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#1 AB64

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:14 PM

I've Been collecting service and Paybooks for over 20 years now (started with my Dads National Service one and now have over 1100) and thought I'd post some scans up of those who died in action or as a result of their time with the colours. I have added the details I have about the circumstances of their deaths and scans of related bits - if anyone can add anything it would be very welcome, what their unit was doing at the time, War Diary entries etc - also photos of their names on graves/memorials.

These books are amongst my most prized possesions, in most cases they would have been with the men when they died and would have been amongst the few personnel items returned to their family.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:16 PM

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1886002, Lennox Tod Anderson, born 22/3/19, enlisted 16/10/39, kia 25/9/44, age 25
Number 2 detachment 261 Airborne field park company RE, attatched 1 Para Squadron RE- Landed 18/9/44 his detachment failed to make contact with 1 Para Squadron, they then joined with 9th Field Company in area of Sonneberg house where they remained until evacuation. Sapper Anderson was killed by a mortar bomb during the evacuation, his body was recovered from the Rhine at Amerongen in October 1944 (details from unit war diary & roll of honour)
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edit: Following on from conversations and information from "Horsapassenger", its opened the distinct possibility that Sapper Anderson actually died in April 1945 as an escapee/evader - there is a considerable amount of paperwork relating to this which goes against his War Diary which stated he was killed by a mortar bomb on 25th September - I'll updated this post as and when more information comes out

Also below is the letter to Sapper Andersons parents about his grave and a letter sorting his finances which also notes the return of his service book

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:16 PM

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22207444 Alfred Ernest Crawford, born 1/12/11 (1910 on roll of honour), enlisted 27/4/48 died 16/7/52
Royal Artillery, Had served as 781644 having enlisted 17/5/28
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edit: during WW2 he was a POW (from Ancestry - which gives his rank as "General" - a little mistake I imagine)

Edit: I've just got hold of his POW questionnaire and he was captured at St Valery on 12/6/40, he escaped 19/4/45

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grave photo via find a grave

I've now got a death certificate which has him as with 15 Medium Regiment RA in Germany with the BAOR, he was at Holton park Military Hospital when he died of a Cerebral Tumour.

Edited by AB64, 19 January 2013 - 04:20 PM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:17 PM

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219025, Lieutenant Robert Mitchael Drake, 6th Grenadier Guards, born 16/7/21, enlisted 20/2/41, kia 10/9/43
Killed by an MG bullet to the head leading his platoon in an attack on the Tobacco factory on the Montecorvino to Battipaglia road
Details from “Esprit De Corps"

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edit: "Esprit De Corps" by W.A.Elliott of the Scots Guards

From the stevenageatwar.com website " Through the day and night No.3 Company fought it's way forward, eventually reaching a network of lanes north of Verdesca where a hail of bullets and hand-grenades brought the advance to an abrupt halt. At dawn the company again attempted to advance and became involved with a group of German tanks and infantry in half-tracks. It was at this point, whilst at the head of his platoon, that Robert Drake was killed outright."

edit: to add rank & CWGC link

Edited by AB64, 13 August 2011 - 09:41 AM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:19 PM

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6013402 Leonard John Futter, born 11/1/22, enlisted 19/1/39, died 6/6/44, age 22
1st Hampshires, killed on D-Day
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:20 PM

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317992, Andrew Taylor Gibson, Pioneer Corps, born 15/11/15, enlisted 17/4/36, died 28/7/46
Served initially with 156 (Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA, possibly wounded in Malaya, transferred to Pioneer Corps, Discharged 11/4/44, died 28/7/46
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29/02/12
After chatting with Campbell Thomson of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry group Lanarkshire Yeomanry Group he has confirmed Sgt Gibson was repatriated to the UK 15 January 1942 on the hospital ship Talamba, he believes ill rather than wounded

I did some further research on the Scotlandspeople website and got his death registration and the cause of death was a bit of a shock "top of skull blown off and brains blown out by shot from double barrel shotgun"

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Sgt Gibsons Grave at Lochmaben

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:22 PM

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552572(NCO) 190278 (officer), Edwin Glendinning, born 25/3/12,enlisted 2/6/32, kIA 6/3/42, age 29
Commisioned 19/4/41, Sjt Glendinning won the MM with the 7th Hussars, he was commissioned and rejoined the 7th Hussars

“During this engagement Lieutenant Glendinning's troop was sent forward to investigate some lorries reported on the road between Waw and Payagyi. On his way he passed close to the tank battle just described and he himself was fatally wounded by an unlucky shot from an enemy tank gun. Glendinning had been twelve years in the regiment. He had been outstanding as a tank commander in the desert and had obtained a commission soon after the Wavell campaign. After a few months as a subaltern in the 3rd Hussars he came back to the 7th shortly before they sailed from Egypt and proved himself a splendid troop leader"

the text from his MM citation
"On July 4th 1940 he advanced to within 400 yds of the enemys defences to see if they were manned. He came under very heavy fire from field and anti-tank guns but did not withdraw until he had inflicted heavy damage on enemy infantry. Agan on July 12th 1940 he showed dash and determination in engaging a lorry convoy at 400yds range. He has carried out consistently good work on patrol".

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:23 PM

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5346790 David Quinn, born 12/5/20, enlisted 28/6/40, died 13/4/45, age 24
6th Royal West Kents (78th Div), killed by a mortar bomb while sheltering in a farmhouse after the successful attack on Conselice, info from letter from his officer to his foster parents
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edit: the letter to Private Quinn's Foster Parents

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Edited by AB64, 22 April 2012 - 09:51 PM.
grave photo added thanks to Mick at British War Graves

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:25 PM

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37547 Stanley Kenneth Maurice, born 31/10/18, enlisted 3/10/40, died 8/1/44 age 25
27th NZ MG battalion,

“When several men from 2 Company were selected to go to Bari on leave, Captain Aislabie took them in his truck back to B Echelon at Castelfrentano for their pay and changes of clothing. Happy party going; back to my quarters for their tea, he wrote. Got about 600x down road when shell landed beside us. Ran 50x to house for medical aid & got 20x when second shell came in beside truck. Of 5 men for leave one left.Privates Mackintosh (the driver) and Maurice were killed, Shand mortally wounded, and Farnell and Corporal Dryden wounded."

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Edited by AB64, 01 December 2012 - 05:26 PM.
Edited to add Pte Maurice's grave

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:25 PM

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1948619 (OR) 271168 (officer) Edward Hugh LeWarne, born 28/10/21, enlisted 3/6/41, died 18/09/44 age 22
Served as an officer with 622 Field Squadron RE
“On 18th September the whole Squadron moved forward and as usual quickly dug slit trenches but this did not prevent casualties from shelling. Sapper Bear had a leg injury and Hugh Le Warne was killed. Together with the O.C. and a few others he went to his burial and in the absence of the Padre read out the burial service"

War Diary entries, the first is his death, the second his burial

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:26 PM

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14692349 Stanley Gerald Lane, born 26/8/24, enlisted 16/12/43, died 5/10/44, age 20
Served with the 1st Dorsets, killed in the area of Brunsen
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Edit: Private Lane's grave

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From Delaforces book "Montys Northern Legions" 231 Brigade were tasked with straightening the Line of Haalderen and Baal - the Hampshires Part in this attack is covered in Geoffrey Picots book "Accidental Warrior" over 4/5th October - 1st Dorsetshires lost 19 men killed on the 4th and only Pte Lane on the 5th, so it looks like the Battalion also played a part in the attack to consolidate the line.

25/02/12
I've now got hold of the book "Three Assault Landings" about the Battalion which describes their attack on the 4th against the village of Heuval, it mentions the Battalion being heavily shelled while consolidating on the 5th - this is possibly when Private Lane was killed

Edited by AB64, 25 February 2012 - 07:54 PM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:27 PM

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4338483 Albert Hudston, born 24/4/0, enlisted 10/7/39, died 20/4/44, age 43, (42 cwgc)
88th HAA regt RA
CWGC :: Casualty Details

The war diary entry showing an air attack on the units wagon lines which ties in with his death, the later entry about the atack is also interesting saying captured British planes were used

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:27 PM

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4389349 Richard Hudson, born 28/5/18, enlisted 11/2/37, died 6/4/43, age 24 (26 cwgc)
7th Green Howards, killed during the attack on Wadi Akrit
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:28 PM

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7890403 Ian Grant, born 7/1/15, enlisted 18/1/39, died 13/5/40 age 25
No 1 troop 1st Lothian and Borders horse " after dropping off ammunition to forward battalions two tanks attempted to attack the Germans and both were knocked out Sgt Grant commanded the second tank- described in Sacrifice of a Division & briefly in None Bolder & Montys Highlanders, also in report in unit war diary, possibly units first casualty
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An image of Sgt Grant, kindly provided by the webmaster at 1st Lothians and Border Yeomanry which includes an account of the action in which Sgt Grant was killed.


edit: from the above website its possible to view the War Diary 1st Lothians and Border Yeomanry which gives a full description of the incident

25/02/12
The panel on the Dunkirk Memorial with L/Sgt Grant included
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Edited by AB64, 25 February 2012 - 08:00 PM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:29 PM

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6289640 John Oliver Gosling born 20/10/17, enlisted 16/1/40, died 23/3/44, age 26
5th Buffs (Royal East Kents) (78th Div)
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edit: The 23rd Marked the end of the 3rd Battle of Cassino, 78th Division moved in to replace the exhaused NZ Division in the area of Cassino station

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Edited by AB64, 22 April 2012 - 09:53 PM.
Grave photo added thanks to Mick at British War Graves

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:31 PM

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6913630 Henry Brown born 8/12/17, enlisted 22/5/36 , died 26/12/40, age 24 2nd Rifle Brigade, support group 7th Armoured Division
Rifleman Brown was wounded by fire from enemy Bombers being hit several times in the back, he was wounded 22/12/40 and died of his wounds 26/12/40 (original graves show 25/12/40), he had previously been wounded in July 1940. He was initially buried in Sidi Barani cemetery before being moved to Halfaya Sollum
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Edit - adding official letter giving grave detail and also the original letter home to Rifleman Browns Mother

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edit: Rifleman Browns grave from findagrave.com


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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:31 PM

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2739914 Idrys Woodwall Thomas born 16/7/11, enlisted 13/7/44 (from his number he seems to have served earlier in the Welsh Guards), died 15/2/45, age 33
5th Wiltshires (43rd Div)
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Edit: At this time the Battalion was involved in Operation Veritable

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Edited by AB64, 25 February 2012 - 08:04 PM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:32 PM

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T/14854002 Harvey Denison Nicholas born 26/11/25,enlisted 28/9/44, died 31/10/46 age 20, RASC
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His death certificate has him as being with 935 Company RASC based on the Isle of Wight - his death is recorded "on Public Highway Worcester Road Summerfield Kidderminster" and cause of death "fracture of the skull caused when he collided with a motor vehicle on a public highway whikst riding a motorcycle (accidental death)" - I'm not sure what he was doing near Kiddermister is he was based on the Isle of Wight and lived in Rhyll.

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Edited by AB64, 06 July 2014 - 10:28 AM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:32 PM

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14184806 Clifford Wood born 11/11/27, enlisted 8/6/44, died 6/4/48
12th Anti Tank regiment RA,

edit: The ciscumstances of the attack in which he was killed are covered below from
Zionist Terrorism and Crimes in Palestine 1948 (Issa Nakhleh)

"6 APRIL 1948
The most violent activity on the part of the Irgun Z'vai Leumi during the period underreview, has been their attack upon 12 A Tk Regiment RA at Camp 80, Karkur. At approximately 0700hours, 6 April, at least one White Scout car bearing military markings, a police GMC and one or two
other military vehicles drew up to the entrance of Camp 80 at Karkur. The occupants of the vehicleswere dressed in battle dress with RA and RASC titles and included one person dressed as a CaptainReme. They killed the sentry, entered the guard room, killed the guard and destroyed the wireless sets.They then proceeded to the armoury, held up the staff and cleared it. While this was in progress, otherthugs dispersed through the camp and shot at sight any soldiers coming out of the buildings; anotherparty of thugs seized a half track vehicle and covered the gates. The C.O. was shot dead coming out of the orderly room. After about 30 minutes, some troops on the vehicle park started up MlOs, advancedtowards the armoury and inflicted casualties on the thugs who then withdrew under covering fire fromoutside the perimeter, and further covered their retreat with road blocks and mines. British casualtieswere the CO and 6 British soldiers killed and 3 wounded. 4 armed Jews were arrested, but it is notconfirmed that they were involved in the attack. 62 rifles, 58 stens, 18 LMGs, 4 Piats, a large quantity of ammunition and a White Scout car were stolen.WO 261/574"

The Scotsman of 7 April 1948 describes 4 of the soldiers being lined up and shot in the back


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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:33 PM

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14451654 John Leslie Whittingham, born 6/12/26, enlisted 14/8/44, died 4/5/45 age 18
507 field company RE
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edit: 507 Field Company was part of 47 Division

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From his death certificate, cause of death "General shock due to multiple injuries to the head & chest accidentally caused by being struck on the head and being pinned to the side of an army truck by the centre canopy bar which broke off when it struck an electric standard"

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:33 PM

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7646819 George Frederick Wallis, born 21/7/6, enlisted 17/10/40, died 12/10/42 age 36
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Died due to injuries received when the lorry he was driving crashed into a tree at Dunnington, between York and Hull
CWGC :: Casualty Details


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Craftsman Wallis' grave via findagrave.com

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:33 PM

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7367420 Arthur Thomas Underwood, born 5/1/19, enlisted 15/1/40, died 1/10/45 age 26
RASC

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:34 PM

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14402884 Harry Sargeant, born 19/3/24, enlisted 1/10/42, died 5/7/47, age 23
2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, captured on Sicily
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From his death certificate, cause of death "pulmonary tuberculosis"

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:34 PM

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13093922 James Ross, born 19/4/10, enlisted 17/7/41, died 28/8/47, age 37
Royal Pioneer Corps
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29/02/12
From Scotlandspeople his cause of death is given as "consistent with pulmonary tuberculosis, pulmonary hemmorraging , cardiac failure"

Edited by AB64, 29 February 2012 - 09:47 PM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:36 PM

A First World War example but worth adding.
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Peter Gauld was a Canadian who served in the South AFrican War, at the outbreak of WW1 he joined the KRRC. on 28th April 1915 he was shot through the shoulder (around this tike he was Mentioned in Despatches), after recuperation he returned to the front and on 9th February 1916 (his 40th Birthday) he was wounded by shrapnel which lodged in his left lung - he hung on for a month before passing..
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:37 PM

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Rifleman Tate was a member of 2nd Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 5th Infantry Division, he was killed in the Battalions first battle following their transfer from the Italian theatre. The Battalion was to clear the town of Bleckede where they met heavy resistance - Rfn Tate is one of 16 memmbers of the Battalion killed that day and buried in Becklingen cemetery.
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I had the pleasure of knowing a Cameronian veteran who was involved in the days fighting, Hugh McCumisky told me it had been a fierce fight and 2 of his best friends were killed that day Rfn's Morris & Martin - both are commemorated on Motherwell War Memorial and are buried beside each other in the row behind Rfn Tate.

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Thanks to Philip Reinders for getting the grave photo

Edited by AB64, 15 August 2011 - 07:53 PM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:37 PM

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1470679 Lance Sergeant Foddy was a member of 244 battery 78 HAA Regiment RA, he died of Illness on 17/12/43 aged 21 and is buried in Bari
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:38 PM

A very emotional pair of books to a pair of brothers who both died in 1944 in seperate theatres of War
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Joseph William Taylor-Lowen 930758 born 15/02/14, enlisted 15/01/40, died 20/04/44 - he served with 114 Field Regiment RA who were part of 20th Indian Infantry Division at this point fighting at Imphal - Joseph was posthumously MiD (Thanks to Charpoy Chindit for this info)
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War Diary entries for that day, at 4.10 there is mention of an OPA's death - as Joseph seems to have been the units only death that day its seems likely this is him.

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Mark Taylor-Lowen 14577526 born 04/07/20, enlisted 01/04/43, died 07/08/44 - he served with 1/6th South Staffords who were part of 59th (Staffordshire) Division who were involved in the fighting on the Orne at that point.

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Edited by AB64, 05 July 2014 - 03:01 PM.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:38 PM

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7394281, Private Roger Adams of 196 Field Ambulance 18th Division, he died of Diptheria as a prisoner of the Japanese on 19/07/43, born 23/09/20, enlisted 16/01/41. This book wasnt filled in until after Private Adams death, apparently only being done to give something to return to his family - its possible his original was with his effects to be returned but as Diptheria is infectious the details were copied over an the original destroyed.
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edit: Private Adams Japanese POW card, provided by Clayton Ford 196 Field Ambulance

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:39 PM

1396272 Sgt Bernard Stanley George Bugg, CWGC :: Casualty Details he was an Air Gunner with 7 squadron, on his return from his second mission, to Frankfurt they were shot down by Hptm Walter Ehle and crashed in Belgium - 5 of the crew (including Bugg) were killed and two others managed to evade capture.
The scans show Sgt Bugg's Paybook, the log book entry showing his two missions and the death presumed entry
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An extract from Bowyer's book "The Stirling Story".
".............Six Stirlings failed to return.
Included was BK760-X of 7 Squadron, flown by S/Ldr Chesterman. Arriving fifteen minutes early at the target, his aircraft was hit three times by AA fire before it attacked from 17,000 feet. The aircraft was hit again again heading homewards, then the rear gunner reported searchlights following it. When very low over the village of Bree in the Maescyck area a searchlight illuminated the bomber and light machine gun fire riddled the central and forward parts of the fuselage. Then a fighter raced in to finish it off and set fire to at least four of the wing tanks. A second strike probably killed two gunners.
BK760 then briefly climbed before plunging into a canal. Sgt. Ferguson, the flight engineer, and Sgt. Moore, the navigator, escaped and evaded capture."

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Sgt Bugg's grave, photo supplied by Doc on the forum


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Sgt Bugg is pictured on this thread http://www.ww2talk.c...our-photos.html

Edited by AB64, 06 February 2013 - 06:35 PM.
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