WW2 Book of Remembrance - Surnames I

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IEVERS, Eyre Osbourne (New 16/03/2014)
IMPEY, Harry * (New 30/10/2017)
INGRAM, Rex Sidney Anthony (New 08/01/2018)
IRISH, Cyril Vivian (Revised 02/10/2017)

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IEVERS Eyre Osbourne, Flying Officer. 81827.

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 9 April 1942, age 39.

Eyre Osborne Ievers was the eldest son of Eyre Francis Wall and Catherine Lilian Ievers, whose birth had been registered at Tonbridge for the September Quarter of 1903.

After early education at Yardley Court, Somerhill, he followed his father to Tonbridge School from 1917 to 1920 and subsequently trained as an Accountant before joining a family business in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during 1928. About that time his parents were resident at 'Croft House' Epsom. In 1936 he returned to England to take employment with Eyre Smelting Co - where his father, E F Ievers, held the position of Managing Director.

Having become a member of the Royal Air force Volunteer Reserve, gazetted as 'Levers' on 30July 1940, he was appointed Flying Officer in 1941 and Officer Commanding No 15 Bomb Disposal Squad, with headquarters at Ulleskelf near RAF Church Fenton. On 29 April 1942 there was a 'Baedeker' Air Raid on the City of York which left two unexploded bombs close to RAF Clifton. F/O Ievers was mortally wounded when they detonated whilst he was preparing to disarm the UXBs. Full details of the incident are reported at - www.rafchurchfenton.org.uk.

In a list of casualties Eyre O Ievers' address is given as- 'Campana', Lynwood Road, Epsom - www.stmartinsyork.org.uk. RAF Records again showed his name incorrectly as 'Levers' and that he had died of wounds or injuries received on active service.

He was buried in St John the Baptist Churchyard Extension, Kirkby Wharfe, North Yorkshire, England, Plot: Row B. Grave O. [Link to CWGC]

Mr E F Ievers, retired Company Director, died at 12 Lynwood Road, Epsom, on December 1958.

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IMPEY Harry. 3rd Engineer Officer

Merchant Navy - SS Winamac
Died 31/08/1942, aged 32

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Son of Harry and Jennie Impey; husband of Eileen E R Impey (nee Mills), of Ewell.

Serverd aboard the SS Winamac which was torpedoed by German submarine U-66 while traveling from Trinidad to the Azores. It sunk with the loss of 30 lives

Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, Panel 119.

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INGRAM, Rex Sidney Anthony. Lieutenant 304683

4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters). Royal Armoured Corps
Died 13 June 1944 Age 19

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Son of Bernard William and Ada Lillian Ingram, of Epsom, Surrey.

Buried: Bayeux War Cemetery, XV. M. 22.

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IRISH, Cyril Vivian. Sergeant (934541)

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 18 October 1941, aged 20

Cyril Irish in uniform and flying gear
Cyril Irish in uniform and flying gear
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Cyril was born in Epsom on 2 December 1920, the third child of Charles George and Dora Lilian Irish. Like his siblings, Cyril was baptised at Christ Church Epsom Common.

His father had been born in Devon but moved to Epsom, where the 1911 Census recorded Charles as a 26 year-old "Clerk" lodging with Police Constable Robert Rounce and family at 57 Miles Road. The residents on Census Day did not include the family's 27 year old daughter, Dora Lilian: she was at "Pendennes", Bridge Road, Epsom working as "cook domestic" for widowed Frances Kent and his 7 year old daughter. The 1911 Census records Charles Irish as a "Clerk", probably at Epsom's Long Grove Mental Hospital. This was his place of work noted in the LCC's record of his WW1 service as a Private from 1915 to 1919 - at the beginning of which Charles and Dora married in Epsom Q3 1915.

Post war, the family's long-term home was 7 West Hill, Epsom. In his teens, Cyril attended Glyn School and was a member of the Scouts - almost certainly the 2nd Epsom Group, attached to Christ Church. As he is remembered on the Epsom Brotherhood's WW2 memorial, he must also have been active in that organisation.

He had attested in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and his RAF career took him to No. 27 Operational Training Unit RAF (27 OTU). This had been formed at RAF Lichfield in April 1941 as part of No. 6 Group RAF Bomber Command with the purpose of training night bomber crews.

On 18 October 1941, Cyril (who was training as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) was one of a training crew flying a Vickers Wellington Ic (X9821). It crashed while turning to the north of the Aerodrome and all four of the crew were killed.

A Vickers Wellington
A Vickers Wellington
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Cyril's body was brought back to Epsom for burial. On 25 October, he joined his brother, Ernest John, who had died aged only one month in 1916 - four years before Cyril was born. In 1947, these two were joined by their father. The grave also now carries memorials to their mother (who died in 1987) and their sister, Cynthia Irish (1918-2011).

The Irish family grave (A348) in Epsom Cemetery
The Irish family grave (A348) in Epsom Cemetery
Photograph by Roger Morgan ©2017

Roger Morgan © 2017

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