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EAST GRINSTEAD WORLD WAR 2 MEMORIALS

World War 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © John Harrison 2006

EAST GRINSTEAD AIR RAID CASUALTIES 1943 AND 1944

East Grinstead is a market town in West Sussex, the most easterly town in the county. Being situated between London and the coast it became a potential target for the Luftwaffe. However until 1943 it had avoided any raids.

On Friday 9th July a raid of Dornier 217 bombers crossed the coast at Hastings aiming for London and at 5.05 pm, late in the afternoon, the air raid sirens sounded in East Grinstead. By this stage of the war the country was used to the sirens sounding, they did not mean that a raid was specifically heading your way, just that it might. After nearly four years of war without a raid, the town saw no reason this one would be any different. About five minutes later one of the aircraft lost the others in cloud and , instead of continuing alone to London, decided to find a ‘target of opportunity’. This target was East Grinstead. After machine gunning a train at Lingfield the pilot followed the railway south until he found the town

After circling twice the pilot dropped his stick of bombs on London Road and the High Street, then returned and machine gunned London Road, Railway Approach and a train nearing the station. At the Whitehall Cinema in London Road the main film was a comedy ‘I Married a Witch’. 184 people were inside watching the ‘B’ Picture, a western starring Hopalong Cassidy. This was more than might be expected on a Friday, but the day was wet and miserable and encouraged people to stay inside. Although the audience, which included many children, (some of them evacuees from London) were alerted that the sirens had sounded by a notice projected onto the screen, there was no immediate move to leave

A few had started to go when both a 50 Kg and a 500Kg bomb pierced the cinema roof which split in two. The bombs were delayed action and there was an immediate and panicky rush for the exits with some people in the fronts seats able to escape safely. The violent detonation of the bombs then caused the building to collapse before most had a chance to move further.

A 50kg bomb hit nearby at Bridgeland’s, an ironmongers. The shop had 500 gallons of paraffin in the cellar which exploded, together with another 50Kg bomb that exploded at Rice Brothers, next to Bridgeland’s and one at the Scotch Wool Shop This wrecked the parade of shops and caused the rear of Sainsbury’s (between Bridgeland’s and the cinema) to collapse. Another 50 Kg bomb exploded by the Wesleyan Church Hall in London Road and a pub, the Warwick Arms was also hit. In the High Street a 50 Kg bomb fell, but did not explode behind the National Provincial Bank, followed by another 50 Kg bomb on Brooker Brothers ( behind 18, High Street) and four 50 Kg bombs on Tooth’s the stationers, the latter two were next to each other on the Sidewalk. A final 50 Kb bomb fell at ‘Herontye’ but did not explode.

This aircraft may be the one that crashed at Bletchingley, Surrey and was excavated in the 1970’s.

The last person rescued alive was brought out at 7.10 pm. 108 people were killed and 235 were seriously injured. This was the largest loss of life in any air raid in the county. The majority were buried at East Grinstead Cemetery, Mount Noddy, East Grinstead. It has not proved possible to identify all those who died.

A year later came the second attack, this was a V1 flying bomb that landed on Tuesday July 12th 1944. An RAF fighter was seen flying level with it, but it is not known whether it caused the V1 to crash. This time the town was luckier. The flying bomb fell at 7.30 am, when comparatively few people were about and although it caused serious damage including completing the destruction of Sainsburys, only 3 people died, although 38 ( in some accounts 41) were listed as injured. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth who were en route to a different appointment heard of this second attack and visited the town the same day. They talked to local officials in London Road.

There are memorial tablets to both events in St Swithun’s parish church, East Grinstead. The one specifically for 1943 was paid for by the families of the victims listed on it. This is not a complete list of casualties. There is another small tablet for this raid and one for the V1 does not contain a list of names. The Latin inscription means ‘Death is the gate of life’.

The inscription on the first tablet reads:-

‘In Memory of all victims of enemy action in East Grinstead on July 9th 1943’

The following are listed on the tablet

ANGUS

Mildred  

ARNOLD

Norman H  

BARRETT

Doreen Joan  

BRACKPOOL

Michael J  

BROOKER

Frederick A  

BROWN

Ivy A E  

CANDISH

Annie E  

CHARLTON

Richard H J  

COOMBER

Joyce C  

CORVER

Dorothy S  

EVANS

Jean L  

FOTHERGILL

Isabel  

FOTHERGILL

Erica  

FOTHERGILL

Mary  

GLADMAN

Kathleen M  

GREENWOOD

Mary E  

HECKFORD

June A  

JAMES

Lewis W  

JAMES

Joyce H  

JAMES

Kathleen  

LEPPARD

Harold J  

LONG

Frances M  

LONG

Margaret  

LUXFORD

Florence  

McCOLLUM

Carol  

MATTHEWS

Dorothy H  

MEADMORE

Alice  

NYE

Alice Maud  

PIDDLESDEN

Harry R  

PRODGER

Evelyn J  

ROBERTS

Doris Isabel  

SAVAGE

Ivy  

SLEIGHT

Doris  

SLEIGHT

Margaret D  

SMITH

Ethel  

SMITH

Herbert  

SOMERSET

Grace  

STILLER

Molly I L  

TOOTH

Kate  

TOOTH

Edwin  

TWOGOOD

Jessie E  

The tablet concludes with the inscription:  

'I am the resurrection and the life'  
The following were also killed following the bombing 9th July 1943, but not listed on the tablet. Some of these are included on the town memorial to the bombing at East Court, East Grinstead. This memorial is a joint one with the military casualties, dedicated in 1950, with the heading:-  
1939 Their name liveth for evermore 1945  
The civilian sub section is headed:- 'Air Raid Casualties'. It includes all the above names and has the following additions:-  

BARBER

Joan  

CATTERICK

Winifred Dorothy  

HOWLAND

Alfred  

MEYERS

Eunice  

SOUTHAM

Harold Frank  

Together with these is listed James Potten who was killed in the V1 explosion in July 1944.  

The following are not listed on a memorial  

BIGGINS

Margaret Isabelle  

BRAMWELL

Ellen  

BRAMWELL

Harry  

CURRIE

Frances Gordon  

DOHRN

Joachim Sebastian  

EDMONDS

Sybella  

FIRMIN

Florence Mary Elizabeth  

FRANCE

Ellen  

GRIGGS

Charles Ewers  

GRIGGS

Florence Maud  

HARCOURT

Ethne Goodbrand  

LEVITT

Allan John  

LEVITT

John Edward  

MARTIN

June  

MITCHELL

Clara Louise  

OTTEN

Mary  

STAFFORD

Dorothy Emily Maud  

STAFFORD

Harry  

VENESS

Harry James  

WYATT

Dorothy  

WYMAN

Mabel  

This is a total of 67. This leaves another 41 unaccounted for to obtain the official total of 108 casualties.  

The following two names and some of the Canadians are recorded in material in East Grinstead Library.  

MULHEARN

John 141 Field Regiment, RA

WILLIAMS

Alfred John 2/6 East Surrey

A number of Canadian servicemen stationed locally were also in the cinema. No complete list of these casualties has been traced, below is a partial list of them. The majority are buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, near Woking, Surrey.  

BURGESS

George Dale  

CAMERON

Lloyd William  

CAMPBELL

James Franklyn  

CARMICHAEL

Gordon Thomas  

CHAMPAGNE

Alexander  

COATSWORTH

John Ritzema  

COUTOURE

Clifford Eugene  

CRANDELL

Augustus Herbert Leroy  

DALE

Murray William  

FITZGERALD

Donald Frederick  

GOODALL

Alfred Eric  

HARCOURT

Robert Wesley  

HOFSTEE

Garret  

HUMPHRIES

George Victor  

IRONSIDE

Arthur Findlay  

JONES

Emrys George  

MACADAMS

Ronald Freeman  

McILROY

Ivan William  

MACDONALD

William  

TRUAX

Clifford Walter  

WILKINSON

Gordon Lewis  

This is a total of 90. leaving at least a further 18 unidentified victims to reach the official total of 108.  

The following names are also included in material in East Grinstead Library. If they are casualties then their details are not held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission  

HAWKER

Jack  

LORIMER

A M (male)  

MACLEAN

Moses  

PEPLOW

Jane D F  

POOLE

Robert  

SMITH

Eliza A  

TINKER

Nathan  

The inscription on the second tablet reads:-  

'July 9th 1943. A German raider dropped bombs on East Grinstead.  
108 persons were killed and 235 injured'  
' July 12th 1944, A Flying Bomb caused 3 deaths and injured 38 persons
MORS JANUA VITA'

EDWARDS

George  

POTTEN

James  

RUSSELL

Ernest  

Researched Details

1943

 

 

All casualties were buried in Mount Noddy Cemetery, East Grinstead, on 14th July, except where shown

ANGUS

Mildred

Born about 1885. Lived at 43, Bedford Row, London. Air Raid Warden, Borough of Holborn. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema

ARNOLD

Norman Henry

of 3, All Saints Cottages, Crawley Down and the late Mr H Arnold. He had recently left school and was working at the signal box at Three Bridges. He came into East Grinstead and was in the Whitehall Cinema during the bombing, but escaped without serious injury. He was making his way down Railway Approach to the railway station when he was hit twice in the back when the bomber return to machine gun the town, dying soon after. Died 9th July 1943

BARRETT

Doreen Joan

Born about 1925. Daughter of Charles Matthew Barrett and his wife of 87, Hatton Garden, Holborn, London. Fatally injured at the Whitehall Cinema on 9th July 1943 and died at Queen Victoria Hospital the same day.

BRACKPOOL

Michael John

Born about 1932. Son of Herbert Stanley and Margaret Ida Brackpool of 4, Hackenden Cottages, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. His father was working in the cinema bakery when the roof split open and four female casualties fell through. Michael was later found by one of his father's work colleagues.

BROOKER

Frederick Albert

Born about 1895. Husband of Edith M Brooker of 4. West View Gardens, East Grinstead. Leading Fireman, National Fire Service. Injured in the High Street on 9th July. Died at Queen Victoria Hospital 18th July 1943

BROWN

Ivy Alexandra Elizabeth

Born about 1901. Daughter of Mrs Elizabeth Susan Brown of 2, Nursery Cottages, Lowfield Heath and the late Samuel Brown. A Firewatcher, she died at 18, High Street on 9th July 1943.

CANDISH

Annie Elizabeth

Born about 1883. Daughter of the late Henry and Caroline Patrick of Chelsea. Wife of Charles Frank Candish of 20, Forest View Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. Her daughter Dorothy Corver also died (see below)

CHARLTON

Richard Harold Joseph

Born about 1924. Son of Lieutenant Commander H Charlton R.N.V.R. and his wife of Green Hedges Cottage, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

COOMBER

Joyce Constance

Born about 1919. Daughter of Henry Thomas and Rose Still of 31, Imberhorne Lane, East Grinstead. Wife of John Albert Coomber of 24, North End, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

CORVER

Dorothy Sylvia

Born about 1904. Daughter of Frank and Annie Elizabeth Candish of 20, Forest View Road, East Grinstead. Wife of William Charles Corver of 95, Laurel Crescent, Romford Essex. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. She is listed on the East Court Memorial as 'Corner'. Her mother also died (see above)

EVANS

Jean L

Died following the Whitehall Cinema bombing. Further details not known.

FOTHERGILL

Isabel

Born about 1870. Wife of George Algernon Fothergill of 40, Copse Close, East Grinstead. Died at London Road. 9th July 1943. Also see below.

FOTHERGILL

Erica

Born about 1894. Daughter of George Algernon and Isabel Fothergill of 40, Copse Close, East Grinstead. Lived at 'The Beacon; Dormansland. Injured in London Road on 9th July. Died at Queen Victoria Hospital, 12th July 1943

FOTHERGILL

Mary

Born about 1897. Daughter of George Algernon and Isabel Fothergill of 40, Copse Close, East Grinstead. Lived at 'The Beacon; Dormansland. Died at London Road 9th July 1943.

GLADMAN

Kathleen Mary

Born about 1923. Daughter of Mrs E A Brooker (formerly Gladman) of 153 Holtye Road, East Grinstead and the late Percy Thomas Gladman. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

GREENWOOD

Mary Elizabeth

Born about 1906. Daughter of the late Major and Mrs G Botham of Kensington. Wife of Flight Lieutenant Gilbert Frederick Greenwood RAF. Lived at 'The Shooting Box, Shovelstrode, East Grinstead. Died at London Road, 9th July 1943.

HECKFORD

June Adelaide

Born about 1930. Daughter of Frederick and Agnes Heckford of 19, The Close, Brooklands Way, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

JAMES (THE FAMILY)

Lewis William

Corporal T/250102, Royal Army Service Corps. Born about 1908. Son Of William Ernest and Louisa Harriet James of Ilford, Essex. Lived at 7, St James Road, East Grinstead. Husband of Kathleen Catherine James and father of Joyce Hilda James. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. Buried in Section 4, Grave 11 at Mount Noddy Cemetery, East Grinstead.

  Kathleen Catherine Born about 1911. Lived at 7, St James Road, East Grinstead. Wife of Lewis William James and mother of Joyce Hilda James. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.
  Joyce Hilda James Born about 1932. Daughter of Corporal Lewis William James and Mrs Kathleen Catherine James. Lived at 7, St James Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

LEPPARD

Harold John

Gunner 11050270, 32 (7th Bn City of London Regiment) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Born about 1922. Son of Mrs & Mrs A Leppard of East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 during the bombing. Buried in Section 4, Grave 7 in Mount Noddy Cemetery, East Grinstead.

LONG

Frances Mary

Born about 1903. Daughter of Lt Colonel and Mrs F L Orman of 'Bradfield', Parkway, Camberley, Surrey. Wife of Major Frederick K R Long, RA. Lived at 'Fox Hill', Clench Common, Marlborough, Wiltshire. V.A.D. member. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. Listed in error on the tablet at St Swithun's Church as 'Frances J Long'.

LONG

Margaret

Born about 1873. Daughter of the late Reverend David and Mrs Clara Elizabeth Long. Lived at 'The Briary', Exton, Exeter, Devon. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

LUXFORD

Florence Elizabeth

Born about 1899 in Wateringbury, Kent. Daughter of William and Ellen Luxford of 'Elmhurst', Hurst Green, Surrey. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

MATTHEWS

Dorothy Harris

Born about 1897. Daughter of Mrs E A Matthews of 'Kanda', Lower Dene' Lewes Road, East Grinstead and the late Frank Matthews. Died 9th July 1943 at 18A, High Street.

McCOLLUM

Carol Ann

Born about 1940. Daughter of Private Edmund McCollum, Royal Army Medical Corps and of Vera McCollum of Black Corner Garage, Balcombe Road, Horley. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

MEADMORE

Alice

Born about 1900. Wife of Joseph Lewis Meadmore of 9, Sackville Gardens, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

NYE

Alice Maud

Born about 1884. Wife of Harry Nye of 'The Chestnuts', Ashurst Wood. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

PIDDLESDEN

Harry Robert

Born about 1928. Son of Harry William and Mrs W K Piddlesden of 1, Blackwell Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. Listed on the East Court Memorial as 'Robert H Piddlesden.'

PRODGER

Evelyn Joan

Born about 1928. Daughter of Bernard Harold and Gladys Maud Prodger of 22, Blackwell Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. Bernard Prodger was a Special Constable and was on duty all night following the bombing despite his daughter's death.

ROBERTS

Doris Isabel

Born about 1928. Daughter of William Howard Roberts and Mrs D W Roberts of 212, Holtye Road, East Grinstead. Her father was a 'Gas Company Collector'. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

SAVAGE

Ivy Muriel Gladys

Born about 1909. Wife of Cyril James Savage of 9-11, London Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

SLEIGHT

Doris Elsie Louisa

Born about 1904. Daughter of the late Mr & Mrs William Prentice of Colchester, Essex. Wife of Trooper Jack Harold Sleight, Royal Tank Regiment. Lived at 32, Morton Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

SLEIGHT

Margaret Dorothy

Born about 1933. Daughter of Trooper Jack Harold Sleight, Royal Tank Regiment and of Doris Elsie Louisa Slight (see above). Lived at 32, Morton Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

SOMERSET

Beatrice Grace

Born about 1915. Daughter of John and Henrietta Somerset of 'Old Whyly Cottage', West Hoathly. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

SMITH

Ethel

Born about 1913. Daughter of Mrs S McCollum of 39 West Street, East Grinstead and of the late Mr A McCollum. Wife of Herbert Edward Smith of 66, Dorset Avenue, East Grinstead. (See below). Injured 9th July at the Whitehall Cinema bombing, died 14th July 1943 and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. (Also see Carol Ann McCollum)

SMITH

Herbert Edward

Born about 1911. Son of the late Mr & Mrs Smith of Halsford Croft, East Grinstead. Husband of Ethel Smith of 66, Dorset Avenue, East Grinstead. (See above). Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

STILLER

Molly Iris Lillian

Born about 1929. Daughter of Mr & Mrs J Stiller of 86, Sackville Gardens, East Grinstead. Mr Stiller was in the Home Guard. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema. She was a cinema usherette like her sister, Dolly. They were both working at the cinema on 9th July, but Dolly survived. Her uncle, Frederick Whales, a railwayman, found Molly.

TOOTH

Edwin

Born about 1861 in East Grinstead. Husband of Kate Walden Tooth. Lived at Forest View (the newspaper report quoted the address as 'Tudor House'), High Street, East Grinstead. Injured at Forest View, 9th July. Died at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead on 10th July 1943. His family had been in the town for over 400 years. (See below)

TOOTH

Kate Walden

Born about 1876. Wife of Edwin Tooth, but originally a Miss Dackombe from Southampton. Lived at Forest View, High Street, East Grinstead. Injured at Forest View, 9th July. Died at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead the same day (See above)

TWOGOOD

Jessie Elizabeth

Born about 1901. Wife of George Wennon Twogood of Coombe Hall Cottage, East Grinstead, Died at London Road 9th July 1943 Listed on the memorial at St Swithun's church and in the local newspaper as 'Toogood'. She was a cashier at Sainsbury's.

 

 

ADDITIONAL CASUALTIES LISTED ON THE MEMORIAL AT EAST COURT

BARBER

Joan

Private W/75120, Auxiliary Territorial Service. Born about 1920. Daughter of Lewis William and Fanny Barber of Forest Row. Died 9th July 1943. Buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Coleman's Hatch, East Sussex

CATTERICK

Winifred Dorothy

Born about 1904. State Registered Nurse of 'Pixiewood', Stream Park, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

HOWLAND

Alfred Stephanus

Born about 1891 in Chilton, Kent. Son of the late Alfred and Charlotte Howland. Member of the Home Guard and lived at 21, Chequer Road, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

MEYERS

Eunice

Born about 1901. Wife of Henry Thomas Clinton Meyers of 3, Stream Park, East Grinstead. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

SOUTHAM

Harold Frank

Born about 1932. Son of Corporal Frank Southam, Royal Army Service Corps and of Mrs Southam of 12, Prospect Cottages, Ashurst Wood. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

THE FOLLOWING CASUALTIES ARE NOT LISTED ON EITHER MEMORIAL

BIGGINS

Margaret Isabelle

Born about 1888. Widow of Frank Biggins. Lived at Highcroft Nursery, Sharpthorne. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

BRAMWELL

Ellen

Born about 1869. Wife of Harry Bramwell (See below) of 'School House', Hartfield. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

BRAMWELL

Harry

Born about 1873. Air Raid Warden Husband of Ellen Bramwell (See above) of 'School House', Hartfield. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

CURRIE

Francis Gordon

Born about 1926. Son of Captain G V Currie, Royal Army Ordnance Corps and of his wife, Sibyl, of 7, Beeches Fields, Ashurst Wood. Injured in the bombing of 9th July. Died at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead the following day, 10th July 1943.

DOHRN

Joachim Sebastian

Born about 1914. Lived at 'Invermay', Vicarage Road, Lingfield, Surrey. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

EDMONDS

Sybella

Born about 1883. Wife of George Marcus Edmonds of Rose Walk, Mill Lane, Felbridge, Surrey Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

FIRMIN

Florence Mary Elizabeth

Born about 1911. Daughter of Mr C M & Mrs F M Barrett of 87, Hatton Garden, Holborn, London. Widow of Edward Firmin. Lived at 82A, Kingwood Road, Fulham, London. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

FRANCE

Ellen

Born about 1875. Widow of Arthur France. Lived at 'Mexies', Copthorne Road, Felbridge, Surrey. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

GRIGGS

Charles Ewers

Born about 1887. Husband of Florence Maud Griggs (see below). Lived at 'Valrosa', Lewes Road, Forest Row. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

GRIGGS

Florence Maud

Born about 1886. Wife of Charles Ewers Griggs (see above). Lived at 'Valrosa', Lewes Road, Forest Row. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

HARCOURT

Ethne Goodbrand

Born about 1923. Daughter of Ian C A Murray and his wife, Mary, of 54, Westmoreland Road, Bromley Kent. She lived at the same address and was married to Captain Robert Wesley Harcourt of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery who was also killed at the same time (see Canadian casualties). Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

LEVITT

Allan John

Born about 1934. Son of John Edward Levitts (see below) and of Dorothy Violet Levitt of Sudbrook Progressive Nursery, Copthorne. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

LEVITT

John Edward

Born about 1906. Son of John Alexander and Charlotte Levitt of 143, Coverts Road, Claygate, Surrey. Husband of Dorothy Violet Levitt of Sudbrook Progressive Nursery, Copthorne. Father of Allan John Levitt (see above). Member of the Home Guard Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

MARTIN

June

Born about 1932. Daughter of Corporal Joseph Martin, Royal Armoured Corps and of Mrs Gladys Irene Martin of 'Broom Cottage', Ashdown Road, Forest Row. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

MITCHELL

Clara Louise

Born about 1883. Widow of John Mitchell. Lived at 'Hollycroft', Rowplatt Lane, Godstone, Surrey. Died 9th July 1943 at the Whitehall Cinema.

OTTEN

Mary

Born about 1927. Daughter of Mr & Mrs Albert Otten of 354, Gosling Way, Normandy Road, Brixton. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road. Her father had been killed on 15th October 1940 when the shelter at Kennington Park, Lambeth was destroyed by a bomb. Fifty people were killed; there was only one survivor, a 13 year old boy.

STAFFORD

Harry

Born about 1893. Son of the late Harry and Ada Jane Stafford. Husband of Dorothy Emily Maud Stafford (see below). Lived at 5, Boughton Lane, Faversham, Kent. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

STAFFORD

Dorothy Emily Maud

Born about 1904. Daughter of the late Frank and Rose Emma Burch. Wife of Harry Stafford. (see above). Lived at 5, Boughton Lane, Faversham, Kent. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

VENESS

Harry James

Born about 1895. Husband of Elsie May Veness of Posingford Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

WYATT

Dorothy

Born about 1911. Wife of William Henry Wyatt of Fen Place Cottage, Turners Hill. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

WYMAN

Mabel

Born about 1921. Lived at Pixton Hill Farm, Forest Row. Died 9th July 1943 at London Road.

The next two military casualties are identified on material in East Grinstead Library.

MULHEARN

John

Gunner 14354690, 141 (The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry) Field Regiment Son of Charles Frederick and Lily Mulhearn of Sheffield Died 9th July 1943. Buried in Section J, Grave 7657 in City Road Cemetery, Sheffield

WILLIAMS

Alfred John

Private 14388324, 2/6th Bn East Surrey Regiment Born about 1924. Son of Alfred John Williams and his wife Nellie Jane, of Forest Row. Died 9th July 1943. Buried in Grave 1463 in Forest Row Cemetery

The following are some of the Canadian soldiers killed in East Grinstead. They died 9th July 1943 unless otherwise stated.

BURGESS

George Dale

Lance Corporal B/67760, 3 Provost Company. Son of the late Lance Corporal Charles Dykes Burgess and his wife, Winnifred (later Mrs Walker) and of 99, Seaton Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Died 14th July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 A 5 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking. His father had been born in Oldham on 23rd August 1888 and served with the 18th Bn Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment). He died on 15th September 1916 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial)

CAMERON

Lloyd William

Signalman L/22762, 1 Canadian Corps, Signals, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Son of Roderick and Marie Cameron Buried in Grave 40 J 10 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

CAMPBELL

James Franklyn

Private M/55970, 41 General Transport, Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Born about 1916. Son of Howard and Edith Campbell of Toronto. Husband of Grace Joan Campbell of Toronto Buried in Grave 45 A 1 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

CARMICHAEL

Gordon Thomas

Private B/92155, 81 Artillery Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Born about 1922. Son of William and Mrs M Carmichael of Toronto. Husband of Gertrude Carmichael of Toronto Buried in Grave 45 A 2 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

CHAMPAGNE

Alexander

Private D/62377, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. Died 20th July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 B 4 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking.

COATSWORTH

John Ritzema

Sergeant K/42076, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Born about 1914. Son of Albert Coatsworth and his wife, Margaret (Nee Richardson). Husband of Constance Coatsworth (Nee Carolann) of Consort, Alberta, Canada. Buried in Grave 45 B 5 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking.

COUTURE

Clifford Eugene

Sapper B/29338, Royal Canadian Engineers. Born about 1910. Son of Joseph and Maria Couture of Timmins, Ontario. Buried in Grave 40 J 4 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

CRANDELL

Augustus Herbert Leroy

Signalman H/68915, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Buried in Grave 40 J 8 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

DALE

Murray William

Private B/46751, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. Died 21st July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 B 10 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking.

FITZGERALD

Donald Frederick

Trooper, F/64992, 23rd Army Tank Regiment (Halifax Rifles), Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Born about 1922. Son of Donald D Fitzgerald and his wife Elisebeth, of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Husband of Antoinette Fitzgerald of New Glasgow. Died 31st July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 C 8 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking. The Regiment only arrived in June 1943, but was disbanded in the UK before seeing service in Europe.

GOODALL

Alfred Eric

Signalman B/110876, 1 Canadian Corps Signals, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Son of Fred E Goodall and Margaret Frances Goodall (Nee Chapman) of Toronto. Buried in Grave 40 J 7 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

HARCOURT

Robert Wesley

Captain Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Born about 1914. Son of Arthur William and Melinda Harcourt. Husband of Ethne Goodbrand Harcourt who was killed at the same time. Died at the Whitehall Cinema. Buried in Section B, Grave 635 in Chislehurst Cemetery

HOFSTEE

Garret

Lance Corporal M/67319, 8th, Princess Louise's (New Brunswick) Hussars, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Born about 1920. Son of Egbert Hofstee and his wife, Harmanna, of Monarch, Alberta, Canada. Died 16th July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 A 9 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking.

HUMPHRIES

George Victor

Sergeant B/27668, 8 Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers. Son of George and Clara Humphries . Husband of Helen Louise Humphries of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Died 13th July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 A 3 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking.

IRONSIDE

Arthur Findlay

Signalman B/76879, 1 Canadian Corps, Signals, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Buried in Grave 40 J 6 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

JONES

Emrys George

Private K/52876, 7 Infantry Brigade, Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Born about 1905. Son of David and Jane Jones of Carno, Montgomeryshire, Died 1st August 1943. Buried in Grave 45 C 10 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

MACADAMS

Ronald Freeman

Private F/79076, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Born about 1919. Son of Nathaniel R MacAdams and his wife Eladean, of Port Joli, Queen's County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Died 22nd July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 B 8 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

MACDONALD

William

Corporal B/74534, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Born about 1921. Son of Ranald and Mary MacDonald of Orangedale, Inverness County, Nova Scotia. Buried in Grave 40 J 5 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

McILROY

Ivan William

Private B/54206, 4 Armoured Brigade, Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Born about 1921. Son of William and Rosa McIlroy of Hamilton, Ontario. Canada. Died 1st August 1943. Buried in Grave 45 C 7 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

WILKINSON

Gordon Lewis

Private D/91520, 31 Corps Troops Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Born about 1920. Son of George and Jenny Wilkinson of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Died 22nd July 1943. Buried in Grave 45 B 7 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

TRUAX

Clifford Walter

Signalman B/84683, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Born about 1923. Son of Abraham and Mary Jane Truax of Waverley, Ontario. Buried in Grave 40 J 9 in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking

1944    

The following were killed in the V1 attack of 12th July 1944

EDWARDS

George

Born about 1881. Husband of Eliza Gertrude Edwards of 'The Bungalow', Hartfield. Died 12th July 1944 at London Road

POTTEN

James

Born about 1883 in Forest Row. Son of William and Agnes Potten.. Husband of Eliza Potten of 11, Prospect Cottages, Ashurst Wood. Died 12th July 1944 at London Road. Also commemorated on the Ashurst Wood War Memorial

RUSSELL

Ernest

Born about 1894. Husband of Mrs D P Russell of 10, Beeches Fields, Ashurst Wood. Member of the ARP Rescue Service. Died 12th July 1944 at King's Garage, London Road.

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