged 32. Born on the 29th June 1912 in Stockport in Cheshire The son of William and Sarah Ann Finch, of Stockport in Cheshire Husband of Eva Finch, of 56 Purness Grove-Heaton Norris, Stockport in Cheshire. Father of Eva and Kathleen Brother of Cyril (Army) Dick (Navy) David (Army) Arthur (Army) Grandfather of Mr Russell Timms Before enlisting Thomas was employed by Craven Brothers of Reddish Thomas enlisted on the 9th February 1933 with the Worcester Regiment before transferring into the 5th Battalion the Manchester Regiment (Redesignated on the 1st November 1941 as the 111th Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps) on the 11th October 1939 Thomas arrived with the Battalion in France on the 24th April 1939 as part of the 127 Manchester Brigade seeing close combat fighting after the German invasion on the 10th May 1940 to the west of Bergues before being evacuated from Dunkirk back to the UK on the 1st/2nd June 1940. Promoted to L/Cpl on the 6th February 1940, Acting Cpl on the 14th March 1940, and then full Cpl on the 2nd April 1940 On the 5th October 1942 Thomas was posted to the 52nd Training Regiment RAC. Thomas was posted to the 11th Hussars on the 10th February 1943. The notification of Thomas (William) death was published in the Stockport Express on the 14th September 1944, followed by three in memory of; 28th June 1945; "In life he always wore a smile; in death he wears it still. He died that we may live awhile Our son and brother" 26th July 1945; "There's a shining thread in the greyest life; the thread of a treasured dream of a dear remembrance guarded still". "When the days are grey and the way uphill and there's nothing an empty heart can fill, save a memory yet a gleam" 23rd August 1945; "When at times they see us smile; little do they know the heartache that is hidden all the time" "Dearly loved and always remembered" "Good-bye Daddy" Thomas is buried at the Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: XV.C.26 (next to Tpr John Davies) Commemorated on the Stockport War Memorial and at St Martin's Church, Stockport in Cheshire (as William). (My gratitude to Russell and all of Thomas' family for their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, GREENHOUGH, John (Joe) Joseph, 4978923; 4th Troop 'D' Squadron Killed in action on the 28th October 1944 aged 26 as the result of his armoured car overturning after being engaged by a hidden anti-tank gun hidden in cops over looking the cross roads of De Heidebloem in the Netherlands. Born on the 13th December 1916 in Wessington in Derbyshire The son of (no CWGC record) Thomas Gilbert and Anne Elizaberth(Nee Fern) Greenhough, of Wessington in Derbyshire Husband of Isabel May Greenhough, of Shirland in Derbyshire Brother of Mary Hannah, Thomas Gilbert and Olga Greenhough John was educated at the Wessington County School before going into Wingfield Colliery as a miner. On the 15th December 1939 John enlisted into the 9th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters. John with the Battalion arrived in France as part of 139 Brigade in April 1940 and saw action at Douai (covering the withdrawal of the Welsh Guards) and south of Valenciennes. The Battalion was one of the three last units to embark from Dunkirk on the 2nd June 1940. On arriving back in the UK the Battalion was disbanded and re-designated as the 112th Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps on the 1st November 1941 when John transferred to the 11th Hussars. John was initially buried at Dongen Churchyard but was moved to the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery in the Netherlands after the Church was closed just recently' Grave Ref: 23.AA.8. Commemorated on the Christ Church War Memorial in Wessington "Memories keep you ever near me, loving wife May" Taken from the inscription on John's Headstone (My gratitude to Fred Pell, Sharon Hunt, the Sherwood Foresters Museum, Paul Beattie and to all of John’s family for all their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, DAVIES, John, 14542818; 3rd Troop 'C' Squadron (Driver) Killed in action on the 18th August 1944 aged 19 as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a German 75mm shell (the Eleventh at War version)near to the village of Reveillon in France, which also cost the life of Cpl T Finch(see below). Born in March 1925 at Bettws Newtown in Montgomeryshire, Powys in Wales The son of Mr & Mrs Ernest (Blues & Royals-1918) Davies Brother of Audrey (-09/2009) Dorothy, Walter, Enid and Muriel Davies John was educated at the Newtown County School John had moved to Birmingham to work for two years before joining the 11th Hussars in 1943 John's death notice appeared in the Western Mail. John's Troop Leader Lt John Ballingal wrote to his parents on the 25th August 1944 explaining the circumstances of John's death; "Killed instantly when the armoured car he was driving was knocked out by a German tank near Ammeville, some ten miles east from Falaise". John is buried at the Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: XV.C.25. Commemorated at St David's Church, Newtown and on page 75 of the Welsh National Book of Remembrance held at the Welsh National Museum in Cardiff Family dedication; "Never forgotten by Dorothy, Audrey and Walter" (My gratitude to John's family for all of their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, JOHNSON, Harold, 5047829; 5th Troop 'C' Squadron Killed in action on the 7th August 1944 aged 31 As the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a 75mm anti-tank gun hidden in woods near to Aunay which also cost the life of Tpr G Berger and the wounding of car commander Sgt Thompson and Troop Leader Lt Creaton MC. Born on the 6th September 1912 in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire The son of Harold (1883- ) and Maria (1884-1924) Johnson (Re-married Lucy Wilks in 1926, of Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire Husband of Jean (Nee McCubbin) Johnson (Married in 1941), of 10 Stoney Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, in Nottinghamshire Father of Harold Neil Johnson (1944- ) Brother of Doris Gertrude (1908- ) Ada (1909- ) and Beatrice (1914- ) Half brother of Terrance (1927- ) Nephew of John Hancock Harold was educated at the Hardwick Lane and Station Road Schools in Sutton and attended the Reform Street Methodist Church. After leaving School until Harold enlisted he was employed as a miner at the Kirkby Colliery (Summit Pit) Harold initially enlisted in to the North Staffordshire Regiment before transferring into the 11th Hussars Harold is buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: XXIV.B.1 Commemorated on the Gates of St Mary's Church in Sutton (My gratitude to John Hancock and Harold's family for all their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, DAW, Austen Bernard, 7952308; 'A' Squadron Killed in action on the 18th July 1944 aged 26 as the result of a single German bomber attack on the Squadron Leaguer area near the river Orne. Born in 1918 in Sussex The son of Daniel and Hephzibah Daw Husband of Doris Kathleen Daw, of Holloway in London Austin was educated at Burwash Weald Village School before working in his fathers Grocery shop (Burwash Road) until the 28th December 1938 when Austin joined the Metropolitan Police. Warrant Number 127426(Badge Number N 266) he was posted to the Islington Division until the 11th March 1942 when he joined the army and the 11th Hussars. Austen is buried at the Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: I.D.14. Commemorated on the Burwash Weald War Memorial located in St Phillips Parish Churchyard (My gratitude to Glynn Underhill, Gordon, Alan Moss of the Metropolitan Police Historic Collection for all their help and kindness shown)
Sergeant, GRAHAM, Leslie, 551966; 4th Troop 'C' Squadron (Troop Sergeant) Died of wounds received in action on the 14th June 1944 aged 31. On the 13th June 1944 4th Troop while advancing through the village of Anctoville Leslies armoured car was hit by a shell from a 75mm anti-tank gun which hit the engine block and a second resulted in the wounding Leslie in the leg. His driver Tpr Dixon (see above) and gunner Tpr Myers managed to get Leslie to safety in a nearby house where a tourniquet was applied to his leg by Tpr Myers before he left Leslie and Tpr Dixon for help. Leslie died later that day. Born on the 14th September 1912 at Sculcoates in the East Riding of Yorkshire The son of (no CWGC record) Lee (fishmonger) and Sarah Ellen (Nee Edmonds) Graham (- 1920) of Sculcoates (Married August 1909 Sculcoates) (Lee re-married Corinne Foster in 1921 in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire) Brother of Esme (1920- ) Half brother of Kathleen M Graham Leslie initially joined the 10th Hussars (P.W.O) before transferring to the 11th Hussars Leslie is buried at the St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux in France Grave Ref: VII.E.19 (On Leslies Headstone his service number is incorrect, the CWGC have been informed (24/08/2009) and have promised to correct it)
Top photograph: Trooper, LAMBERT, Percy, 7903739; 4th Troop 'A' Squadron Died of wounds on the 22nd October 1944 aged 35 as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a Bazooka in the village of Maren in France, which also cost the life of L/Sgt H Poynton (see below) Born in September 1909 in Gloucester The son of George (Funeral Director) and Alice Lambert, of Sherborne Husband of Doris Celia (Nee Tidd) Lambert (1913-1992), of Sherborne in Dorsetshire (Married on the 29th January 1944 in Dorset) Brother of Ethel, Mabel, Frank, Thomas and Harry Lambert. Doris Lambert never re-married and lived the rest of her life in Sherborne Percy is buried at the Uden War Cemetery in the Netherlands Grave Ref: 4.D.8. Commemorated in the Sherborne Abbey Book of Remembrance "I remember him as a gentle kind man, well liked by everyone" Jane Phillips. "What god has willed, what god has planned, in his good time we'll understand" Doris's words from Percy's Headstone (My gratitude to Jane Phillips, Ceclia Ashman and Sarah Worner for their help)
Sergeant, ORCHARD, Lawrence Arthur, 7909675; 5th Troop 'B' Squadron Killed in action on the 6th September 1944 aged 28 during the incident in which Tpr A J Norton was fatally wounded (see above). Born in December 1915 at Willesden in Middlesex The son of Arthur William and Violet May (Nee Young) Orchard, of 118 Dewsbury Road, Dollis Hill in London Lawrence was educated at Kilburn Grammar School when in 1932 he passed the London University General Schools Certificate in Oral French, German and Oral German at the age of 16. Lawrence was a devoted and valued member of Catherine's Church in Neasden first joining the Church choir as a boy in 1929. He became a member of the Young Peoples Guild and of the Tennis Club, both of which he was later to become secretary of. Lawrence's death notice appeared in the Willesden Chronicle on Friday 12th October 1944. Lawrence is buried at the Olsene Communal Cemetery in Belgium. Grave Ref: Grave 1. Commemorated at Kilburn Grammar School and at St Catherine's Church in Neasden
Trooper, PHILPIN, John Meryn, 14366787; 1st Troop 'D' Squadron Killed in action on the 20th August 1944 aged 20 as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by an anti-tank gun in a wooded area near Liverot in France, also wounding L/Cpl Crispin. Born on the 10th March 1924 in Birkenhead in Merseyside The son of the Revd William John B.A and Gertrude Elizabeth (Nee Sadler) Philpin, of All Saints Vicarage, Wallasey in Cheshire John is buried at the St Desir War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: I.E.5(directly in front of Tpr F.C.Heinzman) (My gratitude to Robert (Bob) Taylor '11th Hussars' for his help)
Trooper, MOWER, Kenneth, 7954842; 5th Troop 'C' Squadron (Driver) Killed in action on the 27th October 1944 aged 24 as the result of his armoured car being knocked out by a 75mm anti-tank gun during the Squadrons advance towards the Maas-S'Hertogenbosch Canal. Born in March 1920 at No 15 Moore Avenue, Harehills Leeds in Yorkshire The son of Mrs Ethel (Nee Bedford) Mower, of No 15 Moore Avenue Harehills Leeds in Yorkshire (fathers name unknown) Brother of Eric and Harry Mower Kenneth's Brother Eric who stayed at home looking after his mother during the war who Kenneth used to write to died recently at the address where he and his brothers were all born. Before Eric died he passed on letters he had received from Kenneth during the war and photographs of his brother to his next door neighbour for safe keeping, which i now have and will be passing on to the King's Royal Hussars Museum in Winchester, as i hope that the three boys would have wanted. Kenneth is buried at the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery in the Netherlands Grave Ref: 23.AA.11.
Trooper, WILLIAMSON, Arthur (Artie) James, 557224; 'A' Squadron Died of wounds on the 19th July 1944 aged 26 received in action on the 18th July 1944 as the result of a single German bomber attack on the Squadron Leaguer area near the river Orne. Born on the 20th November 1917 (W.3040) in Edmonton in London The son of George Louis and Amy Elizabeth Williamson, of "The Windsor"(Confectioner s & Tobacconists) 398 Green Lanes, Palmers Green in London N13 Brother of George, Victor and Dennis Williamson Uncle of Mr David Williamson Educated at the Edmonton Grammar School Arthur joined the 11th Hussars as did his father during WW1, at the age of 17 in 1934 Arthur served through Palestine and North Africa during which time on one occasion passing his brother George unable to stop, only having the time to wave to each other as they passed by, this was the last time George ever saw his brother. Arthur had previously been reported missing, the first time for nine months and the second time for seven months. Arthur's parents not hearing of their son for five years heard his voice on a BBC Broadcast. Arthur having undergone an operation three weeks earlier which resulted in a permanent limp rejoined the Regiment at Ashbridge. On the 11th November 1944 Arthur's obituary was published on page 5 of the Palmers Green Gazette, nine days before what would have been Arthur's 27th birthday. Arthur is buried at the La Delivrande War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: VI.K.7. Commemorated on the Enfield War Memorial
Trooper, PEARSON, Desmond, 3973932; 3rd Troop 'B' Squadron Killed in action on the 5th August 1944 aged 23 as the result of a Mortar round landing in the sunken lane where 3rd troop were with the Battalion HQ of the Wiltshire's near Ondefontaine in France. Born on the 13th May 1921 in Salford in Manchester The son of Joseph and Isabella Pearson, of Lower Broughton, Salford in Manchester (Married in 1914 in Hartlepool) Husband of (No CWGC record) Mrs Hazel Barbara Grace (Nee Edwards) Pearson (Married at Woolaston in 1944), of Henleaze Park Hill, Woolaston nr Lydney (Re-married in 1953 Kenneth Hammonds-1993) Brother of Brenda (1922-1970) Uncle of Marion, Annette and Lorraine Desmond is buried at the Tilly-Sur-Seulles War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: VII.C.2 (My gratitude to David Reade for his help)
Trooper, KIMPTON, George William Gordon, 5053725; 'A' Squadron Died of wounds on the 21st July 1944 aged 29 after being wounded on the 18th June 1944 as the result of a single German bomber attack on the Squadrons Leaguer area near the river Orne. Born on the 14th October 1914 in Rochford in Essex The son of George Albert and Bessie Ada (Nee Hartfield) Kimpton, of Essex Husband of Catherine (Kathleen) Annie Kimpton, of 92 Crown Road, Sutton in Surrey, until 1947, and last known address was 266 Gander Green Lane, Sutton in Surrey Farther of Peter and Dudie Kimpton George is buried at the La Delivrande War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: VI.A.7. (My gratitude to Peter and Dudie for their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, JONES, Albert, 14559580; Scout Section 'A' Squadron Died of wounds on the 27th October 1944 aged 19 after being shot by a sniper on the 26th October 1944 in the area of Oosterwljk in the Netherlands. Born on the 17th January 1925 in Newhaven The son of (Father) of 134 Chapel Street Newhaven in Sussex Great uncle of Mr Trevor Jones Albert is buried at the Einhoven General Cemetery in the Netherlands Grave Ref: KK.186 In 2009 after forwarding Albert's name to Newhaven Town Council, Albert was included in their Book of Remembrance and on the Town War Memorial (My gratitude to Albert's family for all their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, WARNER, Derek (Ben) Jack, 14559919; (Squadron Unknown) Killed as the result of a car accident in Aylesbury (W.3040) in Buckinghamshire on Friday 14th April 1944 aged 31 Born on the 31st October 1912 in Brandeston in Suffolk The son of John (Police Officer) and Betsey Warner of Friday House, Friday Street Brandeston in Suffolk Husband of Violet May (Nee Godsell) Warner, of 5 Norfolk House Road in Streatham, SW16 Father of Dr Robert William Warner BSc, PhD Brother of Reginald Cecil and Lilian Warner Derek was educated at Brandeston Village School being awarded a scholarship to Framlingham Collage. After leaving College as a qualified accountant Derek moved to Stratham in London being employed at Clarke, Pickering and Co Accountants. On the 24th March 1939 Derek joined the Metropolitan Police, Badge Number 540WR (Warrant Number 05002) stationed at Streatham serving throughout the Blitz; Derek decided to leave the Met on the 12th March 1943 to enlist into the Army. After training at Catterick Derek joined the 11th Hussars at Ashridge in early 1944 Derek's W.3040 records his cause of death as being in a car accident, this is untrue. On Friday 21st April 1944 the Bucks Advertiser and Aylesbury News, page 3 published an article under the headline of; "Soldier Killed by Motor Lorry"; Derek was part of a party from the 11th Hussars who had gone to Aylesbury to pick up Coke when during reversing of the lorry at the dump in Madeley Road; Derek was crushed between the lorry and a tree behind him. At Derek's inquest his Brother PC Reginald Warner was one those who gave evidence, which was held at the Ministry of Pensions Hospital on 17th April 1944 in Aylesbury recording death by misadventure. Derek is buried in a private grave (CWGC Headstone) at Streatham Park Cemetery in Surrey Grave Ref: 41438 Sq 15A. Commemorated on the Metropolitan Police Roll of Honour and the Framlingham College Roll of Honour (My gratitude to Robert and family, Buckinghamshire County Council, Thames Valley Police, Wilda Woodland, and Alan Moss for their help
Trooper, WILKINSON, Joseph (Joey) Dawson, 14353645; 'A' Squadron Died of wounds on the 19th July 1944 aged 21 received in action on the 18th July as the result of a single German bomber attack on the Squadrons Leaguer area near the river Orne. Born on the 30th January 1923 in Thornton Heath in South East London The son of Joseph (descendant of John Wilkinson of Ironbridge) and Edith Jessie (Nee Webb) Wilkinson, of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire Brother of Elizabeth, Audrey and David Joseph was a member of the Thornton Heath Scout Troop before the family moved to 4 Park Road, Lower Weston Bath in Somerset during the early years of the war owing to his father being employed with the Admiralty who had moved to Bath While living in Bath Joseph served his apprenticeship qualifying as a Master Plumber before joining the Army in the Parachute Regiment Joseph then joined the RAC posted to the 11th Hussars. Joseph's Brother David who was 4 at the time of Joseph's death recalled; "I was in my teens when i asked who had dressed up as Farther Christmas and as i looked back to childhood memories, i realized it was my brother". Also; "My father informed me that Joey was doing an apprenticeship in plumbing and was granted his master plumbing qualification early so he could join the army". "The toolbox he made with his initials on is now with my son who has the same initials". "Last year i showed two of my grandchildren Joey's name engraved on the cenotaph at the entrance to Victoria Park in Bath". Joseph is buried at the La Delivrande War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: VI.L.5. Commemorated on the Bath War Memorial "In proud and loving memory of our Joe, Mum Dad Cis Audrey and David" Taken from Josephs Headstone (My gratitude to Joseph's family for their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, NEAL, Edward William, 14511993; Scout Section 'A' Squadron Killed in action on the 22nd October 1944 aged 20 as the result of small arms fire while clearing out houses in the village of Maren in the Netherlands, which also cost the life of Cpl A S Aris. Born on the 13th September 1924 in Kensington, London The son of Frederick J and May (Nee Laskey) Neal, of 42 Faroe Road, West Kensington, London W14 Brother of Frederick and May Neal Edward joined the Regiment in 1943 in North Africa. Edward is buried at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands Grave Ref: XXII.E.2 (next to L/Sgt H Poynton)
Trooper, DAVEY, Walter Jesse William, 4752226; Attached to the 144th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps, 33rd British Armoured Division. Killed in action on the 16th July 1944 aged 28. It was during the 33rd Divisions attack on Noyes when one of Walters's fellow crewmen had been wounded outside of their tank when he was killed attempting to save him. Born in 1915 in the Parish of St Andrews Uxbridge in Middlesex The son of Jesse Pearson (Railway man) and Florence Minnie (Nee Russell) Davey, of 22 Ivy Cottages, Hillingdon Husband of Eva Mary Davey, of Uxbridge in Middlesex Brother of Wilfred (1917- ) Charles George (1920- ) and an unknown sister. Charles was married to Eileen Russell, the sister of Walters's wife Eva. Walter is buried at the St Manvieu War Cemetery, Calvados in France Grave Ref: VII.B.17. Commemorated on the Lady Chapel wooden screen at St John's Church, Hillingdon in Middlesex (My gratitude to Eileen Davey and Angela Wilcox for their help and kindness shown)
Trooper, HEINZMAN, Frank Clifford, 7955664; 2nd Troop 'C' Squadron Killed in action on the 21st August 1944 aged 22 (22nd Birthday) as the result of German shelling while crossing the river Touques at Fervaques in France when a shell landed close to his White Scout Car. (On the 8th May 2011 the residence of the village of Fervaques will be dedicating the Bridge on which Frank was killed while crossing in his name, Frank's family and veterans will be in attendance for the service and dedication) Born on the 21st August 1922 at Crosby , Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire The son of John Henry Robert (Seed Merchant-1943) and Mrs L Heinzman, of 27 High Street in Scunthorpe Brother of Arthur Leonard(RAF) and Douglas Sidney(RAF) Heinzman Uncle of Peter and David Heinzman Frank was educated at Crosby Infant School and Doncastor Road School in Scunthorpe before joining his fathers business until Frank enlisted at Catterick. The family dedication reads; "We were not just brothers we were the best of friends-the three musketeers" Frank is buried at St Desir War Cemetery in France Grave Ref: I.F.6. (My gratitude to Peter and David and to all of Frank's family, the residence of Fervaques in France and Mr Tim Tucker for all their help and kindness shown to myself and Frank's memory)
A photograph from Tpr Frank Heinzman's Bridge Dedication in France from last 8th May, showing his Plaque, his Nephews; Peter (Left) and David and his wife.
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
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
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
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