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TAYLOR, Douglas Albert * (Revised 19/03/2019)
TAYLOR, Ernest Robert Frederick (Revised 24/10/2018)
TAYLOR, George Hudson (Revised 19/03/2019)
TAYLOR, Leslie Henry William (Revised 24/10/2018)
TELFORD, James Gordon * (Revised 24/10/2018)
TELLING, Robert Douglas (Revised 17/02/2019)
TEPPER, Roland Harcourt (Revised 24/10/2018)
THOMAS, Florence Edith Caroline (Revised 27/10/2018)
THOMAS, Henry (Revised 27/10/2018)
THOMAS, William Ernest (Revised 27/10/2018)
THOMPSON, Samuel George (Revised 27/10/2018)
THOMPSON, Stanley (Revised 27/10/2018)
TILDEN, Eric Henry * (Revised 28/10/2018)
TILDEN, Osmond Peter * (Revised 28/10/2018)
TIPLADY, George * (Revised 29/10/2018)
TODD, Eric Joseph (Revised 29/10/2018)
TOFT, Ronald Frederick (Revised 17/02/2019)
TOMOANA, Tamaturangi Te (Revised 29/10/2018)
TOTTLE, Peter (Revised 29/10/2018)
TOY, Gordon Frederick (Revised 30/10/2018)
TREADAWAY, Charles Frederick Arthur (Revised 30/10/2018)
TREADGOLD, Leonard Horace (Revised 30/10/2018)
TREAYS, Edwin * (Revised 30/10/2018)
TRENT, Mary Frances * (Revised 30/10/2018)
TRITTON, John Frederick (Revised 30/10/2018)
TROUGHTON, Robert Walter * (New 02/12/2018)
TUCK, William Ernest (Revised 22/04/2019)
TULLETT, Mathew Richard (Revised 15/05/2018)
TURNER, William * (Revised 17/05/2018)
TURNBULL, Richard Dominic (Revised 17/05/2018)
TYRRELL, James Hannaford (Revised 17/05/2018)
* = Not included in the Book of Remembrance for reasons unknown.
"The gift of God / is eternal life / through Jesus Christ / our Lord"
"Perfect peace. We have been parted in life but will meet again in death."
"Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
"In 1941, when the Japanese military began its offensive in Southeast Asia, SOE Orient Mission decided to set up 101 Special Training School in Singapore (at Tanjung Balai, at the mouth of Jurong River) to prepare stay-behind teams in parts of the British Empire that might be conquered by the enemy. The school was housed in a large Art-Deco style bungalow, formerly the private estate of an Armenian millionaire. It was in a secluded and relatively inaccessible corner of the Singapore island, thus ideal for a secretive espionage training school.
Those stay-behind teams trained by 101 STS would then be in place across Southeast Asia to begin the work of relaying intelligence to the British armed forces, of executing acts of sabotage, and of recruiting indigenous people willing to take part in operations against the occupying forces. In the final days of the Japanese's offensive in Malaya (December 1941), the school also trained 165 Malayan Chinese communists to prepare them for anti-Japanese guerrilla warfare in Malaya. They would later form the nucleus of the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA).
When the Japanese conquered Singapore in February 1942, the school was abandoned."
"He handled his battery with great courage and skill, accounting for over 90 of the enemy. He has previously done fine work."
"They commenced their bombing run, coming out of the clouds, zoo, after dropping the first bomb at 01.40 hrs. they were caught and held by the powerful searchlights - anti aircraft shells burst just behind them and then another inside the fuselage wounding Sgt English [one of the Air Gunners] in the shoulder and hand. This also cut the hydraulic controls to his rear turret.
The fabric of the fuselage caught fire. Sgt Saich [the Pilot] took evasive action and Sgt Smitten went to assist the rear gunner, spraying the area with fire extinguishers. He managed to release Sgt. English who entered the aircraft. The aircraft was hit again, the port wing caught fire. The pilot switched off the fuel supply to the port engine and the fire stopped. He managed to restart the engine - the bomb doors however would not close due to the damage. The situation seemed to be hopeless as they turned to go home.
At 05.35 hrs. they managed to cross the Norfolk coast - fuel had registered zero for the last two hours. The pilot noticed a Barley field and decided to try a forced landing. He managed it, the aircraft broke in two as it came to rest - no serious injuries to the crew, Sgt. English though was taken to the local hospital for further treatment. All crew survived, to be back on operations in less than two weeks."
". . . Bob Telling was crouched beside the main spar behind the wireless cabin pumping all the oil which could be extracted from a riddled auxiliary tank. T-Tommy was still under intense anti-aircraft fire and the shell splinters, one of which wounded him, were described by Telling as 'angry hail tearing through the aircraft'."
"Day and night the squadron was doing top secret Gee box exercises, carrying special crews, which meant that any loss was a blow way beyond the usual. On the morning of 19 January part of X3370's starboard wing fell off and she came down at Folly Farm, Thetford. All seven aboard were killed."
"Wellington III X3370 coded WS-D. Training. Crashed 1050 following structural failure at 250 feet of the outer section of the starboard wing. The Wellington fell and burst into flames at Folly Farm, just to the N of Thetford, Norfolk. At least one civilian had to be treated for burns to his hands as a result of trying to rescue the trapped crew. F/L Cresswell RNZAF was instructing the crew in navigation techniques.
Crew: Sgt. R D Telling, F/L P H Cresswell RNZAF, P/O H L Tarbitten DFC, Sgt. J Amphlett, Sgt. T F Greenwood,Sgt. T G Banks & Sgt. R S Aitchison."
"Roland Harcourt was looked upon by Head Office as one of the firm's most efficient Chief Officer, and by most other people as a slave-driving tyrant. He [claimed] you can't be popular and efficient. He certainly made no attempt to be anything but efficient. Nevertheless he was the right man to be sent along if there was any nastiness to cleaned up. There were long faces round the decks of Arcadian when she left Immingham with a full passenger list, but things were done with alacrity and smartness and the ship had that Tepper look with every rope yarn in place and not a dirty mark on her enamel anywhere".
"Late Captain Royal Mail Line. / At the setting sun / and in the morning / I will remember you."
"Beloved, you will always be remembered Father, Mother and Sister."
|William Osmond||1900-49. Educated at Epsom College; spent 10 years as a tea planter in Assam, then proprietor of the Progressive Laundry in Banbury and latterly a farmer near Rugby. Married Evelyn Mary Frogley in Calcutta, 1926 (3 children). Buried Preston Capes, Northamptonshire.|
|John Frederick||1903-96. Married Olive Butterfield 1928. Lived in Banstead for many years. Followed his father into banking. Recorded in the September 1939 Register living in Purley with his wife, four children and his widowed mother in law.|
|Eric Henry||1905-42. The subject of this article, of whom more below.|
|Osmond Peter||1909-39. The family's first WW2 casualty, see the following article.|
|Mary Osmond||1911-94. Married Roland Wigg 1934. Latterly lived in Eastbourne.|
"Gone, but not forgotten."
Those still in military service at the time of death qualified automatically. The location of their death and the cause of death were immaterial and they could have been killed in action, died of wounds, died of illness or by accident, died due to suicide or homicide or suffered judicial execution. CWGC treats all casualties equally and all must be commemorated under the terms of their Royal Charter. Under Category Two, personnel who had been discharged from or retired from the military before their deaths during the same qualifying periods of an injury or illness caused by or exacerbated by their service during the same qualifying period. These cases qualified only if it was proven to the authorities' satisfaction that death was service attributable.
"In proud and everloving memory of a dear son."
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
"God takes our loved ones from our homes but never from our hearts."
"A voice we loved is stilled a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled."
"John … was called-up for service with the Royal Engineers on June 13, 1940. His military service records state that he was 5 ft 5 in tall, with dark brown hair, hazel eyes and a fresh complexion. In 1942 he was transferred to the RAF [with a Service Number 657178] and qualified as a bomb aimer [after undertaking training in Canada].
He returned home a few days before Christmas, having been given a temporary commission and promoted to the rank of pilot officer [gazetted with effect from 6 November 1942] ….
On January 12, 1943, he was posted to No. 26 Operational Training Unit [at RAF Wing near Aylesbury] where he joined a crew captained by a newly qualified pilot, Sgt Bernard Church. John was now 27, whereas the rest of the crew were 20 or 21….
Church's crew was posted to RAF Stradishall and trained to fly Stirling bombers. In May John was promoted to the rank of flying officer and on June 12 he and the rest of the crew arrived at RAF Chedburgh, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, to join 214 Squadron, then making nightly raids on the Ruhr, Germany's industrial heartland and laying mines in sea-lanes used by German ships. On the night of Monday, June 22 the crew flew on their first 'op', taking off at five minutes past midnight DBST (Double British Summer Time) on June 23 - John's 28th birthday.
Their 'drop zone' was near Heligoland Bay. At 02.12 hrs John flicked a switch on the control panel in his compartment in the nose of the aircraft and released his mines. At 04.40 the crew landed safely at Chedburgh ….
On Wednesday, June 24, Church's crew was part of a force of 630 bombers that raided Wuppertal-Elberfeld. They took off at 22.30 with 1,080 41b incendiaries and 88 30lb incendiaries. Near Cologne their aircraft was hit by flak but no-one was injured. Over the target, John did the job he had been trained to do calling out course corrections to the pilot, releasing the bombs, and operating the camera that all bombers carried to photograph the results of their sortie. … They arrived back at Chedburgh at 0415.
John was 'on ops' again with Bernard Church's crew the following night (June 25/26), for a raid on Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft they had flown on their earlier 'ops' was out of service, due to damage sustained the previous night, so they were allocated a brand-new aircraft, BK767. Their wireless operator, Sgt W.C. Thomas, reported sick shortly before take-off so the squadron's signals leader, Flying Officer Keith Neilson, took his place.
Sunset that night was at 22.22…. BK767 took off at 23.48. Reports written immediately after the raid merely state: 'Nothing was heard of this aircraft, which is missing.' However, thanks to eye-witness accounts and recent research in Britain and Holland, we now have an almost complete story of BK767's last moments.
At Aalten, near the German border, Air Raid Precautions wardens saw 'a burning aeroplane crashing in the south west direction' at 01.23 hrs. Two minutes later it disintegrated on a farm at IJzerlo, 5.5 km from Aalten. Chief warden Jacob Tilbusscher reported: 'The 'plane came down on farmland belonging to Gerrit H. Jan ter Horst and Gerrit van Lochem. Five occupants of the airplane died in the crash'. The aircraft, which had evidently been hit by 'flak' and then shot down by an ME110 nightfighter piloted by Oberleutnant Ludwig Meister, was later identified as BK767. The men who died were Bernard Church, John Tritton, Sgt William Harris Thompson (flight engineer) and air gunners William Thomas Davis and Frederick Mills. Sgt E.G. Taylor (the navigator) and Keith Neilson parachuted to safety but were captured by the Germans.
John and his comrades were buried in Berkenhove Cemetery, Aalten, on June 29. Next day a wreath was secretly laid beside their graves, bearing the words 'Broken wings, immortal glory. From the Dutch people'. Soon afterwards it was removed by the German authorities….
In Berkenhove Cemetery, about half a mile north of Aalten, their graves are impeccably maintained by Oorlogsgraven-stichting for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Every year, on May 4 (Dutch Liberation Day) the people of Aalten place flowers there."
"Requiescat in pace."
"In proud and loving memory."