MARINE GEORGE ASHTON
PLY/X 101938 Royal Marines Group M.N BDO (2) 03/11/1943 Aged 28. Son of Francis Duncan Hall and Harriet Cotton. Husband of Irene Elizabeth Gardiner Married 1940 Tadcaster. Laid to Rest Syracuse War Cemetery Scicily.
LEADING AIRMAN PHILLIP WILLIAM McLEAN ATKINSON
FAA/FX.86809 Royal Navy H.M.S Ukassa 24/08/1944 Aged Unknown. CWGC States: Son of Charles and Amy Atkinson Phillip served in the Fleet Air Arm which supported ground troops by air reconnaissance operating from aircraft carriers. Remembered Lee on Solent Memorial.
PRIVATE THOMAS BELL
14333771 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 20/03/1945 Aged 20.I believe this to be the T. Bell shown on the Tadcaster Memorials, on searching the Army Roll of Honour 1939-45 there are only Two T. Bell's born and residing in Yorkshire. The other man is a Thomas Frederick Bell married in Bedale. Thomas lost his life in Mandalay on the day it was captured from the japanese by the West Yorkshire Regiment which were attached to the 19th Indian Division. Laid to Rest Taukkyan War Cemetery Burma.
PRIVATE STANLEY BURTON.
14565906 61 Company Pioneer Corps 01/11/1944 Aged 20. Born Tadcaster 1924.CWGC Son of Albert H and Mary Barber Married 1918 Tadcaster. Laid to Rest Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery Holland.
CORPORAL JOHN SMITH CONSTABLE.
564134 Royal Air Force 22/07/1940 Aged 26. CWGC States: Son of George and Emma E of Tadcaster. Cliff Phillips Royal Air Force Association Tadcaster Branch gives the following information regarding John: "John Constable was a 21st entry Aircraft Apprentice who joined in 1930 he would have been 16 then. Margaret remembers there being a Constable family in the early 40's who ran a sweet shop in Kirkgate, possibly where the Chinese is now. If you come across any RAF with numbers between 550000 and 559999 they would be pre war "Boy Entrants"
Laid to Rest Tadcaster Cemetery
STOKER 1st CLASS CLARENCE ARTHUR DAVIS.
/C/KX 671566 Royal Navy HMS Bullen 06/12/1944 Aged 16 ?. Geraldine Lowe has left a message in the Guestbook giving details of Clarence he was the son of Clifford and Mary Berry and had a brother Charlie and a sister Judy. Geraldine believed he was aged around 16 when he gave his life and his ship was torpedoed outside Liverpool. "Thank You to Geraldine Lowe for helping find this young man and help record his details"
H.M.S Bullen which was launched on the 7th August 1943 at Bethlehem Shipyard Massachusetts, U.S.A. She was leased to the Royal Navy and was never commisioned into the US Navy. H.M.S Bullen was torpedoed and sunk by the German U Boat U755 due west off Strathy Point, Scotland in position 58º30'N, 05º03'W. Of the 168 crewmembers on board 71 went down with the ship. U Boat U755 was built in early January 1943 and sank three ships, she Surrendered at Trondheim, Norway on 8 May, 1945, and was Sunk on 8th December 1945 as part of Operation Deadlight at Loch Ryan Scotland along with a further 114 other U Boats. Remembered Chatham Naval Memorial.
7954058 B Squadron 17th/21st Lancers Royal Armoured Corps 23/04/1943 Aged 33. Born Newton Kyme 1909.CWGC Husband of Kathleen Fisher. CWGC gives the following details:"Axis forces defeated at El Alamein were withdrawing into Tunisia along the coast through Libya, pursued by the Allied Eighth Army. By mid April 1943, the combined Axis force was hemmed into a small corner of north-eastern Tunisia and the Allies were grouped for their final offensive. Many of those buried at Massicault War Cemetery died in the preparation for the final drive to Tunis in April 1943 and in that advance at the beginning of May." Laid to Rest Massicault War Cemetery Tunisia.
1532802 Royal Artillery 09/07/1940 Aged 22. Born 1917. CWGC Son of Mark and Annie May Josephine Owens Married Parish Church Tadcaster 24/09/1914. His family Resided at Fairfield Villas Tadcaster. Fredericks Father Mark served in the West Yorkshire Regiment 11634 and Enlisted in 31/08/1914. He was a Brewers Clerk reached rank of Serjeant was discharged for being medically unfit in 1916. Mark never saw active service abroad.
"AT HOME AT REST"
Laid to Rest Tadcaster Cemetery
1064089 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 01/11/1941 Aged 25. CWGC Son of Frederick Charles and Elizabeth Ann of Tadcaster. Sidney passed away at the City Hospital Newcastle Upon Tyne and was laid to rest in Tadcaster on the 6th November 1941.
"PEACE PERFECT PEACE"
Laid to Rest Tadcaster Cemetery.
2122409 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Royal Ulster Rifles Attached 2nd Bn London Rifles 12/06/1944 Aged 35. Born Terrington nr Malton 1909. CWGC Son of John and Minnie Smith Married Terrington 1908. Husband of Ida Mary Hanby Married 1941 Wokingham Residing Tadcaster when Alfred gave his life. Arthur took part in the D Day landings of June the 6th 1944 on Sword Beach either in the Oboe or Peter sector, where he lost his life. Laid to Rest La Deelivrande War Cemetery Douvres France.
845216 3rd Field Regiment Royal Artillery 12/06/1942 Aged 24. Born 1913 Wetherby. Son of Emma Spelt Maurice in St Marys Church Tadcaster. Morris was part of the Eighth Army which on the 5th of June 1942 launched a counter-attack against the Afrika Korps. This operation codenamed 'Aberdeen', went wrong from the start, with an infantry tank brigade being destroyed in minefields and an Indian infantry brigade attacking the wrong positions. The remainder of the force the 22nd Armoured Brigade was repulsed easily by the untouched German defences. British losses for this operation were 150 tanks, 133 guns and 6,000 troops. At this point in the battle, the British forces in the northern part of the Gazala line (1st South African and the remainder of the British 50th Division), were still in a strong position and so General Auchinleck and Lieutenant General Ritchie decided to hold the line facing south from the Knightsbridge defensive box to El Adem with the remainder of their infantry and tank forces and wait for Rommel's next move. On the 12th of June 1942 Rommel although his tanks were outnumbered two to one attacked the British positions between Knightsbridge and El Adem, trapping much of the British armour. Maurice lost his life during this time period, Knightsbridge was a key British position and when this fell a couple of days later the Eighth Army withdrew into Egypt and Rommel captured Tobruk. Laid to Rest Knightsbridge War Cemetery Acroma Lybia.