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Parish of Eaton, Norwich - WWII - Panel 4

A W Thorold………………..Lieut.

 

Name: THOROLD, ALAN WILLIAM

Rank: Lieutenant Regiment: Royal Armoured Corps Unit Text: "A" Sqn., 10th Royal Hussars

Age: 22 Date of Death: 05/09/1944 Service No: 237384

Additional information: Son of William John Creeny Thorold and Dorothy May Thorold, of Norwich. Head Boy of Whitelaw House, Rugby School.

Grave/Memorial Reference: I, B, 22. Cemetery: GRADARA WAR CEMETERY

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2078347

 

This date was in the midst of the main allied attempts to break the Gothic Line, with British units active in the attacks on both the west and east costs.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_Line

www.gothicline.org/inglese/offensiva/offensiva.htm

 

V E Waldron………………Sgt Pilot

 

Name: WALDRON, VERNON ELLISTON

Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)

Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 99 Sqdn.

Age: 19 Date of Death: 29/09/1941 Service No: 1255722

Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 1162. Cemetery: EATON (ST. ANDREW) NEW CHURCHYARD

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2763554

 

Wellington W5436 Information

Type..................................................Wellington

Serial Number................................W5436

Squadron.........................................99

X1D...................................................N-X

Operation.........................................Frankfurt

Date 1...............................................28th September 1941

Date 2...............................................29th September 1941

 

Further Information

"Serial Range W5414 - W5463. 50 Wellington Mk.11. W5436 was one of four 99 Sqdn Wellingtons lost on this operation. See: T2879; X9761; Z8869. Airborne 1917 28Sep41 from Waterbeach. Crashed 0200 29Sep41 at Horringer, 2 miles SW of Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk, while returning to base. The cause of this loss is not established.

P/O K.H.N.Rumbo KIA (Keith Howard Naughton Rumbo, Pilot, age 24 from Brazil, buried Waterbeach)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2651917

Sgt V.E.Waldron KIA

Sgt Paxton Inj

Sgt J.Darbyshire KIA (John Darbyshire, Wireless Operator\Air Gunner, age 21, buried Waterbeach)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2651913

 

F/S Gill Inj

Sgt J.Dicks Inj "

www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4762

 

It may be a co-incidence but the CWGC lists Sergeant Wilson Paxton of 99 Squadron as dying on the 1/10/1941 and being buried in his home town cemetery. Possibly died of wounds?

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812311

  

E A Warren…………………….Capt.

 

Name: WARREN, EDWARD ALLAN

Rank: Captain Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers

Date of Death: 17/06/1940 Service No: 104659

Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 20. Memorial: DUNKIRK MEMORIAL

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2767787

 

A response on this article talks of over 800 dying in an air raid at Rennes on this day, and of the approx 100 dead, a large number were Royal Engineers. .

www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/10/a2365210.shtml

 

This was also the day on which the SS Lancastria was sunk, again with a significant number of Royal Engineers amongst the losses. Estimates of the loss of life range from 1,700 to 4,000, although the true total will probably never be known.

website.lineone.net/~heathq/Extractfull.htm

www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/history_lancastria.htm

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Lancastria

www.lancastria.org.uk/

(This last site lists Captain Warren as one of the victims of the loss of the Lancastria, but then states he comes into the category of one of those because his date of death makes him a likely candidate)

 

E R Watkins………………Lieut.

 

Name: WATKINS, EDWIN RALPH

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. Unit Text: 6th (10th Bn. The Royal Welch Fusiliers) Bn.

Age: 28 Date of Death: 10/09/1943 Service No: 193794

Additional information: Son of Edwin Ralph and Jean Watkins; husband of Gertie Watkins, of Norwich.

Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: X. B. 36. Cemetery: BARI WAR CEMETERY

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2077175

 

6th Battalion Parachute Regiment

Moved to Tunisia with division April 1943. Allotted for drop in Sicily July 1943 but their mission was cancelled. Landed at Taranto with the 1st Airborne Division on 9th September 1943 .

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Parachute_Brigade_(United_Kingdom)

www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/9/ardizzone/september/10-16...

 

UPDATED see first comments box below

 

H W G Westgate………………….L\Bdr

 

Name: WESTGATE, HERBERT WILLIAM GUY

Rank: Lance Bombardier

Regiment: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 10 W.T. Army Observation Unit

Age: 43 Date of Death: 22/05/1940 Service No: 1043091

Additional information: Son of Herbert Charles and Isabel Westgate; husband of Catherine Westgate, of Norwich.

Grave/Memorial Reference: British Plot. A. 7. Cemetery: BODO CEMETERY

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2186458

 

There are no Commonwealth war cemeteries in Norway, those who died there being buried in civil cemeteries and churchyards. Bodo was occupied by Allied forces in April 1940 in order to cut off the Germans from their garrison at Narvik. Reinforcements began to arrive, but on 14 May, a ship carrying the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards from Harstad was set on fire by German aircraft while nearing Bodo, and although most of the troops were rescued, six officers were killed. On 20/21 May, fresh reinforcements arrived to form the "Bodoforce", but as a result of intense air attacks on the town, docks and aerodrome of Bodo, it was decided to withdraw. All the troops were evacuated on 29/31 May after a violent air raid which destroyed the town.

www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=54256&...

 

On this site, 10 Army Observer Unit, Royal Artillery are only recorded as being in the Narvik area, not Bodo, and don’t appear until after Bombardier Westgates death. However a number of ships were attacked on their way and either lost or suffered casualties as a result of air raids.

www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-NWE-Norway/UK-NWE-Norwa...

 

The 1901 Census has 4 year old Herbert W G Westgate living at Rock Tavern, New Cut, Ipswich, his town of birth. This is the household of his parents, Herbert C., a 34 year old Inn Keeper born in Ipswich and Isabel, aged 41 and also born Ipswich. Also resident are Herberts brothers, Douglas C, (aged 2),Richard M, (aged 1) John S, (aged under 1) and sisters Elizabeth M, (aged 5),Kathleen B, (aged 7), Margaret J, (aged 9) and Sybel M, (aged 10). As well as two live in servants and a live in bar maid, Herberts widowed grandmother, Mary A B, (aged 65, a retired Inn keeper from Hoxton in London), is also living with them.

 

R F W Wilch………………………………............L\Bdr

 

Name: WILCH, REGINALD FREDERICK WILLIAM

Rank: Lance Bombardier

Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery Unit Text: 68 Medium Regt.

Age: 22 Date of Death: between 28/05/1941 and 29/05/1941

Service No: 938052

Grave/Memorial Reference: Face 2. Memorial: ATHENS MEMORIAL

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2630232

This is intriguing. The British Forces had been withdrawn from Greece by these dates, although there would have been fighting on the island of Crete at this time. However, the CWGC site doesn’t refer to the Athens memorial as covering the Crete conflict. Additionally, 68th Medium Regiment was assigned to the 4th Indian Division from the 15th May 1941 to late June, and was taking part in Operation Brevity, the first attempt to raise the siege of Tobruk.

www.rothwell.force9.co.uk/NA150541.htm

  

A Wright……………………………….............L\Cpl

Name: WRIGHT, ALFRED

Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment/Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment Unit Text: 7th Bn. Age: 33 Date of Death: 08/07/1944 Service No: 5781072

Additional information: Son of Alfred and Emmeline Wright, of Norwich; husband of Edna Wright, of Norwich.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Row H. 5. Cemetery: CAMBES-EN-PLAINE WAR CEMETERY

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2336691

 

The 7th Norfolks were involved in the Battle for Caen between the 4th to 18th July 1944, particularly Operation Charnwood from the 7th to the 9th.

 

'H' hour was to be 0420 hours on 8th July. 59 Division was to attack due south against the main enemy defences. 3 Canadian Division and 3 British Division were to attack at the same time, down the ridges on our right and left respectively.

 

At 0620 hours the order reached the battalions concerned that Phase II would start at 0730 hours. This phase involved an attack by 197 Brigade on the right, with two battalions up: 1/7 Royal Warwickshire to capture St Contest and 2/5 Lancashire Fusiliers to capture Malon; and an attack by 176 Brigade on the left with 7 Royal Norfolk to capture Epron. All battalions crossed the start line on time.

 

Records of the action of 176 Brigade are fuller. 7 Royal Norfolk crossed the start line unaware of the strength of enemy resistance in la Bijude. Almost immediately they came under heavy fire from that direction, as well as from the high ground to the west of Lebisey on their left. In the smoke and dust of battle our tanks lay too far back from the infantry and the right company lost direction by turning towards the enemy around la Bijude. Both leading companies suffered heavy casualties: in the left company every officer and the sergeant-major were killed or wounded, and the remnants lay down in the standing corn. The right company struggled on until about 1000 hours, but owing to enemy fire no information reached battalion tactical headquarters in its uncomfortable situation near the Chateau de la Londe. The commanding officer therefore launched the "mopping up" company on the right company axis, the tanks firing smoke on its left flank.

After heavy casualties a small party eventually joined remnants of the leading company south-east of la Bijude and sent back the first message to reach battalion headquarters giving the situation. This arrived at about 1045 hours. What was left of both companies, all the officers and company sergeant-majors having been killed or wounded in attempts to winkle the enemy out of the hedgerows, eventually withdrew to the chateau area unknown to the commanding officer. The latter, appreciating that the only hope of retrieving the situation lay in the early capture of la Bijude, ordered his reserve company and the tank squadron to prepare to attack it from due north, around the west of the Chateau de la Londe. The plan was approved by the Brigade Commander and timed for about 1400 hours. Meanwhile the remnants of the other three companies were collected by the second-in-command in the chateau area and formed into one composite company of about 50 men.

The enemy had taken a frightful hammering, but his resistance was still fanatical and in the trench system south-west of la Bijude, particularly, was still a coherent whole. His positions were giving far too much trouble and had to be eliminated before further progress by the division could be possible. The divisional commander therefore brought 177 Brigade into the battle, 2/6 South Staffordshire reverting to their command. This set 197 Brigade free to concentrate on assisting 1/7 Royal Warwickshire to gain control of St Contest and on extricating 2/5 Lancashire Fusiliers from their exposed situation. To back 1/7 Royal Warwickshire, 5 East Lancashire took up a position west of Galmanche.

177 Brigade sent one company of 5 South Staffordshire to help the 2/6th in Galmanche. Later in the day the 2/6th were withdrawn to Anisy and 5 South Staffordshire took their place, being relieved in their firm base at Le Mesnil by a squadron of 59 Reconnaissance Regiment. By evening almost the whole of Galmanche was in our hands, but the enemy in the chateau were still holding out, and a well-supported company attack by 5 South Staffordshire just before nightfall failed to dislodge them. 1/6 South Staffordshire remained in the position which they had held at Cambes all day, dealing faithfully with the snipers who had remained to harass our transport in that thick country.

On 176 Brigade front the attack on la Bijude by 7 Royal Norfolk went in, with tank support, at 1400 hours. After over an hour's hard fighting this effectively cleared la Bijude itself and the attacking company was established, with anti-tank guns, on the southern outskirts of the village. But the battalion had suffered severely and was not in a fit state to go on to capture its original objective, Epron, unaided.

During the afternoon brigade headquarters, owing to an error in the use of code-names by the tanks, got the impression that our tanks were in Epron. This was far from being the case. On learning the facts the Brigade Commander placed one company of 7 South Staffordshire under command of 7 Royal Norfolk and ordered the latter to capture Epron by nightfall at all costs. He ordered 7 South Staffordshire, less this company, to capture the trench system west of la Bijude at the same time.

Both attacks went in at 2030 hours, with artillery and tank support. On the right the tanks suffered severely in the open country from the fire of well-sited "eighty-eights" and had to withdraw; and there was insufficient weight of artillery to have much effect on the well-entrenched enemy. So 7 South Staffordshire had to fight their way through the maze of trenches with their own weapons. They did this to some purpose and advanced well westwards of the railway. But night found them too disorganised to hold on in the foremost positions gained and they had to withdraw once more behind it.

On the left things went better. Supporting fire from the tanks was most effective; by 2200 hours 'A' Company 7 South Staffordshire and 'D' Company 7 Royal Norfolk had cleared Epron and the latter company had moved on to capture and consolidate the key area of Auberge, a small farm on the rising ground south of Epron.

On our right and left 3 Canadian Division and 3 British Division had taken advantage of the enemy's preoccupation with our attacks to advance right into the outskirts of Caen. By nightfall the Battle of Caen had really been won, though the town itself remained to be occupied. The next morning, however, found 59 Division with plenty of enemy resistance still to be dealt with, largely owing to the tenacity of the men of 12 SS Panzer Division.

On the right 1/7 Royal Warwickshire were relieved in St Contest by 2/5 Lancashire Fusiliers and occupied Bitot, and by 1730 hours 5 East Lancashire had occupied la Folie. In the centre 5 South Staffordshire put in a company attack against the chateau at Galmanche, supported by tanks and armoured vehicles of the Royal Engineers.

On 176 Brigade's front 6 North Staffordshire put in a full scale attack at 0930 hours for the final clearance of the trench system west of la Bijude. It was not till 1300 hours that the remaining resistance was finally subdued, and the battalion occupied Malon. 7 Royal Norfolk sent 'A' Company 7 South Staffordshire to occupy Couvre-Chef, remaining in occupation of Epron and Auberge themselves. Auberge was subjected to a lively attack by the 75mm guns of tanks supporting 3 British Division, luckily without casualties.

And that, for the 59 Division, was the end of the Battle of Caen. The casualty lists were bitter indeed. Full records are not available, but the following samples are enough to show what they meant. Total divisional casualties up to 0600 hours 11 July were 239 killed, 1,090 wounded and missing. Some battalion losses, in killed and wounded, were as follows:

Officers Other Ranks

1/7 Royal Warwickshire 10 133

7 Royal Norfolk 10 142

2/5 Lancashire Fusiliers 9 123

5 East Lancashire - 51

2/6 South Staffordshire 16 199

 

www.ddaycasualties.com/59div.htm

59div.morssweb.com/?oob

  

R E Yallop………………………………..........L\Cpl

 

Name: YALLOP, RALPH EDWARD

Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment/Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment Unit Text: 6th Bn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 27/01/1942 Service No: 5776273

Additional information: Son of William Yallop, and of Laura Yallop, of Norwich. Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 49. Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2538764

 

The 6th Battalion had stepped straight off the boats and had been sent up-country to take on the advancing Japanese. By the 27th they had taken part in a fighting retreat that had brought them to the edge of the Singapore Causeway.

 

D I Plumb……………………………….....Plt Off

 

Name: PLUMB, DONALD IVAN

Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot) Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 630 Sqdn.

Age: 22 Date of Death: 17/03/1945 Service No: 196398

Additional information: Son of Sidney John and Ethel Edith Plumb, of Norwich; husband of Barbara Mary Plumb, of Norwich.

Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. B. 1. Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2102829

 

Lancaster LM260 Information

Type.....................................................Lancaster

Serial Number...................................LM260

Squadron............................................630

X1D......................................................LE-S

Operation............................................Wurzburg

Date 1..................................................16th March 1945

Date 2..................................................17th March 1945

 

Further Information

"LM260 was a Mk.1 and was delivered to 630 Sqdn Jul44. Took part in the following Key Operations: Bordeaux 18Aug44- daylight; Konigsburg 29/30Aug; Darmstadt 11/12Sep44; Urft Dam 8Dec44-daylight; P_litz 8/9Feb45; Wurzburg.

 

Airborne 1744 16Mar45 from East Kirkby. All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery. Both air Gunners were nineteen years of age.

 

Commencing at 2125 on 16Mar every year, the town's church bells are rung for precisely nineteen minutes in memory of the estimated 5,000 inhabitants who were killed in this raid.

W/O D.I.Plumb KIA

Sgt P.Ackland KIA (Peter Ackland, aged 21, Flight Engineer)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2079603

F/S A.Michaels KIA (Arthur Michaels, aged 24, Navigator)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2102469

F/S J.H.Croucher KIA (John Harold Croucher, Air Bomber)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2080146

Sgt R.Jeffrey KIA (Roy Jeffery, (note spelling), aged 23, Wireless Op\Air Gunner)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2102027

Sgt K.H.Greenfield KIA (Kenneth Howard Greenfield, age 19, Air Gunner)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2101715

Sgt J.D.Baker KIA (John David Baker, age 19, from Ipswich, Air Gunner)

www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2079684

 

www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4042

www.630squadron.co.uk/

www.630squadron.co.uk/630ops_45.htm

www.lewrockwell.com/barnhart/barnhart28.html

www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/mar45.html

 

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