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STAMFORD SCHOOL ROLL OF HONOUR (WAR MEMORIAL)

Boer War, World War 1 and 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2005
additional information & photographs James Davies

This Roll of Honour is taken from the book ‘History of Stamford School’ author B L Deed. It is listed in three sections, the first for the South African (Boer) War (2 names), the second the First World War (55 names) and the third the Second World War (46 names). (james Davies has been researching Stamford. The World War 1 memorial within the Chapel has been restored and extended. Altar, Riddell Posts & Reredos given. Names carved on the oak paneling each side of the altar. The World War 2 memorial consists of an open air swimming pool and the names of those who fell inscribed on individual oak panels, on the wall behind the pews in the chapel. World War 2 photographs and biographis are taken from from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

Photographs Copyright © Charles J Anderson
 

1899-1902

LOWLESS

Frank Ernest [Holmes]
Trooper 27306, 10th Company (Sherwood Rangers), Imperial Yeomanry. Died 30 December 1901. Aged 21. Birth registered 4th Quarter 1880 in Stamford Registration District, Lincolnshire. In the 1891 census he is aged 10, born Stamford, Lincolnshire, a scholar, resident with his aunt and uncle, Emmanuel and Fanny Holmes, at Copt Hill, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Commemorated in Peterborough Cathedral and also commemorated in Uffington, Lincs, Serlby, Notts.

From the Index to Death Duty Registers Transcription 1901 for Uffington his date of death is given as 30 December 1901.

WARREN

Cecil Herbert
Trooper 14993, 28th Company (Bedfordshire), Imperial Yeomanry. Wounded 22 September 1900, died of those wounds 11 October 1900 at Johannesburg. Resident of Kettering. Commemorated in Peterborough Cathedral. Also commemorated on Bedford Boer War.

From the Index to Death Duty Registers Transcription 1900 his date of death is given as 11 October 1900 and his place of residence Kettering.

1914-1918

ANDREWS

John Alfred Raymond
Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force and 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed 14th April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Fred and Ada Andrews, of Stamford, Lincs. Formerly served in Queen's Westminsters. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 12.

ARNOLD

Walter Clay
Lance Corporal 86414, 20th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 24th March 1918. Aged 34. Son of the late Charles Arnold, Superintendent of Police, Bourne Division, Lincs; husband of Mrs. Edith M. Arnold, of 135, Hadfield St., Sheffield. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 90. to 93.

ATKINSON

George Louis
Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps. Drowned between 20th and 21st March 1917. Buried in FORD PARK CEMETERY (FORMERLY PLYMOUTH OLD CEMETERY) (PENNYCOMEQUICK), Devon. General Plot L. Row 25. Grave 10.

BEECHEY

Bernard Reeve
[Spelt BEECHEY on CWGC] Sergeant 13773, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 25th September 1915. Aged 38. Son of the late Rev Prince William Thomas Beechey and of Mrs Amy Beechey of 197 Wragby Road, Lincoln. His brothers Charles Reeve, Frank Collett Reeve and Harold Reeve also fell. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.

BEECHEY

Charles Reeve
[Spelt BEECHEY on CWGC] Private 58708, 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds in East Africa 20th October 1917. Aged 39. Born Pinchbeck, enlisted and resident Stamford. Son of the late Rev P W Thomas Beechey and of Amy Beechey of 197 Wragby Rd, Lincoln. Formerly PS/10747, Royal Fusiliers. His brothers Bernard Reeve, Frank Collett Reeve and Harold Reeve also fell. Buried in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 6. Row E. Grave 3.

BEECHEY

Leonard Reeve
[Spelt BEECHEY on CWGC] Rifleman 593763, 18th Battalion, London Regiment (London Irish Rifles). Died 29th December 1917. Husband of Frances Beechey of Juniper House, Magor, Undy, Newport, Mon. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot V. Row H. Grave 12B.

BIRD

Charles Goodeve
Private 2466, "D" Company, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1915. Aged 33. Born and resident Stamford, enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Son of Albert Bird, of 46, St. Martin's, Stamford, Lincolnshire, and the late Sarah Louisa Bird. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 31 to 34.

BLADES

Albert Moisey
Lance Corporal 6004, 2nd/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 20th July 1916. Aged 21. Enlisted and resident Stamford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Blades, of 25, Houston Rd., Brownsover, Rugby. Native of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Formerly 3461, Essex Regiment. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot XI. Row A. Grave 29.

BRANWHITE, MM

Charles Evelyn
Lance Corporal 116137, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Died 24th November 1917. Aged 33. Son of Charles and Ellen Mary Branwhite. Born at Lowestoft, Suffolk. Educated at the Grammar School, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXX. Row M. Grave 20A.

CAMM

Frederick J
Captain, appears to have died sometime after 1919. Awarded the MC in 1919 for actions in 1918 in Palestine with the Essex Regiment.

CARVATH

Ewart B
No further information currently available

CLARK

George Herbert
Rifleman 40885, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 24th April 1918. Born Regent's Park, Middlesex, enlisted London, resident Stamford.Formerly 556906, London Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 81 to 84.

CLARKE

Seaforth St John
Private 204640, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Died 26th March 1918. Aged 19. Son of Hugh St. John Clarke, of 49, Marchmont St., Bloomsbury, London. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row F. Grave 24.

CLAYDON

Arthur
No further information currently available

CLOSE

William Close
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 20th March 1917. Aged 20. Son of Robert Henry and emma Close, of Geeston House, Ketton, Stamford. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

CLULEE

Cyril
Gunner 2/857, New Zealand Field Artillery. Died 16th June 1917. Aged 23. Buried in KANDAHAR FARM CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 22.

COWIE

Arthur William Spring
Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 8th July 1916. Born 8th March 1886 in India. In 1911 he was a Student at Oxford University, born Billong, India, aged 25, visiting 24 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London,. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row H. Grave 7.

CURTIS

Albert Howell
Private 10394, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 4th August 1916. Aged 23. Son of Henry Levi Curtis and Mary Matilda Curtis, of Barrowden, Stamford, Lincs. Born at Easton, Northants. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 2.

CURTIS

Horace
Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Died 7th August 1915. Aged 26. Son of Henry Levi and Mary Matilda Curtis, of Barrowden, Stamford, Lincs. B.Sc. of Leeds University. His two brothers also fell. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAl, Turkey. Panel 47 to 51.

CURTIS

Harry Reginald
Major, 11th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 18th September 1918. Aged 31. Eldest son of Henry Levi and Mary Matilda Curtis, of Barrowden, Stamford, Lincs. Two of his brothers were killed in the War. Born at Easton, Stamford, Lincs. Buried in DOIRAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot V. Row D. Grave 17.

DAVIS

Francis Madensfield
Captain, 2nd Regiment, South African Infantry. Died 20th September 1917. No known grave Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Addenda Panel 57. See his details on Lincs to the Past

ELLIOTT

Oswald Carr Fiennes
Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died 14th October 1916. Aged 22. Son of the late Rev. John and Mrs. Elliott. Buried in BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row Y. Grave 15.

EVANS

Arthur Cecil
Private 2473, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1915. Aged 33. Born Banbury, Oxfordshire, enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire, resident Stamford. Son of Frank and Adelaide Evans, of 11, Ironmonger St., Stamford. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 31 to 34.

GLEW

Aubrey Edward
Second Lieutenant, 24th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps formerly Lincolnshire Yeomanry. Died of wounds 8th September 1916. From Wittering. Buried in ST. PIERRE CEMETERY, AMIENS, Somme, France. Plot V. Row B. Grave 5.

GRAY

Charles Shortland
Captain, "D" Company, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial), Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1915 at the Hohenzollern Redoubt, brother of the J P GRAY below. Son of Charles Gray, J.P., of Stamford, Lincs. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 31 to 34.

From de Ruvuigny's Roll of Honour Part 2, page 144:

GRAY, CHARLES SHORTLAND, Capt., 4th Battn. The Lincolnshire Regt. (T.F), elder s. of Charles Gray, of St. Mary’s Hill, Stamford, Ironfounder, by his wife, Annie Parnwell, dau. of W. H. Strickland, of Reading; b. Stamford, Co. Lincoln, 12 July, 1892; educ. Oundle School, where he was a member of the O.T.C.; was an Ironfounder; joined the 4th Lincolnshire Territorials as 2nd Lieut. 8 July, 1910, being promoted Lieut. 29 Aug. 1914, and Capt. 10 March, 1915; volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war; went to France in Feb. 1915, and was killed in action during the attack on the Hobenzollern Redoubt 13 Oct. following. Buried on the battlefield. His Colonel wrote: “He fell in the charge at the head of his men. He was a gallant fellow, loved by everybody.” Unm.

GRAY

John Parnwell
Lieutenant, 14th Divisional Ammunition Column, 47th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died from injuries from the result of an accident 13 September 1918. Aged 20. Son of Charles Gray, of St. Mary's Hill, Stamford; brother of Charles above. Buried in STAMFORD CEMETERY, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Plot A. Row B. Grave 9.

GRIVEL

V
No further information currently available

HARRISON

Henry
Lance Corporal 241519, 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 27th May 1918. Born and resident Stamford, enlisted Matlock, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

HEALEY

Frank
No further information currently available

HUDSON

Ernest
Private 51790, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd August 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident South Luffenham, Stamford, enlisted Stamford. Son of Samuel and Sarah Hudson, of South Luffenham, Stamford. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4.

JACKSON

Herbert W
No further information currently available

JENNINGS

P
No further information currently available

JONES

Geoffrey [Anthony] St John
Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Duke of CAmbridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 14th June 1916. Aged 27. Son of Catherine Mary Jones, of Whaletown P.O British Columbia, and the late Rev. A. H. Jones. Barrister at Law (Lincoln's Inn). Returned to serve from Penang, Malay States. Born at Stamford, Northants. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot III. Row M. Grave 10.

KNIGHT

Charles Ernest
Lance Corporal 2336, 1st/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 16th October 1915 received at the Hohenzolelrn Redoubt. Enlisted Luton, resident Uppingham, Rutlandshire. Buried in LILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 54.

LEAKEY

Herbert Nettleton
Chaplain 4th Class, Army Chaplains Department. Died in East Africa 24th July 1917. Aged 27. Son of Charles Montague and Agnes Leakey, of Goldsworthy House, Gunnislake, Cornwall. Buied in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 4. Row C. Grave 5.

LEARY

Cyril Humphreys
Private 512480, 3rd London Field Ambulance (Territorial Force), Royal Army Medical Corps. Died in United Kingdom 5th November 1918. Enlisted Lincoln. Buried in BOURNE CEMETERY, Lincolnshire. Section 105. Grave 17.

LOWE

Charles
Private 14705, 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 14th July 1916. Aged 29. Born Stetford, enlisted Oakham, Rutland. Son of Mrs. M. A. Palmer, of London Rd., Frampton, Boston, Lincs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A.

MARKWICK

William Percival
Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 5th June 1918. Buried in PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot V. Row M. Grave 9. See also Melton Constable, Norfolk.

MURPHY

George
No further information currently available

NOWERS

John Anthony
Acting Corporal 19415, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 7th June 1917. Aged 28. Born Market Harboro, enlisted lIncoln, resident Stamford. Son of the late Mr. E. H. R. Nowers and of Mrs. M. E. Nowers, of The Gables, Stamford. Buried in VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURE No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row J. Grave 21.

PITT

Leonard Ison
Sergeant B/1957, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 30th July 1915, during the first flame thrower attack on the war. Aged 27. Born Poplar, Middlesex, enlisted St Paul's Churchyard, Middlesex, resident Leyton, Essex. Son of George and Sarah Elizabeth Pitt, of 24, Victoria Rd., Buckhurst Hill, Essex. Native of Poplar, London. Buried in BIRR CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row E. Grave 36.

SENESCHALL

Thomas Francis
[Spelt SENESCALL on SDGW and CWGC] Private 41221, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th August 1917. Aged 19. Born Bedford, enlisted Stamford. Son of Thomas William and Hetty Senescall, of 2, New Cross Rd., Stamford, Lincs. Formerly TR/6/5747, Training Reserve. Buried in HARGICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 18.

SHEPHERD, MC and bar

Stanley Le Flemming
[Listed as SHEPPERD on CWGC] Major, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment attached 45th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 10th August 1919. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and bar. Buried in YAKOVLEVSKOE CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Russian Federation and commemorated in ARCHANGEL ALLIED CEMETERY, Russian Federation. Special Memorial B122.

Note: Archangel was one of the ports through which the Allies assisted Russia with supplies and munitions. The cemetery was begun immediately after the occupation of the town in August 1918 by the Allied force sent to support the Soviet Russian Government against potential threat from German occupied Finland and other local sources. It was used by No 85 General Hospital, No 53 Stationary Hospital, No 82 Casualty Clearing Station, HM Hospital Ship 'Kalyan' and other Allied hospitals. The ARCHANGEL MEMORIAL, which consists of panels fixed into the east wall of the cemetery, commemorates 219 British officers and men who died during the north Russian campaign and whose graves are not known. The graveyard may be known but the position of the grave not known.

SKELTON

Henry aka Harry
Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 12th October 1916. Aged 28. Son of Richard Maidens Skelton, of Alford, Lincs. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Plot V. Row A. Grave 2.

SMALLEY

Edward
Private 28203, 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action 24th December 1917. Born Elton, Northamptonshire, enlisted London, resident Wadenhoe Oundle, Northamptonshire. Son of Mrs. M. Smalley, of Cedar Tor, Barnack, Stamford. Formerly R.T.S./1416, Army Service Corps. Buried in TEMPLEUX-LE-GUERARD BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 37.

SPRINGTHORPE

Harold Thomas
Lance Corporal 1803, Lincolnshire Yeomanry. Died at sea 3rd November 1915. Born and resident Stamford, enlisted Lincoln. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 331.

STAPLEE

Charles Cyril
Lance Corporal 47257, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 31st July 1917. Aged 33. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Staplee, of Barholme Manor, Stamford, Lincs. Farmer. Enlisted Nov., 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

TAVERNER

Arthur Frederick
Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Died of wounds 11th October 1916. Aged 19. Son of Frederick John Winder Taverner and Frances Emma Taverner, of Wing Rectory, Oakham, Rutland. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 1.

THROWER, MM

Philip James
Sapper 492082, 46th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 17th October 1918. Aged 28. Born and resident Stamford, enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Son of Charles Henry and Jane Thrower, of Ketton, Stamford, Lincs. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Formerly 2979, Lincolnshire Regiment. Buried in FRESNOY-LE-GRAND COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Row A. Grave 21.

WASS

William Harold
Lance Corporal 55173, 1st/1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Yeomanry. Died of wounds in Palestine 3rd December 1917. Aged 22. Born and resident Tallington, Stamford, enlisted Stamford. Son of Mr. G. H. and Mrs. L. M. S. Wass, of Tallington, Stamford. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot XIII. Row E. Grave 2.

WESTBROOKE

M L W
No further information currently available

WHINCUP

Francis
[Listed as WHINSUP on SDGW] Private 18698, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th June 1916. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Stamford. Son of Edith Whincup, of 20, King's Rd., Stamford, Lincs., and the late Francis Whincup. Native of Morcott, Rutland. Buried in DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 35.

WOOD

Maurice Herbert
Lieutenant, 59th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, (formerly served with the 4th Battalion (Territorial), Lincolnshire Regiment). Killed in action 13th April 1917 when shot down by Richofen. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

WRIGHT

William Richardson
Second Lieutenant, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial), Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th April 1916. Aged 25. Son of Horace Wright, of Stamford, Lincs. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3 and 4.

From de Ruvuigny's Roll of Honour Part 3, page 294:

WRIGHT, WILLIAM RICHARDSON, 2nd Lieut., 1/4th Battn. The Lincolnshire Regt., yst. s. of the late Horace Wright, by his wife, Minnie Ann (10, St. Peter’s Hill, Stamford), dau. of George Hunt Barnsdale : b. Peterborough, co. Northampton, 22 July, 1891 educ. Stamford Grammar School, and was subsequently engaged in the Wholesale Ironmongery business in London served in the Lincolnshire Territorials for four years volunteered for foreign service, and rejoined after the outbreak of war in Aug. 1914 served with the Expeditionarv Force in France and Flanders from March. 1915, having attained this rank of Sergt. was wounded at Hooge in Oct. : obtained a commission in his own Regiment in Feb. 1916, and was killed in action at Mount St. Eloi 21 April following, by the explosion of a mine. His Commanding Officer, Col. Heathcote, wrote of him as having done excellent work in the battalion, both as an N.C.O. and an officer, and as having been a splendid officer and a splendid fellow, popular with everyone, and having known his work as a soldier and a man : adding : “His brother officers and his Regiment can never forget him. He was possessed of a striking personality and a splendid physique.” Unm.

YOUNG, MC and Bar

Frederick Henry
Lieutenant (Temporary Capatain), 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th August 1918. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and Bar.

1939-1945

BANKS

Charles

(1934-40) Sergeant (Air Bomber) 1580816, 626 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed near Mauberge flying in an Avro Lancaster l, serial number LL839, when the aircraft took off from Wickenby at 1900 hrs, detailed to attack targets in Essen, and was shot down 26 March 1944. Aged 20. Son of Dorothea Winifred Margaret Banks, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Buried in MAUBEUGE-CENTRE CEMETERY, Nord, France. Row B. Grave 14.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

CHARLES BANKS.
Sgt. (Bomb-aimer) R.A.F.

It was characteristic of Charles Banks to volunteer for the R.A.F. in November, 1941, after little more than a year in the drawing office of Messrs Blackstones, to whom he had gone as engineering apprentice. When he left school in the summer of 1940. Here he had always shown himself a " good citizen," and as such he took part in many operations over Germany, until on March 26th, 1944, his bomber was shot down. near Mauberge. Like so many others his life at school had followed the usual lines. Starting in IIIA in 1934, he gained his School Certificate in 1935, and after nearly two years in the Science VIth, decided to go into Engineering. Then came the call and he embarked on the hazardous life of a member of an air-crew, receiving part of his training in South Africa. Young though he was he stood the test and gave his life in the same cheerful spirit that he had shown during his school days. The blow of his death was made all the harder to his parents by the fact that his elder brother had already given his life in the War .

J.D.D.

BARKER

Frank Joseph
(1927-36) Pilot Officer 118716, 17 Officer Training Unit (OTU), Royal Air Force. Lost off the Norfolk Coast having taken off from Upwoodon a daytime training-navigation exercise, flying in a Bristol Blenheim IV, serial number V5566, 4 June 1942. Aged 25. Son of Arthur James Barker and Flora Barker, of Stamford. Buried in STAMFORD CEMETERY, Lincolnshire. Section P. Grave 12D.

BEARDSALL

Arnold Gerald
(1923-24) Lieutenant (Quartermaster) 294290, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Sicily 30 July 1943. Aged 32. Born Surrey, resident Northamptonshire. Son of Frank and Annie Campbell Beardsall; husband of Annie Evelyn (nee Allen) Beardsall, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, married Janaury to March Quarter 1938 in Peterborough Registration District, Northamptonshire. In the 1921 Census he was aged 10, born East Molesey, Surrey, son of Frank and Annie Campbell Bearsdall, resident 7, Palmerston Road, Woodstone Urban, Northamptonshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 9.

BOAM

Alfred George

(1934-40) Flight Sergeant (Air Bomber) 1233242, 35 (Madras Presidency) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed at Charleroi flying out of Graveley in an Avro Lancaster III, serial number ME620, on night mission to Haine St Pierre to attack railway installations when his aircraft crashed at Estinnes au Val, ESE of Mons, Belgium 9 May 1944. Aged 21. Son of William Henry and Mabel Boam, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Buried in CHIEVRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium. Collective grave 35.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

ALFRED GEORGE BOAM.
Flight Sergeant R.A.F.

Like so many of those who distinguished themselves as Rugby players at School, A. G. Boam joined the R.A.F. He left in 1940, and after a few months in the office of Messrs C. Miles & Sons, started his air-crew training, eventually reaching the rank of Flight Sergeant. In 1944 he was posted as missing and it was eventually discovered that his Lancaster bomber had been brought down on the night of May 8th, at Estime-ao-Val, about fifteen miles West of Charleroi, and that his body was buried at Chievres near Charleroi. We who can readily recall pictures of him throwing the whole of his weight and vigour into the fray on the School field can well imagine his zest for his work in the Air Force. He will be sadly missed by many, particularly by the members of the Town House amongst whom he was in every way an outstanding figure. We tender our most sincere condolences to his widowed mother.

J.D.D.

BRISTOW

Cyril George

(1929-39) Acting Lance Bombardier 1085667, 171 Field Regiemnt, Royal Artillery. Died as a result of an accident flying from Africa 8 January 1943. Aged 30. Born Stamford, Lincolnshire, resident Arlesey, Bedfordshire. Son of William Joseph and Mary Bristow; husband of Elizabeth Mary Bristow, of Arlesey, Bedfordshire. Buried in HURST (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Berkshire. Grave 391. See also Arlesey War Memorial

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

BRISTOW Cyril George of 47 House-lane Arlesey Bedfordshire died 8 January 1943 on war service Administration Llandudno 31 May to Elizabeth Mary Bristow widow.
Effects £389 0s. 7d.

BROAD

Robert John

(1922-31) Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1393530, 295 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost without trace during the return flight to the United Kingdom having ferried a glider to North Africa, flying in a Halifax V, serial number DG391, 21 July 1943. Aged 21. Based at Hurn, Dorset. Son of Arthur John and Florence Elizabeth Broad, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 143.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

ROBERT JOHN BROAD.
Sergeant R.A.F.

Whatever the season and whatever the game no school side was complete during the late years of his time at School without Bobby Broad, and no one got more happiness on the school fields, or showed it less than he did. There was nothing of the temperamental player about him. His opponents often discovered to their cost what lay behind that appearance of indifference. He started his school career as a day boy but when he entered the School House he was in his element.

On leaving school he entered Barclays Bank and was working at the Northampton branch when he joined the R.A.F. in 1941. He then went to Canada and the United States for his training as an airgunner. In July, 1943, the plane in which he was returning from North Africa, after towing Airborne troops to Sicily, was lost and has never been heard of since.

All our sympathy goes out to his widowed mother whose only child he was, in her iong-drawn out agony of suspense and in her bereavement.

J.D.D.

BROGAN

John Joseph
(1931-36) Warrant Officer (Pilot) 655067, 524 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed when his aircraft, a Wellington XIII, serial number N8824, crashed at Cockthorpe moments after taking off from Langham due to an engine failure when setting out on a patrol, 3 of the crew survived, 26 March 1945. Aged 25. Based at Langham, Norfolk. Native of Stamford. Son of John and Mary Brogan, of Stamford. Buried in STAMFORD CEMETERY, Lincolnshire. Section K. Grave 1B.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

BROGAN John Joseph of 60 Casterton-road Stamford Lincolnshire died 26 March 1945 on war service Administration Lincoln 19 November to Mary Brogan widow.
Effects £112 18s. 7d.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

JOHN JOSEPH BROGAN.
Sergeant Pilot R.A.F.

Soon after his eldest brother had been posted as missing we heard that his youngest brother Jack had been killed when his plane crashed on March 27th, 1945, soon after taking off, and we realised that another blow had fallen upon this gallant family. He had volunteered in 1939, been called up in 1940, completed his training in Canada and been passed out as a Sergeant Pilot. On returning to this Country he was posted to Coastal Command and saw much of his service in Iran and Egypt, being mainly engaged in bombing shipping. .^s we think of him our minds once more go back to the 1st XV ground and we can see that well known head always close on the ball and leading many a rush, like the typical Irish forward that he was. Everybody liked him, and no wonder.

J.D.D.

BROGAN, DFC, MiD

Michael Andrew

Wing Commander 114154, 161 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5 March 19145. Aged 32. Son of John and Mary Brogan; husband of Audrey Jessie Brogan, of Bedford. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) and Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). His last operation was 4/5 March 1945 for 161 Squadron flying a Stirling LK312 - MA-W when his plane was lost at sea near Livo Island, Denmark during Operation TABLEJAM 209, Denmark. Buried in FJERRITSLEV GENERAL CEMETERY, Denmark. See also Tempsford aircrew losses

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

MICHAEL ANDREW BROGAN.
Wing Commander R.A.F., D.F.C.

Michael Brogan was the eldest of the four members of his family who made their names famous at school as footballers and good fellows. He left School in 1929, and when War broke out he was working for a firm of flour millers in London, having in the interim been out in Canada where he attended McGill University. He gained his commission in the R.A.F. in December, 1941, and as a Flight Lieutenant was awarded the D.F.C. for his personal courage and devotion to duty in attacking some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. On his last operation on March 4th, 1945, he was engaged in taking spies out to Denmark when his plane was shot down over Jutland, where he is buried.

All those who know the Brogan family will realise what the loss of one member means to the others, particularly to Mrs. Brogan, whose health for along time has not been good. He also leaves a widow, formerly Miss Audrey Blackstone, to mourn him.

J.D.D.

CLOSE

Bertie
(1926-29) Signalman 2124616, 79th Armoured Division Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Killed in action over Jutland 3 March 1945. Aged 34. Son of George and Alice Close; husband of Annie Elizabeth Close, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Born 11 January 1911. Baptised 29 January 1911 in Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, son of george and Alice Close. In the 1911 census he was newborn, born Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, sonof george and Alice Close, resident Water Lane, Little Bytham, Grantham, Lincolnshire. In the 1921 census he was aged 10, born Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, son of George and Alice Close, resident Little Bytham, Lincolnshire. In the 1939 Census he was a Railway Clerk (Accountants Dept) married to Annie E (nee Pick) Close, resident "The Gables," Rock Road, Peterborough, Peterborough M.B., Northamptonshire. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 54. Row C. Grave 3.

CRAWFORD

Albert Victor
(1922-27) Flying Officer (Pilot) 127903, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed at Kervenheim flying out ofSkellingthOrpe in an Avro Lancaster III, serial number ED810, when his aircaft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Ekeren 8 Km North from the centre of Antwerpen 15 June 1943. Born 18 May 1922. In the 1939 Register he was at school, son of Albert W and Mary E Crawford, resident Glen Road, Castle Bytham, South Kesteven R.D., Lincolnshire. Buried in SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY, Antwerpen, Belgium. Plot II. Row F. Joint grave 26-27.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

CRAWFORD Albert Victor of Castle Bytham Lincoln died on or since 25 June 1943 on war service Administration Llandudno 15 January to Albert William Crawford farmer.
Effects £147 6s. 8d.

CROSWELLER

Derek James
(1934-41) Leading Aircraftman 1587713, 6 Air School, S.A.A.F., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed over Ruhr 12 March 1944. Aged 19. Based at Potchefstroom, South Africa. Native of Worthing, Sussex. Son of Walter William and Jessie Florence Crosweller, of Worthing, Sussex. Buried in POTCHEFSTROOM MILITARY CEMETERY, North West, South Africa.

DRAPER

Philip Johnson
(1930-40) Temporary Captain 226277, 5 Assault Regiment, Royal Engineers. Killed in action in Normandy 8 June 1944. Aged 22. Born 16 August 1921, and resident, Lincoln. Son of Sidney Harold and Elsie Draper, of Southsea, Hampshire. B.A., Hons. (Cantab.). In the 1939 Register he was at school, resident Stamford School, St Pauls Street, Stamford. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot X. Row J. Grave 20.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

DRAPER Philip Johnson of Martin Lincolnshire died 8 June 1944 on war service Administration Lincoln 26 October to Sydney Harold Draper schoolmaster. Effects £303 0s. 3d.

DUNCAN

Christopher James
(1933-38) Midshipman (S), H.M.S. Orion, Royal Navy. Killed in action 29 May 1941. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 45, Column 1.

ELLINGWORTH

John Brewster
(1925-30) Captain 184211, Royal Engineers. Died in Calcutta, India, 28 October 1942. Aged 27. Born Rutland. Son of Alfred Thomas Ellingworth and Anna Elizabeth Marion Ellingworth (nee Brewster); husband of Peggie (nee Dobson) Ellingworth, married 1938 in Calcutta St Paul, Bengal, both aged 24. In the 1921 census he was aged 6, born Uppingham, Rutland, son of Alfred S and Anna E M Ellingworth, resident High Street, Uppingham, Rutland. Buried in CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY, KOLKATA, India. Plot H. Grave 80.

ENNALS

Eric Selby
(1918-27) Second Lieutenant EC/1756, 3rd Battalion, 1st Punjab Regiment. Killed in action near Damascus 10 July 1941. Aged 30. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Ennals, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. In the 1911 census he was newborn, born Stamford, Lincolnshire, son of William Selby and Marion Julia Ennals, resident 70 High Street Stamford, Stamford St Johns, Northamptonshire. In the 1921 census he was aged 10, born Stamford, Lincolshire, son of William and Marion Ennals, resident 70, High Street, Stamford, St Mary & St John, Lincolnshire. Buried in DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, Syria. Section Q. Grave 49.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1942:

ENNALS Eric Selby of 5 Rutland-terrace Stamford Lincolnshire died 10 July 1941 on war service Administration (with Will) Llandudno 27 August to Marion Julia Ennals widow.
Effects £1970 8s. 3d.

HATELEY

Aubrey Peter

(1933-37) Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1145025, 405 (Vancouver) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost without trace when shot down over Berlin. on a night raid. in an Avro Lancaster III, serial number JB182, flying out of Granmden Lodge, 24 November 1943 (CWGC - School memorial states 23 November 1943). Aged 23. Son of Roy Ormond Conrad Cumberlidge Hateley and Carrie Hateley. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 152.

HIRCOCK

William Frederick

(1934-39) Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1576990, 130 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action when shot down by return fire while attacking a Ju88 off Le Havre during an evening beachhead patrol flying in a Spitfire VC, serial number AR500, 24 June 1944. Aged 21. Born 18 August 1922. Native of Laxton, Northamptonshire. Based at Westhampnett, Sussex. Son of Walter and Sarah Annie Hircock, of Laxton, Northamptonshire. In the 1939 Register No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 218.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

WILLIAM FREDERICK HIRCOCK.
Fhght Sergeant R.A.F.

When he left School in 1939, after five years as a member of the Country House, he spent some time in business in Leicester,after which he volunteered for service in the R.A.F. In 1942 he went for Training to Canada, where he gained his " Wings" as a Fighter Pilot, eventually joining the 130th Squadron for service in a Spitfire. In the evening of June 24th, 1944, his Squadron was engaged over the Normandy beach head and as they turned for home in the dusk were attacked by an enemy night fighter, which hit Bill Hircock's aircraft and sent it down in a spin. All hope that he might have been picked up had eventually to be abandoned.

Officers of his squadron wrote to his father and mother, whose only son he was, testifying his value to his unit as a Flight Sergeant and we who knew him here more fully than ever what qualities there are in those who while at School rise to no place of outstanding prominence but who play their part at School even though they rise no higher than gaining a School Certificate or representing their House at Rugby or Cricket.

J.D.D.

JULYANS

Percy
(1926-31) Sergeant (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner) 1178447, 226 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in an air crash almost immediately after takeoff while training during the day flying in a Douglas Boston III, serial number Z2261, 3 February 1943. Aged 28. Based at Swanton Morley. Son of Benjamin and Zilpha Julyans, of Brigstock. In the 921 Census he was aged 7, born in Northamptonshire, son of Benjamin and Zilpha Julyans, resident Church Street, Brigstock, Northamptonshire. Buried in BRIGSTOCK CEMETERY, Northamptonshire.

JURY

George Alfred
(1931-38) Trooper 7909532, 1st Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. Killed in action near Mersa Matruh in the Western Desert 6 November 1942. Aged 22. Born 19 February 1920 in Northamptonshire, resident Lincolnshire. Son of Albert and Ellen Kate Jury, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. In the 1921 Census he was aged 1, born Peterborough, son of Albert and Ellen Kate Jury, resident 2, Cemetery Road, Stamford, All Saints, Lincolnshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Bank Clerk, single, residing at 52 High Street, Grantham, Grantham M.B., Lincolnshire (Parts of Kesteven). Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot XXXI. Row A. Grave 23.

KING

Frederick Harry
(1926-30) Killed in action over English Channel possibly Frederick Harry KING, Pilot Officer 43845, 264 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 24 August 1940. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 9.

LECKIE

James
(1939-40) Master at Stamford School. Lieutenant 193437, 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in Italy 17 February 1944. Aged 27. Born 22 April 1916, and resident Perthshire. Son of James and Christian Leckie, of Callander, Perthshire. B.A., Scholar of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In the 1939 Register he was a School Master at Stamford School St Pauls Street, Stamford, Stamford M.B., Lincolnshire (Parts of Kesteven). Buried in ANZIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row P. Grave 8.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

LECKIE James of Craggan Callander died 17 February 1944 on war service Confirmation of May Scott Orr.
Sealed Llandudno 22 December.

LOWE

John Conyers
(1928-38) Flight Lieutenant 33498, 205 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Lost without trace during a patrol over the Indian Ocean off Ceylon flying in a Catalina IB, serial number FP255, 11 June 1943. Aged 23. Based at Koggala, Ceylon. Son of Charles Conyers Lowe and Marjorie Winifred Lowe, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 423.

MACHIN

Graham Dudley Launcelot

(1934-39) Flying Officer (Pilot) 137295, 168 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Tactical Air Force). Shot down over Brittany by flak near Mont St Michel off St Malo during a photo recce sortie to St Malo flying a Mustang IA, serial number FD545, 9 November 1943. Aged 22. Native of Gloucester. Based as Thruxton, Hampshire. Son of Launcelot and Corinne Lediard Machin, of Gloucester. Buried in RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. Section 18. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 1.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

MACHIN Graham Dudley Launcelot of Villa Capri 45 Old Cheltenham-road near Gloucester died on or since 9 November 1943 on war service Administration Gloucester 13 October to Launcelot Machin dental surgeon. Effects £234 1s. 1d.

Extract from Gloucester Citizen 14 April 1943, page 6:

The engagement is announced between Pilot Officer G. D. L. Machin, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Machin, Villa Capri, Old Cheltenham-road, Gloucester, and Dorothy Joan Abbott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. G. Abbott, The Red House, Barnwood, Gloucester.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

GRAHAM D. L. MACHIN
(F/O R.A.F.)

After five years in the School House he left us from the Lower Sixth just before the War broke out with the intention of becoming articled to an architect in his home town of Gloucester. On the outbreak cf War lie worked in the Drawing Office of Rotol .Mrscrews Ltd., until he was old enough to join the R.A.F. After training at Torquay and Aberystwyth he went to Canada and Florida where he gained his "Wings" as a Fighter Pilot. On returning to England in January, 1942, he did some Coastal Patrol work and next year was stationed mostly at Oddiham, Hants, from which base he went on " trainbusting " and photographic flights across the Channel. On November 9th, 1943, he failed to return and after many months of torturing suspense news was received that his body was buried in Normandy, at Rennes.

The many who were at school with him can well imagine the spirit of philosophical resignation with which he would accejit the duties with which the War confronted him and set out on his lonely flights across the sea and over enemy held territory. Only men of special qualities of character can stand the strain of such tasks. Small wonder that such men are the heroes of small boys. Perhaps those who are older have an even fuller realization of what men like Graham Machin have done for us.

J.D.D.

MAWBY

Claude Hamilton
(1915-22) Lance Corporal QX13288, 2/31st Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Army. Killed in action in Syria 17 June 1941. Aged 35. BOrn in Rutland. Son of Claude Septimus and Catherine Ball Mawby; husband of Florence Nightingale Mawby, of Wandal, Queensland, Australia. A Farmer, resident Rockhampton, Australia. His uncle, G. Mawby, was killed in the Great War. Buried in BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, Lebanese Republic. Plot 2. ROw D. Grave 5. Listed on the Australian Roll of Honour

MERRY

Aubrey Maxwell Lee
(1922-26) Lieutenant (S), H.M.S. Curlew, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 26 May 1940. Aged 30. Son of Robert Lee Merry and Augusta Irene Merry, of Holbeach, Lincolnshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 1, born Holbeach, Lincolnshire, son of Robert Leee and Augusta Irene Merry, resident Holbeach, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 44, Column 1.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1940:

MERRY Aubrey Maxwell Lee of Littleport Fleet-road Holbeach Lincolnshire died 26 May 1940 on war service Administration Lincoln 21 November to Robert Lee Merry retired draper.
Effects £497 3s. 3d.

MILES

Charles Frederick (Fred)
(1930-33) Officer Cadet 4864564, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of Broncho Pneumonia at Bangla Oaf 16 March 1942. Aged 20. Born 7 January 1922 in Lincolnshire, resident Lincolnshire. Son of Charles and Ruth Miles, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Originally buried 19 March 1942 in Mhow, Christ Church, Bengal. In the 1939 Register he was a Sawyer, single, resident with his parents at 66 Tinwell Road, Stamford, Stamford M.B., Lincolnshire (Parts of Kesteven). Buried in KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 8. Row B. Grave 6.

MORDLE, MiD

Herbert Dare
(1933-37) Lieutenant 164342, 95 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed when shot escaping Sulmona POW camp, Italy, 1 October 1943. Aged 23. Born and resident London. Son of Leslie Hutton Mordle and Elizabeth Mordle, of Southgate, Middlesex. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). In the 1921 Census he was aged 1, born Wood Green, London, boarding with his mother Lizzie Mordle at 24, Birds Avenue, Garlinge, Margate St John the Baptist, Kent. Buried in MORO RIVER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XII. Row B. Grave 7.

MULLIGAN

James Lawrence [Anthony]
(1935-40) Sergeant (Air Bomber) 1455851, 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed when his aircraft, an Avro Lancaster III, serial number ED716, crashed near Le Mans on night operations to Spezia 14 April 1943. Aged 19.Based at Wickenby. Son of Wilfred Anthony and Doris Mary Mulligan, of Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire. Buried in LE MANS WEST CEMETERY, Sarthe, France. Plot 38. 1939-45 Row B. Grave 11.

NICHOLSON

John Richard Anthony
(1926-29) Captain 56348, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action near Caen 16 July 1944. Born 18 June 1912, and resident Leicestershire. Baptised 25 August 1912 In Knighton, St Mary Magdalen, Leicestershire. Son of John Percy and Lilian Maude Nicholson; husband of Mary Violet Nicholson, of Shiplake, Oxfordshire. Buried in FONTENAY-LE-PESNEL WAR CEMETERY, TESSEL, Calvados, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 1.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

NICHOLSON John Richard Anthony of Tile Hill Cottage Brewham Bruton Somersetshire died 16 July 1944 on war service Probate Llandudno 15 February to Mary Violet Nicholson widow.
Effects £856 1s. 4d.

PADLEY

John Paty
(1937-40) Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1394579, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed near Hamburg flying in an Avro Lancaster III, serial number W5000, on a night raid to Hamburg, flying out of Systerton, when his aircraft was hit by flak on the bombing run, crashed and exploded in the meadows of the Este near to Buxtehude, approximately 20km south west of Hamburg at 02.31hrs 3 August 1943. Aged 20. Born 5 January 1923. In the 1939 Register he was at Stamford School St Pauls Street, Stamford, Stamford M.B., Lincolnshire (Parts of Kesteven). Son of George Horace Paty Padley and May Biddulph Padley, of Woodthorpe, Nottinghamshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 161.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

JOHN P. PADLEY
(Sergeant Gunner R.A.F.)

John Padley entered the School in 1937 and left the School House in the Summer of 1941 ; after which he realised his ambition and joined the R.A.F. Having completed his preliminary Flying Training in this Country he went to Canada to complete it. On returning to this Country in the Spring of 1943 he joined an operation unit in a Heavy Bomber Squadron as a Sergeant (Air Gunner). On August 3rd, 1943, he was engaged over Hamburg after which nothing more was heard of him or of any of the crew.

Rather fragile in build and always gentle in manner only those who knew him realised the temper of his spirit, which revealed itself most plainly in the boxing ring or on tire cricket field. Brought up by' his father in the best traditions of the lioyal Air Force he cheerfully gave his all to do honour to tliat Service.

J.D.D.

PAYNE

Eric Henry
(1928-39) Lieutenant 162200, 544 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery. Drowned at sea off North Africa 1 July 1943. Aged 26. Born and resident Staffordshire. Son of Alfred Gaspar Levi Payne and Lilian May Payne, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. B.A. (London). Buried in EL ALIA CEMETERY, Algeria. Plot 12. Row F. Grave 30.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

PAYNE Eric Henry of Long View Council School. Huyton near Liverpool died 1 July 1943 on war service Administration Llandudno 17 January to Alfred Gaspar Levi Payne postman.
Effects £133 13s. 8d.

REID

David Saville

(1928-38) Lieutenant, H.M.S. Cornwall, Royal Marines. Lost in the Bay of Bengal 5 April 1942. Aged 21. Son of Captain Hugh Stanier Reid and Joyce Read Reid, of Wimborne, Dorsetshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 65, Column 1.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1942:

REID David Savile of Potterne House Three Cross West Moors Dorsetshire died 5 April 1942 on war service Administration Llandudno 31 December to Hugh Stanier Reid retired captain H.M. army. Effects £401 8s.
Further Grant 7 May 1965.

ROFFE

Raymond Bryan
(1934-38) Leading Aircraftman (Air Gunner U/T), 1199517, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Flying Training Command). Killed while flying in a Whitley in North Wales when he collided with another Whitley (either K7252 or K9041) of 9 AGS in the circuit at Llanwrog 10 October 1941. Born 30 December 1921. Native of Wittering, Northants. Based at Llandwrog, Caernarvon. Nephew of Mr. I. Clement, of Wittering. In the 1939 Register he was a Chartered Accountant's Clerk, unmarried, resident 11 Wittering, Wittering, Barnack R.D., Northamptonshire. Buried in WITTERING (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Northamptonshire. Row B. Grave 12.

SCHOOLEY

Reginald Frederick
(1922-23) Captain 129602, Royal Welch Fusiliers attached to H.Q. 9th Infantry Brigade. Died of wounds in North West Europe 8 June 1944. Aged 28. Born 5 July 1915 in Southend-On-Sea, resident London N. Baptised 2 October 1915 in Southend-On-Sea, St John the Baptist. Son of Frederick Thomas Schooley and Josephine Frances Schooley; husband of Iris Dorothy Schooley, of Whyteleafe, Surrey. In the 1921 Census he was aged 5, born Essex, son of Fredeick and Josephine Schooley, resident 56, Woodberry Avenue, Southgate, Middlesex. Buried in HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot 1. Row G. Grave 22.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

SCHOOLEY Reginald Frederick of 56 Woodberry-avenue Winchmore Hill Middlesex died 8 June 1944 on war service Administration Llandudno 5 October to Iris Dorothy Schooley widow.
Effects £415 6s. 1d.

SILLS

Donald Armor
(1930-32) Chief Petty Officer (Supply) P/M 39024, H.M.S. Dundee, Royal Navy. Killed at sea in the Atlantic 15 September 1940. Born 9 August 1906 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Thomas Sills, of Stamford, Lincolnshire; husband of Margaret Sills; marriage record records her as Marguerite W Cockhill, married October to December Quarter 1936 in Medway Registration District, Kent. In tyhe 1921 Census he was aged 14, born Leicestershire, son of Fredk. Thomas and Alice Sills, resident 16, Albert Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 43, Column 1.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1941:

SILLS Donald Armor of 96 Magpie Hall-road Chatham died 15 September 1940 on war service Probate Winchester 4 January to Midland Bank Executor and Trustee Company Limited.
Effects £2402 11s.

SMITH

Frederick Charles

(1930-38) Lieutenant 304645, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed near Eindhoven 29 September 1944. Aged 25. Son of Frederick George and Evelyn Beatrice Smith, of Castle Bytham, Lincolnshire. B.A. (Notts.). Buried in MIERLO WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands. Plot VII. Row F. Grave 4.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

SMITH Frederick Charles of Castle Bytham Lincolnshire died 29 September 1944 on war service Administration Lincoln 17 March to Frederick George Smith baker and confectioner.
Effects £121 13s.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

FREDERICK CHARLES SMITH.
Lieutenant Lincolnshire Regiment.

When F. C. Smith entered the school from Castle Bytham in 1930, I watched him with special interest, as I chanced to have christened him as a baby. He mjide rapid progress up the school and reached the Vlth Form young enough to specialise for a scholarship in Classics. He gained one at Nottingham University College, which he entered in 1938. Joining the Army in 1939, he was in France with the Sherwood Foresters in 1940 and took part in the evacuation from Dunkirk. He spent from 1941 to 1943 in the Belgian Congo attached to the Intelligence Corps and on returning got a commission in the Lincolnshires and was posted to the 2nd, Bn. In August, 1944, he went again to France and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In September he was in a patrol which was overun while fighting about 17 miles North East of Eindhoven in Holland. For a long while nothing was known of his fate but it was eventually found that he had been killed in the defence of his position. The Country House has always been noted for the number of sound people it produces and Fred Smith was one of their best. Quiet and unassuming in his manner he was sound to the core and as such was universally liked and respected. He intended to become a schoolmaster and the country cannot have enough men of his type working in our schools.

J.D.D.

SMITH

William Arthur
(1928-33) Ordinary Signalman P/JX. 201883, H.M.S. Gloucester, Royal Navy. Lost off Crete 22 May 1941. Aged 24. Born 19 July 1916 in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Son of William Henry and Mabel Helen Smith, of Bourne, Lincolnshire. In the 1921 Census he was aged 4, born Bourne, Lincolnshire, son of William Henry and Mabel Helen Smith, resident 30, North Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Corn & Seed Merchant Traveller, unmarried, resident with his widowed father t 23 North Road, Bourne, Bourne U.D., Lincolnshire (Parts of Kesteven). No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 52, Column 2.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

SMITH Witham Arthur of 23 North-road Bourne Lincolnshire died 22 May 1941 on war service Administration Lincoln 8 June to William Henry Smith corn merchants traveller.
Effects £1601 3s. 5d.

Extract from The Stamfordian, Vol. 13 No 6. Spring and Summer Terms, 1945:

WILLIAM ARTHUR SMITH.
Signalman R.N.

Billy Smith was the eldest of the three sons of Mr. W. H. Smith, of Bourne, who attended the School. He came to us in 1928 and when he left in 1933 had made his mark and proved that he possessed outstanding qualities of mind and character. This he proved in business when he joined Messrs Wherry in Bourne, and by his many interests which included active membership of the Bourne branch of Toe. H, the Secretaryship of the Bourne Methodist Sunday School and playing for the local football and cricket teams. As soon as War broke out he joined the Navy and passed out top of his class of trainees as a signaller, but refused to be considered for a commission. After serving in H.M.S. Salvia, a corvette, he joined the cruiser "Gloucester" and was in action at Matapan and Taranto. On May 22nd, 1941, the "Gloucester" was sunk by an air attack while assisting the "Greyhound," with the loss of most of her crew of over 500 men. Eventually all hope that he was one of the survivors had to be abandoned.

By his death not only his father and his family suffered a grievous loss but the whole community amongst whom he lived is deprived of one who seemed destined to be a leader in its business, social and religious life.

J.D.D.

STEWART

Neil
(1932-37) Lieutenant 67574, 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Killed during the Japanese invasion of Sinagpore at Burkit Panjan, 11 February 1942. Born London NW, resident Malaya. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 79.

THISELTON

Sydney Frederick
(1935-40) Sapper 14436221, 20 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action in Holland 15 November 1944. Aged 21. Born 28 August 1922 in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Enlisted 30 June 1943 in Nottingham. Son of Herbert Sydney and Maud Thiselton, of 14 St. PAul's Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Buried in NEDERWEERT WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot II. Row E. Grave 2.

THORPE

Derrick Gordon Cobley
(1933-39) Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1323343, 576 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Took off from Elsham Wolds on night operation to Aachen flying an Avro Lancaster III, serial number NE171, when his aircraft was attached by a night fighter, crashing at Mulartshuttein, near Aachen 25 May 1944. Aged 22. Born 18 February 1922. Son of James Sidney Thorpe and Laura Susannah Thorpe, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. In the 1939 Register he was at school, resident with his parents at 46 All Saints Road, Peterborough, Peterborough M.B., Northamptonshire. His pass in the Oxford and Cambridge Board December Examination was listed in the Birmingham Daily Post 23 January 1940, page 3. Married Gwendolyn S Siggs in the October to December Quarter 1943 in Peterborough Registratuin District, Northamptonshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 222.

TURNER

Robert Henry Alister
(1920-28) Surgeon Lieutenant, H.M.S. Keith, Royal Navy. Killed in action 1 June 1940. Aged 30. Son of Dr. Henry N. Turner, M.R.C.P., and Jessie Turner, of Castle Bytham, Lincolnshire; husband of Florence Turner. B.A., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. In the 1921 Census he was aged 11, born Castle Bytham, Lincolnshire, a boarder at The School, St Paul's Street, Stamford. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 34, Column 2.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1940:

TURNER Robert Henry Alister of 7 Aldershot-road Guildford died 1 June 1940 on war service Administration (with Will) (limited) Llandudno 1 November to Enid Isobel Thirkettle (wife of Noah Maurice Thirkettle). Effects £2807 15s. 8d.

WALMSLEY

Philip
(1925-34) Sergeant 1188194, 217 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed while flying a Beaufort IA, seriaL number DW938, when his aircraft crashed into the sea off Trincomalee, Ceylon, during torpedo dropping practice 26 August 1943. Aged 26. Based at Vavuniya, Ceylon. Native of Stamford, Lincolnshire. Son of Walter George and Constance Agnes Walmsley, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. In the 1921 Census he was aged 4, born Stamford, Lincolnshire, son of Walter George and Constance Agnes Walmsley, resident 64, St Martin, Stamford Baron St Martin's Without, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 426.

WARREN

John Russell De Meza
(1921-25) Lieutenant-Commander (E), H.M.S. Mohawk, Royal Navy. Killed in action 16 April 1941. Aged 34. Son of Amos Henry and Lily Vaughan Warren; husband of Barbara Joan (nee Simmons) Warren, of Ashstead, Surrey, married July to September Quarter 1936 in Bromley Registration District, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 45, Column 2.

WARR-KING

Michael Rodney
(1935-40) Flight Sergeant (Navigator) 1315580, 467 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Bomber Command). Killed over Hamburg flying in a Lancaster III, serial number W5003, when his aicraft was shot down by a night fighter at Wohrden 4 miles southwest of Heide during a raid on Hamburg, 2 of the crew survived and were captured, 28 July 1943. Aged 20. Born 24 January 1923. Based at Bottesford, Leicestershire. Native of Careby, Lincolnshire. Son of Wing Cdr. Dudley Warr King and Yvonne Muriel King, of Careby, Lincolnshire. In the 1939 Register he was at school, son of Yvonne Warr-King, resident Manor Farm, Colley Weston, Collyweston, Oundle and Thrapston R.D., Northamptonshire. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Hamburg, Germany. Plot 5A. Row A. Joint grave 10.

WEBB

Windsor Francis Richard
(1937-39) Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1320645, 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying out of Langar on a day mission to Gaselunne flying in an Avro Lancaster I, serial number R5695, when the aircraft was shot down near Bremen and lost without trace 25 November 1942. Aged 19. Son of Leslie William and Florence Lily Webb, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 96.

WHINCUP

Bernard Eric
(1932-38) Lance Sergeant 915817, 135 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War in Thailand (Camp 4) from Malaria and Malnutrition 4 August 1945, captured at Singapore 15 February 1942. Aged 24. Born (Kapanese records state 1 December 1920) and resident West Deeping, near Peterborough, Northamptonshire. In the 1921 Census he was newbprn, born West Deeping, Kincolnshire, son of William Percy and Martha May Whincup, resident West Deeping, Peterborough, Lincolnshire. Japanese P.o.W. Card lists that he was an Apprentice Civil Engineer and that his father was William Percy Whincup, resident Ivy House, West Deeping, Lincolnshire. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 6. Row F. Grave 9.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

WHINCUP. Bernard Eric of Ivy House West Deeping Lincolnshire died 4 August 1945 on war service Probate Peterborough 17 October to Ursula May Sharp (wife of Archibald Baxter Sharp). Effects £753 4s. 7d

WYMAN

Robert Cecil Blake
(1935-42) Second Lieutenant 312523, 'A' Squadron, 2nd The Northamptonshire Yeomanry, 'A' Squadron, 2nd The Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. Died of wounds in Normandy 4 August 1944. Aged 20. Son of Robert and Gertrude Wyman, of Deeping St. James', Lincolnshire. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XXV. Row F. Grave 12.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

WYMAN Robert Cecil Blake of Eastgate Deeping St. James Lincolnshire died 4 August 1944 on war service Administration Llandudno 12 June to Robert Alfred Reginald Wyman butcher.
Effects £147 5s. 10d.

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