No 6 Tank Brigade Workshops 24 June 1944

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  1. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    What happened?
    Researching MV Derrycunihy deaths on 24 June and I came across a block of 53 REME deaths, all buried at Lenham Cemetery.
    Was this a V1 hit?
    I can't quite understand how so many could be killed in one incident.
    CROFT WALTER
    LANE PERCY ALFRED
    NANSON NORMAN
    McGINTY STEPHEN
    MILLS ERIC GEORGE
    McKENZIE DAVID HAMILTON
    MORLEY ERNEST MAURICE
    JACKSON LESLIE
    LAZARUS LEWIS
    LONG FRANK
    EATON WILLIAM HENRY
    ELLIS ARTHUR ERNEST
    COPELAND GEORGE ALFRED
    DUGGAN BERTRAM
    CHARLTON HENRY JOHN
    FISHER ERNEST BENJAMIN
    DOWDELL DESMOND EDWIN
    CLARK HENRY
    CHEEVERS CHARLES
    ANDERSON JAMES FERGUSSON
    HUDSON DAVID JOHN
    HANDLEY HUBERT DOUGLAS
    HATT JAMES RICHARD
    HAYES GORDON ANTHONY
    FOSTER FRANK RONALD
    HOBSON LEONARD
    GORMAN ANDREW
    HEATH CHARLES KENNETH
    HALL THOMAS
    SALVESEN GEORGE WILLIAM
    PALMER BENNETT
    SAMUEL TOWYN
    SCARBOROUGH HAROLD
    PEGG JAMES WILLIAM
    POCKLINGTON FREDERICK
    PORTER SIDNEY
    QUANE PATRICK
    BARTLETT FRANCIS ARTHUR JAMES
    BENNETT REGINALD THOMAS
    BULLEN ALBERT WILLIAM JOHN
    BATES GEORGE ALBERT
    BROWN HAROLD
    BURGESS PETER LAURIE
    CARLEY MICHAEL
    BELL FREDERICK
    WYATT ARTHUR PERCIVAL STONE (SMILER)
    WESTWOOD JOHN
    BALLARD GEOFFREY
    STILES JAMES
    MODEN DOUGLAS BERT
    CHILCOTT FRANK ALBERT
    TAYLOR ARCHIBALD
    HANCOCK ARTHUR WILLIAM
    LE PIEZ WILFRED THOMAS
    Can anyone explain as this seems a little known incident and I'd like to know more, as it must have had some impact on availability of repaired or fresh tank supplies for Normandy
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    From CWGC
    http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/40166/Lenham%20Cemetery

    Google results about the V1 on 24th June 1944.
    https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?hl=en&tab=mw#hl=en&q=v1+24th.june.1944+reme


    one says
    https://sites.google.com/site/6thguardstankbrigade/home/reme
    http://rotherhamwarmemorials.weebly.com/bramley-st-francis-church.html
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Wasn't there a thread on this a couple of years ago?
     
  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

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  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    From 6th Guards Tank Brigade, Forbes; Pages 12 & 13:


    Now entered in WW2 Day by Day database
    http://ww2talk.com/forums/page/Databases/ww2_day_by_day.html/_/uk-v1-bomb-kills-over-50-men-from-reme-6-guards-tank-bde-wksp-r422
     
  6. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Hi guys

    Today, on quite a different errand, I visited a village cemetery at Lenham near Maidstone in Kent (UK). I was surprised to see so many CWGC headstones, and there were a few more that I only noticed while driving out.

    There were about 30 graves of Canadians who died in 1919 or a bit later. This explained by the fact that there was indeed a hospital nearby, under the Downs, apparently built by (or for) the Canadians in WW1. How do I know? Well, I have been familiar with that area for years and can remember seeing the hospital in the past and also, my next door neighbour used to work there and was aware that it had been a military hospital at one time. One assumes that these guys were brought back to UK but died of their wounds after the war was over.

    There were also some 35 headstones, and a memorial cross with over 50 names on it, all referring to the personnel of 6 Army Tank Brigade Workshop who all died on the same day in 1944, I think in July which must have been just before they went to France. Was there some disaster or a bombing raid to account for this considerable carnage?

    I was interested to see on each headstone this old REME badge (shown below), presumably the first one. I was not even aware they had changed their badge, but this is quite unlike the current one. It was also interesting to see the ranks of the casualties; Craftsmen of course, which I would have expected, but also Drivers and Privates (and of course various NCOs). The rank structure of REME in the early days must have been a bit different from now!

    Chris
     

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  7. Owen

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  8. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Many thanks Owen. My guests from New Zealand (who were looking for quite a different grave) are leaving tomorrow and will be interested to hear the facts. Very quick indeed!

    Chris
     
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Went to the REME Museum at Lyneham this afternoon & saw this model of the Memorial Gates which reminded me of this thread.
    Apologies for rubbish quality of photos taken on my phone.
     

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  10. Owen

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