MacDONALD, William Albert (Revised 05/09/2018)
MacGOWAN, George Thomas Clive (Revised 05/09/2018)
MACKIE, James Lionel (Revised 05/09/2018)
MADDERS, Angus Kingsley (Revised 14/03/2018)
MALLETT, Eric Herbert (Revised 05/09/2018)
MALONEY, Thomas James * (Revised 07/09/2018)
MANBEY, Basil Keble (Revised 14/09/2018)
MANIKUM, Patricia Carol * (Revised 21/03/2018)
MANSFIELD, Harry Walter (Revised 27/03/2018)
MARCH, Leslie (Revised 07/09/2018)
MARCH, Wilfred Leonard Hayward (Revised 09/09/2018)
MARKS, Montague Maurice (Revised 09/09/2018)
MARSH, Leslie Henry (Revised 07/12/2018)
MARTIN, Em(m)anuel James * (Revised 09/09/2018)
MARTIN, Reginald William (Revised 10/09/2018)
MARTIN, Robert John (Revised 03/11/2018)
MASKELL, Edward Ernest * (Revised 21/03/2018)
MASKELL, Roland George (Revised 10/09/2018)
MATTHEWS, Reginald William (Revised 11/09/2018)
MAYNARD, Howard Charles Alan * (Revised 04/12/2018)
MAYNARD, John Henry * (Revised 23/03/2018)
MAYS, John Claude (Revised 29/11/2017)
McBRION, Arthur Albert (Revised 11/09/2018)
McCORMICK, Barbara Winifred (Revised 01/10/2018)
McCORMICK, George Franklin Hurley (Revised 01/10/2018)
McGRATH, Brian (Revised 13/09/2018)
McINTYRE, Charles Campbell (Revised 13/09/2018)
McLENNAN, Alexander William (Revised 13/09/2018)
McMILLAN, Eric John (Revised 13/09/2018)
MEADEN, Bertram Grant (Revised 13/09/2018)
MEADES, Jack Charles (Revised 31/03/2018)
MEATYARD, Robert Lawrence (Revised 07/04/2018)
MEEK, Denis John (Revised 14/09/2018)
MENARD, Edmund Sylvain * (Revised 14/09/2018)
MEPHAM, Thomas * (Revised 02/04/2018)
MILES, Robert John (Revised 14/09/2018)
MILLER, Frederick Stanley (Revised 14/09/2018)
MINN, Charles William (Revised 14/09/2018)
MITCHELL, Cecil Laurence Edward (Revised 14/09/2018)
MITCHELL, Frederick Peacock (Revised 14/09/2018)
MITCHENER, Charles William (Revised 14/09/2018)
MOGER, James Edward * (New 02/12/2018)
MOGER, William Charles (Revised 04/12/2018)
MONNEY, John Douglas * (Revised 15/09/2018)
MONTGOMERY, Cyril George * (New 02/12/2018)
MOORE, Alan Beresford * (Revised 15/09/2018)
MOORE, Harry (Revised 15/09/2018)
MOORE, Rachel Matilda * (Revised 15/09/2018)
MORGAN, Bernard Wm. Frederick Carnal * (Revised 16/09/2018)
MORGAN, Emrys (Revised 16/09/2018)
MORRILL, Gordon Henry Edward (Revised 16/09/2018)
MORRIS, Charles Patrick (Revised 16/09/2018)
MORRIS, Ellis (Revised 16/09/2018)
MORRIS, Jane * (Revised 16/09/2018)
MORRISH, Francis Leo (Revised 16/09/2018)
MORRISH, Joan (Revised 16/09/2018)
MURPHY, William (Revised 16/09/2018)
MYERS, Anthony Wallis (Revised 16/09/2018)
* = Not included in the Book of Remembrance for reasons unknown.
"To the glory of God and in proud and loving memory. Sadly missed."
"So very young, so dear and kind, forever in our hearts enshrined. 'Beloved'"
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as Advanced Intelligence and Forward Observation Officer during an attack. He sent in very valuable information, and showed the greatest energy and fearlessness in obtaining it, pushing forward with the advanced patrols and going to and fro constantly under heavy shell fire to report on the situation.
"He died and never knew whether it went ill or well. 'England' he died for you."- there is a very strong possibility that Harry's death was on one of the then top-secret (and still little-known) Combined Operations Pilotage Parties. Based on Hayling Island, COPP personnel ran many cross-Channel reconnaissance missions, and their work in surveying the Normandy beaches was invaluable preparation for the successful D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.
"Until we meet again my darling. Margot."
"For life is eternal / and love is immortal / and death is only a horizon."
"Until the day break and the shadows flee away."
"Into the light which never more shall fade."
|JOHN CLAUDE MAYS AND HIS SIBLINGS|
|Name||Born - Died||Notes|
|Henry William Thomas||Born: 21 April 1905 Kingston|
|Baptised 9 November 1906 St. Pauls Kingston|
|Cyril Ernest Charles||Born: 1906|
|Isabel Daisy Lilian||Born: 24 September 1908 Kingston|
|Baptised 16 October 1908 St. Pauls Kingston|
|Violet Blanche||Born: 22 September 1910 Kingston|
|Baptised 19 October 1910 St. Pauls Kingston|
|Claude John||Born: 20 September 1912 Kingston|
Died: 1940 Epsom
|Baptised 11 October 1912 St. Pauls Kingston. Buried Epsom Cemetery, grave M548, on 31 December 1940|
|Horace A F||Born: 23 September 1914 Kingston|
Died: 16 December 1914
|Leonard Lewis||Born: 6 March 1918 Devonport|
Died: 1998 Wycombe
In Loving memory of our dear son John Claude Mays died 24th December 1940 aged 28 years.
Mays, John Claude on December 24th 1940, at County Hospital, Epsom, of 112 Hook Road, Epsom, who passed peacefully away.
"On 30 March 1944 fourteen 578 Squadron Halifaxes were detailed for a raid on Nuremburg. Two cancelled and twelve took off. Of those 12 only one returned to base and this with engine trouble. Eight landed at bases across England. Three 578 squadron aircraft were lost…
Halifax LW 478 - LK-S Piloted by Squadron Leader Maurice McCreanor became the 105th aircraft lost. It had been damaged by enemy action and struggled back to England on three engines. This aircraft crashed on overshooting at Silverstone, the crew being on their 14th operation. Crews that had already landed at this O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) watched this aircraft come in on three engines. The pilot could not line up with the runway and the control tower heard him say "I'll try again." But the wheels of the Halifax touched the roof of the airfield's section building. It tumbled and exploded across some playing fields for 200 yards. Pilot, 2nd Pilot, Bomb Aimer, Wireless Operator, Flight Engineer were killed. Sgt. D.A. Hooker, rear gunner, died of his injuries nine days later at Halton. Silverstone was later to become the famous motor racing circuit. A memorial to this crew [see below] now stands on the trig point near the Luffield grandstand."
AUS420551 F/Sgt. ELSTUB, THOMAS CLIFFORD (Pilot)
146302 P/O GERRARD, VICTOR (Screen Navigator)
133773 P/O STALKER, JOHN LAWRENCE (2nd. Navigator)
156343 P/O HEWSON, GEORGE PETER (Navigator)
1338724 Sgt. MacMILLAN, ERIC JOHN (W.O/p)
AUS415982 Sgt. HINES, ALBERT HENRY (A/B)
1852352 Sgt. SMITH, ALFRED JACK (A/G)
AUS423657 Sgt. CRIBB, STANLEY BRIDSON (A/G)
1550321 Sgt. DICKSON, DESMOND (F/E)
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him".
"These we loved, loveliest and best, have one by one crept silently to rest".
"In 1939 I was nearly 14 when the war broke out. I had an older brother who was conscripted into the army and eventually went to Egypt and fought in the desert. He later was posted into the Special Services because he spoke French and became a wireless operator. He contacted people who had been parachuted behind enemy lines. Living in Ewell, we were bombed and had one of the first doodle bugs which exploded in Riverholme Drive, killing 3 people. When I was about 16 years old and returning home from the village up towards the station, the siren sounded. When I reached the top of the hill, I heard the sound of an aircraft which came out of the clouds and saw three bombs fall like a string of sausages. I found out later, they had fallen in Ewell East - they were apparently aimed at the railway line. I was told by my younger brother that a doodle bug was being chased by (he thought) a Spitfire which tipped the wing of the doodle bug which made it crash in the brickfields, which is now part of Kiln Lane. When I was 18, I went to London with a friend from school to celebrate V.E. Day with the thousands of others doing the same thing."
"The evening star shines on his grave; the one we loved but could not save"
"They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old."
"Their dauntless spirit was the living breath of freedom and of chivalry and truth."
"In memory of our dear Daddy. R.I.P."
"In loving memory of / Our dear son and brother, / Always in our thoughts. / Mum and Dad."
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Ps.XXXVII.23".
"Our beloved Gordon. / 'He lives, / and loves and waits: / 'tis death is dead, not he'."(This draws on Percy Bysshe Shelley's Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats.)
"In loving memory of a beloved son and brother. Rest in Peace."
"Remembering you, we will be brave and strong."