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SHEPPERTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright ©
Paulette Bull 2006
research Wendi Scott

The memorial is located on a roundabout off at the junction of Russell Road, Refree Way, High Street and Church Road. The memorial is made of stone and is in the form of a three-stepped base surmounted by octagonal plinth and square-wheel cross; the arms of cross have caps on the end. Bronze plaques with the names of the fallen are affixed to the sides of the plinth. The whole memorial stands on a paved base. An additional plaque has been attached to one side of the base with a name from the conflict in Croatia on it (this has not been transcribed). There are 67 names for the fallen of World War 1 and 30 for World War 2, and one for former Yugoslavia (Croatia). In the 1980's the memorial was temporarily removed when the roundabout was rebuilt to accommodate a new by-pass near by, in 1996 a new cross was fitted after the original had been damaged and in 1999 the Croatia plaque was added. The memorial was originally unveiled on 27th March 1921.

Photographs Copyright © Paulette Bull 2006

TO
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN EVERLASTING
MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN TWO WORLD WARS
1914 - 1918 1939 - 1945

 

1914-1918

APPLETON

William Henry

Private 633048, 20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment. Killed in action 25th April 1917 in the Balkans. Aged 19. Born Windsor, enlisted Sunbury, resident Shepperton Green. Son of Henry and Ada Appleton, of 1, Alabama Cottage, Shepperton Green, Middx. Formerly 82093, Royal Army Medical Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.

ARYME

J

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ATFIELD

Percy Henry

Lance Corporal D/3061, 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays). Killed in action 13th May 1915. Aged 24. Born East grinstead, Sussex, enlisted Hounslow, resident Shepperton. Son of Mrs. Agnes Martha Atfield, of "Kuching," Crescent Rd., Shepperton, Middx. Buried in NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXXIV. Row D. Grave 1.

CANNON

John Henry

Signal Boy J/39655, H.M.S. Ganges, Royal Navy. Died 30th November 1915. Son of Mrs. Louisa Mitchell, of Ada Cottage, Shepperton, Middx. Born at Shepperton, Middx. Buried in St. MARY CHURCHYARD, SHOTLEY, Suffolk. Royal Navy Plot 64.

CLARKE

F E

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COOK

George John

Private 291006, Labour Corps. Died 5th June 1918. Aged 53. Son of Lud and Sarah Cook, husband of Maria Caroline Cook, of Markree Villa, Laleham Rd., Shepperton, Middx. Born at Romsey, Hampshire. Buried in in ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCHYARD, LITTLETON, Middlesex.

COOPER

Charles

Sergeant 13392, 47th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 16th August 1917. Born Shepperton, enlisted Deptford, resident Lewisham. Formerly G/20661, Middlesex Regiment. Buried in POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot LVII. Row B. Grave 17.

DAWS

Walter Godfrey

[Spelt DAWES on SDGW] ergeant 302, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 30th September 1918. Aged 20. Born Shepperton, enlisted Walton-on-Thames. Son of Walter and Mary Daws, of Lisbon Cottage, Station Rd., Shepperton, Middx. Native of Kingston-on-Thames. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VEND'HUILE, Aisne, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 23.

DEWHURST

William

Private S/10935, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (east Kent Regiment). Killed in action 8th May 1918. Aged 22. Bortn Nattersea, enlisted Lewisham, resident Shepperton. Son of Mrs. J. R. Hicks, of 15, Melville Cottages, Shepperton Green, Middx. Buried in NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIV. Row E. Grave 12.

DOWNHAM

[Charles] Anthony

Rifleman R/34498. 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 12th April 1917. Aged 38. Born and resident Shepperton, enlisted Finsbury Barracks. Only son of Charles and Lucy Downham, of Alma Cottage, Speen, Newbury. Formerly S/24718, Rifle Brigade and TR/13/38869, 112th Training Reserve Battalion. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row D. Grave 4.

EDWARDS

Arthur James

Lance Corporal 17148, 12th Battalion, East SUrrey Regiment. Killed in action 9th August 1918. Born Shepperton, enlisted Kingston-on-Thames. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 79 to 80 and 163A.

EDWARDS

F J

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EDWARDS

George W

Private 14415, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 15th June 1917. Born Shepperton, enlisted Kingston-on-Thames. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34.

FREEMAN

Tristram

Lieutenant, "C" Company, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 12th March 1915. Aged 23. Son of J. J. and H. C. Freeman, of Shepperton-on-Thames, Middx. B.A., Oxon. Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section L. Grave 14.

FROUDE

F C

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FROUDE

James [Edward]

Private S/26632, 5th Division Train, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 8th January 1915. Born Lower Tooting, enlisted Woolwich, resident Shepperton. Son of William Richard and Alice Froude. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 16A.

GOLDING

Charles William

Driver 59444, "Z" Battaery, Royal Horse Artillery. Died in Egypt 16th January 1916. Born Shepperton, enlisted Kingtons-on-Thames. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot.Row.Section C. Grave 73.

GREEN

Albert [Thomas] G

Private G/6084, 3rd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds 19th April 1915. Aged 40. Born and resident Shepperton, enlisted Hounslow. Brother of Mrs. G. Harwood, of 12, Horne Rd., Shepperton Green, Middlesex. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row &. Grave 23.

HODNETT

John H

[Spelt HODNOTT on SDGW] Private G/22166, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East KEnt Regiment). Killed in action 2nd June 1918. Born Tibberton, Shropshire, enlisted Hounslow, resident Shepperton. Buried in WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row . Grave 5.

HOLMAN

S

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HOLTON

T

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HONE

James [Frederick]

Private 23362, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 28th September 1916. Born Shepperton, enlisted Hampton Hill. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row I. Grave 46.

HULL

Richard Edward

Private PLY/10859. H.M.S. Amphion, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 6th August 1914. Aged 30. Son of William and J. A. Hull, of Rose Cottage, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 5.

Note: HMS Amphion was an Active class Scout Cruiser. She was sunk by a mine from the German auxiliary mine-layer König Luise in the English Channel. HMS Amphion had sunk the German ship the previous day. The mine exploded under the bridge and, soon after the ship was abandoned, a magazine exploded sinking the ship. 132 British sailors were killed, as were all of the German prisoners rescued from König Luise.

JOLLIFFE

Bertram Ernest

[Listed as B J on memorial] Lance Corporal G/22165, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds 14th March 1918. Aged 30. Born Hurst, Sussex, enlisted Sunbury, resident Shepperton. Son of George and Laura Jolliffe, of Pisley, Surrey; husband of M. M. Jolliffe, of Mervyn Rd., Shepperton, Middlesex. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row D. Grave 5A.

KIRBY

Philip

[Listed as KINBY on SDGW] Private 8558, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action in the Persian Gulf 22nd November 1915. Born Culham, Oxon, enlisted Kingston-on-Thames, resident Shepperton. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 26 and 63.

LAPWORTH

John Percy

Rifleman R/6811, 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 23rd March 1918. Born Oxford, enlisted London, resident Shepperton Green. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 61 to 64.

LAWRENCE

A V

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LEGG

John J

Private DM2/138132, Mechanical Transport, Royal Army Service Corps attached to 95th Siege Battery, Royal garrison Artillery. Killed in action 16th July 1917. Born Walton, Surrey, enlisted Weybridge, resident Shepperton. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row G. Grave 13.

LEGG

Sydney Norman

Boy 2nd Class J/55673, H.M.S. Powerful, Royal Navy. Died 28th february 1917. Buried in FORD PARK CEMETERY (formerly PLYMOUTH OLD CEMETERY), PENNYCOMEQUICK, Devon. Reference: Church S. 4. 10.

LLOYD

C A

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LUCAS

L G

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MAUNDERS

Arthur [Herbert]

Private CH/20141, 3rd Royal Marine Battalion Royal Navy Dvision, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 2nd August 1917. Aged 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Maunders. Born at Shepperton, Middx. Buried in EAST MUDROS MILITARY CEMETERY, Lemnos, Greece. Plot III. Row G. Grave 211.

MINCHIN

Ernest

Sapper 170036, 95th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 8th October 1917. Aged 34. Born and resident Shepperton, enlisted Bexley heath, Kent. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Minchin, of Shepperton, Middx. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 6.

NORMAN

S A

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PIZZEY

James Thomas

Private 8355, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 14th March 1915. Aged 25. Born Sunbury, enlisted Hounslow, resident Shepperton Green. Son of James Pizzey, of 2, Squiers Rd., Shepperton Green, Middx. His brother Richard William (see below) also fell. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30.

PIZZEY

Richard William

Private 63651, 6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 5th April 1918. Brother of James Thomas (see above). Buried in HEDAUVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 13.

PURBRICK

George [William]

Private G/21261, 2nd Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 14th MArch 1917. Born Leigherton, Gloucestershire, enlisted Sunbury, resident Shepperton. Formerly 20885, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in QUEENS CEMETERY, BUCQUOY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 14.

QUICK

Leslie Howard

Rifleman 11224,m 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 11th October 1917. Aged 24. Born Cricklewood, enlisted New Cross, Kent, resident Shepperton. Son of Alfred Addenbrook Quick and Emily Rose Quick, of Redcot, Crescent Rd., Shepperton, Middlesex. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row M. Grave 13.

RANDELL

Alfred [William]

Listed as William Alfred RANDALL on SDGW and A W RANDALL on CWGC] Private 229670, 1st (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Died of wounds 21st July 1918. Enlisted Kingston-on-Thames, resident Shepperton. Formerly 3095, East Surrey Regiment posted 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row O. Grave 3.

ROGERSON

Charles G

Private 12161, 12th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 20th February 1917. Born and resident Shepperton, enlisted Walton-on-Thames. Formerly 14416, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 47.

ROSEWELL

Frank P

Private L/8875, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 21st October 1914. Born Shepperton, enlisted Hounslow. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Blegium. Panel 8.

ROSEWELL

Henry

Private 80575, No. * Company (York), Royal Army Medical Corps. Died in United Kingdom 3rd December 1916. Aged 46. Born Shepperton, enlisted Walton-on-Thames. Husband of Alice Rosewell, of 8, Bell Cottages, Charlton Rd., Shepperton, Middx. Buried in St. ALBAN CHURCHYARD, FOREST TOWN, Nottinghamshire.

ROSEWELL

W T

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SCRIVEN

William Timothy

Lance Corporal S/637, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 23rd April 1915. Born Henley-on-Thames, enlisted Kingston-on-Thames, enlisted Shepperton-on-Thames (sic). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 12 and 14.

SPRING

Bert

Lance Corporal G/25474, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 15th June 1918. Born and resident Shepperton, enlisted Sunbury. Buried in HINGES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Special memorial near Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 25.

Note: Hinges Military Cemetery now contains 105 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 20 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to four casualties believed to be buried among them.

STARKEY

Thomas George

Trooper 753, No. 3 Company, Household Battalion, Houseold Cavalry. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 29. Born Herhsham, enlisted Sunbury, resident Shepperton. Formerly 4217, 1st Life Guards. Only son of William and Clara Starkey, of Shepperton Green, Shepperton. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

TANNER

G

probably Alfred TANNER, Rifleman A/205171, 16th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 13th April 1918. Aged 19. Born Sudury, enlisted Hounslow, resident Shepperton Green. Son of William and Caroline Tanner. Formerly TR/102nd Training Reserve Battalion and TR/13/56088, 17th Training Reserve Battalion. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 8.

THOMPSON

Alfred

[Listed as alfred Ernest on SDGW and Alfred Edward on CWGC] Private 60941, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 20th MAy 1917. Born and resident Shepperton, enlisted Sunbury. Formerly 3930, 3rd/5th East Surrey Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

TIMBERLAKE

Edward

Private G/24001, 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died in East Africa 12th September 1917. Born Heston, enlisted Sunbury, resident Shepperton. Buried in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 6. Row J. Grave 14.

WALKER

Arthur

Acting Sergeant 11827, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 5th November 1915. Aged 26. Born Farnham, enlisted Hounslow, resident Shepperton. Son of William and Mary Walker, of Charlton Rd., Shepperton, Middlesex. Buried in north-west part of STEENVORDE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France.

WALKER

W

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WHITE

E G

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WILLIAMS

Thomas James

Private 353452, 7th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 7th October 1916. Enlisted Kingston, resident Shepperton. Formerly 3048, 6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. *** Cannot locate on CWGC ***

WADHAM

Vivian Hugh Nicholas

Captain, 15th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed when the plane he was flying, BE2c 2105, was brought down 17th January 1916. Aged 24. Son of Hugh Davison Wadham and Mabel Emily Wadham, of Thamesfield, Shepperton, Middx. His observer, Sergeant Piper, was taken prisoner. One of the 34 pilots who flew from Salisbury Plain to France on 12th August 1914 attached, at that time, to the 3rd Squadron. He had received his Royal Aero Club certificate on 16th July 1912. Buried in TYNE COT CEMETERY, ebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot LXII. Row C. Grave 5.

Information taken from The Royal Flying Corps Casualties and Honours During the War 1914-1917 published August 1917 supplied on Great War Forum

"Captain Vivian Hugh Nicholas Wadham R.F.C. and 1st Btn Hampshire Regiment killed in action in Flanders over the German lines on February 17th 1916 was aged 24,eldest son of Mr and Mrs Hugh D.Wadham of Thamesfield Shepperton-on-Thames. He entered the Hampshire Regiment from the Special Reserve in June 1914 and was promoted lieutenant in the following December. In May he was appointed flight commander in the Military Wing of the R.F.C. with the temporary rank of Captain"

1939-1945

ALDRIDGE, DFC

Richard Sydney [Edward]

Flight Lieutenant, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 18th April 1941. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.). Buried in CHERBOURG OLD COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Manche, France. Plot 6. Row B. Grave 4.

ANDREWS

G W

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ANDREWS

J H

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BARNES

R E

probably Robert Edward BARNES, Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1385975, 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd April 1944. Aged 22. Son of George Barnes and of Ellen Barnes (nee Bonsey); husband of Denise Ann Barnes, of Streatham, London. Buried in SUNBURY NEW CEMETERY, Middlesex. Section C. Grave 2034.

BARNSEY

R T

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BINGHAM

Leslie Paget Birkett

Lieutenant 156467, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 26th February 1942 as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Plot 11. Row A. Grave 6.

BOULT

Frederick Crawford

Lieutenant 240635, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 3rd May 1943. Aged 22. Son of Maj. Frederick Boult, and of Kathleen Boult, of Shepperton on Thames, Middlesex. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 9. Row E. Grave 16.

BROAD

Frederick John

Sergeant (Pilot), 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th May 1944. Aged 22. Son of Frederick and Ethel Mary Broad, of Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex. Buried in SALERNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row D. Collective grave 41-42.

CHAMPION

Alphonso Timothy George

[Listed as A T E CHAMPION on the memorial] Ordinary Seaman P/JX 150871, H.M.S. Daring, Royal Navy. Died 18th February 1940. Aged 19. Son of Mr. H. O. Champion, and of Mrs. R. T. Champion, of Shepperton, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 39, Column 3.

Note: HMS Daring (H16) Destroyer of the D class. Built by Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.), laid down on 18th June 1931, launched on 7th April 1932 and commissioned on 25th November 1932. On 18th February 1940 HMS Daring (Commander S.A. Cooper, RN) was torpedoed and sunk off the Pentland Firth in position 58.40N, 01.35W by the German U-Boat U-23. HMS Daring was escorting convoy HN-12 from Bergen to Methil. There were only 5 survivors, 157 men were lost.

COLVER

G R

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COOK

Frederick Alexander

Private 14735133, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 19th January 1945. Aged 18. Son of Arthur and Frances Ellen Cook, of Shepperton, Middlesex. Buried in JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 15. Row E. Grave 4.

COOLING

Ernest Arthur

Rifleman 6460602, 2nd (The London Irish Rifles) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. Died 20th January 1943. Son of Ernest George and Violet Cooling, of Shepperton, Middlesex. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 31.

DEERING

R

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DREW

John R

Ordinary Seaman, S.S. Almeda Star (London) , Merchant Navy. Died 17th January 1941. Aged 17. Son of Horace F. G. and Hilda M. Drew, of Shepperton, Middlesex. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 5.

Note: The unescorted SS Alameda Star (Master Harry Cecil Howard, Commodore of the Blue Star Line) evaded three attacks about 35 miles NE of Rockall, before the ship was hit at 0745 by U-96. After two coups de grâce were fired at 0805 & 0907, the U-boat fired 28 incendiary shells (about 15 hits) between 0932 & 0948. The Alameda Star finally sank in 58°40N/13°38W three minutes after another coup de grâce had been fired at 0955. The master, 136 crewmembers, 29 gunners and 194 passengers were lost.

DURRELL

M C

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GLOVER

G H F

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HAYES-JONES

B

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HOWARD

T

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JONES

J

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LINGWOOD

D

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LINGWOOD

J

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MUSGRAVE-WHITHAM

R P

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NAYLOR

L J

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NEVILLE

W J

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NORMAN

E A J

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OFFORD

W G

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PATTERSON

J C

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PECKHAM

R J

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PECKHAM

V J

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RINGWOOD, DFM

Jack

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 843261, 625 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Died 28th January 1944. Aged 37. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Ringwood; husband of Muriel Mary Ringwood, of Shepperton-on-Thames, Middlesex. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). Buried in MARISSEL FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Oise, France. Grave 210.

Note: No. 625 Squadron was formed at Kelstern, Lincolnshire, on 1st October 1943, as a heavy-bomber squadron equipped with Lancasters. It formed part of No. 1 Group and between 18/19th October 1944, and 25th April 1945, took part in many major raids on enemy targets. Following its final bombing mission it helped to drop food to the starving Dutch people, ferry British ex-POWs home from Belgium, and British troops home from Italy.

ROGERSON

William Valentine

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1382426, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 16th April 1942. Aged 27. Son of William John and Violet Anne Rogerson; husband of Irene May Patricia Rogerson, of Shepperton, Middlesex. Buried in PORNIC WAR CEMETERY, Loire-Atlantique, France. Plot 1. Row G. Grave 11.

ROSEWELL

R G

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ROSEWELL

Richard Walter

Private 6138946, 2nd/6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 18th September 1939. Aged 25. Son of John and Emily Esther Rosewell, of Shepperton. Buried in SHEPPERTON CHURCH CEMETERY, Shepperton, Middlesex.

SHEPHERD-SMITH

Peter

Flying Officer 47453, 239 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 10th August 1943. Aged 25. Son of the Revd. Percy Whitbread Shepherd-Smith and Muriel Shepherd-Smith, of Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 129.

Note: No 239 Squadron was formed in August 1918 as an anti-submarine unit and flew these until disbanded in May 1919. It was reformed in September 1940 for Army Co-operation duties, No 239 moved to Scotland in mid-1943 to receive Mosquitos in preparation for a transfer to night-fighter tasks. By the end of the year, the squadron had moved to West Raynham and formed part of the fledgling No 100 (Bomber Support) Group. For the rest of the war it flew intruder missions over Germany to intercept and destroy enemy fighters attempting to intercept the heavy bombers. On 1 July 1945 the squadron was disbanded.

SMITH

W B

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STAMP

Sidney Leonard

Private 6147680, 5th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. Died 7th December 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Stamp, of Shepperton Green, Middlesex. Buried in PHALERON WAR CEMETERY, Greece. Plot 19. Row D. Grave 15.

SUNLEY

Frank Joseph

Sergeant (Pilot) 1260361, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18th December 1941. Aged 25. Son of Arthur George and Janet Robertson Sunley; husband of Kathleen Joan Mary Sunley, of Shepperton-on-Thames, Middlesex. Buried in MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY, Malta. Protestant Section (Men's). Plot F. Grave 69.

Note: The original 40 Squadron was disbanded in 1919, No.40 was re-formed as a bomber squadron in 1931 and in the Second World War operated in several theatres: flying Blenheims and Wellingtons from bases in England it bombed targets in France, the Low Countries and Germany; flying Wellingtons from bases in the Middle East it bombed targets in North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Rhodes, Crete, Greece, Pantellaria, Lampedusa and Italy; and flying Wellingtons and Liberators from a base in Italy (Foggia Main) it bombed targets in Italy and the Balkans. In March 1945 the Squadron converted to Liberators which were moved to Egypt in October. In January 1946 the Liberators were replaced with Lancasters which were flown until No. 40 was disbanded on 1 April 1947.

THOMAS

T T

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TIGHE

William Danson

Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. Blackwood, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 15th June 1944. Aged 21. Son of William A. and Mary Tighe, of Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex. No known grave. Commeorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 93, Column 1.

Note: HMS Blackwood was a Frigate, pennant K 313, built by Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.), laid down 22nd September 1942, launched 23rd November 1942, commissioned 27th March 1943. Leased from the United Sttes by the Royal Navy 27th March 1943. On 15th June 1944, the frigate HMS Blackwood (Lt.Cdr. L.T. Sly, RNR) was on patrol as part of the 4th Escort Group in the west end of the English Channel to protect the ships of the Normandy landings, when she was hit by a Gnat from U-764 off Brittany. She foundered while under tow off Portland Bill the following day. The wreck lies in 60 meters of water in position 50.07.00N, 02.01.06W.

TOMS

F A G

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TOMS

R J

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VINCE

Dennis Tunnard

Sergeant 1602266, 196 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4th February 1944. Aged 23. Son of John and Mary Jane Vince, of Shepperton, Middlesex. Buried in LYON (LA DOUA) FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Rhone, France. Row H. Grave 4.

Note: No. 196 Squadron was formed at Driffield, Yorkshire, on 7th November 1942, as a night-bomber squadron and during the period February - October 1943, made many raids on enemy ports and industrial centres in Europe and also played an active part in Gardening (minelaying).

It flew Wellingtons with No. 4 Group at first and then, after having left Yorkshire and moved south to an airfield in Cambridgeshire, flew Stirlings with No. 3 Group. On 1st December, by which time it was based in Leicestershire, No. 196 was transferred from Bomber Command to the Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF).

In February 1944 the supply-dropping to resistance forces in France began and on D-Day twenty-three of the squadron's Stirlings carried troops to Normandy, followed later in the day by seventeen towing Gliders. In September 1944, the squadron took part in the Arnhem landings and in February 1945, began tactical bombing raids in support of the Army. In March thirty aircraft were supplied for the Rhine crossing and fuel was carried to keep the advancing armies supplied. In May, troops were taken to Norway and Denmark to disarm the German forces there, being followed by general transport duties. On 16 March 1946, the squadron was disbanded.

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