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Allen, Mary Hannah

 

In 1945 Mary Hannah Allen was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. Her home address was 4, Winster Drive, Thurmaston.

 

Allen, William

 

William Allen was born on the 9th April 1920. He was the son of George T. Allen and his wife Ethel A. Allen, nee Hill.

In 1939 William lived with his mother at 4, Winster Drive, Thurmaston. He worked in engineering as the operator of a turnover machine.

In 1945 William was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Angrave, Leonard

 

Leonard Angrave was born in Thurmaston on the 26th June 1908. He was the son of Oliver George Angrave, a Leicester Corporation gas worker, and his wife Rachel, nee Toon. In 1911 Leonard lived with his parents and two brothers in a house on Thurmaston's Main Street.

Leonard's elder brother, Gerald Levi Angrave, was killed in action on the 14th October 1916, whilst serving as Private, 40996, G. L. Angrave, of the 19th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

In 1939 Leonard Angrave and his wife Alice, nee Thompson, lived at a house that was called St. Elwyn, on Manor Road, Thurmaston. Leonard worked as a yarn warehouse foreman, whilst Alice worked a sewing machinist, dress maker.

In 1945 Leonard Angrave was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Leonard Angrave passed away during 1973.

 

Appleby, Beatrice Ada

 

Beatrice Ada Appleby was born in Leicestershire during 1921. She was the daughter of Arthur Appleby and his wife Elizabeth Julieth, nee Sutton.

In 1939 Beatrice and her elder sister, Gladys, were living with her parents at 3, Brook Street, Thurmaston. In 1945 she was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Beatrice's parents are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery. Beatrice's brother, William Arthur Appleby, also served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

 

Appleby, William Arthur

 

William Arthur Appleby was born in Leicestershire on the 23rd November 1908. He was the son of Arthur Appleby, who worked for the Midland Railway, and his wife Elizabeth Julieth, nee Sutton. When William was an infant he lived with his parents at 246, Harrison Road, Leicester.

In 1939 William was living with his grandmother at 261, Main Street, Thurmaston. In 1945 he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. At that time his home address was that of his parents, 3, Brook Street, Thurmaston.

William Arthur Appleby died in Leicestershire during 1979.

William's parents are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery. William's sister, Beatrice Ada Appleby, also served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

 

Armstrong, Raymond Thomas

 

Raymond Thomas Armstrong was born in Leicestershire on the 14th December 1922. He was the son of Tom Armstrong and his wife Lilian, née Horton. In 1939 Raymond was living with his parents at 61, Victoria Road, Leicester. At that time he was employed as a laundry wash-house worker.

In 1942 Raymond married Winifred Mayes and joined the army. As Private, 5891895, R. T. Armstrong, he was killed in action in North Africa on the 29th November 1942, whilst serving with the 5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. He was 19 years' old.

At the time of his death Winifred Armstrong was living at 71, Cannon Street, Leicester. It is believed that she remarried and was living at Thurmaston by the end of the war.

Raymond Thomas Armstrong is buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia, Grave IV. A. 13.

Asher, John Campion

John Campion Asher

 

John Campion Asher was born in Leicestershire on the 13th May 1912. In 1939 he was single and living with his mother and siblings at 40, St. Peter's Street, Syston. He worked as a boot and shoe warehouse clerk.

In 1940 he married Mildred M. Tucker, and they lived at a house called Kirkwood, Manor Road Thurmaston. During the 1939-45 war he served in the Royal Air Force as Corporal, 1190374, J. C. Asher. For a time he was at RAF Biggin Hill, as part of the fighter station's ground crew. He later served on the Rock of Gibraltar, and finally at Maison Blanche, Algiers, Algeria, where he was serving in July 1945, prior to his return to England.

The photograph at left is believed to have been taken during November 1945, probably after John's demobilisation at Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

John Campion Asher of 139, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, a retired Lamp Manufacturer's foreman, died on the 21st December 1994.

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John Campion Asher

 

Auckland, Arthur James

 

Arthur James Auckland was born in or around Peterborough on the 4th March 1915. He was the son of Arthur E. Auckland and his wife Alice, nee Binks.

Arthur James Auckland was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces from as early as 1941 until at least 1943.

Arthur and his wife, Eva Miriam Auckland, nee Turner, lived at 98, Main Street, Thurmaston.

Arthur James Auckland died in Leicestershire during 1988.

 

Bagshaw, Thomas Charles

 

Thomas Charles Bagshaw was born on the 12th May 1912.

In 1939 Thomas and his wife, Gladys M. Bagshaw, nee Nicholls, were living at 22, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston. Thomas worked as a clerk in the operations planning department of a shoe machinery company.

In 1945 Thomas was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Thomas Charles Bagshaw passed away in about 1981.

 

Bailey, Eric Walter

 

Eric Walter Bailey was born on the 19th May 1908.

In 1939 Eric and his wife, Margaret E. Bailey, nee Yorke, and their daughter, Barbara, were living at 8, Barkby Thorpe Road, Thurmaston. Eric worked as a general labourer.

In 1945 Eric was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Eric Walter Bailey passed away during 1972.

 

Baker, Arthur Raymond George

 

In 1945 Arthur Raymond George Baker of 484, Melton Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Baldwin, Elsie May

 

See Kettlewell, Elsie May

 

Baldwin, Ronald Frederick

 

Ronald Frederick Baldwin was born on the 2nd October 1920. He was the son of Frederick William Baldwin and his wife Beatrice Annie, nee.Morris.

In 1939 Ronald's parents were living at 19, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. Ronald's father was a bus conductor. Ronald worked as a plumber. However, in 1942 he was serving as Seaman, PMX 79772, R. F. Baldwin of the Royal Navy. During the war he married a young woman who was serving in the ATS, Elsie May Kettlewell. Ronald Frederick Baldwin was still serving with His Majesty's Forces in 1945, at which date his home address was 35, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston.

Ronald Frederick Baldwin died in Leicestershire around early 1994.

 

Ball, Ellis

 

Ellis Ball was born on the 9th June 1892. In 1921 he married Lilian the daughter of Thurmaston farmer Nathan Borderick and his wife Emma, nee Warner.

In 1923 Lilian Ball gave birth to boy, who was named Ellis Walter Nathan Ball. A girl, Lilian was born in 1926, but she died after 14 days. She is interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. A second son was born in 1928, who was named George.

In 1939 Ellis and Lilian and their two sons lived at 252, Main Street, Thurmaston. At that time Ellis was serving as an Auxilliary War Reserve Police Constable.

Ellis Ball's wife, Lilian, died in 1956, and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. Ellis was buried with her following his death during November 1969.

 

Ball, Ellis Walter Nathan

 

Ellis Walter Nathan Ball was born in 1923. He was the son of Ellis Ball and his wife Lilian, nee Borderick.

In 1939 Ellis and his younger brother, George, lived with their parents at 252, Main Street, Thurmaston.

In 1945 Ellis was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. After the war he returned home to his parents house at 252, Main Street, which was also his father's butcher's shop.

After the war Ellis Walter Nathan Ball married Eileen J. Garner.

 

Barfoot, Alfred Clifford

Alfred Clifford Barfoot

 

Alfred Clifford Barfoot was born on the 13th April 1920. He was the son of William Henry Barfoot and his Thurmaston born wife Emma, nee Towe.

In 1911 William and Emma Barfoot lived at a house in Canal Street, with their one year old son Harold. The following year Emma a gave birth to a daughter, who was named Muriel Agnes.

In 1939 Alfred was living with his parents at 53, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. Alfred was then working as am engineer's despatch clerk.

In 1945 he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Alfred Clifford Barfoot died in the year 2000.

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Alfred Clifford Barfoot

 

Barradale, Reginald

 

Reginald Barradale was born in Leicester on the 31st March 1910. He was the son of Albert Edward Barradale, a shoe pressman, and his wife Kate, nee Willmore. When Reginald was an infant he lived with his parents at 11, Stanley Terrace, Humberstone Road, Leicester.

In 1931 Reginald married Vera Reeve. In 1939 the couple were living at 54, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston. Reginald worked as a fitter's labourer. Vera's widower father, Thomas W. Reeve, a retired railwayman, lived with the couple.

In 1945 Reginald Barradle was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Reginald Barradale passed away during 1989.

Reginald's parents are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Barratt, Alfred Raymond

Alfred Barratt

 

Alfred Raymond Barratt was born on the 31st August 1913.

In 1937 Alfred married Lorna A. Durance. In 1939 the couple lived at 14, Colby Road, Thurmaston. Alfred worked as a motor transport driver and mechanic and Lorna was the manageress of a ladies haidressers

During the Second World War, from at least 1941, Alfred Barratt served with the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). In May 1941 he was stationed at Batley, Yorkshire, serving with 'C' Section of the 240th General Transport Company, RASC. Three months later he was stationed at Habbinaya, in the heat of Iraq. In that part of Iraq, on the banks of the Euphrates River, was sited RAF Habbaniya, an air station that had been in operation from the mid-1930's. The RAF station was one of several focal points for attacks by rebellious forces within the country during April 1941. As a result of the rebellion, a large force of British and Imperial troops was sent to the country. Once engaged they successfully suppressed the rebel Iraqi army, under Rashid Ali. Thereafter, with the end of the rebellion, Iraq came under the authority of British military forces.

Alfred Barratt was one of many thousands of soldiers that were sent to Iraq after the suppression of the rebellion. After serving at Habbinaya, Alfred Barratt completed futher service in Iraq, near Matruk, in October 1941, before eventually leaving the country for Egypt later that same year. After some time in Cairo, by April 1942 he was stationed at Amariya, his duties included riding a motorcycle. In June 1942, Corporal, T/217939, Alfred R. Barratt, whilst serving with the RASC, was captured during Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps victory at Tobruk, North Africa. He was taken to an Italian prisoner of war camp, but later moved to Germany.

He became prisoner of war 220106 and was held at Stalag 357, at Kopernicus, Poland. He was also held within Stalag VIII-B, Lamsdorf, Poland. Corporal Barratt was not released from captivity until April 1945.

Prior to leaving England Alfred Barratt, his wife, Audrey, nee Durance, and their daughter, Christine, lived at 11, Manor road, Thurmaston. On his return to England his home was at 11, Westdown Drive, Thurmaston. During the war years, and for many years thereafter, Mrs. Barratt kept the shop Audrey's Hairdressers, 3, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

Alfred Raymond Barratt passed away during August 2001.

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Alfred Barratt

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Corporal Barratt

 

Bates, Douglas

Douglas Bates

 

Douglas Bates was born on the 16th August 1916. He was the eldest child of Ernest William Bates, who served in the army during the Great War, and his wife Alice, nee Ellis.

In 1939 Douglas lived with his wife, Flossie Eva, nee Carvell, at 145, Main Street, Thurmaston. He was employed as a bricklayer's improver.

During the war Douglas served in the Royal Artillery.

He was the brother of Ernest Roy, Ellis A.., Neville G., and Aileen Bates.

Douglas Bates died on the 21st June 1988, aged 71 years. His wife, Flossie Eva, died on the 9th December 1991, aged 75 years. The couple are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Bates, Edward Stanley

 

Edward Stanley Bates was born on the 12th November 1907. In 1931 he married Edith M. Colver.

In 1939 Edward and Edith were living with their two children at 11, Winster Drive, Thurmaston. Edward was employed as the driver of a light delivery vehicle. He was also a senior Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) Warden.

Edward Stanley Bates died in Leicestershire in about 1979.

 

Bates, Ellis A.

Ellis A. Bates was born during 1924, the son of Ernest William Bates, who served in the army during the Great War, and his wife Alice, nee Ellis.

Ellis Bates served in the Royal Engineers.

He was brother to Douglas, Ernest Roy, Neville G., and Aileen Bates.

Bates, Ernest Roy

Ernest and Phyllis Bates

Bates, Phyllis

 

Ernest Roy Bates was born on the 11th March 1920. He was the son of Ernest William Bates, who served in the army during the Great War, and his wife Alice, nee Ellis.

In 1939 Roy, as he was known, lived with his widowed mother, Alice, at 13, Brook Street, Thurmaston. He was employed as a grocer's warehouseman. The following year he married Phyllis A. Waters.

Roy Bates was a serving soldier between 1942-1945. He served overseas in North Africa, acting as a driver of ammunition trucks. He and his wife, Phyllis, lived at 13, Brook Street, Thurmaston, and later at number 11 in the same street. They also resided in Havelock Cottages, 13, Garden Street; and 9, Unicorn street, Thurmaston.

After the war Roy Bates worked at Baines and Whitmore, food wholesalers of Charles street, Leicester.

He was the brother of Douglas, Ellis A., Neville G., and Aileen Bates.

Roy and Phyllis Bates had six children. Roy Bates became a widower on the 4th December 1998, upon the death of Phyllis. Roy Bates passed away in 1999, some six months after his wife.

 

Bates, Neville G.

 

Neville G. Bates was born during 1928, the son of Ernest William Bates, who served in the army during the Great War, and his wife Alice, nee Ellis.

Neville Bates served as a plant operator with the Royal Air Force's 5002 Squadron Airfield Construction unit.

He was brother to Douglas, Ernest Roy, Ellis A., and Aileen Bates.

 

Batty, Alan Michael Ferens

Dr A M F Batty

 

Alan Michael Ferens Batty, known simply as Alan Batty, was born on the 10th May 1908, at Four Oaks, in Warwickshire. He was the son of George Ferens Batty, a bank accountant, and his wife Lily Gertrude, nee Cooke. Mr. George Ferens Batty had been born in County Durham, and from the time of his marriage had moved about the country in the employ of the National Provincial Bank. Alan Batty was the second son and fourth child of the family. As an infant he lived for a time with his family in Exeter.

Alan Batty studied medicine at Birmingham, qualifying in 1933. For a time he worked at both Selly Oak Hospital and Queen's Hospital, Birmingham.

He started in General Practice in 1936, at Syston, but he lived at 108, Main Street, Thurmaston, where he operated a branch surgery. However, during the war he served as an officer with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), RAF Medical Branch. Alan Michael Ferens Batty, MRCS, LRCP, was granted a commission as a flying officer on the 14th January 1941. From the 17th January 1942 Flying Officer, 60470, A. M. F. Batty, was granted the war substantive rank of Flight Lieutenant with the RAF Medical Branch.

During the war Flight Lieutenant Batty served at RAF Blida, Algeria; and he is known to have visited Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia, where the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) operated an airbase. After the war he returned to his home address at 108, Main Street, Thurmaston. He later moved to Syston.

He was the husband of Mrs Kathleen Joan Batty, nee Murphy, with whom he had a daughter, Ann, and twin sons, David and Peter.

To see a picture of Flying Officer Batty with his wife, Joan, and their daughter, Ann, click on the highlighted link. In the photograph it will be seen that Alan Batty's lapel bears the RAF Medical Branch insignia, and below it the letters 'VR', which indicate service with the RAF Volunteer Reserve. On his left sleeve may be seen the rank badge of an RAF Flying Officer.

Dr. Alan Michael Ferens Batty, MRCS, LRCP, DObst RCOG, MRCGP, retired from general practice in 1974. He died on the 26th March 1980. His obituary appeared in the British Medical Journal of the 19th April 1980. Remarkably, Mrs. K. Joan Batty lived to be 103 years old. She was born on the 1st March 1908 and passed away during November 2011.

 

Beaumont, Sydney

 

Sydney Beaumont was born on the 1st November 1912. He was the son of Robert and Mary Ann Beaumont.

In around 1938 Sydney married Bessie Grace Walker. In 1939 the couple, and their daughter, lived at a house called Milano on Barkby Thorpe Road, Thurmaston. Sydney was employed as an chauffeur, but had also worked as an electrician. He was also an Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) First Aid Warden.

During the war Sydney joined the army. On the 6th October 1942, whilst serviing in Palestine as Driver, T/199189, S. Beaumont, of the Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.), he died, age 29 years.

He is buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

 

Bedford, Horatio



BEMThe 1939-1945 Star

 

Horatio Bedford was born in the Shoreditch district of London on the 23rd March 1917. He was the son of David Bedford (1890-1968) and his wife Edith (1892-1968), nee Biggs.

The Bedford family moved to Leicestershire in the early 1930’s, and in 1939 they lived at 306, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

On the 24th April 1933 sixteen years’ old Horatio Bedford joined a Territorial Army battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, and just over two years later, on the 25th August 1935, he enlisted into the Royal Artillery.

To read a full account of Horatio's life click on the following link

Horatio Bedford, B.E.M.

Horatio's parents are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Bell, William

 

William Bell was born on the 16th August 1911.

In 1939 William married Hilda M. Warren and the couple lived at 24, Berkeley Street, Thurmaston, along with Hilda's widowed mother, sixty-three years' old Elizabeth E. Warren. William was employed as a power station stoker.

In 1945 William was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

William Bell passed away in Leicestershire during 1977.

 

Bellamy, Leslie John Allen

 

Leslie John Allen Bellamy was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on the 15th November 1910. He was the son of an engineering works' foreman machine fitter, Mr. John Henry Venn Bellamy, and his wife, Mary Hilda, nee Heeps. When Leslie was an infant he lived with his parents at 128, St. Peter's Avenue, Kettering. However, by 1916 the Bellamy family were living at 16, Vicarage Lane, Loughborough Road, Belgrave, Leicester.

The Bellamy family later moved to 71, Windsor Avenue, Melton Road, Leicester, where, on the 23rd January 1921, Mr. John H. V. Bellamy died.

In 1925 Les Bellamy began employment with the British United Shoe Machinery Company (B.U.S.M.C. or B.U.). In the following years Les worked hard at evening classes learning, among other things, the skill of shorthand, which he was able to use to great advantage at work. He progressed within the organization of the B.U., developing his skills in planning and organization.In 1932 Les joined the Shoe Factory Organization Department. This involved planning shoe factories (specializing in new factories) and also installing costing and production methods.

Les was a very active member of the Presbyterian church in Leicester, through which he met Alice Hughes, who like he enjoyed singing in the choir. The couple were married on 20th June 1936. They set-up home at 91, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

In June 1938 Les volunteered for service with the Air Raids Precuations (A.R.P.) organization. He served with the A.R.P. for 5 years. In 1939 he was a Sector Warden, and for the last 3 years of his service he was Head Warden at Thurmaston. Three months before war was declared Mrs. Alice Bellamy gave birth to a daughter, Eileen. In 1943 they had a son, John Bellamy. In July Les joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (R.A.O.C.) and was posted to Branston, near Burton-on-Trent, the home of the Central Ordinance Depot. Later he was sent to a Pre-Officer Cadet Training Unit (O.C.T.U.) at Wrotham, Kent, and then O.C.T.U. at Foremark Hall, near Derby. From there Les was commissioned and posted to Didcot.

The Supplement to the London Gazette, on the 29th December 1944, recorded that, as of the 20th May 1944, Cadet, 14432561, Leslie John Allen Bellamy, of the R.A.O.C. was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, 335225, L. J. A. Bellamy. The following year, on the 18th May 1945 he was promoted to (War Substantive) Lieutenant Bellamy. After the war, on the 9th March 1946 he was made a Temporary Captain.

Due to a knee injury Les Bellamy was not sent overseas, but started working in the Accounts sub-depot and was soon promoted to Captain. As time went on he was made assistant to the officer in charge of traffic at Didcot. Eventually, he was made the officer in charge and ultimately promoted to the rank of Major. He was demobilised in October 1946, and retained the rank of Captain.

Leslie John Allen Bellamy returned to his family home at 91, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, and his work at the B.U. He moved away from Leicestershire, but continued to work for the B.U., from whose employ he retired during 1974. Mrs. Alice Bellamy passed away in December 1984. Les Bellamy died in Harlow, Essex, during February 2002.

 

Bennett, Ernest Edward

Ernest Edward Bennett

 

Ernest Edward Bennett was born in Broseley, Shropshire, on the 7th September 1904, In 1914 Ernest's widowed mother married George Jukes in Shropshire. She later lived at Lansdowne, Bayston Hill, near Shrewsbury.

Ernest joined the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) on the 22nd July 1927, on an engagement of seven years with the colours and five years on the reserve, duly becoming Aircraftsman 2nd Class, 506401, E. E. Bennett. Prior to joining the R.A.F. Ernest had worked as a football stitcher for S. Thompson and Sons, The Maltings, Kings Land, Shrewsbury.

After training, on the 20th November 1927 Ernest was posted to R.A.F. Hawkinge, near Folkestone, Kent. On the 4th October 1928 he joined No. 25 (Fighter) Squadron of the R.A.F., which was stationed at Hawkinge. In 1931 Ernest was married in Leicester to Edna May Grainger. The couple had a daughter a few years later. Prior to the war Ernest served for three years in Iraq as a Corporal with the Royal Air Force Mounted Police.

In 1939, on the outbreak of war Ernest and his wife and daughter were living at Pheasant Cottage, King's Copse Road, Blackfield, Fawley, in the New Forest, Hampshire. Ernest was employed at R.A.F. Calshot, on Southampton Water, as an Air Ministry Warder. He also held the position of a Special Constable for the Air Ministry.

Ernest and his family moved to Thurmaston in the 1940's, where another daughter was born. The Bennett family lived at 9, Checkland Road.

Edna May Bennett died on the 23rd January 1980. She was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. Ernest Edward Bennett passed away on the 27th December 1983. He was buried with his late wife.

 

Bentley, George

 

George Bentley, of 9, Church Street, Thurmaston, served in the forces during the war. He was discharged back to civilian life on the 4th December 1944.

 

Berrington, John Vincent

John Berrington

The 1939-1945 StarThe Atlantic StarThe British War Medal

 

John Vincent Berrington was born on the 30th August 1923. From 1942 to 1946 he served with Royal Air Force Coastal Command as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. For some time he served with 111 Operational Training Unit (OTU), which was equipped with Consolidated Liberator aircraft that were fitted with Leigh Lights for night-time anti-submarine operations. However, most of his service was spent with 120 Squadron, which also operated Liberators from Ireland and Iceland.

Jack Berrington, as he was known, formerly lived on Charnwood Avenue and Dovedale Avenue, Thurmaston, and remained a Thurmaston resident until his death on the 15th February 2013. He was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. His widow, Grace Lillian Noble, daughter of
Percy Noble, was born in Thurmaston. The couple were married in 1944.

The photograph at left shows WOP/AG, Sergeant, 1437154, Jack Berrington wearing the R.A.F. Air Signallers badge that was introduced in 1943.

For his service during the 1939-1945 war Jack Berrington received the 1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, and the British War Medal.

Jack Berrington's father served in the Army during the First World War. To see details of Jack's father click on his name - George Henry Berrington.

 

Bexon, Walter Arthur

 

Walter Arthur Bexon was born in Leicestershire on the 28th May 1922. He was the only son of Ernest Walter Bexon and his wife Lizzie Bexon, nee Preston.

In 1939 Walter was living with his parents and younger sister, Barbara Rosa Bexon, at 107, Colby Drive, Thurmaston.

During the war Walter joined the army. On the 28th May 1943, his 21st birthday, whilst serving as Trooper, 7951433, W. A. Bexon, 51st (The Leeds Rifles), Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, he was accidentally killed. He was serving in North Africa.

Trooper Bexon is buried in the Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia (Grave 13.D.16) He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

 

Birks, Charles Douglas

Charles Birks

 

Charles Douglas Birks was born on the 13th August 1913. He was the son of Charles Birks and his wife Laura Kate, nee Fearn, who both came from Yorkshire. In 1911 Charles and Kate were living with their two children, May and Edgar, at 67, St. Peter's Lane, Leicester. In about 1920 Laura Kate Birks passed away, aged 40 years. Later, during 1920. Charles Birks married Hettie Youson.

In 1939 Charles was living with his father and step-mother at 143, Kensington Street, Leicester. At that time he was employed as a pattern maker's assistant.

Before joining the army on the 26th June 1940, Charles married Florence Kathleen Wallis, the sister of Albert Ernest Wallis. He enlisted into the army as Douglas Charles Birks, and served as Private, 4863258, D. C. Birks, of the Leicestershire Regiment. He was released to the Class 'Z' of the Army Reserve on the 13th April 1946.

To see a picture of Mrs Florence Kathleen Birks, nee Wallis (No.14), click on the link Forest Avenue

Charles Douglas Birks was an engineer's pattern maker by trade. He died on the 29th April 1974 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

 

Birrell, William George

 

William George Birrell was born on the 20th March 1920, probably in Scotland.

In 1945 William marred Clarice Enid Hine, the daughter of Edwin and Rosa Hine. The Hine family lived on Abbey Lane, Leicester, and had done so from the time of Edwin's discharge from the army in 1918.

In 1945 William and Clarice lived at 19, Roundway Road, Thurmaston, and at that time William was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

William George Birrell died in Leicestershire during 1993. His widow passed away in the Loughborough area during 1999. The couple had one daughter.

 

Bishop, Arthur

Arthur Bishop

 

Arthur Bishop was born in Thurmaston during 1916. He was the son of Thurmaston born Ernest Bentley Bishop and his wife Nellie, nee Luckman, who had been born in Birmingham.

Arthur's mother passed away in 1924 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. Four years' later his father married Harriet Mary Lakin. In 1939 Arthur was living with his father and step-mother and siblings at 16, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston.

During the war Arthur joined the army. He died on the 10th May 1943 whilst serving as Private, 4863554, A. Bishop, of the 5th Holding Battlion, Leicestershire Regiment.

He was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery (section C, Grave 894). He was the husband of Irene Bishop. He is commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston..

 

Bishop, Samuel

 

Samuel Bishop was born during 1921.

In 1939 he was living at the home of George and Mary Bertha Bishop, 161, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

In 1945 Samuel was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Blount, Albert

Albert Blount

 

Albert Blount was born in Thurmaston in 1919. He was the son of basketmaker Vernon Blount and his wife Priscilla, nee Moore.

During the 1939-1945 War Albert Blount served in the Royal Navy. Able Seaman Albert Blount was trained at the shore station HMS Royal Arthur (Skegness), after volunteering for service on the 6th November 1939. This was followed by training at HMS Pembroke, Chatham.

On the 1st March 1940, he transferred to the minelaying ship HMS Princess Victoria, which was based at Immingham. The Princess Victoria was sunk on the 17th May 1940, off the entrance to the River Humber, after she struck a mine, with the loss of four officers and thirty-three men, including her Captain.

Albert Blount survived the loss of his ship and returned to Chatham, but was recalled to man a boat that was sent to evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. On the 11th June 1940 he began serving at the mine-laying base HMS Trelawney, Kyle of Loch Alsh, Scotland, where he served until 7th March 1941, when he returned to Chatham. He later transferred to HMS Osprey, near Dunoon. After receiving training in ASDIC submarine detection, he joined the battleship HMS Anson and was with her until 10th July 1943, during which time he travelled in her to Murmansk in the Soviet Union. From December 1943 until his discharge from the Navy in November 1945 Albert Blount served in the Mediterranean aboard a minesweeper.

Albert Blount died on the 26th May 1966, aged 47 years. His widow, Barbara Mary Blount, nee Marlow, died on the 10th September 2012. She was interred with her husband in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Blount, John

 

John Blount was born on the 17th January 1911. He was the son of John Thomas Blount, a brickyard labourer, and his wife Frances Ellen, nee Laxton. The Blount family lived in Harrison's Row, Thurmaston.

In 1939 John Blount lived at 13, Alexandra Street, Thurmaston. He was employed as a night worker on bus cleaning.

In 1945 he was a member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Blow, Reuben Ambrose

 

Reuben Ambrose Blow was born in Leicester on the 31st July 1910. He was the son of Thomas and Mercy Blow. Reuben's father worked as a tram driver for Leicester Corporation. Thomas and Mercy had moved to Leicester in around 1906.

In 1939 Reuben lived with his parents at 22, Hardy's Avenue, Thurmaston. He was employed as a packer and cutter in a printing works.

In 1945 Reuben was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Shortly after the end of the war Reuben married Edith Greaves and the couple continued to live at 22, Hardy's Avenue.

Reuben's father died in 1946 and his mother died in 1960, they are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery

Reuben Ambrose Blow died during 2004.

 

Braddock, Freda May

 

Freda May Braddock was born in Leicesrtershire during 1923. She was the daughter of John T. Braddock and his wife Edith Annie M., nee Burton.

In 1939 Freda was living with her parents, and an elder brother, at 38, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston.

In 1945 Freda was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Bradford, Joseph William

 

Joseph William Bradford was born in Leicestershire on the 28th May 1917.

In 1939 Joseph lived at 51, Tentercroft Avenue, Syston, Leicestershire, the home of Benjamin and Sarah Sarson. At that time Joseph worked in the shoe trade.

In 1941 Joseph married Bertha the daughter of Thomas Saddington and his wife Lucy Mary, nee Fuller. At that time Joseph was a serving soldier. After their marriage Joseph and Bertha, lived at 2, Alexandra Street, Thurmaston. Joseph was still serving in His Majesty's Forces at the end of the war.

Joseph William Bradford passed away on the 24th May 1974 and was interred in the same grave as his wife's parents in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Bramley, George William

 

George William Bramley was born on the 1st July 1912.

In 1937 George married Margery L. Stretton. In 1939 the couple lived at 36, Highway Road, Thurmaston. George was employed as a grocery salesman and Margery worked as a cutter for a hosiery manufacturer.

In 1945 he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. George and Margery Bramley had one daughter.

George William Bramley passed away during 1996.

 

Bramley, Gordon Bernard

George Bramley

 

In January 1942 Bernard Bramley and his wife May, nee Smart, of 46, Vicarage Lane, Belgrave, Leicester, received news that their son Gordon Bernard Bramley was missing on war service. They were later to discover that their son, a leading steward in the Royal Navy, had been killed in action aboard the Flower class corvette HMS Salvia, on the Christmas Eve 1941.

HMS Salvia was part of the escort of convoy TA-5, sailing from Tobruk to Alexandria, when she was hit by one of four torpedoes fired by U-559. HMS Salvia broke in two and sank rapidly with the loss of all of her officers and crew.

In 1939 Gordon, who had been born on the 22nd January 1921, was living with his parents on Vicarage Lane, but in September of the following year he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Prior to joining the navy he had been apprenticed to commercial artists Ward and Cramphorn. He had attended Leicester's Gateway School and had studied art at the Leicester College of Art and Technology. Sometime after his death his parents moved to Thurmaston.

Steward, P/LX 24784, Gordon Bernard Bramley, is commemorated on the Portsmouth War Memorial, Panel 58, Column 1.

 

Breward, William Richard

 

William Richard Breward was born on the 16th June 1913. He was the son of William Breward and his wife Nellie, nee Tench.

Prior to the war William married Jessie Smith. In 1939 he and his wife were living at 24, Winster Drive, Thurmaston. At that time William was working as a butcher's shop assistant.

In 1945 Jessie was living at 6, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston, whilst William was still serving in His Majesty's Forces.

William Richard Breward died on the 9th February 1987 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Brookhouse, Richard Michael

 

Richard Michael Brookhouse was born in Leicestershire during 1919. His parents were Ralph Brookhouse and his wife Elizabeth, nee Muddimer. In 1939 the Brookhouse family lived at a house called Dalefield, Leicester Road, Syston, Leicestershire. Richard's father was a non-ferrous metal founder and engineer. Richard worked as a draughtsman.

On the 15th January 1943, 259161, Richard Michael Brookhouse became a 2nd Lieutenant with the Corps of Royal Engineers. In late 1945 he was still serving with His Majesty's Forces, at the war's end his home address was 413, Syston Road, Thurmaston.

Brown, Albert

Albert Brown

 

Albert Brown was born on the 18th March 1905, at 33, Providence Place, Leicester. On the 18th September 1926 Albert married Florence Gertrude Stevens at St. James Church, Aylestone Park, Leicester. At the time of his marriage Albert was living at 186, Green Lane Road, Leicester, and was working as a Lamp Lighter.

During the 1939-45 war Albert Brown served with 156 Squadron, which formed part of the Royal Air Force's Pathfinder Force. Click on the following link to see a picture of Albert Brown beneath the wings of an Avro Lancaster. The picture was taken at RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire, during September 1946. The image shows both groundcrew, which includes Albert, circled, and commissioned and non-commissioned air-crew. When the photograph was taken Albert would have been nearing the end of his RAF service, and preparing to return to his wife at 18, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston. After the war, by 1950, Albert Brown was working as a window cleaner.

To see an image of Albert Brown and his wife Florence, taken in later life, click on the following link - Albert and Florence Brown.

To see an another image of Florence Brown click on the following link - Thurmaston Working Men's Club.

Albert Brown died on the 13th September 1967. Florence Gertrude Brown died on the 9th January 1975. The couple are buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Brown, Allen Bernard

 

Allen Bernard Brown was born in Thurmaston on the 15th July 1916. He was the son of Harry Brown and his wife Agnes, nee Allen. He was a younger brother to Eric Brown.

In 1945 Allen Bernard Brown, of 4, Canal Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Allen Bernard Brown passed away during 1974 and was buried in the grave of his parents in Thurmaston Cemetery. His wife was buried with him after her decease in 1985.

Brown, Eric

 

Eric Brown was born in Thurmaston on the 13th June 1906. He was the son of Harry Brown, a shoe laster, and his wife Agnes, nee Allen. As an infant Eric lived with his parents and an older sister, Edna Mary, and a younger sister, Marian, at a house in Canal Street, Thurmaston. In 1913 Eric's mother had a daughter Ivy, and in 1916 a son Allen Bernard Brown was born.

In 1935 Eric married Rachel Marston. In 1939 the couple lived at 11, Manor Road, Thurmaston. Eric was employed by Leicestershire County Council as a road worker, he carried out general work and sign painting. As an employee of the council he also had a civil defence responsiblity as part of a decontamination squad. Rachel Brown worked as an outdoor shoe machinist.

In 1945 Eric was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Eric's wife died on the 8th June 1945 and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. Eric died on the 30th April 1962 and was interred with his late wife.

 

Brown, Kenneth Daniel

 

Kenneth Daniel Brown was born in Thurmaston on the 20th September 1916.

In 1938 Kenneth married Florrie Cooke. The couple lived at 138, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

In 1943 Kenneth was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Kenneth Daniel Brown passed away during 1996.

 

Brown, Leslie William Henry

 

Leslie William Henry Brown was born on the 27th November 1919. He was the son of Robert Hamlet Clarke Brown and his wife Minnie J. Brown, nee Atkins.

In 1939 Leslie lived with his parents at 230, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. At that time he was working as a motor engineer. His father, who had served during the Great War with a Motor Transport unit of the Army Service Corps (A.S.C.), was a transport fitter mechanic.

During the war Leslie served with 47 Squadron, Royal Air Force (R.A.F.). On the 25th March 1944, whilst serving as Sergeant, 629871, L. W. H. Brown, R.A.F., he died.

He is buried in Gilroes Cemetery, Leicester (Section U.U. Grave 287). He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

 

Brown, Samuel

 

Samuel Brown was born on the 5th February 1911.

In 1939 he and his wife, Ethel. M. lived at 71, Checkland Road, Thurmaston.. At that time Samuel was employed as a foreman bricklayer.

In 1945 Samuel was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Samuel Brown died in Leicestershire during 1989.

 

Bullock, Ernest Douglas

 

Ernest Douglas Bullock was born on the 18th September 1910.

He lived in the Thurmaston area prior to the 1939-1945 war with his wife Nesta, nee Pickersgill.

During the war Ernest Douglas Bullock served in His Majesty's Forces.

In 1945 Ernest Douglas & Nesta Bullock were resident at The House, Manor Road, Thurmaston.

Ernest Douglas Bullock died in 1998, his wife, Nesta, died in 2002.

 

Bunn, Aileen

 

Aileen Bunn was born in Leicestershire on the 10th October 1920. She was the daughter of Charles A. Bunn and his wife Lilian B. Bunn, nee Neale.

In 1939 Aileen was living with her parents and brother at 78, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston. Aileen's father worked as a labourer for Leicester City Transport Department.

In 1945 Aileen and her brother, Maurice Bunn, were both serving members of His Majesty's Forces.

In 1945 Aileen married Albert E. Lyon. She passed away in Leicestershire during 1999.

Bunn, Maurice

 

Maurice Bunn was born in Leicestershire during 1922. He was the son of Charles A. Bunn and his wife Lilian B. Bunn, nee Neale.

In 1939 Maurice was living with his parents and sister at 78, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston. Maurice's father worked as a labourer for Leicester City Transport Department.

In 1945 Maurice and his sister, Aileen Bunn, were both serving members of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Burrows, Oliver William

 

Oliver William Burrows was born in Leicestershire on the 18th October 1919, the son of Reuben Burrows and his wife Louisa, nee Leeson.

In 1939 Oliver lived with his parents at 30, Hill Rise, Thurmaston. However, in 1945 he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

30, Hill Rise was also home to Oliver's younger sister Joyce Burrows.

Oliver William Burrows died during 1987.

 

Buswell, Jack

Jack Buswell

 

Jack Buswell, or more formally, John David Buswell, was born on the 21st November 1906. He and his wife Rosetta Ellen, nee Ridgway, were the parents of John D. Buswell. The Buswell family lived at 283, Main Street, Thurmaston. In 1939 Jack worked as a Shoe Hand.

Jack Buswell volunteered to join the military in 1943. Prior to this he had served in the Home Guard - to see an image of Jack Buswell in the Home Guard click on the following link Home Guard. However, he was rejected by the army, navy and air force as too old, but was finally accepted by the Royal Marines. After joining the marines he was stationed at both Oban and Deal, before being posted to Australia in around July 1945. It was expected that his unit would be engaged against Japanese forces in the region. However, with the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan on the 6th and 9th August 1945, and her subsequent surrender on the 15th August 1945, he never saw active service.

He returned home to 283, Main Street, Thurmaston, via Chatham, Kent, in January 1946.

Jack Buswell died in 1955. He was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. About three years later Rosetta Ellen married Leonard Fred Tebbutt. When she died in 1974 she was buried with her first husband.

 

Buswell, John D.

John Buswell

 

John Buswell was born in 1927, at 283, Main Street, Thurmaston, the son of Jack and Rosetta Ellen Nellie Buswell. He attended Thurmaston National School and Roundhill School, the latter until he was 14 years' old. He joined the army cadets whilst at Roundhill School, whose training activities were carried out in the sandpits near the school.

John Buswell volunteered to join the army, which he joined on the 5th April 1945, when he was 17½ years' old. On joining he was posted to Palace Barracks, Holywood, near Belfast, Northern Ireland. He trained there for six months until he reached his 18th birthday. Then after six weeks training he and five other recruits were selected to be local unpaid acting lance corporals.

After six months with the army, John Buswell was given home leave, and then posted to Budbrooke Barracks, Warwickshire, for two weeks, before returning to Northern Ireland, where he served at Newcastle and Castlewellan, County Down. There he passed training courses and was promoted to war substantive (W/Sub) Corporal, acting Sergeant Buswell. Still only 18 years' of age he was then sent as a training instructor to a pre Officer Cadet Training Unit (O.C.T.U.) at Wrotham, Kent. The camp was disbanded, so John Buswell transferred to the Mons Barracks, Basic O.C.T.U., Aldershot. He was demobbed from Aldershot in February 1948.

John Buswell returned to Thurmaston, married, and had two children.

Acting Sergeant (War Substantive Corporal), 14482024, J. D. Buswell, was a member of the 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment, although he never spent time with the battalion. John D. Buswell's father, Jack Buswell, also served in the miltary.

 

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