Busbridge Church formerly known as St John the Baptist
1914 -1919 REMEMBER THESE MEN
HARRY BAILEY ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
WILLIAM BAILEY 7TH DRAGOON GUARDS
JOHN EDWARD TEMPLEMAN BARNES GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
JOHN BEAGLEY HMS BLACK PRINCE
DUDLEY GILLESPY BOIS ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
ALFRED ULICK COLLIS BROWNE KING’S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY
LEONARD ARTHUR COUSENS RIFLE BRIGADE
CHARLES LEONARD DAVEY MACHINE GUN CORPS
WILLIAM DUMMER THE QUEEN’S REGIMENT
FREDERICK ARTHUR EDWARDS NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT
HERBERT ALFRED EDWARDS ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT
ARTHUR ELLIS THE QUEEN’S REGIMENT
THOMAS ELLIS KING’S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY
LAWRENCE ROW FISHER-ROWE GRENADIER GUARDS
SEYMOUR FISHER-ROWE ROYAL NAVY
JOHN WILLIAM GILBERT ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILERS
ALBERT GROVER THE QUEEN’S REGIMENT
WILLIAM ARTHUR GROVER THE QUEEN’S REGIMENT
HUBERT BERNARD HODSON PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN INFANTRY
WILLIAM HUGHES 10TH BATTALION CANADIAN INFANTRY
JOHN JENKINSON NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
WHO DIED FOR ENGLAND 1914 – 1919
EDWARD JONES NORFOLK REGIMENT
WILLIAM THOMAS KNIGHT LONDON REGIMENT
WILLIAM THEOPILUS LAKE HM SUBMARINE E11
ALFRED LINTGAR (LINEGAR) THE QUEENS REGIMENT
HENRY LIPSCOMBE MACHINE GUN CORPS
CHARLES FREDERICK LOWMAN ROYAL FUSILIERS
LEONARD ASHLEY LOWMAN GRENADIER GUARDS
FRANCIS WALTER STAFFORD McLAREN ROYAL FLYING CORPS
HENRY LEWIN LEE PENNELL HMS QUEEN MARY
ROBERT JOHN POTTER ROYAL ENGINEERS
HENRY DEACON RITCHIE COLDSTREAM GUARDS
ROBERT JAMES RIXON HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT
RICHARD BERNARD 7th EARL of SHANNON ROYAL FUSILIERS
ALFRED JOHN SHAW ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT
THOMAS CHARLES SMITHERS THE QUEENS REGIMENT
FREDERICK STRUDWICK ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
HAROLD STURGEON HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT
ALBERT JAMES TAYMAN ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSILIERS
CHARLES HENRY TISDALL ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT
PERCIVAL VIVIAN VICTOR WHATELY MACHINE GUN CORPS
GEOFFREY AUGUSTUS WHITE SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
1939 REMEMBER THESE MEN WHO DIED FOR ENGLAND 1945
REGINALD HERBERT CROOKS ROYAL AIR FORCE
EDWARD CHARLES DASH ROYAL REGIMENT WEST SURREY
ERNEST EDWARD EVANS ROYAL AIR FORCE
JOSEPH NEVILLE FORREST ROYAL AIR FORCE
EDWARD GEORGE ROBERT HARWIN 801 SQUADRON FLEET AIR ARM
JOCELYN GRANVILL HAYES ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS
KENNETH HESKETH HIGSON ROYAL AIR FORCE
ROBERT EDMUND JELLEY OXF. & BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY
DYSON HARRY NEAL LIPSCOMBE ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS
WILLIAM FRANCIS MOSS WELSH GUARDS
IAN McCAIL TAIT SCOTS GUARDS
HENRY de CLIFFORD ANTONY WOODHOUSE ROYAL AIR FORCE
Busbridge Roll of Honour 1914 - 1919
A Wall Plaque
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FRANCIS MOSS
OF THIS PARISH
LIEUTENANT WELSH GUARDS
KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION 30TH JUNE 1944
The Fallen in WW1
Gunner, 19th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Army no. 70473
He was killed in action on 6 July 1918. He was 30.
He was the son of Harry and Jane Bailey, 43 Brighton Road, Godalming.
He is buried in grave I G 24 Franvillers Communal Cemetery
Extension, The Somme
Private, 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards. Army no. 1954
He died on active service on 9 October 1914.
He is buried in Bolarum Cavalry Barracks Cemetery, India
The rest of his unit had already sailed for Europe so he probably died from natural causes
He gave his home address as Godalming
John Edward Templeman BARNES
Captain, 7th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment, 39 Brigade, 13th Division.
He was killed in action on 3 February 1917 at the capture of the Hai Salient. He was 21.
He was the son of Edward Daniel and Lily Evelyn Barnes,
He is remembered on panel 17 of the Basra Memorial
Able Seaman, HMS Black Prince, Royal Navy RN no.
He died on active service on 31 May 1916. He was 19.
He was the son of Albert John and Rose Beagley, 1 Latimer Road, Godalming
He is remembered on panel 12 Portsmouth Naval Memorial
HMS Black Prince was an armoured cruiser serving in the 1st
Cruiser Squadron who participated in the Battle of Jutland, where she was sunk with a heavy loss of life.
The circumstances are mystery.
During the battle, 1st First Cruiser Squadron was deployed ahead of the main Grand Fleet and Black Prince lost contact as the Squadron came into contact with German forces, at
about 17.42 hours. HMS Defence and HMS Warrior were heavily engaged by German ships, with HMS Defence blowing up and HMS Warrior receiving heavy damage, which caused her to sink. There were no positive sightings of HMS Black
Prince by the British fleet after that, although a wireless signal from her was received at 20.45 hours, reporting a submarine sighting.
During the night of 31 May/1 June, the British destroyer HMS Spitfire, badly damaged after colliding with the German battleship Nassau, sighted what appeared to be a German
battlecruiser, with two widely-spaced funnels, described as being "...a mass of fire from foremast to mainmast, on deck and between decks. Flames were issuing out of her from every corner." The mystery ship exploded at about midnight. It was later thought that the burning ship may have been HMS
The German account of the ship's sinking was that HMS Black
Prince briefly engaged the German battleship Rheinland at about 23:35 hours, scoring two hits with 6-inch shells. Then the German battleship Thüringen fixed HMS Black Prince in her searchlights and opened fire. Other German ships,
including battleships Nassau, Ostfriesland, and Friedrich der Grosse, joined in the bombardment. HMS Black Prince was hit by at least twelve heavy shells and several smaller ones, sinking within 15 minutes. There were no survivors from HMS Black Prince's crew, all 857 died.
Dudley Gillespy BOIS
Lieutenant, 6th Howitzer Section, Royal Garrison Artillery
He died at sea on active service on 4 October 1915. He was 26
He was the son of Percy and Margaret Bois, Northanger, Godalming
He is remembered on panel 23 of the 325 Helles Memorial
His address for Probate was Northanger, Godalming
Alfred Ulick COLLIS-BROWNE MiD
Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) 83 Brigade, 28th Division.
He was killed in action on 13 April 1915. He was 25.
He was the son of Major and Mrs Collis Browne, Monteagle, Godalming
He is remembered on panel 47 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
He had also served in South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore
Leonard Arthur COUSENS
Rifleman, 12th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own), 60 Brigade, 20th Division. Army no. S/1229
He died from his wounds on 25 December 1917. He was 21.
He was the son of George and Mary Cousens, 66 Brighton Road, Godalming
He is buried in grave V D 2A Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Tréport
Le Tréport was a major Hospital Centre
Charles Leonard DAVEY
Lieutenant, 18th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
He was killed in action on 17 October 1918. He was 39.
He was the son of Harry and Sarah Davey.
He is buried in grave I B 65 Honnechy British Cemetery near Le Cateau.
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), Puzzle
H Dummer 2536 SWB A Dummer
Deaths Dec 1914 Dummer William 32 Guildford 2a 168
Births Mar 1882 DUMMER William Guildford 2a 93
Frederick Arthur EDWARDS
Private, 6th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment, 54 Brigade, 18th Division. Army no. 59299. He was formerly with The Royal Army Service Corps. Army no. RX/4/210923
He died from his wounds on 5 November 1918. He was 32
He was the son of Arthur and Louisa Edwards of Shackleford and the husband of Alice Maud Edwards, 47 Town End Street, Godalming
He is buried in grave VIII A 6 Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension near Le Cateau
Herbert Alfred EDWARDS
Private, 1st/7th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Army no. 33559 He was formerly with The Royal Flying Corps. Service no. 18923
He died on active service on 26 December 1918. He was 35.
He was the son of Alfred and Emma Edwards of Godalming,
He is buried in plot 2 row B grave 2 Dueville Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy
It is probable that he succumbed to the Spanish Flu pandemic
Private, C Company, 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 100 Brigade, 33rd Division. Army no. S/531
He was killed in action on 3 November 1916. He was 32
He was the son of F Ellis, 20 Rock Place, Godalming
He is buried in grave II M 3 AIF Burial Ground, Flers, The Somme
And at the same address
Lance Sergeant, 6th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry), 43 Brigade, 14th Division. Army no. 23115. He was formerly with The Reserve of Cavalry. Army no. 3078
He was killed in action on 10 April 1917. He was 34.
He was the son of William and Jemmima Ellis, 20 Rock Place, Godalming,
He is buried in grave D 22 Hibers Trench Cemetery, Wancourt near Arras
Laurence Rowe FISHER-ROWE JP
Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, 20th Brigade, 7th Division
He died of his wounds received at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle on 13 March 1915. He was 48
He was the husband of Eveleen Fisher-Rowe, 49 Thurloe Square, South Kensington, London. The family lived at Thorncombe
He is buried in grave II F 9, Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension
In the Imperial War Museum there are papers relating principally to his military career.
His name also features on the Bramley Memorial
Commander, HMS Falmouth, Royal Navy
He died on 27 February 1916 from illness contracted whilst he was on active service. He was 39
He was the son of the late Captain Edward R and Lady Victoria I Fisher-Rowe and the husband of Frances O Reinold formerly Fisher-Rowe of Southbrook, Havant.
He is buried in the north-west corner of All Saints Churchyard, Mundesley, Norfolk
His name also features on the Bramley Memorial
John William GILBERT
Company Sergeant Major, A Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 48 Brigade, 16th Division. Army no. 7750
He was killed in action on 1 June 1917. He was 29.
He was the son of the late John William and Mary Gilbert of Dublin and the husband of Nellie Gilbert, Crownpits Hill, Godalming.
He is buried in grave G 70 Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery near Ypres
He had enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1902 when he was just 14.
Private, 6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 37 Brigade, 12th Division. Army no. 69673
He died on active service on 17 December 1918 He was 23
He was the son of John and Elizabeth Grover and the husband of Florence Grover.
He is buried in grave XLVII E 5 Étaples Military Cemetery
Étaples was a Hospital Centre. The book, The Roses of No Man's Land by Lyn MacDonald has accounts of nursing in
the Great War. This includes the account of Sister Mary McCall QAIMNS(R) at No. 4 General Hospital, Camiers who describes the tragic story of a young bride, Mrs Florence Grover, being brought to see her wounded husband, Private Albert Grover. She caught the infection and died several days later. Her husband then also caught influenza and died soon after. They were both buried in war graves in Étaples Military Cemetery
Thank you Sue Saunders for spotting this.
William Arthur GROVER
Lance Corporal, 1st/5th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 12 Indian Brigade, 15th Indian Division.
Army no. 240750
He was killed in action in Iraq on 29 September 1917. He was
He was the son of Elizabeth Grover, 17 Town End Street, Godalming and the late John Grover.
He is buried in grave II L 10 North Gate War Cemetery,
Hubert Bernard HODSON
Private, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), Brigade, Division. Army no. 15265
He died on active service on 8 May 1915 at Frezenberg during the 2nd Battle of Ypres. He was 22.
He was the son of the Rev. Thomas (Rector of Oddington, Gloucestershire) and Catherine A Hodson, The Chestnuts,
He is remembered on panel 10 of the Menin Gate Memorial,
Private, 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) Brigade, Division. Army no. 904476
He died on active service on 15 August 1917 at the Battle of Hill 70. He was 40.
He was the son of William and Mary Hughes, Ivy Bank, Green Lane, Godalming
He is remembered on the Vimy Memorial
On his attestation, he gave his Mother as next of kin of Munstead Heath. He was born in Shamley Green
Captain, 1st/6th Battalion, The Prince of Wales’ (North Staffordshire Regiment), 137 Brigade, 46th Division.
He was killed in action at the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13 October 1915
He was the son of Sir Edward G, KCB, and Lady Annabella G Jenkinson, Thurlow, Godalmimg
He is remembered on panel 103 to 105 of the Loos Memorial
He was educated at Haileybury. He lived in Tamworth and he is included on the Memorial in St Edith’s Church there.
For more details of the circumstances of his death see: http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/letters-time-tell-grim-story/story-12608225-detail/story.html#axzz2lB7RA9N8
Norfolk Regiment. I can not identify this man
William Thomas KNIGHT
Private, 23rd (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment, 142 Brigade, 47th Division. Army no. 705638
He died whilst on active service on 16 February 1919. He was 22.
He was the son of Dorcas Ann and the late Joseph Knight, 88 Brighton Road, Godalming.
He is buried in grave near the south-west boundary of the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church, Busbridge
William Theophilus LAKE
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, HM Submarine E11,
Royal Navy. RN no. M/9379
He died whilst on active service on 8 March 1919 He was 25.
He was the son of William J and Elizabeth Ann Lake.
He is buried in Prot 433 Capuccini Naval Cemetery Malta.
Born at Godalming
He probably died of Spanish Flu as there are tens of men who died in Malta around that time
Not LINTGAR as appears on the Memorial
Private, 6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 37 Brigade, 12th Division. Army no. 919
He died from his wounds on 14 August 1916. He was probably wounded at Pozières Ridge. He was 25.
He was the son of Charlotte and the late William
Linegar, China Row, Hascombe.
He is buried in grave VIII B138 Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
A native of Hambledon who does not appear on that War Memorial.
Henry (Harry) LIPSCOMBE
Trooper, 1st Machine Gun Squadron,
Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) Brigade, Division. Army no. 41046. He was formerly with 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Queens’s Bays) Army no. 3016
He died from his wounds on 5 April 1918. He was 27.
He was the son of Josiah & Lucy Lipscombe of Cranford, Middlesex and husband of Daisy A Lipscombe, 108 Brighton Road, Godalming,
He is buried in grave C 18 Picquigny British Cemetery, The Somme
Frederick Charles LOWMAN
Private, 7th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 190 Brigade, 63rd Division. Army no. 75837.
He was formerly with the 22nd Training Battalion. Army no. TR/10/6591
He was killed in action on 3 April 1918 during the Battle of the Ancre. He was 18.
He was the son of Edward and Rose Lowman and brother of Leonard, the next entry
He is remembered on bay 3 of the Arras Memorial
Leonard Ashley LOWMAN
Private, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards attached to 172nd Brigade HQ. Army no. 20406
He was killed in action on 4 October 1918. He was 25.
He was the son of Edward and Rose Lowman and the husband of Edith Lowman of Wisborough Green.
He is buried in grave I B 7 Anneux British Cemetery
He had married at St Mary’s Church, Bryanston Square, London in August 1917
The Hon. Francis Walter Stafford McLAREN
Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps and General List
He was killed on active service in a flying accident during training at RAF Montrose on 30 August 1917. He was 31.
He was the son of Sir Charles Benjamin Bright McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway and Lady Aberconway and the husband of Barbara McLaren.
He is buried to the east of Church in the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church, Busbridge
He was the (Liberal) Member of Parliament for Spalding
Henry Lewin Lee PENNELL
Commander, HMS Queen Mary, Royal Navy
He died at sea whilst on active service in the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. He was 34.
He was the son of the late Colonel Reginald and Jessie Clara
Pennell, Auliscombe, Honiton and the husband of Catherine Pennell, The Chestnuts, Minchinhampton.
He is remembered on panel 10 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
He had served on the Terra Nova Expedition (the last South Pole expedition). He was the first to sight Oates Coast in 1911 and he named it after Captain Lawrence Oates. He spent short
periods in Antarctica during this expedition and returned to Lyttleton, New Zealand to over-winter returning twice to take fresh supplies back to Antarctica.
He was promoted Commander and assigned to HMS Queen Mary in the summer of 1914. He died in the Battle of Jutland, when the ship was sunk by the German ships SMS Seydlitz and SMS Derfflinger.
The Pennell Coast of Victoria Land, Antarctica, is named after him
Robert John POTTER
Driver, Royal Engineers Army no. 38830
He died whilst on active service on 4 July 1917. He was 18.
He was the son of John Potter, Lodge Bottom, Busbridge, Godalming.
He is buried in near the south-west boundary of the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church, Busbridge
He was based at the Education Centre, Royal Engineers at Deganwy, Wales
Henry Deacon RITCHIE
Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards,
2 Guards Brigade, Guards Division.
He died on 27 September 1918 from
the wounds he received fighting on the Hindenburg Line. He was 19.
the son of Ednee Alice Ritchie, Catteshall Rough, Godalming, and the late Henry Allen Ritchie
He is buried in grave F 26 Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery,
Beaumetz les Cambrai
He was a Scholar at Kings College, Cambridge and features on their War Memorial in their Chapel
Robert James RIXON
Private, 1st Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment, 11 Brigade, 4th Division. Army no. 18386
He was killed in action on 4 October 1917 at Broodseinde. He was 29.
He was the son of James and Maria Rixon and the husband of Christine Rixon, 9 Latimer Road, Godalming
He is remembered on panel 88 to 90 and 162 of the Tyne Cot Memorial
Richard Bernard BOYLE, 7th Earl of Shannon
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 9 Brigade, 3rd Division.
He was killed in action on 13 April 1917 in the first Battle
of the Scarpe. He was 19.
He was the son of Richard Henry Boyle, 6th Earl of Shannon and Lady Nellie who had both died in 1910
He is remembered on bay 3 of the Arras Memorial
Alfred John SHAW
Private, D Company, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment), 6 Brigade, 2nd Division. Army no. 10040
He died from his wounds on 19 September 1914 from the wounds he received fighting on the Aisne. He was 21.
He was the son of Alfred John and Sophia Shaw, 69 The Circle, Farncombe.
He is buried in grave III A headstone 16 Le Cateau Communal Cemetery
He was born in Berkshire.
Thomas Charles SMITHERS
Private, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 22 Brigade, 7th Division. Army no. S/423
He was killed in action on 25 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. He was 38.
He is remembered on panel 13 to 15 of the Loos Memorial
He was the nephew of Mrs. H. Sandford, 117 Brighton Road, Godalming
Lance Bombardier, 16th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Army no. 93092
He died from his wounds on 17 October 1918.
He is buried in grave V A 26 Naves Communal Cemetery Extension near Cambrai
I cannot be certain which Frederick Strudwick this is!
Harold Victor STURGEON
Private, 15th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment, 122 Brigade, 41st Division. Army no. 26983
He was killed in action near Ypres on 13 January 1917. He was 19.
He was the son of Frederick James and Florence Adeline Sturgeon, Edmundsbury, Busbridge Lane, Godalming.
He is buried in grave L 30 Dickebusch New Military Cemetery
Albert James TAYMAN
Private, 10th Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 109 Brigade, 36th Division. Army no. 43558. He was formerly with The London Regiment. Army no. 6974
He was killed in action on 16 August 1917 in the Battle of Langemarck. He was 27.
He was the son of Frederick and Mary Ann Tayman, 165 Brighton Road, Godalming and the husband of Edith Jane Tayman.
He is remembered on panel 70 to 72 of the Tyne Cot Memorial
Charles Henry TISDALL
Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, 73 Brigade, 24th Division.
He was killed in action near Ypres on 13 February 1916. He was 18.
He was the son of Archibald Walter and Elizabeth Amy Tisdall, 26 Baskerville Road, Wandsworth Common, London
He is buried in grave I G 3 Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Percival Vivian Victor WHATELY
Lieutenant, 179th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
He was killed in action on 27 December 1917. He was 20.
He was the son of Thomas Percival and Agnes Mary Whately, Gorse Bank, Enton
He is buried in grave R 55 Jerusalem War Cemetery
Geoffrey Stewart Augustus WHITE
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment), 7 Brigade, 3rd Division.
He was killed in action on 10 September 1914 at the battle of the Marne. He was 23.
He was the son of Colonel George Augustus White (The Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) and the late Alice White, Clifton House, Godalming
He is remembered on La Ferté sous Jouarre Memorial
The Fallen in WW2
Reginald Herbert CROOKS
Sergeant Air Bomber, 619 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no. 1333929
He died on active service on 1 September 1943. He was 22.
He was the son of Herbert Arthur and Gertrude Amanda Crooks of Busbridge.
He is buried in Coll grave 2 B 16-20 1939-1945 War Cemetery Berlin
Lancaster JA848 PG-R took off from RAF Woodhall Spa on an operation to Berlin, was shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Juterbog. Those that died were Flight Sergeant G
W Bower (RCAF) , Sergeant F Hodson, Sergeant R H Crooks, Sergeant W McGill, Sergeant P A Musso (RCAF) Sergeant R Jones. Flight Sergeant E P Jones became a PoW
Edwin Charles DASH
Private, 1st/5th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Army no. 6087803
He died on active service on 14 November 1942 in the second Battle of El Alamein. He was 22.
He was the son of Charles Edward and Edith E Dash of Wanborough
He is remembered on column 54 of the Alamein Memorial
His name appears as Edward on the memorial plaque. In the CWGC database and hid birth registration give his name as Edwin
It was on this day that the Vichy French forces in Algeria
surrendered. His Battalion fought in the 8th Army in the Western Desert and his Brigade, 131 Brigade became the Lorried Infantry brigade of 7 Armoured Division (the Desert Rats).
Ernest Edward EVANS
Sergeant Air Gunner, 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
RAFVR no. 1853237
He died on active service on 12 September 1944. He was 24.
He was the son of William and Mabel Evans who had married locally in 1916
He is buried in grave 17 C 17 Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
Halifax H328 NP-Y took off from RAF Lissett at 11.22 hours. It was hit by flack and exploded and crashed near Dorstein
Flying Officer L Fulkner RNZAF, Pilot officer R H Baker, Flight
Sergeant G R Newey RNZAF, Flight Sergeant A W M Parsons RAAF, Sergeant E E Evans and Sergeant A J Roberts. Pilot officer A O Leleu was taken prisoner
Joseph Neville FORREST DSO, DFC
Squadron Leader, 97 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no. 77913
He died on active service on 24 August 1943. He was 36.
He was the son of Joseph Edward and of Jessie Forrest and the husband of Muriel Annie Forrest of Godalming.
He is remembered on panel 118 of the Runnymede Memorial
Lancaster ED950 OF-X took off at 20.38 hours from RAF Bourn and crashed in the vicinity of Doberitz. Those who died were:
Pilot Officer K Fairlie, Squadron Leader J N Forrest, Squadron Leader E H Parrott, Sergeant Ball, Sergeant A J Cossins and Sergeant G E W Coombs. Sergeant CE Addison became a PoW
Edward George Robert HARWIN
Petty Officer, Airman, 801 Squadron, HMS Daedalus, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy. RN no. FX/80151
He died on active service on 13 September 1940. He was 22
He was the son of Edward and Mary A Harwin of Hydon Heath.
He is buried in grave British Plot G 18 Haugesund (Rossebo) Var Frelsers Cemetery Norway
photos may be seen at:
801 Squadron went ashore to operate from Hatston, along with 803 Squadron, flying missions to the Norwegian coast around Bergen and keeping up pressure on the Germans during the crucial summer and autumn of 1940. Shipping and numerous oil supplies were the most common target for the Squadron’s Skuas and they proved effective. On 13 September, two Skuas were lost to Messerschmitt 109s of
JG5 (the German combat report of this detail is on a website devoted to JG5, (http://www.jg5.org.uk/combat.asp )
Here are some excerpts from the combat reports of the JG5 airmen.
'On 13 September 1940, three Blackburn Skuas were reported at 17.13 hrs. At 17.15 hrs, a Schwarm led by Lt. Georg Schirmbock took off to protect Bergen. Clouds and heavy rain
diminished visibility to 1 km. A victim of the bad weather, Lt. Schirmbock hit the sea with his propeller-blades and the damage forced him to fly back to base. At 18.05, they sighted two Blackburn Skuas. Uffz. Froba and Uffz. Niemeyer were
attacked by one. While Uffz. Froba defended himself in a dogfight, Uffz. Niemeyer could attack. At 18.10 hrs, the enemy plane landed in the sea near Askoy Island. Both crew were picked up in their dinghy by a German ship. The second enemy plane was attacked and shot down by Fw. Haarbach. It at first diving into a large cloud. But Fw. Haarbach turned around and waited until it reappeared. After about 15 minutes, he sighted the Skua trying to escape, diving and flying at low level. On the sixth attack, the British aircraft turned over on one wing and crashed on the ground in at 18.25 hrs. Feldwebel Haarbach landed at his base at 18.55.
Jocelyn Glanvill HAYES
Second Lieutenant, Royal Army Service Corps. Army
He died on active service on 13 July 1940
He was the son of George Robert and Mary Hayes
I believe that his name is recorded on panel 15 column 2 of Brookwood War Memorial although CWGC now refers to Busbridge
CWGC records that he is buried in the churchyard of St. John The Baptist’ Church,) Busbridge but he has no memorial stone
NB Recent research has shown that 2nd Lieutenant HAYES is buried in Busbridge Churchyard. The Commission is in the process of producing a Commision Headstone to mark his grave.
The Probate records give his address as Oldwicks Copse,
Godalming and his Father as a retired Colonel Robert George Hayes.
In 1908 (London Gazette November 3 1908) Major Robert George Hayes was appointed to 15th Battalion, County of London Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service) Regiment from
the Prince of Wales’s Own 12th Middlesex (Civil Service) Volunteer Rifle Corps. Thus we can be clear that the Father was a Civil Servant at the Admiralty as stated in the Census of 1911 and 1901 as well as a Territorial Officer
UK Army states that Jocelyn was born in S E London
In 1911 Census he was in Blackheath, London his Mother Mary had died
All the records suggest that his name was Jocelyn George Reginald Hayes
There is a birth recorded in Woolwich for Jocelyn George R Hayes in March quarter 1907
There is a civilian Death recorded in Northampton September quarter 1940 for Jocelyn G Hayes age 33
The point is that he died as a Civilian early in the War. It seems unlikely that he had been invalided out so quickly
Kenneth Hesketh HIGSON
Flying Officer Pilot, 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Reserve of Air Force Officers). RAF no. 70305
He died on active service on 16 August 1940. He was 29.
He was the son of the Revd. Arthur Hesketh Higson, MA, and Ada Higson and the husband of Jean Higson of Marlborough
He is buried in grave I E 4 Milan War Cemetery
I cannot find a reference to his final operation but I have discovered that his Squadron did bomb the Italian mainland:
Italy's declaration of war on 10/11 June 1940 brought a swift reply. The following night the squadron flew from an
advanced base in the Channel Isles (Guernsey Airport) through thunderstorms and severe icing to attack the Fiat Works at Turin. One aircraft was struck by lightning and had to abandon the mission because of shock to the rear gunner who had been leaning on his guns, and burns to the wireless operator. One other aircraft failed to return.
Just a month later Whitley N1497 was hit by flak and returned to RAF Leeming airfield.
On the night of 20/21 July 1940 the crew of this aircraft were tasked to bomb an aircraft factory near Wenzendorf in
Germany. The aircraft sustained minor flak damage but the pilot was able to return safely to Leeming. The crew listed below are believed to have flown with this captain on this date.
Pilot - Sgt Douglas Watson Green, RAF (564716).
Second Pilot - P/O Kenneth Hesketh Higson RAFO (70305).
- Sgt Henry John Davis RAF (580766).
Wireless Operator - Sgt Arthur Millington RAF (580352).
Air Gunner - Sgt R Myers RAF (624594).
It is thus most likely that he was shot down on a mission to Milan
Robert Edmund JELLEY
Lance Corporal, 4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and
Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Army no. 5384342
He died on active service on 10 June 1941. He was 22.
He was the son of Margaret Louise Jelley, and stepson of Eric D Day of Gurnard, Isle of Wight.
He is buried in grave II B 14 Prague War Cemetery
He died as a Prisoner of War. He had probably been captured when they were defending the hilltop town of Cassels at the time of the withdrawal to Dunkirk in May 1940
Dyson Harry Neal LIPSCOMBE
Driver, Royal Corps of Signals. Army no. 2591463
He died as a Japanese PoW on 23 August 1943. He was 28.
the son of Harry and Daisy Alice Lipscombe of Godalming and the husband of Violet Marjorie Lipscombe of Godalming
He is buried in grave B3 H 1 Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
He was working on the Thailand-Burma railway as a forced labourer when he died
William Francis MOSS MiD
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Welsh Guards. Army no. 176781
He died whilst on active service on 30 June 1944. He was 31.
He was the son of Thomas and Ethel Gladys Moss and the husband of Mary Prudence Moss of Godalming.
He is remembered on panel 4 at St. John's Crematorium, Woking
Ian Mccail TAIT
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards Army no. 176765
He died on active service on 28 December 1943. He was 22.
He was the son of James Alexander and Jean Lang Tait of Chiddingfold
He is buried in grave III A 23 Minturno War Cemetery, Italy
He died as the Allied forces were trying to break through the German defensive position known as the Gustav Line.
Henry de Clifford Antony WOODHOUSE DFC, AFC
Wing Commander, 85 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no. 34189
He died on active service on 13 August 1944. He was 29
He was the son of Henry de Clifford and Rebecca de
Mendes Woodhouse and the husband of Ruth M Woodhouse
He is remembered on panel 200 of the Runnymede Memorial
He was born in New York. His Mother was American and his Father, English.
On 1 May 1944, 85 Squadron, flying the de Havilland Mosquito, was transferred to 100 Group, supporting Bomber Command's night bombing campaign. In this role the
squadron were intruding over German night-fighter airfields and intercepting enemy fighters by accompanying the main bomber force.
They were based at RAF West Malling
He was awarded the Air Force Cross which could be awarded to all ranks of the RN, RM, Army and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry in the air on non active operations.
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