Harry Melville CHILD escaper/evader

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  1. Zimrich

    Zimrich Junior Member

    I'm currently researching 1058569 S.Sgt Harry Melville Child REME/RAOC who was taken POW on 28/4/41 in Greece presumably at Kalamata whilst serving with 2 H.A.A. Regt. Workshop Sec and held in Stalag 18a.

    His records show that he died "whilst evading the enemy on or shortly after 27/09/44" in Austria but his CWGC record shows him commemorated on the Athens memorial but to confuse the issue he has a condolence slip for Palestine.

    Could anyone help out with any information as I've reached a bit of a brick wall!


  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    For others information:

    Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
    Name: Armament Staff Serjeant Harry Melville Child
    Death Date: 27 Sep 1944
    Cemetery: Phaleron War Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Regional unit of Athens, Attica, Greece
    Has Bio?: N

    UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
    Name: Harry Melville Child
    Age: 35
    Birth Date: abt 1909
    Death Date: 27 Sep 1944
    Cemetery: The Athens Memorial Part I (Abb-Kyl)
    Burial Country: Greece
    Father: Harry Newman Child
    Mother: Mabel Child
    Regimental Number: 1058569
    Region or Memorial: Memorial Register

    Armament Staff Serjeant
    Service Number 1058569
    Died 27/09/1944
    Aged 35
    2 H.A.A. Regt. Workshop Sec.
    Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    Son of Harry Newman Child and Mabel Child; husband of Norah A. L. Child, of Dover.

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Harry Child
    Given Initials: H M
    Rank: Staff Corporal
    Death Date: Sep 1944
    Number: 1058569
    Birth Place: London N
    Residence: London SE
    Regiment at Enlistment: Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    Branch at Enlistment: Other Corps
    Theatre of War: Middle East
    Regiment at Death: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    Branch at Death: Other Corps

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: H M Child
    Rank: Staff Serjeant
    Army Number: 1058569
    Regiment: Royal Engineers
    POW Number: 7359
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: XVIII-A
    Camp Location: Wolfsberg, Austria
    Record Office: Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers Record Office, 2A, Tichborne Street, Leicester
    Record Office Number: 44

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  3. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    DOVER EXPRESS 29th June 1945
  4. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello Richard,

    He is rememered on the Athens Memorial as the last place he was in combat was in Greece. This is common pratice for CWGC where missing army personnel are concerned, though not 100% infallible.


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  5. Zimrich

    Zimrich Junior Member

    Thank you all very much for your replies! And Gary thank you for posting the newspaper clip I think that has conclusively answered my question.



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