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PAGE, Brian Frederick Johns (Revised 27/11/2017)
PAGE, Walter (Revised 14/04/2018)
PAGE, Wilfrid Thomas (Ted) (New 30/10/2017)
PAGELLA, Maurice Rene (Revised 15/04/2018)
PAINTER, Mollie Laura Arnaud (Revised 14/04/2018)
PALMER, Frank (Revised 17/04/2018)
PAMMENT, Kenneth Jack (New 08/01/2018)
PANKHURST, Charles Arthur (Revised 25/01/2018)
PANTING, Dennis Brent (Revised 12/12/2017)
PARBERY, Robert George * (Revised 17/04/2018)
PARSONS, Maude (Revised 17/04/2018)
PASKELL, Reginald Derrick Frank (Revised 25/01/2018)
PAUL, Eric William (Revised 17/04/2018)
PAYNTER, Sydney (Revised 18/04/2018)
PEARSON, Ernest Henry * (Revised 17/01/2018)
PEARSON, Nevill Corrie (New 03/02/2014)
PECK, Charles William (Revised 18/04/2018)
PEDDIE, Thomas John (Updated 24/08/2017)
PENDRY, Gordon (Revised 18/04/2018)
PENFOLD, Ernest John
PENFOLD, Harry
PENTNEY, Douglas Charles (Revised 19/04/2018)
PETHERICK, Edward Frank * (Revised 19/04/2018)
PICKSTOCK, Cyril Albert (Revised 19/04/2018)
PILLEY, John Herbert (New 30/10/2017)
PLATFOOT, Gordon Leonard * (Revised 11/03/2018)
PONSFORD, Wallace Edward (Revised 20/04/2018)
POOLE, Basil Worsley * (Revised 21/04/2018)
POWELL, Eric Stanley (Revised 20/04/2018)
PRICE, Godfrey Ronald * (Revised 22/04/2018)
PRIOR, Elizabeth * (Revised 22/04/2018)
PULLING, Walter George (Revised 22/04/2018)
PULLINGER, William Todd (Revised 22/04/2018)
PURCELL, Allen Harold Dashwood * (Revised 19/11/2017)
PUTTICK, Wilfred * (Revised 08/01/2018)
PYE, Catherine * (Revised 22/04/2018)

* = Not included in the Book of Remembrance for reasons unknown.
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PAGE, Brian Frederick Johns. Sergeant/Pilot (538741)

42 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Died 11 May 1942, aged 23.

The marriage of Randall William Tussand Page, born 1890 in Mendoza, South Africa, to Clara Jane Johns, born 1886, from Ruan Minor, Cornwall, was registered at Helston for the December Quarter of 1915. Birth of their son, Brian Frederick Johns Page, came to be recorded in Hampstead, 3/1919.

At that time and up to 1939 the family lived in Bolton Road, Camden.

The RAF Service number 538741allocated to Brian indicates that he entered service from civilian life rather than as a Boy Entrant about the age of sixteen.

The Pages seem to have left London to reside at 25 Beaufort Way, Ewell, following the outbreak of hostilities.

In common with certain other ranks, boy entrants, and former RAF apprentices, Brian was selected for air crew training during the war. Eventually he joined 42 Squadron as a Sergeant Pilot. On 11 May 1942, Beaufort AW 366 was engaged in a non-operational training day, engaged in formation flight light torpedo attacks, when it collided with AW310. AW366 crashed into the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Two of the crew of AW366 were killed and the other two lost at sea.

Crew:-
RAF Sgt B F J Page, Captain (Pilot)
RAAF 407899 Sgt J L Jones, (Observer)
RAF Sgt S Counsell, (Wireless Air Gunner)
RAF Sgt D MacDonald,(Wireless Air Gunner)
AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: BRISTOL TYPE 152 BEAUFORT.
Bristol Beaufort Mk I of No. 42 Squadron RAF, based at Leuchar, March 1941.
Image source: IWM (CH 2775)

A twin-engine large reconnaissance, torpedo bomber and mine-laying aircraft, the Beaufort's design was based on the Bristol Blenheim light bomber. For a time, they used two Taurus4-cylinder radial engines (or, sometimes, Pratt and Witney Twin Wasps). The aircraft could travel at about 260 mph (418 km/h), but the speed fell when carrying a torpedo. Carrying a crew of four, the Beaufort operated as the standard torpedo bomber between 1940 and 1943.

Sgt's. Page and Jones were buried in the Leuchars Cemetery, Fifeshire, Scotland. Sgt's .Counsell and MacDonald have no known grave and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the missing, Runnymede, Surrey.

Brian's father, Randall William Page, died on 15 March 1944 in hospital at 49 Dorking Road Epsom. His widowed mother, Clara Jane Page, lived on at 25 Beaufort Way, Ewell, until her death, 7 December 1957, again in Epsom District Hospital.

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PAGE, Walter

Civilian
Died 15 June 1944, aged 68

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records note that Walter was "of 57 Riverholme Drive, West Ewell. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Page, of Runcorn, Cheshire; husband of Emily Winifred Page."

The couple are indeed found at 57 Riverholme Drive in the 1939 Register, but the head of the household is the apparently unrelated Albert George Cooks, born on 13 October 1896 and employed as "Civil Service: Sorter GPO". He is listed as married, but his wife is not present. Walter - who had been born on 28 August 1879 - is recorded as a "Contractors Costing Clerk (unemployed)". Walter's wife (born on 20 April 1899 and thus some 20 years his junior) is listed with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties" - and is recorded as plain Winifred rather than the "Emily Winifred" noted by Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

These relatively common names - and the dropping of "Emily" - make it impossible to say anything more about Walter's background with any confidence. And things are further muddled by finding in the readily available records the only marriage between a Walter Page and a Winifred as being in Q4 1926 registered in Willesden: that Winifred's maiden name was Lewis, and that Walter is recorded as "Walter W Page".

(Incidentally, the final two residents of 57 Riverholme Drive in the 1939 Register were 68 year old Arthur Albert Hadley, listed as "Church Sexton, unemployed through accident", and his 63 year old wife Lottie listed as "Totally incapacitated".)

Anyway, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that Walter died as a result of enemy action at 57 Riverholme Drive on 15 June 1944. He was buried in Epsom Cemetery (Grave O562) on 24 June.

If any of the other residents of 57 Riverholme Drive were injured in the same attack, they survived - and Emily Winifred Page died on 29 December 1970, listed in the Probate records as then being of "Hillside", Harrow Road, West Dorking.

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PAGE, Wilfrid Thomas. Squadron Leader (65992)

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 126 Squadron
Died 16 November 1943, aged 29

Wilfrid ('Tom') Page

Wilfrid ("Tom") Page

Wilfrid Thomas - always known as "Tom" - was born on 13 July 1914. He was the third of nine children born to William Richardson Page (the founder of Epsom's Page Motors) and Esther Olive (née Pohill).

In Q3 1920, he married Emma Edith Cox in Croydon. The couple were recorded in the 1939 Register living at 47 The Greenway, Epsom in a household of seven. Some of those individuals were doubtless the couple's children but their records are currently officially closed.

After leaving Epsom County School for Boys (now Glyn School), Tom became a test pilot with the Parnall aircraft company of Bristol. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in January 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot and commenced training at the Scottish College of Aviation at Prestwick. In April that year he continued training nearer home at Redhill, going on to more advanced training near Bristol in May 1939.

Called up on 1 September 1939 as a Sergeant-Pilot, he was assessed as suitable for service as a bomber pilot and began training on multi-engine aircraft. On 31 July 1940, he was posted to 11 OTU Bassingbourn to convert to Wellington bombers. At about this time, however, Fighter Command was seeking volunteers from other Commands and Tom must have responded to this since, on 2 September 1940, he went to 5 OTU Aston Down to train on Hurricanes. He "passed out" on 29 September and was posted to 1 Squadron to begin operations.

Proud of his home town, he was granted the Council's permission to paint the Epsom and Ewell coat of arms on his Hawker Hurricane.

Tom with his Hurricane bearing the Epsom and Ewell coat of arms
Tom with his Hurricane bearing the Epsom and Ewell coat of arms

In May 1941, he was commissioned as a Flight Lieutenant and posted to 59 OTU at Crosby-on-Eden, Cumbria as an instructor. However, he was back on operations in December that year, serving with 32 Squadron at RAF Manston as Flight Commander of 'B' Flight. He was awarded a "Mention in Despatches" for distinguished service with the Squadron.

In March 1942, Tom was promoted to Squadron Leader and, in May, was posted to the newly-formed 174 (Mauritius) Squadron, also at RAF Manston. The Squadron was equipped with the Hurricane II 'Hurribomber', adapted to carry bombs, and engaged in anti-shipping and dive-bombing operations along the French coast.

In a 1942 newspaper report, Tom described a low-level Hurricane raid on German positions in Normandy, in which he had taken part. He said,
'After crossing the French coast navigation was difficult because of the haze, but we found the German camp all right. Light machine-guns opened fire from the ground, but I replied with my guns, and the firing stopped at once. I still had my finger on the gun button when I let my bombs go and none of us was more than 30 ft high when bombing. Then I turned so that I could not look back and when I had counted off the second allowed by our delayed action bombs there were terrific explosions. Smoke, dust and debris rose to a height of 200 ft or more, and it looked as though the whole camp had been blown sky high. We made quite a mess of it. It was a beautifully planned show and, except for one small bullet hole in my Hurricane, not one of our aircraft was hit. On the way back we saw our Spitfire escorts beating up other targets. They did some particularly good shooting on a goods train. It came towards them head-on and they fired down the whole length of it.'
After his tour with 174 Squadron, Tom resumed instructing duties at 56 OTU Tealing, near Dundee. His next posting, in June 1943, involved him converting to Spitfires and going to command 126 Squadron at Safi on Malta, then operating offensive sweeps over the Mediterranean.

SupermarineSpitfireMkVc
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc, AR501, G-AWII, filming Battle of Britain, 1969
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Following the invasion of Sicily the Squadron moved to Gerbini airfield there, arriving in October 1943. As the Germans retreated the Squadron moved the following month to Grottaglie airfield in the heel of Italy.

On 16 November 1943, Tom was in his Spitfire Vc JK950 leading the Squadron on an operation over modern-day Cerma-Bicak in Albania. What happened next was described in the Group Captain's 21 November letter of condolence to Tom's widow, the full text of which is as below.
"My dear Mrs Page

"I want to try to convey to use some of the sympathy that we here feel for you and yours in your loss. Your husband was one of the most respected of Squadron Commanders and all those under his Command have been most deeply affected.

"I can tell you that he was leading his Squadron in offensive operations at the time, and that his aircraft was hit by flak. He was not in anyway injured himself and decided that he would try and get his aircraft back.

"This was a noble decision as he could so easily have crash landed and fallen into enemy hands. While over the sea, his engine finally up and he had to bail out; if this had been successful we could probably have rescued him but once more Fate seems to have taken at hand and he was seen to have difficulty getting clear of his aircraft.

"He was clear before they both hit the sea but his parachute, while it had started to open, had not time to check his fall and the impact must have killed him instantaneously.

"As I say, his loss is a grievous one to us all, and especially to his Squadron, but this only heightens our sympathies for you. I hope what I have been able to tell you will be some comfort to you and if they should be anything further I can do to help, I hope you will not hesitate to let me know."
Tom's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Malta War Memorial. Unveiled by HM The Queen on 3 May 1954, this commemorates almost 2,300 airmen who lost their lives during WW2 (whilst serving with the Commonwealth Air Forces flying from bases in Austria, Italy, Sicily, islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, West Africa, Yugoslavia and Gibraltar) and who have no known grave.

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PAGELLA, Maurice Rene. Major MiD OBE

HMS Nile, Royal Marines
Died 19 September 1945, aged 37

Maurice's headstone in the Milan War Cemetery
Maurice's headstone in the Milan War Cemetery
Photograph (21543817) by "and76" via findagrave.com

Maurice's parents were Francesco and Josephine Emily Eugene Pagella. They are recorded in the 1901 Census as two 34 year olds running a small hotel in St Lawrence Road, Southampton. Francesco had been born in Italy, but Josephine was English. They had a 5 month old daughter Madeleine. One of the eight staff is listed as the "Employer's interpreter". The couple appear to have had three more children: Clovis (born 4 May 1902); Francis (born 29 March 1904); and Maurice (born Q4 1907).

Apart from young Francis (who was away at school), the family is not found in the 1911 Census. This may be due to transcription errors, but there is a record of "F Pagella" and others sailing from Southampton to Cherbourg in October 1909.

The family returned to the UK and is found in the 1939 Register living at 28 Stanthorpe Road, Streatham. Francesco (given here as "Francis") is listed as a "Restaurateur (retired)" and Josephine with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". Three of their children were living with them: the now-married Clovis and Francis junior are both listed as "Wholesale Fruit Merchants"; and widowed Madeleine (she had married Ernest J Grant in Q3 1930) as "Seeking Secretarial Work". Maurice was not there - probably not unconnected to his Q3 1939 marriage to American Juanita Bruton registered in the Wandsworth District (which includes Streatham).

The family later moved to 21 Nonsuch Court Avenue, Ewell. This was given as Maurice's address in the Probate record of administration of his estate being awarded to his mother - and was the address at which his father and mother died on, respectively, 22 May 1949 and 16 April 1958.

Maurice's WW2 service was in the Royal Marines, attached to HMS Nile. That was not a ship but, between April 1939 and June 1946, the Royal Navy base at Ras el-Tin Point, Alexandria, Egypt. Among others, special forces operated from this base, and little information is publicly available about their various covert operations.

Maurice seems to have hit his full stride during the Allies' invasion of Italy and hard-fought progress northwards - not least in battling through the German defensive line south of Rome in the first half of 1944. A flavour of Maurice Pagella's war may be gleaned from two citations in the London Gazette:
  • on 23 January 1945, it noted his Mention in Despatches "For outstanding service while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy"; and
  • the 19 June 1945 issue recorded his appointment to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire "For courage, skill and inspiring leadership in special operations following the Italian Armistice".
Maurice's death on 19 September 1945 came after the cessation of hostilities and, after several years in harm's way, the rather mundane cause was a road accident at Lodi in Northern Italy, about 10 miles southeast of Milan. He is one of 396 WW2 casualties buried in the Milan War Cemetery (Grave I.C.12) where - drawing from Rupert Brooke's WW1 poem "The Soldier" - the family took the option of adding a personal inscription to his headstone,
"Think only this of me: that there's some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England."
There is no record of Maurice and Juanita having any children. It seems she returned permanently to the States, leaving Liverpool on 9 June 1945 aboard the Curacao, the manifest of which notes that she was a 32 year old American citizen intending to return permanently to the States and was a "Welfare Worker" whose UK address was given as c/o the American Red Cross, 11 Grosvenor Square, London W1.

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PAINTER, Mollie Laura Arnaud. Sister (2/P/263)

Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
Died 5 July 1941, aged 36

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance.

Mollie was born Q4 1904 in Rochester, Kent, the first child of Swiss-born (but British) George Evelyn Painter and Mary Josephine (née Murphy - she was from Cork). They had married Q2 1904, registered in the Gravesend District. The 1911 Census records Mary - now with two more children (3 year old Richard and 2 year old George, both born in Lichfield, Staffordshire) - living at "Roche Lea", Laurel Road, St Helens, Lancashire, and supported by a live-in domestic servant. Their mobile existence seems to be explained by George senior's serving in the Royal Engineers: the 1911 Military Census records him as "Overseas". He also saw service during WW1.

The parents' next appearance in the readily available records is in the 1939 Register, whch finds them at 125 Albert Road, Epsom. 64 year old George is listed as "Regular Army Lt Col RE (Retired)" and 57 year old Mary with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". Mollie is not found in that Register, probably because she was already serving in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service. At the outbreak of WW2 there were already 624 members of the Service in Military Hospitals at home and abroad, and the number grew as the war got under way.

By 1941 (and possibly before) Mollie was stationed at the British Military Hospital in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on South Central India. Casualty List No 562 reported that, on 30 June 1941, Mollie was "dangerously ill" - all too quickly followed by Casualty List No 566 stating that she had died on 5 July 1941.

Mollie is one of the 856 Commonwealth WW2 burials in the Madras War Cemetery in modern-day Chennai on India's southeast coast. This was created to receive graves from many civil and cantonment cemeteries in the south and east of India where their permanent maintenance could not be assured. Her mother took the option of adding a personal inscription to Mollie's headstone on Grave 8.A.13, "Beloved elder daughter of Mrs Painter and the late Lt-Col G E Painter of Epsom."

Part of the Madras War Cemetery, Chennai
Part of the Madras War Cemetery, Chennai
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The inscription could be seen as implying that Mollie's father had predeceased her. In fact he did not die until 9 January 1951, when he was still at 125 Albert Road - and that was given as Mollie's home address in the 1942 Probate record of administration of her estate being awarded to her brother Richard, who had followed his father into the Army and was serving a Major in the Essex Regiment. He survived WW2.

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PALMER, Frank

Royal Navy
Died N/K, aged N/K

Frank's Entry in the Book of Remembrance
Frank's Entry in the Book of Remembrance
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Details unclear

This is one of a very few entries in the Borough's WW2 Book of Remembrance where it has not, to date, been possible to identify the commemorated individual.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission database of WW2 casualties lists only three Royal or Merchant seamen called plain Frank/Francis Palmer. They - and their details are:
PALMER, Frank. Leading Stoker (P/KX136948). Served on HMS Lochinvar, Royal Navy.Died 5 June 1946, aged 22. Son of Philip and Alice Palmer, of Birmingham; husband of Lily Frances Palmer, of Small Heath, Birmingham.

PALMER, Frank. Stoker 1st Class (P/KX 91570). Served on HMS Hood, Royal Navy. Died 24 May 1941, aged 25. Son of Ernest David and Louisa Palmer, of Moss Side, Manchester.

PALMER, Frank. Able Seaman (C/SSX 27176). Served on HMS Niger, Royal Navy. Died 6 July 1942, aged 23. Son of Harry and Elizabeth Palmer, of Broadclyst, Devon.
The Commission has only three other Palmers with Frank/Francis as one of multiple Christian names. They are:
PALMER, Frank Ernest. Coder (C/JX 508410). Served on HMS Bullen, Royal Navy. Died 6 December 1944, aged 39. Son of Walter and Elizabeth Palmer; husband of Nora H. Palmer, of South Croydon, Surrey.

PALMER, Frank Reginald. Able Seaman (H2074). Served on HMAS Manoora, Royal Australian Naval Reserve. Died 8 July 1947, aged 24. Son of David John and Margaret Elizabeth Palmer; husband of Betty Patricia Palmer, of Lakemba, New South Wales.

PALMER, Frank Arthur Charles. Able Seaman (D/J 41748). Served on HMS Warwick, Royal Navy. Died 20 February 1944, aged N/K. No family details given. [It has since been established: first, that, having been born in Weymouth on 11 December 1899, was 44 when he died; and, second, that he seems to have been a career Navy man - having served on HMS Monarch during WW1.]
None of these has any obvious Borough connection. It is, of course, possible that some transcription error was made in compiling the Borough's Book of Remembrance. If the intended individual's name or his service was somehow muddled then, the actual casualty should have been picked up in the trawls made of the Commission's database to ensure that this exercise has picked up every casualty with an Explicit Borough connection.

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PAMMENT, Kenneth Jack. Flight Lieutenant 108141

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 2 December 1944, aged 30

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Oscar Rokeby Pamment, born 1887, attended a private school in Cameron House, Church Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, during 1901.

His marriage to Lily Blanche Hare was registered at Norwich for the September Quarter of 1914. Birth of their son, Kenneth Jack Pamment came to be recorded in Lewisham, 9/1916.

By 1936, the family had arrived locally to reside at Hunston, Longdown Road, Epsom. Mr Pamment was mentioned in Hilda Andrews' 1940 Diary.

Kenneth Pamment enlisted with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve with a Service number 1281259 in September 1940, probably at Uxbridge. He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, 1 September 1941, advancing to Flying Officer, 30 August 1942, and Flight Lieutenant on 30 August 1943.

The marriage of Kenneth J Pamment to Betty Waite is found to have been registered at Peterborough, 3/1944, followed by the birth of their daughter Kay Bettine Pamment, 6/1945.

A de Havilland DH.98, Mosquito NF.Mk XIII, HK 530, of 29 Squadron departed from RAF Hunsdon. Hertfordshire, for a night intrusion raid on Gutersloh, Germany, 2 December 1944, crewed by: -
F/Lt 108141 Kenneth Jack Pamment (pilot), RAFVR
Flight Sergeant H C Wiles (navigator)
The aircraft crashed near Werlte, about 80km SW Bremen, and Kenneth Pamment was killed. Sgt Wiles had been injured but survived and was admitted to a hospital in Bremen and taken Prisoner of War.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery was created after the Second World War when burials were brought in from all over western Germany and is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the country. Some of the airmen buried in the cemetery lost their lives in supporting the advance into Germany, but most died earlier in the war in the intensive air attacks over Germany. Their remains were re-interred from cemeteries and isolated sites in the surrounding area. K J Pamment lies in plot 4 G 12.

Kenneth's headstone in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
Kenneth's headstone in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
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PANKHURST, Charles Arthur. Sergeant (1260384)

207 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 24 May 1942 Age 35

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The marriage of Thomas William Pankhurst to Florence Betsworth (?) was registered at Portsea for the June Quarter of 1900. Birth of their son Charles Arthur Pankhurst came to be recorded at Portsmouth, 3/1907.

Thomas William Pankhurst died on 7 January 1925 in The Cottage Hospital, Teddington, when the family were resident at 34 Little Queens Road, Teddington. Probate was granted to his widow, Florence Pankhurst.

Charles enlisted with the Royal Air Force, probably at Uxbridge, during September 1940.

Bottesford RAF Air Station had been built in farmland crossing the Leicestershire/Lincolnshire boundary close to Normanton opening in 1941. 207 Squadron was based at RAF Bottesford from November 1941 to September 1942.

Charles arrived on the strength of 207 Squadron, 3 May 1942, from No 16 OTU Upper Heyford, having trained as an Observer.

On 24 May 1942 Lancaster R5617, newly attached to 207 Squadron, took off from Bottesford piloted by W/O Thomas Keith Paul for a cross country night-time navigational exercise. In order to minimise the risk of colliding with high ground, it was standard procedure to fly well out to sea before beginning a descent in poor visibility. The crew probably believed they were still over water, but at 23.30 hours their Lancaster emerged from the murk and struck Standon Hill (454 m) at Peter Tavy, on the edge of Dartmoor.

W/O. Thomas Keith Paul escaped injured but four of his crew were killed: the rear gunner, Fl/Sgt. T.A.M. Whiteman also survived.

RAF Harrowbeer rescue section attended the crash site at Willsworthy Artillery Range near Okehampton. Access proved particularly difficult for the rescuers to reach but they did succeed in recovering the crew. Two remaining alive were injured and in shock: one was admitted to Tavistock District Hospital and the other to the Station Sick Quarters. The pilot, Sgt Thomas Keith Paul of the New Zealand Air Force, and the wireless operator Sgt Thomas Whiteman, had been pulled from the burning wreckage by Francis Fone and his son-in-law Leonard Frise: for their heroism, Francis William Henry Fone, farmer, and Leonard Thomas Frise, farm labourer, received a commendation 'for brave conduct'. [Notice published in The London Gazette on 23 October 1942 (Supplement p.4600)]. Full details of the accident appear in a book The Stain on the Glass by Jeff Gray.

On 30th May two of the deceased members of the crew were buried in Buckland Monachorum cemetery with full military honours, Charles Arthur Pankhurst in Sec. R. 1. Grave 4.

Buckland Monachorum Cemetery
Buckland Monachorum Cemetery
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CWGC record him as the son of Thomas William Pankhurst, and of Flora Pankhurst, of Ewell, Surrey. Florence, by then known as Flora and her unmarried daughter Gladys May, had arrived locally by 1939. Flora Pankhurst, widow, died at 20 Firswood Avenue, Ewell, on 23 April 1948. Administration of her Estate was granted to her elder son Leonard Thomas Pankhurst, Air Commodore, RAF [26 August 1902 - 2 December 1996].

There is a memorial to those who served with 207 Squadron there, and who did not return from duty, in the church of St Mary the Virgin, Bottesford.

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PANTING, Dennis Brent. Flight Lieutenant/Pilot (114393)

104 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 16/17 April 1943, aged 28

On 12 April 1913 Ray William Panting (born 1887, son of the children's author, James Harwood Panting, 1854 - 1924) married Francis Eleanor Bond. Their son Dennis Brent Panting was born on 22 January 1915 when the family lived at 4 Strathyre Avenue, Norbury. Ray Panting was a 'Stockbroker' on enlistment for the Durham Light Infantry, 21 November 1916, to serve until becoming a Prisoner of war in 1918.

By 1936 the family had arrived at Strathyre, 30 Ewell Downs Road, Epsom. In 1939 Dennis became engaged to Margaret Elizabeth Jones from Kuala Lumpur and their marriage was registered in Surrey Mid E District, 6/1940.

On 26 February 1940 Dennis Brent Panting had obtained a commission as Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment, with a Service number 129533, but relinquished it , 3 February 1942, transferring into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve to be a Pilot Officer on probation, 114393. He rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant with 104 Squadron, RAF.

Wellington VIII, HK 688, took off at 1738 hours on 16 April 1943 to bomb Ste Marie du Zit Landing Ground, Nothing was heard from the aircraft and it failed to return to base.

Crew :
RAF Flt. Lt. D. B.Panting, Captain (Pilot)
RAAF 403336 FO. M. A.Harland, (2nd Pilot)
RCAF WO2 W. J. Watters, (Navigator)
RAF Sgt. L. Lewis, (Wireless Air Gunner)
RCAF WO2 A. R. Twiss, (Air Gunner)
The aircraft was reported as seen in flames over the target and may have crashed near Shallufa. Reported 'missing in action' all the crew were killed and they were eventually buried in the Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia.

In his book Wellington Wings, An RAF intelligence officer in the western desert, 1980, F R Chappell described Denis Panting as 'our racing motorist pilot - the perfect film type'.

Margaret Elizabeth Panting (born 10 February 1917) became a member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) and was employed in the Special Operations Executive. On 26 February 1945, in London, she married secondly Lt. Douglas Haden Baker, another SOE member, from Summit New Jersey, USA.

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PARBERY, Robert George. Fireman

National Fire Service
Died 6 February 1943, aged 33

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Robert George Parbery was born in Fulham on 21 March 1909, son of William Parbery and Edith (nee Dennis - they had married in Essex in 1906). William was a second-hand furniture dealer, and the family lived at 60a Valetta Road, Acton Vale.

The 1939 Register records the 30 year old Robert lodging with the apparently unrelated mid-30s Harry and Beatrice Kidney at 28 Adelaide Road, Richmond. He was working as a "Lorry Driver". This was only a matter of weeks before he married Emily Irene Francis, registered in the Surrey NE District Q4 1939. The couple set up home as 23 Gratton Road, Brentford. They had one son, Christopher, whose birth was registered in Brentford Q2 1941 - about the time that Robert received the injuries which led to his death nearly two years later.

In the early days of WW2, Robert joined the Fire Service as Fireman B21374 and was attached to Station 9 at Hammersmith. In the very early hours of 17 April, he was among those sent to deal with the fire at Christ Church, Westminster. This had been set ablaze by incendiaries dropped by the Luftwaffe's bombers in one of the heaviest nights of the London "Blitz" in which over a thousand people were killed and another two thousand plus were seriously injured.

In spite of the firemen's best efforts, the church was gutted - one of 20 London churches that were either lost of badly damaged that night. (The remains were demolished in the 1950s and, in the early 1960s, a new telephone exchange and Post Office were built on its footprint. Its small churchyard, however, was left and remains as the only open space on Victoria Street, at the junction of Broadway, about halfway between Victoria Station and Westminster Abbey.)

Among those killed that night was one of the firemen attending the Christ Church blaze. Six other firemen were badly injured. One of these was Robert who, after initial treatment, was transferred to the Horton War Hospital - one of Epsom's "cluster" of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over to deal with wartime casualties. It was, at times, overstretched, and Robert was one of Horton's patients who was cared for at Long Grove Hospital - another of Epsom's "cluster" where space had been annexed for wartime casualties.

Robert died at Long Grove Hospital on 6 February 1943, nearly two years after being injured.

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PARSONS, Maude

Civilian
Died 11 October 1940, aged 59

Maude's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
Maude's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
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Maude was born on 9 June 1881, the second child of William and Jane Dunkley. The 1891 Census records the family of four living at 72 Winchester Street in the St George Hanover Square district of London. 54 year old William is listed as a "Boot Maker" and 46 year old Jane as a "Charwoman". 10 year old Maude and her 13 year old sister would presumably have been at school. By the time of the 1901 Census, Annie has left home (which is still 72 Winchester Street), and 19 year old Maude is working as a "Dressmaker"

In Q2 1908 and registered in the St George Hanover Square district, Maude married Percy Henry Parsons (born 29 July 1877). They are recorded in the 1911 Census living at 79 Fernside Road, Wandsworth 33 year old Percy is listed as "Chief Clerk to an Electricity Company". 29 year old Maude had her hands full with their only child, Reginald Percy, who had been born on 9 June 1909. In, Reginald married and in 1939 was working as an "Insurance Clerk" and living at 28 Commonfield Road, Banstead.)

The 1939 Register records the couple living alone at 101 Sunny Bank, Woodcote Green, Epsom. Reginald had married Olive K Stacey in Q2 1937 and they were living in Banstead.) Percy is listed as "Retired Assistant Secretary" - presumably the senior Civil Service Grade - and Maude with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties".

Maude died at home as a result of enemy action on 11 October, in the same raid that also killed John Whitlow who lived next door. She was buried in Epsom Cemetery (Grave M484) on 16 October 1940.

She was buried in Epsom Cemetery (Grave M484) on 16 October 1940.

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PASKELL, Reginald Derrick Frank. Sergeant (1463844)

256 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died 23 July 1943, aged 24

George Frank Paskell (1889 - 1945) had joined the Metropolitan Police with a Warrant No. 96917 on 24 May 1909. His marrriage to Alice Eliza Edwards was registered at Wandsworth for the June Quarter of 1915. Birth of their son, Reginald D F Paskell, came to be recorded at Stepney, 12/1919.

Reginald attended Highbury School.

Before 1934 the family were resident at 63 Fotheringham Road, Enfied, Middx., but latterly are found at Enfield Police Station, 211 Blackstock Road. George Paskell retired fron the police force as an Inspector on 2 June 1935. Subsequently, the Paskells lived in 17 Grafton Road, Worcester Park.

During or after April 1941, Reginald enlisted in the RAF at Cardington with a Service Number 1463844.

Eventually he arrived at RAF Luqa, Malta. On 23 July 1943, Mosquito, NF Mk XII, HK112 of 256 Squadron took off from that base to carry out a patrol off the west coast of Sicily, but failed to return. The missing crew: -
Sgt (1388762) Harry Ernest COSTLEY (pilot) RAFVR
Sgt(1463844) Reginald Derrick Frank PASKELL (observer) RAFVR
were presumed to have been killed in action.
Reginald is commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta. As a son of George Frank, and Alice Eliza Paskell, of Worcester Park, Surrey.

Malta Memorial
Malta Memorial
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PAUL, Eric William. Private (S/198758)

Royal Army Service Corps - attached to HQ 6th Infantry Brigade.
Died 6 April 1943, aged 31

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that Eric was the "son of Albert and Minnie Paul, of Stoneleigh, Epsom, Surrey." These three are found in the 1939 Register living at 3 Calverley Road, Stoneleigh. 64 year old Albert is listed as "Insurance (Retired)" and 68 year old Minnie with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties".

The return shows the unmarried 28 year old Eric as an "Engineers Clerk", born on 28 July 1911. Following that up in other records shows that the birth was registered in the Paddington District and that his mother's maiden name was Tucker. Disappointingly (and perhaps because of transcription errors), it has not yet proved possible to trace the family background with any confidence in the readily available records. There is one currently closed record in the 1939 Register entry for the Stoneleigh address - perhaps concealing another child of the couple.

Anyway, Eric's WW2 service was in the Royal Army Service Corps - attached to HQ 6th Infantry Brigade. It is not clear whether Eric had enlisted in time to be sent to France in early 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force; if so, he was safely evacuated from Dunkirk in May-June 1940 after the BEF failed to halt the anticipated German invasion which, when it came, was of unexpected ferocity.

With the invasion of Burma (modern-day Myanmar) by the Imperial Japanese Army in early 1942, the re-strengthened brigade was shipped out to India where it remained for the rest of WW2, fighting in the Burma Campaign. Its first taste of combat there was in the December 1942 - May 1943 Arakan Campaign. (Arakan is a historic region in Southeast Asia bounded by the Bay of Bengal to its west, the Indian subcontinent to its north and Burma proper to its east. The region is isolated by the Arakan Mountains making it properly accessible only by sea.)

The Arakan Campaign was the Allies first tentative Allied attack into Burma. However, the British and British Indian Armies were not ready for offensive actions in the difficult terrain they encountered - all compounded by weaknesses in the supporting infrastructure of Eastern India. At some point in this fighting, in which Japanese defenders occupying well-prepared positions repeatedly repulsed the British and Indian forces, Eric was first reported as Missing and later - in Casualty List No. 2015 - reported "Presumed Killed in Action on or shortly after 06/04/1943".

(It was not until the hard-won Battles of Imphal and Kohima fought between 7 March and 18 July 1944 that, in one of the most gruelling campaigns of WW2, that the tide was decisively turned again the Japanese leading to the subsequent re-conquest of Burma.)

Eric's body was never found (or, if found, could not be indentified) and he is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial as one of nearly 27,000 members of the Commonwealth Land Forces who died during the campaigns in Burma and who have no known grave.

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The Rangoon Memorial
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PAYNTER, Sydney. Gunner (1517602)

152 Battery, 51 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Died 27 May 1940, aged 25

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records note that Sydney (in some records "Sidney") was the "son of Henry W F Paynter, and of Nellie Paynter, of Epsom, Surrey". The family background is actually a bit more complicated than that suggests.

Sydney must be the boy born in Brighton on 12 January 1915, the record of which gives his mother's maiden name as Payne. Now, the 1939 Register records Sydney living with the widowed Nellie Spring who was born in June 1885. Working on a hunch that Nellie's first and second husbands had both died gets us back to the correctly aged Nellie married to Henry (the names being other forms of Nellie and Henry) Paynter living at 13 Apollo Terrace, Brighton in the 1911 Census. 36 year old Harry/Henry is listed as a "News Vendor". Ellen/Nellie was 25 and had already had 4 children, two of whom had died. The return notes that they had been married for 6 years, but a record of their marriage around 1906 has so far proved elusive. The couple went on to have at least another five children - in 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915 (Sydney) and 1916.

The record of Henry/Harry's death has proved elusive but, in Q3 1935, Ellen/Nellie married John M Spring. That was registered in the Uckfield District. John died aged 53 in Q2 1937, registered in the Surrey Mid Eastern District - consistent with finding the doubly-widowed Ellen/Nellie in the 1939 Register living at 109 Horton Hill, Epsom. She was then aged 54 and listed with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". Sydney, aged 24 and listed as a "General Farm Hand", is living with her, as were his (presumably) step-brothers John and Arthur Spring aged, respectively, 16 and 13.

Sydney's WW2 service was in 152 Battery of the 51 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. This was clearly sent to France in early 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. As is well known, the BEF failed to halt the anticipated German invasion (which, when it came, was of unexpected ferocity) and made a fighting retreat to Dunkirk from which great numbers were evacuated in late May/early June 1940.

During that fighting retreat, Sydney was - as noted in Casualty List No. 249 - killed in action. His body was lost - or, if recovered, was unidentified. He is one of 4,513 members of the BEF commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial as having no known grave.

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The Dunkirk Memorial
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PEARSON, Ernest Henry. Aircraftman 2nd Class 2296456

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 22 November 1946, Age 23

Ernest's headstone in St Mary's, Ewell churchyard extension
Ernest's headstone in St Mary's, Ewell churchyard extension
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Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The churchyard extension at St Mary's, Ewell, contains 11 casualties in Commonwealth War Graves some of which bear dates of death later than 8 May 1945 because, for WW2, the designated 'war years' were 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947. The sole RAF representative is E. H. Pearson who lies in Grave 14, Section B, with the headstone shown above.

His parents Esther Illing (b. reg Southwark 4/1878) and Arthur James Pearson had married in St Jude, Southwark, on 20 December 1897. The birth of Ernest H Pearson came to be registered in Southwark for the June Quarter of 1923. By 1945 the family were living in12 Southville Close, off Plough Road, Ewell.

Having enlisted in the RAFVR, Ernest was inducted for air-force service at Padgate between November 1945 and February 1946. After basic training he had been posted to RAF Locking, Somerset. As No 5 School of Technical Training it provided for RAF and Fleet Air Arm instruction in the fields of Flight Mechanics Airframe, Engines and Rigging, Parachute Packing and Fabric Working. Also trained on the station were Marine Craft Fitters and Carpenters. This technical site was separated from an airfield about a mile away which was called RAF Weston-super-Mare.

From 1946, RAF Weston-super-mare provided accommodation for ground crew and aeroplanes of the Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit (ATDU) although its pilots were based at RAF Gosport, Hampshire.

Towards dusk on 22nd November 1946, a twin engined Douglas Boston Mk. III bomber, AL467, of the Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit returning from RAF Llandow, near Cardiff, prepared to land at RAF Weston-super-Mare. It is reported to have taken an initial run to assess the condition of the grass runway before making a low approach from the east to fly over the road that passed along the perimeter of the airfield. There were signs on the road cautioning drivers about the possibility of low flying aircraft to avoid alarm at their approach. Since it was a Friday, at the same time, men from RAF Locking were getting away on weekend leave in a convoy of three Bristol Tramways' buses. The middle double-decker bus, fully loaded with 57 airmen, happened to be travelling towards the local railway station when the undercarriage and starboard air-screw of the descending aircraft hit it. The roof was ripped off and seven airmen were killed on impact whilst another one died later. Fourteen more suffered serious injuries and others cuts from flying glass and bruises. The severed nose-leg dropped off just inside the airport boundary and the aircraft landed on the grass runway over to its port side with the port undercarriage ripped off. A crew of three in the aircraft emerged uninjured with the pilot and flight engineer claiming to have been partially blinded by the setting sun. Photographs of the damaged bus and aircraft appeared in the Western Mercury as reproduced in Ted Johnson's Weston Super Mare and the Aeroplane, 2013.

Amongst the airmen who lost their lives in the incident was Ernest Henry Pearson, aged 23.

A report of the incident appeared in The Times of 23 November 1946: the bus remained upright on the correct side of the road with windows on the lower deck intact and the driver and conductor unharmed.

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PEARSON Nevill Corrie, Signalman. 2327369.

Royal Corps of Signals.
Died 13 February 1942, age 22.

Nevill Corrie Pearson was born in Hastings, Sussex in 1919 (GRO reference: Jun 1919 Hastings 2b 26), the son of Joseph William and Florence Eva (née Taylor) Pearson.

Nevill's father's occupation was noted in the 1911 census as a boot maker on his own account working from his home 55, Howarth Street, Old Trafford, Manchester. Both of Nevill's parents were recorded as being aged 24 years old when they married on 10 June 1916 in St. Anne's church in Sale, Cheshire. (Nevill's father was actually aged 27 having been born on 5 January 1889 to Joseph Corrie and Alice Ann Pearson).

By 1921 the family had moved south to Surrey and were at living at 7, New Cottages, Horton Hill, Epsom. When Nevill's sister Mavis Margaret was born the following year, they were living at 144, Horton Hill. This may well have been the same cottage as renumbering of roads, in Epsom, was implemented in the 1920s.

Nevill and his family moved several times within the Epsom district and were recorded as living at the following addresses:
1925/27: - 15, Court Farm Gardens, Manor Green Road
1928/29: - 23, Ebbisham Road
1934: - 22, Hook Road
1935/37: - "Lyndhurst", Grosvenor Road
1938/39: - 8, Hamilton Close
While Nevill's sister Mavis worked as a typist for the Post Office during WWII, Nevill enlisted and became Signalman 2327369 in the Royal Corps of Signals.

During the Japanese invasion of Malaya, the Japanese crossed the Straits of Johore and landed at the mouth of the Kranji River on 8 February 1942. On the evening of 9 February they launched an attack during which fierce fighting, including hand-to-hand combat, ensued for several days until the official surrender by General Percival on 15 February. During this fighting, Nevill was attached as a signalman to the 29th Construction Section of the Malaya Command Signals. After the surrender of Singapore, the Japanese established one of their Prisoner of War camps in Kranji.

Nevill's final resting place after his death on 13 February 1942 is unknown but he is remembered on Column 45 of the Singapore Memorial, which stands in Kranji War Cemetery. Kranji War Cemetery is 22 kilometres north of the city of Singapore, on the north side of Singapore Island overlooking the Straits of Johore.

Singapore Memorial
Singapore Memorial
Singapore Memorial
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After his death, Nevill's distraught parents approached their local church, St. Barnabas in Temple Road, Epsom and requested that they had some sort of memorial in the church for their dear son. A candlestick was eventually purchased by themselves, at the cost of £14 16 shillings (around £500 in 2014), as a lasting memorial in St. Barnabas church to Nevill. Whether it was engraved with his name was not recorded in the account book entry.

St. Barnabas Church Account Book, 1 January 1946
St. Barnabas Church Account Book, 1 January 1946

In January 2014 I enquired as to the whereabouts of the candlestick, and received the following reply from the vicar:
"I cannot find any reference in the old inventories to any silver candlestick (or sticks)'. There are several brass candlesticks but not any inscribed or recorded as being in memoriam or gift in the name of Pearson."
On 2 September 1947, the St. Barnabas Parochial Church Council (PCC) announced that the Town Clerk had sent them a circular stating "that a Roll of Honour was being prepared consisting of those living in the Borough at any time who had lost their lives by Enemy action. The list would include members of the Forces and any others connected with the Forces and also civilians." It was noted that the vicar, Father Anderson, would make enquiries and send to the Town Clerk the names of members of his parish who had given their lives.

Extract from St. Barnabas Church PCC minutes, 2 September 1947
Extract from St. Barnabas Church PCC minutes, 2 September 1947

Nevill Corrie Pearson's name was included in his list and can be viewed in the WWII Book of Remembrance http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/WW2Book.html on display in a cabinet in Epsom Town Hall.

The following year the St. Barnabas PCC also agreed that they would request that a friend of Mrs. Colgate produce a WWII Roll of Honour, similar to the one that Phyllis Chipperfield had painted for the WW1 Roll of Honour. It was to be framed and hung at the back of the church where the WW1 Roll of Honour was displayed. The final memorial contained the names of eighteen St. Barnabas' parishioners who had died during the hostilities.

St. Barnabas WWII Roll of Honour
St. Barnabas WWII Roll of Honour
Reproduced by permission of Surrey History Centre

On 21 June 1948 Nevill's father Joseph, aged 59, died. Probate records show that he had been living at 9, Hamilton Close, Epsom and that his effects had been valued at £244 19 shillings. In the 1955 British Telephone Directory, Nevill's sister Mavis was listed as still living at 9, Hamilton Close, Epsom but by 1957 she and her mother had moved to 45, Temple Road, Epsom, which is almost opposite St. Barnabas church.

Nevill's widowed mother died on 1 June 1963 at the Royal Isle of Wight County Hospital in Ryde. Probate of her effects valued at £156 15 shillings was granted to her unmarried daughter Mavis. Mavis was still living at 45, Temple Road, Epsom in 1979.

Sources:
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PECK, Charles William. Captain (175068)

Royal Army Medical Corps
Died 30 October 1942, Age 27

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records state that Charles was: the "son of Richard Hector William and Florence Galpin Peck, of Tattenham Corner, Epsom, Surrey."

All three individuals have left a disappointingly light trace in the readily available records. Charles's birth was registered Q1 1915 in the Romford District. He appears to be the only child of Richard Hector William Peck and Florence Calpin (née Beard - they had married Q2 1914). They had both been born in Essex - registered in Q4 1885 and Q4 1883 respectively - and were both schoolteachers.

Aged 51, Richard died on 26 August at the Cottage Hospital, Milford on-Sea, Lymington, Hampshire - although the Probate records (granting administration to Florence) state that his home address had been 27 Wilmington Gardens, Barking, Essex. Neither the widowed Florence nor Charles are found in the 1939 Register. Florence died aged 62 on 30 August 1946. The Probate records note her address as being 15 Rylands Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. (Administration of her estate was granted to her Bank, rather than any relative.) The "Tattenham Corner, Epsom" address noted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has yet to be established.

After his secondary education at Barking School, Charles studied medicine at King's College, London (the records of which note that his home address in 1933 was 27 Wilmington Gardens, Barking, Essex) and at Guy's Hospital. Having gained his medically qualifications (LRCP and MRCS), he practised at Guy's.

It is no surprise to find that the medically qualified Charles's WW2 service was in the Royal Army Medical Corps, but the readily available records provide few clues as to its nature. Casualty List No 1009 (of 17 December 1942) reported that, on 30 October 1942, Charles was "Missing". That was corrected in Casualty List No 1200 (of 30 July 1943) to note his fate was "Presumed Killed in Action". Both Casualty Lists give his Duty Location as the vague "At Sea".

Charles is commemorated on Panel 18, Column 1 of the Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial (which stands in Brookwood Military Cemetery. (He is also commemorated on Guy's Hospital's WW2 memorial.)

The Brookwood Memorial
The Brookwood Memorial
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The Brookwood memorial commemorates nearly 3,500 men and women of the Commonwealth WW2 land forces who have no known grave. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission explains that the circumstances of their deaths were such that they could not appropriately be commemorated on any of the campaign memorials in the various theatres of war. Among the examples offered - and perhaps relevant in Charles's case - are those who "died at sea, in hospital ships and troop transports, and in waters not associated with the major campaigns."

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PEDDIE, Thomas John. Sapper (2196887)

Royal Engineers, 107 Bomb Disposal Section
Died 9 January 1941, aged 32

Thomas Peddie's headstone in Epsom Cemetery (M.600)
Thomas Peddie's headstone in Epsom Cemetery (M.600)
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Thomas was born on 11 September 1909 to parents Robert William Peddie ("Laundry Labourer") and Emily (née Risbridger) who had married at Christ Church on Christmas Day 1898. The 1911 Census records the family (with Thomas as the youngest of four children) living at Yew Tree Cottages, Epsom Common.

In Q3 1931, Thomas married Sarah A D Little, of Epsom. The 1939 Register records them living at 83 Tonstall Road, Epsom with a lodger, Edward Rossiter (listed, like Thomas, as a "Builder's Labourer"), and two currently closed records - presumably their children Kenneth (born Q1 1933) and Michael (born Q2 1937).

Thomas served with the Royal Engineers 107 Bomb Disposal Section. His skills - and those of his many colleagues - were in high demand as enemy bombing raids reached something of a crescendo. It is estimated that between 5% and 15% of the many, many WW2 bombs did not detonate as planned. There was no way of telling whether an unexploded bomb was a complete dud or in danger of exploding at any moment. Until it was made safe - the extremely dangerous job of these brave men - it would paralyse the surrounding area.

Thomas did not, however, lose his life in the execution of his most hazardous trade. His Death Certificate records that he died in the Davyhulme Military Hospital (on the outskirts of Manchester) as a result of "multiple injuries sustained by being thrown from a motor lorry into the highway" - perhaps on the way to yet another job. An Inquest held on 14 January resulted in a verdict of "accidental death.

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PENDRY, Gordon. Private (6106291).

2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Died 25 October 1944, aged 22

Gordon's headstone in the Forli War Cemetery
Gordon's headstone in the Forli War Cemetery
Photograph (2161504) by "bbmir" via findagrave.com

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Gordon was born Q3 1922, the seventh child of Ewell-born George Pendry and Redhill-born Mabel Eleanor (née Knight). The couple had married in the Epsom District Q4 1909 and set up home at 2 Brickfield Cottages, Epsom Road, Ewell, where the parents and their first two children were recorded in the 1911 Census. 28 year old George was listed as a "Carter".

The 1939 Register records the parents living at 55 Horton Hill, Epsom. 52 year old Gordon is now listed as a "Builders Labourer" and 56 year old Mabel with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". Four of their children (all unmarried and in various employments) were still living with the parents - plus one currently closed record, which may conceal the teenaged Gordon.

Gordon's WW2 service was with the 2nd Battalion of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. As he was only 17 when the war began, it is unlikely that he was with them in time to be sent to France in early 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force and then evacuated from Dunkirk in Early June.

The Battalion spent the next two years engaged in home defence against the imminently expected German invasion. When that did not arrive, it - probably now with Gordon among its ranks - saw action in the 1941-42 North African Campaign, the 1942-43 Tunisia Campaign and the Italian Campaign of 1944.

From the springboard of a liberated North Africa, the Allies had - in a fierce battle, captured Sicily in August 1943. From there the Allies invaded mainland Italy on 3 September 1943, coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. There was then relatively rapid progress northwards - although with much hard fighting - until coming up against the German forces' defensive "Winter Line" south of Rome.

It took months for the Allies to break through that (witness the successive Battles of Monte Cassino), but the Allies finally took Rome in June 1944. The German retreat became ordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive lines. The last of these, the "Gothic Line" in the northern Apennine mountains, was breached by the Allies during the Autumn 1944 campaign. It was in this round of fighting that, according to Casualty List No. 1602, Gordon was killed in action.

He (and other casualties) were initially buried on their battlefields. They were later re-interred in the Forli War Cemetery (located not far from the Adriatic coast southeast of Bologna and northeast of Florence) which now contains 738 WW2 Commonwealth burials. His family took the option of adding a personal inscription to his headstone,
"Our loss is great / but we hope / in Heaven to meet again / the one we loved so dear"
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PENFOLD Ernest John, Gunner 1771905

2 Maritime Regiment. Royal Artillery
Killed in Action 22 February 1944 aged 32.

Ernest Penfold
Ernest Penfold
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Ernest John Penfold was born on 27 April 1911 at Gibraltar, Ewell to Mr E J S Penfold and Mrs Annie Penfold daughter of John E Stevens of Epsom, who was originally from Bentworth, Hampshire. Ernest (aka Bimmy) had three younger brothers, Harry (aka Dinks), George (aka Pud) and Stanley (aka Toby) and one older sister Winifred (aka Dolly). The family lived in Rosebery Road, Langley Vale

Pud, Toby and Bimmy, some of the Penfold brothers.
Pud, Toby and Bimmy, some of the Penfold brothers.
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Ernest's father, also called Ernest John, was working as a labourer on the construction of the 1927 Epsom Grand Stand when he died falling down a lift shaft as a result of an accident on the site. From 1936 the three youngest boys lived with their mother in Grosvenor Road, Langley Vale.

In 1936 Ernest (the younger) married Alice Bland from Staindrop, Co. Durham. They also lived in Langley Vale and had two children Elizabeth (Anne), and Kathleen (Kate), both born in Epsom.

Ernest joined the Royal Artillery Embodied Territorial Army as a Gunner on 20 February 1941. Initially he was posted to 288th Anti Aircraft Driving Training Regiment and was then posted to No.2 Maritime Anti-Aircraft Battery. By 6 May 1941 the force was called the Maritime Anti-Aircraft RA but in 1942 it was called the Maritime Royal Artillery. On the 1 March 1944 Ernest's unit was re-designated the No. 2 Maritime Regiment.

The job of this regiment was to protect merchant ships and the 1939-1945 conflict saw the first soldiers from the Regiment on board ships. As few as two 'Gunners' would be attached initially to coasters but as the need to protect ships of all sizes grew so did the regiment.

Ernest Penfold in 1944 just before he died.
Ernest Penfold in 1944 just before he died.
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Ernest was allocated as a 'Gunner' on various ships, his last being the SS BRITISH CHIVALRY, a freighter. This ship was attacked by a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean on 22 February 1944. The submarine then surfaced and having first taken the Master, Capt. W. Hill, prisoner, it circled the survivors raking their life boats with machine gun fire for two hours. It was during this attack Gunner Penfold lost his life. Surprisingly after 37 days in an open boat, 38 survivors were rescued by the M.V. Delane.

The commander of the submarine (Lt-Cdr Hajime Nakagawa) had already carried out war crimes including the sinking of the hospital ship Centaur (14 May 1943) where 268 people died. One account suggests that after the war Nakagawa was arrested and tried for war crimes, spending four years in Sugamo prison for atrocities committed in the Indian Ocean. Another suggested he did pay the ultimate price. The Centaur was declared a historic wreck in 1990.

The No. 2 Maritime Regiment was stood down in 1946; an Association has been formed for the MRAA aiming to represent 'The Forgotten Regiment'. In 1989, for the first time the Regiment was given a place at the annual Remembrance Day parade.

Following WWII Ernest's widow Alice and their children continued to live in Langley Vale (see Langley Vale Remembered). Alice died in 1991. George/Pud (1913-1997) was a self employed builder, well known in the Epsom area. Toby was the last to marry (Agnes McSherry 1908-1991). They had one daughter, Rosemary, who died in 1997. Toby died in 2007 at Epsom.

Ernest's brother Harry also died at sea as a result of the war and both deaths are recorded in the Epsom and Ewell World War Two Book of Remembrance.

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PENFOLD Harry, Gunner 1099081

68th Medium Regiment , Royal Artillery
Killed in Action 14 November 1942 aged 27.

Harry Penfold
Harry Penfold
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Harry Penfold was born on 19 Jun 1915 at Rosebery Road, Langley Vale, to Mr E J S Penfold and Mrs Annie Penfold daughter of John E Stevens of Epsom, who was originally from Bentworth, Hampshire. Harry (aka Dinks) had two younger brothers, George (aka Pud) and Stanley (aka Toby), an older sister Winifred (aka Dolly) and an older brother Ernest (aka Bimmy). As there was no school in the village at the time, the four older children had to walk, with some cousins and other local children, to St. Giles school in Ashtead. Toby was lucky in that he missed that walk when the Langley Vale school opened.

Pud, Toby and Bimmy, some of the Penfold brothers.
Pud, Toby and Bimmy, some of the Penfold brothers.
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Harry's father, Ernest, was working as a labourer on the construction of the 1927 Epsom Grand Stand when he died falling down a lift shaft as a result of an accident on the site. From 1936 the three youngest boys lived with their mother in Grosvenor Road, Langley Vale.

Harry, who was unmarried, enlisted on 14 November 1940. Initially he was posted to 16th Field Training Regiment but later was posted to 72nd Regiment and from there to 68th Medium Regiment Serving in the Middle East from 23 April 1941. He was taken as a Prisoner of War by the Italians from 20 June 1942 and was last known to be in Campo 154 in Benghazi prior to embarkation on the SS Scillin. This Italian cargo/passenger ship was en route from Tripoli to Sicily with 814 Commonwealth prisoners of war on board, a naval gun crew and 30 Italian guards when on 14 November 1942 it was torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Sahib (Captain Lt. John Bromage) 10 miles north of Cape Milazzo in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

SS Scillin
SS Scillin.

The Sahib rescued 27 POWs from the water (26 British and one South African) plus the Scillin's captain and 45 Italian crew members. Only then, when the commander heard the survivors speaking English, did he realize that he had sunk a ship carrying British prisoners of war as well as some Italian soldiers and had drowned 783 men. At a subsequent inquiry into this 'friendly fire' tragedy, Lt. Bromage was cleared of any wrongdoing as the ship was unmarked and at the time he firmly believed that the ship was carrying Italian troops.

The Ministry of Defence kept this incident a closely guarded secret for fifty-four years, telling relatives a pack of lies, maintaining that they had died while prisoners of war in Italian camps or simply 'lost at sea'. It was not until 1996, after repeated requests for information from the families of the drowned men, that the truth came out. The SS SCILLIN was always the intended target of the Sahib. At that time it seems the war was not going well, losses were high and the one good thing which had happened could not be told: 'the Enigma code' had been broken. To prove the code had not broken the SS SCILLIN was to be used as a diversion, it would reinforce the belief English would not attack its own. The SAHIB was given the time the SS SCILLIN would be leaving the port, even to being advised when its departure was going to be three hours later.

Following the sinking, the Sahib was itself attacked by bombs from escort German Ju-88s and depth charges from the Italian corvette Gabbiano in the counter attack immediately after the sinking. Badly damaged, the Sahib was later abandoned and scuttled

Immediately following WWII Harry's brother George/Pud (1913-1997) was a self employed builder, well known in the Epsom area. Toby was the last to marry (Agnes McSherry 1908-1991). They had one daughter, Rosemary, who died in 1997. Toby died in 2007 at Epsom.

Harry's brother Ernest also died at sea as a result of the war and both deaths are recorded in the Epsom and Ewell World War Two Book of Remembrance.

Text courtesy of Kathleen Penfold © 2008


Addendum
We are very grateful to Mr Brian Sims for pointing out that the image of the S.S. Scillin was taken in 1937 when the ship was named the Nicole De Borgne and originated from his personal collection. Mr Sims's research, some of which is included in the above text, shows that there were only 30 Italian Soldiers aboard the ship plus a Naval Gun Crew and 36 Italians were picked up by the P212 and taken back to Malta where they were interrogated. He also mentions that there is a memorial to those lost on the Scillin and 5 other ships at The National Memorial Arboretum.

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PENTNEY, Douglas Charles. Serjeant (1517518)

2/6th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Died 28 February 1945, aged 29

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Douglas was born on 17 February 1916 (registered in the Willesden District), apparently the only child of Charles Henry Pentney and Helena Charlotte (née Clarke - they had married Q3 1912, registered in the Edmonton District.

At some point, the family moved to Ewell where the 1939 Register records them living at 24 West Gardens. 50 year old Charles is listed as a "Lorry Driver Own Account"; 52 year old Helena with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties"; and 23 year old Douglas as a "Hospital Storekeeper".

Douglas's WW2 service was in the 2/6th Battalion of The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). It is not clear if he was in uniform in time to be sent to France in early 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force and then evacuated from Dunkirk in early June. in 1940. After regrouping in the UK, the Battalion was part of the forces sent to fight with the Eighth Army in the Western Desert, culminating with the capture of Tunis in May 1943.

From the springboard of a liberated North Africa, the Allies had - in a fierce battle, captured Sicily in August 1943. From there, the Allies invaded mainland Italy on 3 September 1943, coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Gordon's Battalion was much involved in the Salerno landings. (Indeed, the Battalion was involved in some of the bloodiest fighting against the Germans in Italy, as acknowledged in their Battle Honours which, in addition to "Salerno" are "Monte Camino", "Anzio", "Gemmano Ridge" "Monte Stella", "Scafati Bridge", "Volturno Crossing", "Garigliano Crossing", "Damiano", "Gothic Line", "Senio Pocket", "Senio Floodbank", "Cusa Fabri Ridge", "Menate", "Filo", "Argento Gap" and "Italy 1943-45".)

After Salerno, the Allies made relatively rapid progress northwards - albeit with much hard fighting - until coming up against the German forces' defensive "Winter Line" south of Rome. It took months for the Allies to break through that, but the Allies finally took Rome in June 1944. The German retreat became ordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive lines. The last of these, the "Gothic Line" in the northern Apennine mountains, was breached by the Allies during the Autumn 1944 campaign. It was in this round of fighting that, Douglas received his wounds from which, as reported in Casualty List No. 1704, he died on 28 February 1945.

Douglas is one of the 738 WW2 Commonwealth burials in the Forli War Cemetery (located not far from the Adriatic coast southeast of Bologna and northeast of Florence). His parents took the option of adding a personal inscription to his headstone,
"For ever in our thoughts. With him went our all."
The Forli War Cemetery
The Forli War Cemetery
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PETHERICK, Edward Frank. Private (4922426)

South Staffordshire Regiment
Died 5 January 1945, Age 32

Edward's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
Edward's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
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Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records note that Edward was the "son of Edward Bickle Petherick and Bess Petherick" and "husband of Doris Ivy May Petherick, of Beckenham, Kent." Disappointingly, these individuals have left a light trace in the readily available records.

Edward's Q2 1913 birth was registered in the Lewisham District. The record of that gives his mother's maiden name as "Beaven". That enable one to trace the birth of the couple's other child, Jeanette, registered Q3 1920 in the Hampstead District. It has not, to date, been possible to trace the parents' marriage or their background - or to find them in the 1939 Register.

In Q4 1935, Edward married Doris Ivy May Adams. That was registered in the local Surrey Mid Eastern District. Doris's Q2 1912 birth had been registered in the Epsom District and the record of that gives her mother's maiden name as "Field". It has not, however, yet been possible to trace the parents' marriage or their background. Neither Edward or Doris are found in the 1939 Register, but the Q1 1941 birth of what seems to be their only child, Grace, was also registered in the local Surrey Mid Eastern District.

Edward's WW2 service was in the South Staffordshire Regiment, but the readily available records provide no information about the Battalion or the theatre of war in which he served. The working assumption is that he was among the forces fighting in France and Northern Europe after the June 1944 D-Day landings - during which he was injured. He was taken to Cane Hill Hospital, Coulsdon. Unlike Horton Hospital, one of Epsom's "Cluster" of mental hospitals that, as in WW1, had been taken over wholly for dealing with WW2 casualties. Cane Hill continued as a mental hospital - indeed, it had received 300 patients from Horton to help free up the accommodation there - but did have six of its wards given up for the Emergency Medical Service.

Edward died there - recorded, by convention, as "The Hospital, Coulsdon" - on 5 January 1945, and was buried in Grave O.444 of Epsom Cemetery on 12 January 1945. The widowed Doris took the opportunity of adding a personal inscription to his headstone,
"In loving memory / of my dear husband Frank / Always in my thoughts."
If, as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records note, Doris was "of Beckenham", it is unclear why she chose Epsom Cemetery for the burial. As shown above, she had significant connections with the Epsom area, and those are further reinforced by the fact that her second marriage, to Thomas G Holland in Q2 1946 was also registered in the local Surrey Mid Eastern District.

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PICKSTOCK, Cyril Albert

Civilian
Died 28 September 1940, aged 29

Cyril was born on 1 September 1911, at least the second child of of Albert E Pickstock and Maud E (née Skeates). Like their Q3 1911 marriage, Cyril's birth was registered in the Camberwell District. The couple's first child, Stanley had been born on 7 March 1905, also registered in Camberwell. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission note the parents as being "of 53 Lloyds Way, Beckenham, Kent', and that is where they are fond in the 1939 Register. 57 year old Albert is listed as a "Civil Servant - Press Keeper, Foreign Office" and 54 year old Maud with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". Still living with them was unmarried son, Stanley, now 34 years old and listed as a "Sign Writer"

In Q3 1939 (just a couple of weeks or so before the 1939 Register was taken on 29 September) and registered in the Surrey Mid Eastern District, Cyril married Kathleen E Hawkes. (They may have known each other from childhood, as her birth on 2 January 1911 was, like Cyril's, registered in the Camberwell District). They set up home in Ewell and the 1939 Register records 28 year olds living at 73 Amis Avenue, Ewell. Cyril is listed as a "Solicitor's Clerk" and Kathleen with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties".

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Cyril died at "13 Amis Avenue" - but that is almost certainly a transcription error for the couple's No 73 as in the 1939 Register. His death was presumably the result of enemy action in those early days of the "Blitz" rather than his off-work duties with the Auxiliary Fire Service.

Cyril was buried in Epsom Cemetery (Grave M354) on 3 October 1940.

If Kathleen was injured in the attack that killed her husband, she recovered. On 16 August 1943, the widowed Kathleen married Frank V Rhind. This was registered in the Surrey Mid Eastern District - as was the Q3 1944 birth of what appears to be their only child, Peter. (There is no record of Kathleen and Cyril having any children during their bare 12 month marriage.)

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PILLEY, John Herbert. Sergeant/Pilot (910886). DFM

107 & 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died 8 December 1941, aged 21

John was born on 31 October 1920, the son of Ernest and Nora Gladys Pilley (noted in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post-war records as being "of" Worthing, Sussex.)

John's secondary education was at Epsom County School for Boys (now Glyn School) which he joined in 1932. He did not make the most of his time there. His name appeared frequently in the punishment book and, having failed to pass his School Certificate, began to repeat the year. A report on John stated,
"This boy, who is nearly 16 and was in the pre-school Certificate Form played truant last term and was allowed back only on strict conditions. These he broke and therefore it was suggested to the father that the boy should be withdrawn. This he has done."
The school magazine perhaps generously described John as having "an adventurous spirit", but that stood him in good stead during WW2. John was initially attached to 107 Squadron before transferring to 18 Squadron and it was during a mission with them that he received his Distinguished Flying Medal. The citation in the London Gazette of 12 September 1941 reads:-
"On the morning of 12th August 1941, Blenheim bombers carried out simultaneous attacks on the great power stations near Cologne. A strong force attacked the station at Knapsack, whilst a smaller force attacked two stations at Quadrath. These missions involved a flight of some 250 miles over enemy territory .which was carried out at an altitude of 100 feet. At Knapsack the target was accurately bombed and machine gunned from between 200 and 800 feet and at Quadrath both power stations were hit from the height of the chimneys; the turbine House at one of the two stations was left a mass of flames and smoke. The success of this combined daylight attack and the co-ordination of the many formations of aircraft depended largely on accurate timing throughout the flight. That complete success was achieved, despite powerful opposition from enemy ground and air forces, is a high tribute to the calm courage and resolute determination displayed by the following officers and airmen, who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of the aircraft crews:-"
(One of the Squadron Leaders involved in the attack - and who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross was William John Edrich (89346) of 21 Squadron who later found fame playing cricket for England.)

In September 1941, John's Squadron was sent to Malta, from where it carried out anti-shipping missions around the Italian coast, Sicily and along the North African coast. This was a desperately difficult time for Malta - and, indeed, the Squadron whose losses at one time were so heavy that it was commanded by a sergeant.

On 8 December 1941, John - now a Sergeant-pilot - took off with other Blenheims on a mission to attack the airfield at Catania on the east coast of Sicily.

The Bristol Blenheim light bomber.

The Bristol Blenheim light bomber.
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According to an Italian report of the attack, the only losses on the ground were one MC.200 destroyed and three more slightly damaged. They also reported that no British planes were shot down. However, John's aircraft did not return.

His obituary in the school magazine saying he was "shot down in the defence of Malta" is now known to be wide of the mark. The truth is more tragic. In very poor visibility and diving towards the target Pilley's plane collided with another Blenheim from the same unit and there were no survivors.

His remains were never recovered and he is commemorated on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede.

This article has drawn heavily on material in Section 3 ("The War Years") of the Glyn School history, which is gratefully acknowledged.

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PLATFOOT, Gordon Leonard. Major (100082)

Royal Engineers
Died 16 September 1940, Age 42

Gordon's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
Gordon's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
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Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Gordon was born in East Dulwich on 3 October 1897, the fifth and last child of James Michael and Ellen Platfoot. The 1901 Census records the family living at 45 Rodwell Road, East Dulwich. The children range from 3 year old Gordon to 13 year old Sidney and then a bit of a gap to 20 year old Donald listed as "Clerk Insurance" - doubtless connected to his 60 year old father's occupation of "Superintendent Insurance". By the time of the 1911 Census, the family had moved a couple of streets to 146 Goodrich Road.

On 3 November 1915, in East Dulwich, the 18 year old Gordon attested in the Honourable Artillery Company and, during the remainder of WW1, served as a Private (4767) in its 1st Battalion. He saw action in Flanders, and there is a mid-February 1917 record of his being transferred to a Sick Convoy with "Trench Foot". Gordon's next appearance in the records is his January 1918 commission as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps.

In Q2 1922, Gordon married Lily Dorothy Bridge, registered in the Lambeth District. They appear to have had three children: Moyra (born Q1 1923); Valerie (born Q2 1927); and Clive (born Q1 1931). Even though the children were still young, the 1939 Register records the couple living alone at 33 Brancaster Lane, Purley. 41 year old Gordon is listed as "R E Staff Captain" and 40 year old Lily with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties".

The readily available records provide disappointingly little about either Gordon's WW2 service, now as a Major in the Royal Engineers, or the circumstances of his death on 16 September 1940. Casualty List No. 483 notes that he was killed in action (his headstone states that he was "killed by enemy action"), and the Epsom Cemetery records note that place of his death in those early days of the London Blitz was the Albany Hotel, St Pancras - perhaps the Albany Hotel still operating at 34 Tavistock Place.

The Probate records (noting that administration of his £ 2,802 estate was awarded to his widow and her father, retired railway official Frederick Stephen Bridge) state that Gordon remained of "33 Brancaster Lane, Purley". However, his burial in Epsom Cemetery (Plot M.571) suggests a connection with the Borough, further emphasised by the fact that the 1948 marriages of both daughters were registered in the local Surrey Mid Eastern District (which did not extend to Purley) as was his widow's remarriage, also in 1948, to Sydney Canin. However, an address in the Borough has yet to be established.

Lily's death in June 1968 was registered in the Croydon District, and she was buried in the same grave as her first husband in Epsom Cemetery (The widowed Sidney outlived her by 20 years, dying in Devon in August 1987, aged 90.)

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PONSFORD, Wallace Edward. Serjeant (2617967)

43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps
Died 7 December 1944, aged 27

Wallace's headstone in the Brunssum War Cemetery
Wallace's headstone in the Brunssum War Cemetery
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Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Wallace was born in Bristol on 17 January 1917, the second of four children born to George Albert Ponsford and Emma Elizabeth (née Parker - they had married in Bristol Q4 1911).

The 1939 Register records the 22 year old Wallace (employed as a "Printer's Cutter") living with his 53 year old parents at 6 Cumberland Grove, Bristol: George is listed as a "Boot Finisher (Incapacitated)"; and Emma with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". There are two currently closed records at the address - doubtless two of their three other children.

In Q3 1943, Wallace - now aged 26 and probably in uniform - married 22 year old Marie Allsop. The marriage was registered in the Wandsworth District, as had been Marie's birth on 25 April 1921. (The 1939 Register, however, recorded Marie as an 18 year old "Student" lodging with the widowed May Jewell at 13 Linwood Road, Bournemouth.)

Wallace and Maria had one child, Anthony, whose Q3 1944 birth was registered in the Surrey South Eastern District. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post-war records note that the widowed Marie was "of Epsom, Surrey". That address has yet to be established, but the Probate record of administration of Wallace's estate being awarded to his widow states that his address was "Burnham Cottage, Forest Drive, Kingswood, Surrey" - which came within the Surrey Mid Eastern District that also covered Epsom.

Wallace's WW2 service was in what the Commonwealth War Graves Commission terms the "43rd (2/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment) Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps". This is more straightforwardly called the "43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps", as at the head of this article.

On 20 June 1940, two weeks after D-Day, the Regiment was among the additional forces being poured into the Normandy beachhead. (It lost a significant part of its strength when one of the transport ships, MV Derrycunihy, was sunk by a mine.) The rebuilt Regiment was then at the van of the Allies' hard-fought advance across northern France. In September 1944, it was part of the ground troops in the sadly failed attempt to reach the "bridge too far" briefly held by paratroops at Arnhem. The Allies later reached south east Holland by conventional means, and Wallace's Regiment was tasked with guarding the Allies' southern flank as they pushed on into Germany. It was during this last phase that, according to Casualty List No. 1635, Wallace was killed in action.

Wallace is one 329 WW2 casualties (all British soldiers) buried in the Brunssum War Cemetery, located in the south east corner of the Netherlands close to the German border and about 20 miles north east of Maastricht. His widow took the opportunity of adding a personal inscription to his headstone on Grave IV.164,
"Thanks for everything."
In Q3 1950, the widowed Marie got married again - to Joseph M Goode, registered in the Surrey Northern District.

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POOLE, Basil Worsley. Private (6284765)

The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Died 16 June 1946, aged 36

Basil's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
Basil's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
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Not listed in the Book of Remembrance.

Basil was born in Ramsgate, Kent and registered Q1 1910. He was the second child of Kenneth Poole and May Violet (née Purdy). The 1911 Census records the 25 year old May (born in Wighton, Norfolk and of "Private Means") living at 18 Douglas Road, Herne Bay, together with 3 year old daughter Iris (who had been born in Aberystwyth) and 1 year old Basil - all supported by a live-in domestic servant. The return notes that May had been married for 6 years - but, even though it has been discovered that May's maiden name was Purdy, the record of that has yet to be found - as has the 1911 location of husband Kenneth.

Basil joined the Army some time in the 1930s. His first appearance in the forces' records is the report of a mid-February 1936 Court Martial for desertion from his HQ post in Canterbury. His not guilty pleas was rejected and he served 7 weeks' detention.

His desertion may not be unconnected to his courtship of Anne (in some records, "Ann" or "Annie") Jones. Wallace (aged 25) married her (born on 4 January 1915 and thus aged 20) in Q3 1936. The marriage was registered in the Blean District (covering the NE Kent coast) as was the birth of their two children - Valerie in Q2 1937 and Garry M in Q2 1939.

The 1939 Register records Anne living in "Hop Hut 69" in the Swale area - presumably hop-picking (although listed with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties"). With her are two currently closed records - doubtless her young children. Swale is just a few miles west of Whitstable, which is where the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post-war records describe her as "of" - presumably at 75 Middle Wall, Whitstable given as Basil's address in the Probate record of her being awarded administration of his £ 254 estate.

Basil continued serving in The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) during WW2. After being sent to France in 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force and evacuation from Dunkirk, he was among the troops sent to North Africa in 1942 as part of the Western Desert Campaign - the other half of the pincer movement with Commonwealth forces advancing against Axis forces from Egypt after the Battles of El Alamein.

During the fierce fighting in the Western desert, Basil was captured. He was reported in Casualty List No.755 (of 24 February 1942) as a Prisoner of War in German hands (in Germany). Casualty List No. 1683 (of 16 February 1945) reported him repatriated. But he was clearly not a well man. He was admitted to Horton Hospital (one of Epsom's "cluster of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over for dealing with wartime casualties). He died there on 16 June 1946 and, three days later, was buried in Epsom Cemetery where the records note him as an "Invalid Soldier (discharged)".

The widowed Anne took the opportunity of adding a personal inscription to his headstone on Grave Q.138,
"Gone to rest but not forgotten by his loving wife and daughter Valerie".
It is not clear why there is no mention of 7 year old Garry. No record has been found of his death - indeed an appropriately-aged Garry M Poole married Carolyn J Denton in Q4 1975, registered in the Westminster District. Anne never remarried and died in the Canterbury District on 7 February 1998.

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POWELL, Eric Stanley.

Civilian
Died 4 September 1940, aged 26

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance.

Eric was born on Born 14 November 1913, the eighth and probably last child of Edwin Powell and Annie Baker. They had married in St Mary's, Portsea on 26 April 1896. The 24 year old Annie was a local and 29 year old Edwin was a corporal in the Royal Engineers, then stationed at Fort Monckton, Gosport.

The couple, now with six children (from new-born Frederick to 13 year old Lily), are next found in the 1911 Census, living at 68 Dupont Road, Raynes Park. 44 year old Edwin was now a Company Sergeant Major (Instructor) in the Royal Engineers, and the family's absence from the 1901 Census is explained by the birthplace of Lily and Edwin junior - in, respectively, 1898 and 1900 - being Curapipe, Mauritius. The next three children were born in Aldershot between 1903 and 1908. Only new-born Frederick had been born in Raynes Park, and he was followed by Alexander in Q3 1912 and Eric in 1913.

The family then moved a few streets to 25 Carlton Park Avenue, Raynes Park. Edwin senior died there on 10 May 1931 as noted in the Probate record of administration of his £ 1,574 estate being awarded to the widowed Annie and Edwin junior - now aged 30 and, taking after his father, is described as an "engineer".

In Q3 1937, Eric - now aged 24 - married 23 year old Norah M Heath, registered in the Battersea District. They set up home in 86 Poole Road, West Ewell where they were recorded in the 29 September 1939 Register. Eric is listed as an "Electrician (Fitter & Erector), Aeronautical" and Norah with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". There is one currently closed record at the address which doubtless covers the couple's first child, Carol, born Q3 1938. (Had the Register been taken a few weeks later, there would have been another currently closed record - their second child, Roger, was born Q4 1939.)

Eric worked at the Vickers-Armstrong Aircraft Works at Brooklands, Weybridge, where Wellington bombers were being manufactured. (Alongside was another aircraft factory, where Hawker's were manufacturing Hurricane fighters.) As the Battle of Britain raged, these plants were obvious targets for enemy attack and had been camouflaged with netting, although the distinctive pattern of local railway lines still provided clues to their location.

At 1.24pm on Wednesday 4 September 1940 - two days before the commissioned barrage balloons were delivered, and with no alert from the air raid sirens - 14 Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engined fighter-bombers, with the sun behind them, dived on the Vickers-Armstrong plant, raining bombs. As it was towards the end of the lunch break, employees were either sitting outside on their break or waiting to clock in for their afternoon shift - many of whom were killed by a bomb fell near the time clock.

Eric was one of the 83 employees who were killed in the devastating attack that was all over in 3 minutes. They were all buried in the nearby Burvale Cemetery, Hersham. (A further 420 people were injured, some seriously.)

On 31 October 1944, the widowed Norah got married again - to Albert J B Wait, registered in the Ilford District.

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PRICE, Godfrey Ronald. Sub-Lieutenant (Mentioned in Dispatches)

Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, HM Motor Torpedo Boat 72
Died 28 February 1943, aged 21

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Godfrey was born on 20 September 1921, the first child of Godfrey H R Price and Evelyn H Palmer who had married Q1 1919, registered in Winchester. Godfrey's birth was registered in the Upton on Severn District - as was the birth of his sister, Patricia, in Q2 1929. The family residence may already have been in Barnard's Green - about 5 miles from Upton on Severn - where they were recorded in the 1939 Register. In that, the family's address was Lloyds Bank House, Barnard's Green, Malvern, Worcestershire. 47 year old Godfrey seems to have been living above the shop, being listed as "Bank Branch Manager". 44 year old Evelyn is labelled with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". Also there are: the 18 year old Godfrey (listed as "Seeking Work"); one currently closed record (presumably his now 10 year old sister, Patricia); and Evelyn's 77 year old widowed and "Incapacitated" mother, Elizabeth A Palmer.

Godfrey's WW2 service was in HM Motor Torpedo Boat 72 - a Vosper Type 8 72 ft craft equipped with torpedo tubes and cannon. HM MTB 72 was among a number of fast attack boats (it was capable of 39 knots or nearly 45 mph) operating from "HMS Beehive", their Naval base at Felixstowe. Throughout the war, they were active against enemy shipping off the Dutch, German, Belgian and French coasts. The Supplement to the London Gazette dated 11 August 1942 recorded that Godfrey had been Mentioned in Dispatches "For bravery in action against the Enemy, while serving in HM Motor Torpedo Boats off the Belgian coast."

Godfrey was killed in action on 28 February 1943. As MTB 72 and all others of its 13-strong crew survived this would seem to have been the result of gunfire or shrapnel rather than a sinking.

In Q1 1943, only weeks before Godfrey's death, he married Margaret Ida Corke (born Q3 1919 and, now aged 23, two years older than Godfrey). Their marriage was registered in the local Surrey Mid Eastern District, consistent with the 1939 Register's recording Margaret's parents - 57 year old Henry E M Corke (an "Electrical Supply Company Representative") and 41 year old Ida (née Pearman) - plus one currently closed record, perhaps Margaret - all living at 201 Chessington Road, West Ewell. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post war records note the widowed Ida being "of West Ewell". However, the Probate record of administration of Godfrey's £ 764 estate being awarded to Ida gives his address as the 1939 Register entry's "Lloyds Bank House, Barnard's Green, Malvern, Worcestershire".

Godfrey is buried in Felixstowe New Cemetery. His family took the opportunity of adding a personal inscription to his headstone on Grave B.K.39,
"Not wasted are his powers, his joys, his plannings. He has found 'life indeed'."
WW2 graves in Felixstowe New Cemetery
WW2 graves in Felixstowe New Cemetery
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Godfrey and Margaret had no children. In Q4 1946, the widowed Margaret got married again - to William E Cattaneo, again registered in the local Surrey Mid Eastern District.

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PRIOR, Elizabeth

Civilian
Died 12 October 1940, aged 64

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Elizabeth has left a disappointingly light trace in the readily available records. The first confident finding of her is in the 1911 Census at 1 Woodlands Park Road, Greenwich. The return shows that she was born in the City of London on 2 April 1876 and, "under one year" previously had married Charles Prior. He had been born on 31 August 1880 in Prettlewell, Essex and is listed as "Labourer (Gas Works)".

It does not appear that the couple had any children. The 1939 Register records them still living alone at 1 Woodlands Park Road. 63 year old Elizabeth is listed with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties" and 59 year old Charles as a "General Labourer".

On 8 September 1940 - the second day of the Luftwaffe's 8-month "Blitz" bombing campaign - Elizabeth was injured by enemy action while at home in Woodlands Park Road. She was taken to the Horton War Hospital, one of Epsom's "cluster" of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over for dealing with wartime casualties. She died there about a month later, on 12 October 1940.

If her husband, Charles, was wounded in the same attack, he survived. However - and not recorded as a war casualty - he died in Greenwich Q3 1943, aged 63.

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PULLING, Walter George. Driver (T/167231)

Royal Army Service Corps
Died 27 May 1940, aged 31

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Walter was born Q3 1909 in Ferndale, Glamorganshire, the last of Noah John and Emma Pulling's ten children (three of which had died). The 1911 Census records the family of nine living at 22 Bryngoleu Crescent, Ferndale, Rhondda, Glamorganshire. 37 year old Noah is listed as an "Insurance Superintendent". 35 year old Emma had her hands full looking after the 7 children - from 18 month old Walter to 16 year old Sarah - this last now working as a 'Shop Assistant".

In Q1 1939, Walter married Muriel May Jenkins, registered in the Surrey Mid Eastern District The couple appear to have a child, Gillian, whose Q3 1939 birth was registered in the Surrey Mid Eastern District. Both those events are consistent with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post-war records noting that the widowed Muriel was "of Epsom, Surrey", although that address has yet to be established.

Walter's WW2 service was as a Driver in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was among troops sent to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force. As is well-known, the expected German invasion was of unanticipated ferocity and speed. The BEF was pushed back, in some disarray, with most of the survivors being evacuated from Dunkirk in the 26 May to 4 June 1940 Operation Dynamo.

Charles was among those being evacuated on 27 May when he was noted (in Casualty List No. 226) as "Missing believed drowned" from one of the crowded ships. It was not until Casualty List No. 490 of 17 April 1941 that he was formally recorded as drowned.

His body was never found (or, if it was, could not be identified). Charles is one of 4,513 members of the BEF commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial as having no known grave.

The Dunkirk Memorial
The Dunkirk Memorial
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The widowed Muriel got married again - to Raymond J Boddy in Q2 1950, again registered in the local Surrey Mid Eastern District.

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PULLINGER, William Todd. Aircraftman 2nd Class (1476335)

615 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died 31 July 1942, aged 37.

William was born in Lambeth on 15 September 1904, the first child of William Pullinger and Louisa Mary (née Todd - they had married Q4 1901, registered in the Southwark District).

The couple are recorded in the 1911 Census living at 120 Knollys Road, Streatham. Head of the household was 48 year old Danish-born John Rasmussen, a "Letterpress Printer". 39 year old William is listed as a "Printer's Cutter" (presumably working for John Rasmussen) and 31 year old Louisa is listed as the "Housekeeper". The couple now have three children - new-born Leslie, 4 year old Albert and 6 year old William.

It is understood that, in his late teens, William spent some time in Canada. However, by 1926 he was working as a psychiatric nurse in Long Grove Mental Hospital, one of Epsom's "cluster".

In Q3 1933, William married Freda Victoria Beer. The marriage was registered in Croydon, but they set up home at 13 Pams Way, Ewell - moving to No 25 in 1935. Their only child, Patricia Ann, was born in Q1 1936. For some reason, this was registered in the East Glamorgan. The family were back at home in 25 Pams Way for the 1939 Register in which the now 35 year old William is now listed as "Telephone Operator (LCC Mental Hosp.)" - perhaps still the Long Grove Hospital - and 27 year old Freda with the conventional "Unpaid domestic duties". The one currently closed record at the address doubtless conceals their daughter, Patricia.

William's WW2 service was in 615 Squadron as an Aircraftman 2nd Class - ground staff support (in various possible roles) for aircrew and their aircraft. The squadron (part of Fighter Command) was sent to France as part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force in November 1939 but, shortly after the German invasion which began on 10 May, was withdrawn to Kenley - being equipped with Hawker Hurricanes and operational from 20 May 1940. having re-equipped with Gloster Gladiators in May. The squadron took part in the early actions of the Battle of Britain, but then moved to Scotland to rest. It later took part in offensive sweeps over Europe and defence duties in Wales.

In April 1942, the squadron was transferred to India. However, before seeing action against Japanese forces at the border with Burma (modern-day Myanmar), William died - perhaps as likely to be the result of illness or disease rather than "enemy action". He is one of the 617 WW2 forces' burials in the Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery, Kolkata, India. Freda took the option of adding a personal inscription to his headstone on Grave H.52, "Till we meet again, darling, we shall remember you. Freda and Pat-Ann."

The War Graves section of Bhowanipore Cemetery, Kolkata
The War Graves section of Bhowanipore Cemetery, Kolkata
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The June 1943 Probate of administration of William's £ 1,356 being awarded to his youngest brother Leslie (now a Private in the Army) confirms that the address had remained 25 Pams Way.

In Q4 1946, the widowed Freda got remarried - to Reginald J Sudds, registered in the Hailsham District of Sussex.

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PURCELL Allen Harold Dashwood. Air Raid Warden

Air Raid Warden
Died 11/01/1941, aged 44

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Allen was born on 28 May 1896, at least the second child of Allen Henry and Isabella Maud Purcell. The 1911 Census records the family living at 12 Elm Grove Wimbledon - presumably the "Frant Lodge, Elm Grove" that, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post-war records, his late parents were "of".

In 1917, Allen was conscripted and served in the Labour Corps' 366 Company. In Q3 1929, he married Kathleen Elaine Julian, registered in Kingston upon Thames. The couple appear to have had at least one child, Allen B Purcell, born in Croydon Q2 1932.

In September 1934, Allen sailed to Jamaica on board fruit importers Elder and Fyffes' SS Cavina. The passenger list records him as a Clerk and his address as 36 Tudor Close, Cheam. The 1939 Register records the couple living at "Wayside", West Farm Avenue, Ashtead. There two currently closed records at that address, probably their children. Allen is listed as "Clerk, Shipowners Office" and Kathleen as the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post-war records list their address as 133 Sunnybank, Woodcote Green, Epsom.

It seems clear that Allen worked for Elder and Fyffes, Bow Street and it was at their offices in Bow Street, London, that he was killed by the same bomb that also killed Francis Burlton (the article on whom has fuller details) and Charles Crawforth.

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PUTTICK, Wilfred. Sergeant 929723

10 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 26 July1941, aged N/K

Wilfred Puttick.
Wilfred Puttick.
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Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

John Puttick, born Brighton, Sussex, 13 April 1871, became indentured as a Merchant seaman in 1885. He married Mabel Gray (b. 1874) on 25 November 1902 at St Saviour, Paddington. Birth of their son Wilfred Puttick came to be recorded at Ampthill for the September Quarter of 1914.

Wilfred was educated at Bedford Modern School and became a Scout leader in the 4th Northwood Group.

With a Service number 929723 Wilfred had enlisted at Uxbridge with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during or after September 1939. He was a member No 56 Course at 2 Service Flying Training School, Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, from 13 November 1940 to 31 March 1941 before proceeding to No 21 Course at 19 OTU which commenced 11 May 1941.

Sgt. Wilfred Puttick died 26 July 1941, aged 27, whilst flying Whitley T4231, ZA-A, with 10 Squadron. The aircraft was airborne at 22.28 Hours on 25 July 1941 from RAF Leeming for a raid on Hannover and crashed at Koersel (Limburg), 15 km NNW of Hasselt, Belgium with the loss of all those on board. The reason for the loss has never been established.

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The crew of 5 consisted of PO William McNaughton Spiers, MiD, Sgt Wilfred Puttick, PO Harry Joseph Daniels, Sgt Cyril Webster Fitzmaurice D E Lawson and Sgt Douglas Bernard Beverley. PO Daniels had received a Commendation of Gallantry.

The casualties were interred at Koersel Communal Cemetery, Beringen, Limburg, Belgium, with W Puttick in Grave 5.

Wilfred is commemorated on a memorial is situated on the wall of the St Mary's church, Westoning, Beds., as well as in Bedford Modern School's Roll of Honour. Additionally there is a monument in Flitwick extension churchyard, Bedfordshire: - 'In memory of Esther Gray who died on 11 June 1918, aged 71. Also in proud and loving memory of Sgt pilot Wilfred Puttick RAFVR Grandson of the above and dearly loved youngest son of John and Mabel Puttick who was killed in action July 26th 1941, aged 27 years. While there is light I will remember. When the night comes I will not forget'.

The CWGC lists Wilfred as 'Son of John and Mabel Puttick, of Ewell, Epsom, Surrey'. His family were , however, in Apthill during 1939 and only came to Ewell after the end of WW2. By 1951, John and Mabel Puttick were resident with their married daughter, Margery M Grimmette, and son in law, at 26 Oakland Way, Ewell. The death of Mabel Puttick was registered in Surrey Mid E, 6/1953. John Puttick survived his wife to die aged 97, reg. Dover, 6/1969.

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PYE, Catherine

Civilian
Died 2 December 1940, aged 76

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance.

Catherine (in some records "Katherine") was born on 19 June 1865. In Q1 1914 and registered in the Croydon District, she (then aged 48) married 46 year old, David William Pye. This was David's second marriage. He had married his first wife, Thirza Ann Clayton, on 20 December 1891 - also in the Croydon District. They had had at least two children before Thirza died in 1903.

At the time of Catherine's marriage to David, her surname was "Saunders". Unfortunately, these names are too common to trace her family background in the readily available records, particularly as she might also have been a widow.

Anyway, Catherine and David are recorded in the 1939 Register living alone at 24 Belmont Road, South Norwood - not far from where David grew up in the Penge/Anerley area. 76 year old David is listed as a "Paperhanger (pensioner)" and 74 year old Catherine with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". Living with them was David's 69 year old widowed sister, Kate More - still working as a "Char".

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission' database notes that Catherine died at Horton Emergency Hospital - one of Epsom's "cluster" of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over for dealing with wartime casualties - but does not say when or where she received the injuries. These are most likely to have come from the bombing in the Luftwaffe's "Blitz" bombing campaign that had begin in September 1940. If the same attack injured David or Kate, they recovered. However - and not recorded as a war casualty - David died Q2 1945, aged 78.

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