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Cain, Frank Thomas

 

Frank Thomas Cain was born in Leicestershire on the 21st January 1916. He was the son of Thomas and Edith Cain.

In 1939 Frank was living with his parents at 10, Dean Road, Leicester. At that time Frank was working as a motor engineer. In 1943 Frank married Dorothy E. Shaw.

From at least 1944 through to 1945 Frank was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Frank and Dorothy lived at 181, Main Street, Thurmaston.

Frank Thomas Cain died in Leicestershire during 1984.

 

Cannon, Alec George

 

Alec George Cannon was born on the 8th February 1914. He was the son of Alfred George Cannon and his wife Edith, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Stafford.

Alfred George Cannon had been born in Kilburn, Middlesex, but by 1901 he was living with his wife in a house on Thurmaston's Main Street. Alfred George worked as a nurseryman. In 1908 the couple had their first child, Annie Elizabeth. In 1911 the Cannon household also included Edith's parents. In 1913 Edith Cannon was delivered of a baby boy, who was named Alfred Joseph, but was known as Joey Cannon. The following year, on the 8th February 1914, Alec George Cannon was born, but in June that same year his elder brother Joey died, aged 17 months old. The infant was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. However, Alfred and Edith had three more children, Edith in 1915, Agnes in 1916, and Alfred (q.v.) in 1918.

In 1928 Alec's father died and he was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

In 1938 Alec married Iris Hooke. The couple lived at 331, Main Street, Thurmaston, and Alec worked as a bakery roundsman. Alec and Iris had three daughters and a son.

During the war Alec served in His Majesty's Forces. His brother, Alfred Cannon and brother-in-law, Charles Keymer Turner also served in His Majety's Forces.

In 1956 Alec's mother died and he was interred with her late husband.

Alec George Cannon died during 1997, his wife pre-deceased him by about two years.

Cannon, Alfred

Son Cannon

 

Alfred Cannon was born on the 25th January 1918. He was the youngest child of Alfred George Cannon and his wife Edith, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Stafford.

Alfred George Cannon had been born in Kilburn, Middlesex, but by 1901 he was living with his wife in a house on Thurmaston's Main Street. Alfred George worked as a nurseryman. In 1908 the couple had their first child, Annie Elizabeth. In 1911 the Cannon household also included Edith's parents. In 1913 Edith Cannon was delivered of a baby boy, who was named Alfred Joseph, but was known as Joey Cannon. The following year a second son was born, who was named Alec George, but in June that same year the couple's son Joey died, aged 17 months old. The infant was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. Alfred's elder siblings also included Edith who was born in 1915 and Agnes who was born in 1916.

In 1928 Alfred's father died and he was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

In 1939 Alfred Cannon, who was known as Son Cannon, lived with his widowed mother at 352, Main Street, Thurmaston. He worked as a a baker's roundsman. In 1942, having previously trained at Chatham naval base, he was serving as Able Seaman, C/JX 179372, A. Cannon, aboard the R&S class destroyer HMS Thanet. In January 1942 the ship was based at Singapore. On the 26th of the month HMS Thanet and HMAS Vampire engaged a superior Japanese force of warships. During the action that followed HMS Thanet was severely damaged and she sank on the 27th January 1942.

Able Seaman Cannon was fortunate to survive the sea battle; many of the ships company died during and after the action. For some time the Cannon family had to bear the news that Son Cannon was missing. He was eventually evacuated to Australia, and spent time in Kerang, Victoria. However, when back in England, in 1944 he married Eva May Eld.

His brother, Alec George Cannon and brother-in-law, Charles Keymer Turner also served in His Majety's Forces.

Alfred Son Cannon passed away during 1985. His widow, Eva, died in 1994. The couple are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. The couple had four children, one of whom died in infancy.

 

Carr, Horace

 

In 1945 Horace Carr, of 37, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Carter, Herbert

 

In 1939 Herbert Carter of 6, Melton Road, Thurmaston was serving in His Majesty's Forces.

He served as Private, 4857662, H. Carter, Leicestershire Regiment, and was based at the regimental depot at Glen Parva, Leicestershire.

 

Carter, Charles Samuel

 

Charles Samuel Carter was born on the 21st September 1909.

In 1930 Charles married Florence Sandall. In 1939 the couple and their two children were living at 25, Melton Avenue, Thurmaston.

In 1942 Charles was a serving soldier.

In 1945 Charles and Florence, lived at 45, Melton Avenue, Thurmaston.

 

Carter, John Baden

 

In 1945 John Baden Carter, of Glengarry Melton Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

 

Cayless, William Henry

 

William Henry Cayless was born in Leicestershire on the 11th March 1913. He was the son of Arthur Cayless and his wife Sarah, nee Read.

In 1939 William was living with his widowed mother and siblings at 200, Green Lane Road, Leicester. At that time William was employed as a painter in the building trade. The following year he married Phyllis Sims.

In 1945 William and Phyllis lived at 39, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston, at which time William was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces .

William Henry Cayless died in Leicestershire during 1974.

 

Chamberlain, Herbert

 

In 1945 Herbert Chamberlain, of 22, Unicorn Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Chandler, Jessie Enid Josephine

 

See Jessie Enid Josephine Hartshorn

 

Chappell, Amyas George

 

Click on the link Amyas George Chappell

 

Chappell, Hereward

 

Click on the link Hereward Chappell

 

Clark, Charles Alexander

 

In 1945 Charles Alexander Clark, of 44, Highway Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Clark, Cyril Edward

 

In 1939 Cyril Edward Clark of 131, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was serving in the Royal Navy. He served at that time as Petty Officer, Stoker, 2nd Class, C. E. Clark.

 

Clark, William Stanley

 

In 1942 William Stanley Clark married Nora Green of 28, Garden Street, Thurmaston.

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

 

Clarke, John William

 

John William Clarke was born on the 19th July 1913.

In 1939 Jack, as he was known, was living with his wife, Mary and their children at 141, Main Street, Thurmaston.

During the war Private Jack Clarke served in the Middle East. He was still serving with His Majesty's Forces at the end of the war.

 

Coles, Leslie Francis

 

In 1945 Leslie Francis Coles of 6, Hill Rise, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

 

Coltman, Louie

Louie Coltman

 

Louisa Coltman, nee Bowering, was born in Yorkshire, on the 13th March 1920.

Louie Coltman, as she was known, of 47, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). She was the wife of Walter Herbert Coltman, with whom she had four children.

Louie Coltman died in 2003 and was interrred with her late husband in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Coltman, Walter Herbert

Walter Coltman

 

Walter Herbert Coltman was born in Staffordshire on the 24th May 1916. He was the son of Joseph and Maude Mary Geraldene Coltman.

In 1939 Walter was living with his parents at 47, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. At that time he was working as a motor van salesman.

In 1945 Walter, then a serving member of His Majesty's Forces, married Louisa Bowering in the Hull area. After the war the couple had four children, two daughters and two sons. They continued to live at 47, Humberstone Lane.

Walter's nephew Gerald Draper served in the Royal Navy during the war.

Walter Herbert Coltman died during 1979 and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Cook, Dennis Percival

 

Dennis Percival Cook was born on the 17th January 1921.

Dennis was serving with the Royal Air Force in 1944-1945. He and his wife, Irene, lived at 15, Brook Street, Thurmaston.

Dennis Percival Cook died in Leicestershire during 1987.

 

Cooper, Christopher Napier

 

Christopher Napier Cooper was born in Northamptonshire on the 25th July 1912. He was the son of George A. and Mary Cooper.

In 1939 Christopher was living with his parents and siblings at 67, Humberstone Road, Thurmaston. At that time Christopher was working as a motor driver for a mineral water company.

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

Christopher Napier Cooper died in Leicestershire during 1982.

 

Cramp, Thomas

 

Thomas Cramp, Tom as he was known, was born on the 20th June 1911. He was the son of Thomas Henry Cramp, a bricklayer, and his wife Ada, nee Moore, who lived at 90, Burfield Street, Leicester.

In 1939 Tom Cramp lived with his parents and younger sister, Vera, at 68, Main Street, Thurmaston. Tom worked as foreman bricklayer in the employ of his father, who was a builder.

In 1942 Tom married Ena Mary Street, and by the following year, at least, he was a serving soldier. In 1945 Tom and Ena lived at 66, Main Street, Thurmaston.

Tom Cramp died in 1988 and was interrred in Thurmaston Cemetery with his late wife, who died in 1984. Tom's parents, and his sister, Mrs. Vera Ion, are also buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Creasey, Frederick

 

In 1945 Frederick Creasey of 26, Melton Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

 

Cropper, Joseph J. A.

 

Joseph John Ashley Cropper was born in Kent on the 26th May 1913. He was the son of Albert George and Elizabeth E. Cropper.

Joseph John Ashley Cropper was a serving soldier between 1940-1945.

He was the husband of Mrs Agnes Gertrude Cropper, nee Brewer. He and his wife lived at both 11, Winster Drive, Thurmaston and 55, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston.

Joseph Ashley Cropper died in the Loughborough area of Leicestershire during 1972. His widow, Agnes Gertrude, passed away during 1993, in the same area.

 

Cross, Eric

 

In 1945 Eric Cross of 470, Melton Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. He was still serving in around 1947.

 

Crossland, Raymond

 

Petty Officer Raymond Crossland was serving in the Royal Navy in 1942.

He lived at 352, Main Street, Thurmaston. He was still serving in the Forces in 1947.

 

Crump, Joseph Charles

 

In 1945 Joseph Charles Crump of 37, Westdown Drive, Thurmaston, was serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Dawson, John Arthur

 

In 1945 John Arthur Dawson of 147, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Dayman, James Frederick

 

James Frederick Dayman and his twin brother John W. Dayman were born on the 25th March 1913. They were the sons of Frederick Dayman and his wife Edith Frances, nee Johnson.

In 1939 James married Emily, the daughter of William and Flora Booth of 16, Brook Street, Thurmaston. James and Emily lived with her parents after they were married. James was then working as a hosiery packer.

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

James Frederick Dayman passed away in Leicestershire during 1994.

 

De Burle, Anthony Thomas

 

Anthony Thomas De Burle was born in the Leicestershire mining village of Coalville on the 31st January 1907. At the age of 4, at the time of the 1911 census, he and his three sisters were living with their grandmother, Elizabeth Jane Moffatt, at 43A, Graham Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. In 1912 Anthony Thomas De Burle's eldest sister, Veronica, was working as a teacher of music from 3, Regent Street, Ilkeston.

In 1939 Anthony Thomas De Burle of 306, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was serving in the army.

He served as Corporal, 5613927, A. T. De Burle, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.

He died in Leicestershire in 1985.

 

Deacon, Arthur

 

In 1945 Arthur Deacon of 31, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majersty's Forces.

 

Deacon, William

 

In 1939 William Deacon of 28, Canal Street, Thurmaston, was serving in the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.). He served as L.A.C., 343538, W. Deacon , at the R.A.F. fighter station at Manston, Kent.

 

Devereux, John

 

John Devereaux was born on the 26th September 1901.

In 1945 John was living at 11, Church Hill Road Extension, Thurmaston. At that time he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

John Devereaux died on the 24th May 1987, and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Doig, Barbara

 

Barbara Doig was born in Leicestershire on the 6th November 1920, the daughter of Scots born William Robertson Doig and his Hampshire born wife Dorothy Lilian Doig, nee Hogben. Barbara was the second of eight children.

In 1939 Barbara was living with her parents and some of her siblings at 115, Colby Drive, Thurmaston. At that time Barbara was working as a Letter Press Feeder.

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

Barbara Doig passed away during 2002. She was unmarried. Her parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Dorey, Ronald

 

Gunner, 961907, Ronald Dorey, of the Royal Artillery became Cadet, 243431, Ronald Dorey, and subsequently received an emergency commision as a Second Lieutenant into the Regular Army on the 29th August 1942, the notification of which appeared in the London Gazette on the 8th September 1942.

Second Lieutenant Ronald Dorey continued his service with the Royal Artillery. He and his wife, Alice Annie, nee Partridge, lived at 6, Unicorn Street, Thurmaston.

 

Draper, Gerald Alfred

 

Gerald Alfred Draper was born in the Southwell district of Nottinghamshire on the 11th November 1923. He was the son of Alfred Draper and his wife Frances A., nee Coltman.

Able Seaman G. A. Draper, R.N., served aboard a destroyer that took part in the attack and subsequent sinking of the German Battleship Sharnhorst. on the 26th December 1943. His grandparents, Joseph and Maude Mary Coltman, lived at 47, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. After the war Gerald married Evelyn Margaret Lay, the daughter of Benjamin Lay

Gerald's uncle Walter Herbert Coltman served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

Gerald Draper died in Leicestershire during 1976.

 

Draycott, Herbert

 

Herbert Draycott was born on the 29th Juiy 1911. He was the son of Albert Draycott and his wife Gertrude Eleanor R., nee Cramp.

In 1939 Herbert and his wife, Phyllis May, nee Bailey, were living at 134, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. Herbert was then working as a hosiery footwear knitter.

Between 1942 and 1945, at least, Herbert was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

On the 12th January 1984 Herbert's wife passed away, she was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. Just a few months later, on the 1st May, Herbert died, he was interred with his late wife.

 

Duddle, Frederick Walter

 

Frederick Walter Duddle was born in Leicestershire on the 13th May 1917. He was the son of Robert Duddle and his wife Emily, nee Franklin. Robert Duddle passed away during 1936.

In 1939 Frederick was living with his widowed mother and his siblings at 264, Harrison Road, Leicester. By the following year Frederick had become a Private soldier with the Northamptonshire Regiment.

At the time of his marriage, during June 1940, he was part of a army training company based at Craven Street, Northampton. His bride was Barbara Louisa Garner, the daughter of Ernest Cephas Garner, a timber worker. In 1945 Frederick and Barbara's home address was 7, Victoria Street, Thurmaston, although at that date Frederick was still serving in the army.

Frederick Walter Duddle died in Leicestershire during 2005.

 

Edmunds, Harold

 

Harold Edmunds was born on the 21st January 1910.

In 1933 Harold married Beatrice Maud Sibson. In 1939 he and his wife, and their daughter, Janet, were living at 28, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston. Harold was then working as a carpenter.

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

Harold Edmunds passed away in Leicestershire during 1996. His widow, Beatrice died during 2006.

 

Eland, Joseph

 

Joseph Eland was born on the 31st July 1921.

In 1939 Joseph was living at 37, Checkland Avenue. He was then working as a packing case maker and joiner. In 1944 he married Hilda Wade, formerly Goodwin.

In 1945 Joseph, then of 37, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

Joseph Eland died in Leicestershire during 2000.

 

Elliott, Albert Ernest

 

Albert Ernest Elliott was born on the 12th January 1901. In 1927 Albert married Mabel, the daughter of William and Annie Earl of Thurmaston.

In 1939 Albert and his wife, and their daughter, lived at 52, Highway Road, Thurmaston, at that time he was working as a counterman for a hosiery manufacturer. The couple had a second daughter.

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

Albert Ernest Elliott passed away on the 2nd August 1990 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. His widow died on the 26th March 2001 and was buried with her late husband.

 

Evatt, Jack

 

Jack Evatt was born in Leicestershire on the 3rd July 1914.

In 1939 Jack married Ada Timson and they set-up home at 12, Albert Street, Syston Leicestershire. Jack was then employed at a shoe hand in a lasting room.

Jack was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces during 1943-1945. He and his wife moved from Syston and in 1945 they lived at 302, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

Jack Evatt died in Leicestershire during 2000.

 

Evers, Frank Victor Walter

 

Frank Victor Walter Evers was born in the Lambeth district of London on the 12th November 1920. He was the son of Frank G. V. Evers and his wife Florence, nee Waller.

In 1939 Frank was living with his parents at 28, Greville Road, Hastings. At that time he was a carpenter's improver. In 1942, when Frank married Rose Louisa Smith, at Thurmaston, he was serving as an army driver.

Frank and his wife lived at 50, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston.

Frank Victor Walter Evers died in Bedfordshire during 1998.

 

Fawcitt, George Raymond

 

George Ramond Fawcitt was born during 1906.

In 1945 he was living at 135, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, at which time he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

George Raymond Fawcitt passed away in Leicestershire during 1968.

 

Forsberry, Rupert Alan

 

Rupert Alan Forsberry was born in Leicestershire on the 13th August 1916. He was the son of William Forsberry, a master tailor, and his wife Mabel Agnes, nee Marriott.

In 1945 Rupert was serving with His Majesty's Forces, at that time his home address was 12, Manor Road, Thurmaston.

In November 1958 Rupert, a building society official, who was then living at 8, Lyndhurst Road, Hove, Sussex, went to Mombasa, Kenya, aboard the British India Steam Navigation Company Limited's vessel S.S. Uganda.

When Rupert died during 1994 it was in the Newark area of Nottinghamshire.

 

Foster, Eric

Eric Foster

 

Eric Foster was born in Thurmaston on the 23rd December 1914. He was the third child and second son of Henry Harry Foster, a basketmaker, and his wife Ethel May, nee Hewick.

Eric began his airforce training during July 1940. The training, with 81 Squad, N Flight, 5 Squadron, took place at a camp near Morecambe, Lancashire.

In 1941 he married Jessica Elizabeth Anne Revell at Syston Church, Leicestershire. Eric went on to serve at RAF Pembrey and RAF Fairwood Common, Glamorganshire. From mid-1942 he served with 151 Operational Training Unit (OTU), RAF Risalpur, India (Pakistan). He later served at RAF Peshawar, before returning to the U.K.

Eric Foster passed away during 1993, he is buried in Syston Cemetery. He had three daughters, one of whom died in infancy.

Eric Foster's brother Able Seaman Victor Leonard Foster was killed in action in 1944, near Anzio, Italy. His other brother, William Henry Foster, and his cousin, Frank William Foster both served in the army.

 

Foster, Frank William

Bill Foster

 

Frank William Foster was born on the 26th August 1917, and as an older child he was baptised at Thurmaston Parish Church. He was the son of William Foster and his wife Annie, nee Newman.

In 1942 Bill Foster, as he was known, married Maisie Enid Felstead of Thurmaston.

Bill served in the 6th British Airborne Division. During the war he was parachuted into Arnhem, Holland. He served as a despatch rider, having had a motor cycle dropped by parachute for his own use. During his service he was involved in the capture of several German soldiers, who took it upon themselves to surrender to him. He rose to the rank of Sergeant Major. In later life Bill worked for the firm of W. T. Palmer, first as a lorry driver and later as a works manager.

Bill Foster passed away in Leicestershire during 2005.

He was the cousin of brothers William Henry Foster, Eric Foster, and Victor Leonard Foster. Bill's parents are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Foster, Victor Leonard

Vic Foster

1939-1945 StarAtlantic StarArctic StarBritish War Medal

 

Victor Leonard Foster was born in Thurmaston on the 29th June 1919. He was the sixth child and third son of Henry Harry Foster, a basketmaker, and his wife Ethel May, nee Hewick.

In 1939 Vic Foster, as he was known, was living with his parents at 20, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston.

Vic joined the Royal Navy on the 27th December 1939. He trained at H.M.S. Royal Arthur (Skegness) and H.M.S. Pembroke, Chatham. He served at the mine-laying base HMS Trelawney, Kyle of Loch Alsh, Scotland. After a short return to Chatham, he was drafted to the destroyer H.M.S. Volunteer. He served in her in the Western Approaches and later as part of Arctic Convoy PQ16. In 1943 he joined H.M.L.S.T. 418. The ship was sunk in the Mediterranean, near Anzio, on the 16th February 1944. Able Seaman Foster was one of several crewmen that lost their lives.

The full story of Able Seaman Vic Foster has been told in a publication called: Our Vic - The Story of a Leicestershire Sailor. Click on the link to find out more details.

Victor Leonard Foster was posthumously awarded the 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, and War Medal. In 2013 his family received an Arctic Star in recognition of his service aboard H.M.S. Volunteer during the North Russian Convoys PQ16 and QP13

Victor Leonard Foster is commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston and on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial at Chatham, Kent.

Vic Foster's brother William Henry Foster served in the army. His other brother, Eric Foster, served in the Royal Air Force. His cousin Frank William Foster served in the army.

 

Foster, William Henry

Bill Foster

1939-1945 Star Burma Star Defence MedalBritish War Medal

 

William Henry Foster was born in Thurmaston on the 15th April 1913. He was the second child and eldest son of Henry Harry Foster, a basketmaker, and his wife Ethel May, nee Hewick.

In 1939 Bill Foster, as he was known, was living with his parents at 20, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. During the war he served with the 1st Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment (Motor Transport).

Private, 4863310, W. H. Foster fought in Malaya and Singapore and was one of only a handful of men that were successfully evacuated from Singapore Island. He was batman to Captain, later Major, L.W. St. John McNair, motor transport officer to the regiment. Bill Foster escaped to Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where he served for several years before returning to England.

Bill Foster died on the 18th May 1978, and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Bill Foster's brother Able Seaman Victor Leonard Foster was killed in action in 1944, near Anzio, Italy. His other brother, Eric Foster, served in the Royal Air Force. His cousin Frank William Foster served in the army.

 

Foulds, Cyril

Cyril Foulds

 

Cyril Foulds, the son of Wallace Foulds and his wife Eliza Marvin Foulds, nee Dykes, was born in 1926.

Cyril volunteered for service with the Royal Air Force in June 1944, just a few days before D-Day. He was 17¾ years old when he attended an air crew selection board in Birmingham.

Cyril (Service No. 3053788) was disppointed by the board as he was rejected for service as air crew, being told by an officer that he was too short in the leg for a pilot, and not clever enough to be a navigator. However, he was told he could undergo training as a flight engineer, but this was not to be. Cyril was redeployed as ground crew and trained as a driver. After training he was sent to Khartoum in the Sudan, and a year later he was posted to to R.A.F. Seletar, Singapore.

In Singapore Cyril was responsible for driving a wide range of vehicles types. He drove coaches, that took VIP's to the Raffles Hotel; Coles Cranes; Fire Tenders and Ambulances; he was even tasked to take married families' women folk on trips around Singapore. Cyril described his work as being that of a general dog's body.

Cyril was on his way back to England when he received news of his demobilisation. He arrived back in Southampton on the 24th April 1948 - Cup Final day. Cyril returned to the famaily home The Poplars, Syston Road, Thurmaston.

Cyril's brothers, Eric Foulds, Frank Foulds, Geoffrey Foulds, and Wallace Edwin Foulds. also served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

 

Foulds, Eric

Eric Foulds

 

Eric Foulds was born on the 14th June 1920. He was the son of Wallace Foulds and his wife Eliza Marvin Foulds, nee Dykes.

In 1939 Eric, who was living at his parents house, The Poplars, Syston Road, Thurmaston, was working for the family business of W. Foulds & Sons as a portable hut maker.

During the war Eric was called-up for service with the army. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C) as a driver (Service No. T268302). He served as part of the 8th Army in North Africa, and then went on to serve in Sicily, Italy, and France and Germany. He was still serving in the army in 1945.

Eric Foulds passed away during 1983.

Eric's brothers, Cyril Foulds, Frank Foulds, Geoffrey Foulds, and Wallace Edwin Foulds. also served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

 

Foulds, Frank

Frank Foulds

 

Frank Foulds and his twin brother, Harold Foulds, were born on the 20th July 1924. They were the sons of Wallace Foulds and his wife Eliza Marvin Foulds, nee Dykes.

In 1939 Frank, who was living at his parents house, The Poplars, Syston Road, Thurmaston, was working in milking and bull rearing.

By October 1942 Frank had joined the Royal Air Force, through the Royal Air Force Militia (Service No. 2220090). He volunteered for service as air crew, but having failed an eye test he was transferred to ground crew duties, and trained as a flight mechanic. Frank served in India and worked on aircraft engine repair for those aeroplanes that were used to prosecute the war in the Far East.

Frank's twin brother, Harold, did not undertake military service, rather he kept the family buisness going so that it would be viable after the war. Frank Foulds married Marjorie Simkin. After the war he worked for the family business of W. Foulds & Sons, but then went to live in Derbyshire, and later in Bournemouth.

Frank Foulds passed away during 2000. His twin brother Harold died during 1999.

Frank's brothers, Cyril Foulds, Eric Foulds, Geoffrey Foulds, and Wallace Edwin Foulds. also served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

 

Foulds, Geoffrey

Geoffrey Foulds RAF

 

Geoffrey Foulds was born on the 11th January 1922. He was the son of Wallace Foulds and his wife Eliza Marvin Foulds, nee Dykes.

In 1939 Geoffrey, who was living at his parents house, The Poplars, Syston Road, Thurmaston, was working for the family business of W. Foulds & Sons as a portable hut maker.

By June 1941 Geoffrey had joined the Royal Air Force, through the Birmingham recruitment area. (Service No. 1579245) He served in the Western Desert of North Africa, as part of the British Forces of the 5th Army. He was involved in the maintenace and repair of spotter aircraft of wooden construction. He then served in Sicily and Italy. Whilst in Naples he was employed as a hospital carpenter. Soon after the war's end Geoffrey was released from the service to work as a carpenter as part of the housing reconstruction effort.

Geoffrey Foulds passed away on the 11th August 2003.

Geoffrey's father-in-law Albert John Falconer served in the Royal Marines during the Great War. His brothers Cyril Foulds, Eric Foulds, Frank Foulds, and Wallace Edwin Foulds. also served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

 

Foulds, Wallace Edwin

Wallace Edwin Foulds

 

Wallace Edwin Foulds was born on the 17th June 1915. He was the son of Wallace Foulds and his wife Eliza Marvin Foulds, nee Dykes.

In 1939 Wallace, who was living at his parents house, The Poplars, Syston Road, Thurmaston, was working for the family business of W. Foulds & Sons as a woodworking machinist.

By June 1941 Wallace Edwin Foulds (Service No. 1582393) had joined the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.), from the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (R.A.F.V.R.). During the war he was involved in teaching woodworking skills to members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (W.A.A.F.). Wallace, of 22, Berkeley Street, Thurmaston, was serving in the R.A.F. at the war's end, and was still serving in 1947.

He was the husband of Mrs Ellen L. Foulds, nee Sewell. He died during 1971.

Wallace's brothers Cyril Foulds, Eric Foulds, Frank Foulds, and Geoffrey Foulds. also served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

Fox, Howard Wilfred

Howard Fox

 

Howard Wilfred Fox was born in Thurmaston on the 6th July 1920, the son of Thurmaston basket maker Albert Fox and his wife Elsie, nee Hutchin. Howard attended school at Thurmaston and then Alderman Newton's School, Leicester. On leaving school he gained employment at the British United Shoe Machinery Company (BUSMC), Leicester. In 1939 the Fox family lived at 22, Brook Street, Thurmaston. Howard's father worked as a case maker and repairer at a shoe works..

On the 30th July 1940 Howard Fox joined the Royal Air Force (RAF). Following initial training, he eventually voyaged to Egypt, via the Cape of Good Hope. Leading Aircraftsman, 1183487, Howard Fox served with 17 Wireless Unit, RAF, at various airstrips in the Western Desert of North Africa. He eventually left the RAF on the 13th February 1946.

After the war Howard Fox, a member of the Methodist Church, went into teaching. He lived in the village with his wife Joyce, nee York. At Thurmaston many of the classes that he taught were held in the Methodist Sunday School building, due to the school being filled to capacity. He eventually became deputy head teacher, but left to become headmaster at Mountsorrel School, Leicestershire.

Today, Mr. Fox lives in the North of England, but remains a self-confessed Thurmastonite!

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Howard Wilfred Fox

 

Freestone, Leonard

 

Leonard Freestone was born on the 5th May 1912.

In 1933 Leonard married Edna M. Towe. In 1939 the couple and their son lived at 30, Berkley Street, Thurmaston. At that time Leonard worked as a nailer in the boot and shoe trade.

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

Leonard Freestone died on the 19th November 1986 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Furness, John

 

In 1945 John Furness of 12, Westdown Drive, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

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