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Lacey, Kenneth Lloyd James

 

Kenneth Lloyd James Lacey was born on the 2nd February 1916.

In 1939 Kenneth was living at 381, Main Street, Thurmaston. He was employed as an architectural assistant, and he worked on Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) shelters.

In 1945 Kenneth was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces, his home address ast that time remained 381, Main Street, Thurmaston.

In 1947 Kenneth married Christina M. Davie in Norfolk..

Kenneth Lloyd James Lacey continued to live in Norfolk where he died during 1989, he was 73 years old.

 

Lane, Harold

 

Harold Lane was born in about 1919, the son of Arthur Herbert Lane, a shoe clicker. During the war Harold served as Gunner 943207 with the Royal Artillery. He was married to Enid Lilian Baldwin, the daughter of Frederick William Baldwin.

Harold was still serving with His Majesty's Forces in 1945, at which date his home address was 19, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston.

Harrold Lane died on the 7th March 1979.

 

Lawson, Robert George

 

In 1945 Robert George Lawson of 425, Syston Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Lay, Benjamin

Benjamin Lay

 

Benjamin Lay was born in Leicester on the 5th February 1904. In 1911 the Lay family lived at 35, Birstall Street, Leicester. As a young boy Benjamin Lay saw his father, William,who was a furniture vanman, go off to serve in the army during the Great War. William Lay served with the 53rd Remount Squadron of the Army Service Corps (ASC) from 1915-1919, leaving his wife, Ellen, to look after Benjamin and his two siblings.

In 1922 Benjamin Lay married Nellie Brown. The couple had several children. In 1939 the Lay family were living at 3, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston. During the 1939-45 war Benjamin Lay served in the Army. Like his father he also served with the ASC, which had by then become the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). The cap badge of the Corps can be seen in the photograph. After the war Benjamin Lay worked as a road transport manager.

In 1946 Benjamin's daughter Evelyn Margaret Lay married Gerald Alfred Draper

Benjamin Lay died in 1969.

 

Leeson, Douglas William

 

Douglas William Leeson was born on the 29th March 1918.

In 1939 he was living at 74, Main Street, and was working as a baker's assistant.

However, by 1945 he was serving with His Majesty's Forces and was resident at 139, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

Douglas William Leeson died in the Kettering area in 1998.

 

Lewis, David Robert

 

David Robert Lewis was born on the 6th August 1920. He was the son of David and Florence Gertrude Lewis. In 1939 David and his younger brother, Owen, lived with their parents at 125, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. The brothers worked as typewriter assemblers.

During the war David joined the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) and was processed through R.A.F. Cardington. He died on the 25th May 1941, whilst serving as Aircraftsman 2nd Class, 1226538, D. R. Lewis, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He is buried in Thurmaston Cemetery - Section D, Grave 1349 - and is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

 

Lewis, George Arthur

 

In 1945 George Arthur Lewis of 500, Melton Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Lewis, Ivor

 

In 1945 Ivor Lewis of 44, Colby Drive, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Lewitt, Raymond

 

Raymond Lewitt was born in the Nottinghamshire area during 1924. He was the son of Sidney Patrick Lewitt and his wife Kathleen, nee Shipman.

In 1939 Raymond was living with his parents at 78, Checkland Road, Thurmaston.

In 1945 he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces, as was his brother Sidney Frederick Lewitt (q.v.).

Raymond's parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Lewitt, Sidney Frederick

 

Sidney Frederick Lewitt was born in Leicestershire during 1924. He was the son of Sidney Patrick Lewitt and his wife Kathleen, nee Shipman.

In 1939 Sidney was living with his parents at 78, Checkland Road, Thurmaston.

In 1945 he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces, as was his brother Raymond Lewitt (q.v.).

Sidney's parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

License, Miss G. M.

Miss License

 

Miss. G. M. License was a member of the Thurmaston Branch of the Women's Voluntary Service (W.V.S.).

In 1945 she passed a test that permitted her to do overseas service with the Navy, Army, Air Force Institutes (N.A.A.F.I.) in Western Europe. She left Leicester in April 1945 for her final overseas training.

 

Lightfoot, Albert Edward

Albert Edward Lightfoot

 

Albert Edward Lightfoot was born in Leicester on the 18th June 1910. He was the son of Cheshire born Albert Edward Lightfoot, a fishdealer, and his wife Lizzie, nee Adkins. When Albert was born the Lightfoot family lived at 120, Humberstone Road, Leicester.

In 1935, at Thurmaston church, Albert Edward Lightfoot married Frances Hilda Keightley, the daughter of Thurmaston newsagent and tobacconist William Frank Keightly.

Albert Edward Lightfoot joined the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) in 1939 as a private soldier. His unit served with the 8th Army in North Africa, during which time he rose to the rank of Captain. Thereafter, he spent two years in India on attachment to the Indian Army. He was engaged in work to counter the threat of an invasion of India by the Imperial Japanese Army. The photograph of Albert Edward Lightfoot, at left, was taken at El Alamein, North Africa, during, it is believed, 1941.

During the 1939-1945 war Albert Edward Lightfoot only had one week's leave in the UK. After 1947, following his return to civilian life, he lived at 328, Main Street, Thurmaston, his grocery and newsagent's shop. A business he had run jointly with his wife, Frances, from 1935, and one which his wife had run alone during the war. The shop closed in 1971.

Albert Edward Lightfoot passed away on the 20th April 1980, his wife survived him by fifteen years. She died on the 9th December 1995, aged 84 years.

The information provided here was made available by his son Richard Lightfoot, the eldest of Albert Edward Lightfoot's two sons.

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Albert Edward Lightfoot


Linsell, Alfred Charles

 

Driver, T/216685, Alfred Charles Linsell, served with the Royal Army Service Corps. In 1942 he was serving attached to the 9 Lt. Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He was killed in action with this unit in North Africa on the 14th November 1942. He was 31 years' of age.

He born in Romford, Essex, in 1911, the son of Jack and May Linsell. He married his wife Emma, nee Brocklehurst in Cheshire in 1933. Mrs. Emma Linsell lived in Thurmaston.

His name is engraved on the base of a white stone cross that is sited at Childer Thornton, Cheshire. The Childer Thornton War Memorial commemorates the war dead of both World Wars who were from Hooton, Childer Thornton and Little Sutton. Alfred Charles Linsell is also commemorated on the Alamein War Memorial, Egypt, Column 76.

 

Mallord, Herbert Frederick

 

Herbert Frederick Mallord was born in Leicester on the 25th July 1908. He was the son of Arthur Mallord, a housepainter, and his wife Carrie, nee Day. When Herbert was an infant he lived with his parents at 55, Willowbrook Road, Leicester. During 1941 he married Rene Matthews.

Around the time of his marriage Herbert joined the Royal Air Force (Militia) and was processed through the training centre at R.A.F. Padgate (Service number 1508543).

After the war Herbert and Rene Mallord lived at 84, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. For his service during the war Herbert received the Defence Medal and the British War Medal.

Herbert Frederick Mallord died in Leicestershire during 1974. His wife, Rene, who had been born on the 14th August 1907, died during 1978, also in Leicestershire. It is believed that the couple had no children.

 

Mammatt, Ronald James

 

Ronald James Mammatt was born in 1923 in the Camberwell district of London. He was the son of James Mammatt and his wife Amy, nee Denton.

In 1945 he was serving with His Majesty's Forces. His home address was that of his parents at 182, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

In 1976 Ronald James Mammatt was living at 24, Rutland Drive, Thurmaston

 

Mawbey, Albert

 

In 1945 Albert Mawbey of the 7th House, Manor Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

McGowan, Anthony

 

Anthony McGowan was born in Leicestershire on the 26th November 1916. He was the son of John Philip McGowan and his wife Sarah Ann, nee Adams.

Tony McGowan, as he was known, served with His Majesty's Forces during the war.

Tony McGowan passed away during 2003.

His elder brothers John McGowan, Joseph McGowan, and Edward William McGowan all served in the forces during the 1939-1945 war.

 

McGowan, Edward William

 

Edward William McGowan was born in Leicestershire on the 19th June 1915. He was the son of John Philip McGowan and his wife Sarah Ann, nee Adams.

In 1939 Ted McGowan, as he was known, lived with his parents at 18, Harrison Street, Thurmaston. Ted then worked as a shoe heel parer.

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

His elder brothers John McGowan and Joseph McGowan, and his younger brother Anthony McGowan all served in the forces during the 1939-1945 war.

 

McGowan, John

 

John McGowan was born on the 16th June 1911. He was the son of John Philip McGowan and his wife Sarah Ann, nee Adams.

In 1939 he was living at 54, Winster Drive, Thurmaston, with his wife Beatrice A. McGowan, nee Taylor, and their daughter. At that time he was employed in the boot and shoe trade. It is believed that he served in the Royal Artillery during the war.

John McGowan passed away during 1997.

His younger brothers Joseph McGowan, Edward William McGowan, and Anthony McGowan all served in the forces during the 1939-1945 war.

 

McGowan, Joseph

 

Joseph McGowan was born on the 17th July 1912. He was the son of John Philip McGowan and his wife Sarah Ann, nee Adams.

In 1939 Joe McGowan, as he was known, was living at 51, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston. He then worked as a joiner and carpenter. However, during the war he served in the army.

His elder brother John McGowan, and his younger brothers Edward William McGowan and Anthony McGowan all served in the forces during the 1939-1945 war.

Joe McGowan died in Leicestershire during 2005.

 

Measures, John Arthur

 

John Arthur Measures, of 26, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston, served in the forces during the war. He was discharged back to civilian life on the 21st March 1945.

Mee, Frederick C.

 

Frederick C. Mee, a shoe finisher, and his wife, lived at 49, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston.

On the 17th July 1941 thirty year old Mr. Mee was enlisted into the army for the duration of the war. On the 1st January 1944 he was serving as Gunner, 11058451, Frederick C. Mee, with the 23rd Battery, 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. For more information on the 1944 composition of this unit visit the following website 23rd 8th Belfast Click on the link.

In 1946 Frederick C. Mee was registered to vote at 49, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston.

 

Mitchell, Albert Samuel

 

Albert Samuel Mitchell was born in Thurmaston on the 10th November 1915. He was the son of Wilfred Arthur Mitchell and his wife Belina, nee Frisby. Wilfred supported his wife and children by working as a municipal gas labourer. During the Great War Wilfred Arthur Mitchell served in the army.

In 1937 Albert married Florence G. Harris. In 1939 the couple lived at 35, Garden Street, Thurmaston. At that time Albert was employed as a builder's labourer.

In 1945 Albert was serving with His Majesty's Forces.

Albert Samuel Mitchell's brothers, Leslie Arthur Mitchell and Ronald Mitchell, served during the 1939-1945 war.

Albert Samuel Mitchell died in Leicestershire during 1968.

 

Mitchell, Leslie Arthur

 

Leslie Arthur Mitchell was born in Thurmaston on the 1st September 1910. He was the son of Wilfred Arthur Mitchell and his wife Belina, nee Frisby. Wilfred supported his wife and children by working as a municipal gas labourer. During the Great War Wilfred Arthur Mitchell served in the army.

In 1945 Leslie was serving with His Majesty's Forces. His home address in 1945 was at 223, Main Street, Thurmaston.

Leslie Arthur Mitchell's brothers, Albert Samuel Mitchell and Ronald Mitchell, served during the 1939-1945 war.

Leslie Arthur Mitchell died in Leicestershire during 1976.

 

Mitchell, Ronald

 

Ronald Mitchell was born in Thurmaston on the 19th March 1923. He was the son of Wilfred Arthur Mitchell and his wife Belina, nee Frisby. Wilfred supported his wife and children by working as a municipal gas labourer. During the Great War Wilfred Arthur Mitchell served in the army.

In 1939 Ronald was living with his parents at 223, Main Street, Thurmaston. At that time he was working as a greengrocery salesman. During the war, whilst Ronald was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces, he married Barbara M. Ward..

Ronald Mitchell's brothers, Leslie Arthur Mitchell and Albert Samuel Mitchell, served during the 1939-1945 war.

 

Mobbs, Frederick Walter

 

Frederick Walter Mobbs was born on the 1st December 1913. He was the son of Walter Mobbs, a waggoner, and his wife Clara, nee Limmage.

In 1934 Frederick married Ellen E. Kirton and in 1939 the couple and their children were living at 66, Church Hill Road. Frederick then worked as a joiner.

In 1945 Frederick Walter Mobbs was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces, and was then resident at 9, Roundway Road, Thurmaston.

It is believed that Frederick Walter Mobbs passed away during 1962.

 

Mobbs, William Walter Lancelot

 

William Walter Lancelot Mobbs was born in Leicester on the 23rd November 1906. He was the son of Northamptonshire born William Mobbs, a foundry works blacksmith, and his wife Emma Maria, nee Tomblin. In 1911 the Mobbs family lived at 109, Coral Street, Leicester.

In 1938 William married Hilda L. Pears. In 1939 the couple lived at 50, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time William was working as a hairdersser and tobacconist.

In 1945 William was a serving member of the armed forces, and remained so until at least 1947. At that time he lived at 50, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston.

William Walter Lancelot Mobbs died during 1973.

 

Montgomery, Eric

Eric Montgomery

 

Eric Montgomery was born in Leicestershire on the 5th February 1921.

Eric Montgomery joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry in 1939, at the age of 18. He joined with his friend Percy Potter, and signed up at Melton Mowbray. When Eric joined the Yeomanry it was a cavalry unit, part of the 5th Cavalry Brigade, which was mobilised on 1st September 1939, two days before the war was declared. On the 22nd September 1939 the regiment moved to Rufford Abbey, and its role was changed to that of Divisional Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division. In November the regiment was converted into a Royal Artillery unit. Eric Montgomery joined 153 (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, his friend Percy Potter joined 154 (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. In April 1940 the two regiments parted, each, eventually, to move to different theatres of war. For both Eric and Percy much training was to follow.

Eric Montgomery, who was trained as an artificer, transferred to a Scottish Artillery unit. During his army service Eric had the pleasant experience of meeting the film actor Stewart Granger, who at the time was a serving officer in the British Army. Eric met the officer at a railway station and following some conversation was taken into a first class compartment on the train and treated to food and drink.

Eric Montgomery served and fought through France and into Germany. In 1945 his family home was at 24, Unicorn Street, Thurmaston.

He died in Leicestershire during 1996.

 

Moore, Denis William

 

Denis William Moore was born on the 16th November 1903.

In 1926 he married Rose Greaves. In 1939 the couple were living at 26, Berkeley Street, Thurmaston. At that time Denis was employed as a general labourer, whilst his wife worked in the hosiery trade.

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

Denis William Moore died in Leicestershire in around 1967.

 

Moore, Frederick William

 

Frederick William Moore was born on the 27th January 1913.

In 1939 Frederick married Joan M. Irons and the couple set-up home at at 24, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston.

By 1945 Frederick was serving in His Majesty's Forces. At that time his wife, and by then the couple's three young daughters, were resident in Thurmaston.

Frederick William Moore died in Leicestershire during 2005.

 

Morgan, Howard Roy

 

In 1945 Howard Roy Morgan of 5, Hardy's Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Morris, Albert

British Empire Medal

 

Albert Morris was born on the 2nd March 1912.

In 1939 he lived with his wife, Mabel, at 85, High Street, Syston, Leicestershire. At that time he was employed in aircraft manufacturing.

In the New Years Honour's List of 1944 the King approved the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM Civilian) to Mr. Albert Morris, gang leader and welder, of Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Limited, Thurmaston. The Leicester Advertiser announced the award, quoting one of Taylorcraft's directors, who said that Mr. Morris was "an outstanding example of a very good workman, and an inspiration to the rest". The award was confirmed in the Supplement to the London Gazette of the 4th January 1944.

 

Morris, Raymond John

 

In 1945 Raymond John Morris of 5, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Moss, George Frederick

 

In 1945 George Frederick Moss of 334, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston,was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Moss, Leslie Roy

 

Leslie Roy Moss was born at Roche, Cornwall, on the 9th August 1909. He was the son of Joseph and Ethel Moss. When Lesalie was an infant the Moss family lived at Churchtown, Roche, Cornwall. Leslie's father was the manager of a general supplies store.

In 1932 Leslie married Phyllis M. Martin. In 1939 Leslie and Phyllis were living with Phyliss's widowed mother, Elizabeth, and her two sons, at a house called Sandown, Syston Road, Thurmaston. At that time Leslie was working as a pressman in the boot and shoe trade. He was also involved in Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) Factoiry Ambulance work.

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

Leslie Roy Moss died in Leicestershire during 1983.

 

Murray, Francis Roland

 

Francis Roland Murray was born in Cumberland on the 9th September 1922. He was the son of Thomas William Murray and his wife Eva Annie, nee Stobbart.

In late 1939 Francis was living with his parents and elder brother, Thomas H. Murray, at The Lodge, Roundhill, Syston Road, Thurmaston.

In 1945 and up until 1947 Francis was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Francis Roland Murray passed away in his native Cumberland during 2003.

 

Nadin, Joseph

 

Joseph Nadin was born in about 1916.

In 1936 he married Doris Charnock in Leicestershire. In 1939 the couple lived at 22, Baldwin Avenue, Wigston, Leicestershire.

However, in 1940 Joseph and Doris were living, with their daughter, at 17, Brook Street, Thurmaston. In 1945 Joseph was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

It is believed that Joseph passed away during 2005.

 

Needham, Noel George

 

Noel George Needham was born in Leicester on the 28th April 1916.

In 1939 Noel married Annie M. Russell and the couple set-up home at 23, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston. Noel was then working as a shoe designer and pattern cutter.

In 1945 Noel George Needham, then serving with His Majesty's Forces, had his home address at 23, Sandiacre Drive, Thurmaston.

Noel George Needham died in Leicestershire during 1982.

 

Newton, Douglas John

 

Douglas John Newton was born on the 4th July 1919. He was the son of John W. Newton and his wife Elizabeth Emma, nee Knowles.

In 1939 Douglas was living with his parents, maternal grandmother, and brother, at 11, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. At that time he was working as a solicitor's clerk. However, in 1941, when he married Joyce Mansfield, he was serving as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy.

Douglas John Newton died in Leicestershire during 1972.

Noble, Arthur Henry

Jummy Noble

 

Arthur Henry Noble, who was known as Jummy Noble, was born in Thurmaston on the 17th January 1921. He was the son of George Noble and Elizabeth his wife, nee Harris.

In 1939 Jummy was living with his parents and siblings at 332, Main Street, Thurmaston. His father worked as a railway engine coalman. During the war Jummy Noble served in the army.

Jummy Noble was the nephew of Percy Noble and cousin to Harvey Noble, Joe Noble and William Noble.

He died in Leicestershire during 1978. His parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Noble, Harvey

Harvey Noble

 

Harvey Noble was born in Thurmaston on the 14th April 1925. He was the son of Percy Noble and his wife Florence May, nee North.

In 1939 Harvey was liviing with his parents and siblings at 4, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time Harvey was working as a Fitter for an engineering company.

Harvey served in the Royal Navy during the 1939-45 War. During his service it is understood that he served aboard the anti-aircraft artillery ship H.M.S. Palomares, which took part in the ill-fated North Russia convoy PQ17. It is believed that Harvey Noble was trained and worked as a diver.

Harvey Noble was a brother to Joe Noble and William Noble.

To see a full length photograph of this man click on the link - Harvey Noble

 

Noble, Joan (Mrs.)

PO Joan Noble

 

Joan Noble was the wife of Joe Noble of Thurmaston. During the war Joan served as a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy, during which time she was stationed in Londonderry, Ireland.

To see a wedding photograph of Joan Noble and her husband Joe click on the following link.

Joan and Joe Noble

 

Noble, Joseph A.

Joe Noble

 

Joseph A. Noble was born in Thurmaston during 1921. He was the son of Percy Noble and his wife Florence May, nee North.

Joe Noble, as he was known, who was trained as a butcher, served in the Royal Air Force during the 1939-45 War. It is understood that he served in North Africa.

Joe Noble was a brother to Harvey Noble and William Noble.

To see a wedding photograph of Joe Noble and his wife Joan, nee Russell, click on the following link.

Joe and Joan Noble

 

Noble, Percy

Percy Noble

 

Percy Noble was a veteran of the Great War.

In the 1939-45 War he served with the Home Guard

Percy was the father of Harvey Noble, Joe Noble and William Noble.

 

Noble, William

Bill Noble

 

William Noble was born in Thurmaston on the 17th July 1922. He was the son of Percy Noble and his wife Florence May, nee North.

In 1939 William, Bill as he was known, was liviing with his parents and siblings at 4, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time Bill was working as a miller for an engineering compan.

During the 1939-45 War Bill served as an engineer in the Royal Navy.

Bill Noble was a brother to Harvey Noble and Joe Noble.

To see a picture of Bill Noble, his wife Olive, and their infant daughter, Veronica, click on the following link

William Noble and Family

 

Norman, William Ford

 

William Ford Norman was born in Leicestershire during 1919. He was the son of Mr. Alfred Norman and his wife Mrs. Matilda Norman, nee Ford. William Ford Norman married Margaret E. Humberstone in Leicestershire towards the end of 1940.

During the war William Ford Norman served as Gunner, 956440, W. F. Norman, 420th Battery, 148th (The Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. He died on the 19th September 1944.

He is commemorated on column 38 of the the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.

Norris, Alfred John

 

Alfred John Norris was serving with the Royal Air Force in 1941. He and his wife, Irene Ada, lived at Sunnydene, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston.

 

Norris, John

 

In 1945 John Norris of 11, Melton Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

North, John Arnold

 

John Arnold North was born during 1918. He was the son of George A. North and his wife Elsie M., nee Brooks.

In 1938 John married Irene Wickwar. In 1939 John's parents lived at 36, Rosebery Road, Anstey, Leicestershire. John's father was employed as a labourer in concrete making. By 1943 John and Irene, and their baby boy, were living at 27, Brook Street, Thurmaston

On the 25th June 1944 John died whilst serving in the army as Trooper, 4859762, J. A. North, 49th (West Riding) Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps.

Trooper North joined the army at the beginning of the war and had served with the 1/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment in Norway. Prior to the war he was employed by Messrs. Bosworth and Wright of Anstey, Leicestershire. He is commemorated at the Bayeux War Cemetery, France (Grave XXVII. B. 4).

He is commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

 

Norton, Leslie

 

Leslie Norton was born on the 29th June 1912.

In 1939 he and his wife, Lucy, lived at 13, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. At that time Leslie was employed as a shop assistant in a grocery store. Leslie was also a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service (A.F.S.). Lucy worked part-time as a cashier in a local cinema.

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

 

Page, Kenneth Albert

 

Kenneth Albert Page was born in Thurmaston on the 5th July 1922. He was the son of Albert Edward Page and his wife Minnie Blanch Page, nee Garner.

In 1939 Kenneth was living with his parents and siblings at 7, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time he was employed as a miller in an engineering company. His father, who had won the Military Medal during the Great War worked as a roadman, but was only employed on light work as a result of disability that he suffered as a result of his war service.

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

Kenneth Albert Page passed away in Yorkshire during 2003.

His parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Palmer, George

 

Twenty five year old George Palmer, of 240, Main Street, Thurmaston, was serving with the Royal Navy in 1945.

 

Palmer, Ronald Frederick

 

Ronald Frederick Palmer was born in Leicestershire in about 1913.

In 1938 Ronald married Marjorie B. Grant, and the couple set-up home at 41, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston.

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

 

Palmer, William Henry

 

In 1945 William Henry Palmer of 6, Barkby Thorpe Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

 

Parker, Walter

Walter Parker

 

Walter Parker was born on the 4th April 1913.

After his marriage, in about 1938, Walter and his wife, Gladys Maud, nee Loveridge, lived at 14, Brook Street, Thurmaston. In 1939 Walter was employed as a boot and shoe clicker. Gladys also worked in the boot and shoe trade.

However, by 1940, when Walter was called-up for miltary service he had to leave behind his wife and his infant son. During the war Walter served as Gunner, 1140312, W. Parker, Royal Artillery. He was stationed in the town of Rhyl, North Wales. During the war he and his wife had a daughter. He did not undertake any overseas service. He was discharged to the Class 'Z' Territorial Army Reserve on the 19th September 1946.

After the war he and his wife continued to live at 14, Brook Street. They also had another son.

Gladys Parker passed away on the 4th November 1991. Walter died on the 7th October 1994. The couple are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

To see a picture of Walter Parker and his wife Gladys click on the following link

Walter and Gladys Parker

 

Partridge, Stanley

 

Stanley Partridge was born in Thurmaston during 1924. He was the son of Albert Partridge and his wife Ethel, nee Jenaway.

In 1939 Stanley was living with his parents in the 6th house on Unicorn Street, Thurmaston. His father was a clay getter in a local brickworks.

In 1945 Stanley, then of 30, Unicorn Street, was serving in the Royal Navy.

 

Payne, Alan Denzil

Alan Denzil Payne was born in 1924. His father was Francis George Payne and his mother was Elsie E. Payne nee Royle. The Payne family lived in Lancashire, where Alan was born, before coming to Leicestershire sometime after 1926

In 1939 the Payne family were resident at 2, Roundway Road, Thurmaston. Alan's father worked as an engraver.

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

Peach, Bernard Alfred

 

Bernard Alfred Peach was born on the 21st July 1915. He was the son of Alfred Ebben Peach and his wife Emma E. Peach, nee Brooksbank. Bernard's father served as a driver with the Royal Engineers during the Great War.

In 1938 Bernard married Gwendoline Iris Wells. In 1939 the couple lived at 7, Ataka Road, Felixstowe. At that time Bernard was serving as Leading Aircraftsman, 521993, B. A. Peach, Royal Air Force (R.A.F.), and worked as an aero-engine fitter.

In 1945 Bernard and Gwendoline were resident at 272, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

In later life Bernard was a director of the Leicester shipping company Wells and Root.

Bernard's wife passed away in 1990. He survived her by three years, he died in Leicestershire during 1993.

 

Pedge, Albert George

 

Albert George Pedge was born at Thurmaston on the 6th December 1918. He was the son of Charles Edward Pedge, an ironmoulder, and his wife Eliza, nee Cooke. Albert's father served as a soldier at the end of the Great War.

Just prior to the war Albert was working as a bricklayer and was living at 1, Brabazon Road, on the outskirts of Norwich. In late 1939 he was married in the Norwich area to Harriet May Phillips. Albert served as an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy from at least early 1941 until 1945. Albert and Harriet lived in a house on Unicorn Street, Thurmaston.

Albert George Pedge died in Leicestershire during 1990. Albert's widow, Harriet, passed away during 1996. His parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Pegg, Sydney Reginald

Syd Pegg

 

Sydney Reginald Pegg, Syd Pegg as he was known, was born in Thurmaston on the 17th September 1918. He was the son of Sydney Pegg and his wife Mabel Ellen Pegg, nee Bexton.

In 1939 Syd Pegg's parents kept the Generous Briton public house, Garden Street, Thurmaston. Syd worked for Sir Lindsay Parkinson, contractors, of Liverpool and London.

Syd Pegg joined the army on the 15th September 1939. Serving as Private, 4859907, S. Pegg, 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, he fought against the Japanese Army following its invasion of Malaya. He was captured at the Fall of Singapore on the 15th February 1942. He was held as a prisoner of war at Changi Gaol and at Ban Pong, Thailand.

After he was freed from captivity, he was released from the army on the 20th March 1946. About this time he was married to Hilda May Lloyd.

Syd's wife passed away on the 28th March 1966. She was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Sydney Reginald Pegg passed away on the 3rd November 1991. He was interred with his late wife.

 

Pells, Herbert

 

Herbert Pells and his wife Joan, nee Fisher, lived in Havelock Cottages, Thurmaston.

In 1942 Herbert Pells was serving as a Corporal with the Royal Air Force (RAF).

It is believed that he served as Corporal, 567736, H. Pells, RAF.

 

Peplow, John Thomas

 

In 1945 John Thomas Peplow of 129, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Pepper, Ronald Alec

 

Ronald Alec Pepper was born on the 17th November 1914.

In 1935 Ronald married Mabel Akiens. In 1939 he and his wife, and their infant son, were living at 34, Winster Drive, Thurmaston. At that time Ronald was working as a Cotton's patent hosiery machine hand.

In 1945 Ronald and his family were living at 14, Garden Street, Thurmaston. At that Ronald was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Ronald Alec Pepper died in Leicestershire during 1982.

 

Phillips, Wilfred

 

In 1939 Wilfred Phillips gave as his home address 17, Winster Drive Thurmaston. At that time he was a serving soldier. Having joined the army in 1937, he was serving as Private, 4858521, W. Phillips, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.

However, when the Japanese invaded Malaya on the 8th December 1941 Wilfred was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Regiment, endeavouring to stem the tide of the Japanese army.

He was killed in action on the 12th February 1942. He was 25 years' old.

Wilfred Phillips has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore (Column 66).

 

Platt, L.

 

Leading Aircraftsman L. Platt of Thurmaston was serving with the Royal Air Force in Canada during 1943. He was then under training as a pilot. He had formerly been a sergeant with No. 1462 (North Leicester) Squadron, Air Training Corps.

 

Pointon, Charles Ramsay Mackintosh

 

Charles Ramsay Mackintosh Pointon was born in Leicester on the 6th April 1908. He was the son of Edward Pointon and his wife Charlotte, nee Mackintosh. In 1911 Charles and his sister, Mary, were living with family members at 6, Winter Gardens Terrace, Southport.

In 1932 Charles married Winifred Iris Akester; and the couple had two children, a girl and a boy.

In 1939 Charles and his family lived at 1A, Humberstone Road, Thurmaston. At that time Charles was working as a printer's draughtsman and as a newsagent. Their house was also home to Winifred's widowed mother, Gertrude.

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

Charles Ramsay Mackintosh Pointon died in the County of Kent during 1985. His mother is interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Porch, Albert

 

In about 1900 Frank Porch, a basket maker, and his wife, Ada, nee Butcher, arrived in Thurmaston with their four sons, Frank, Henry, William, and George. The Porch family moved to a house in Berkley street, Thurmaston, from Twerton, Somerset, later they moved to Reading Street. Soon after arrving in Thurmaston Mrs. Porch gave birth to a daughter, Lily. The couple would have seven more children in the parish - Walter, Emma, Alfred, Fred, Albert, Constance, and Reggie.

Albert Porch, who was born in Thurmaston on the 29th January 1909, served in His Majesty's Forces during the war. In 1945 his home address was at 177, Main Street, Thurmaston.

Albert Porch's elder brothers, Henry Porch and George Porch, served during the Great War, and Fred Porch served during the 1939-1945 war.

Albert Porch died in 1979.

 

Porch, Fred

 

In about 1900 Frank Porch, a basket maker, and his wife, Ada, nee Butcher, arrived in Thurmaston with their four sons, Frank, Henry, William, and George. The Porch family moved to a house in Berkley street, Thurmaston, from Twerton, Somerset, later they moved to Reading Street. Soon after arrving in Thurmaston Mrs. Porch gave birth to a daughter, Lily. The couple would have seven more children in the parish - Walter, Emma, Alfred, Fred, Albert, Constance, and Reggie.

Fred Porch, who was born in Thurmaston on the 22nd December 1906, served in His Majesty's Forces during the war. In 1945 his home address was at 24, Unicorn Street, Thurmaston. He was discharged back to civilian life sometime after January 1945.

Fred Porch's elder brothers, Henry Porch and George Porch, served during the Great War, and his younger brother Albert Porch served during the 1939-1945 war.

Fred Porch died in 1993.

 

Porter, Henry Raymond Bim

Bim Porter

 

Henry Raymond Bim Porter was born on the 10th November 1923.

He was the son of Mark Porter, who served in the army during the Great War, and his wife Ada, nee Hewick.

He is believed to have served as Sergeant, Air Gunner, 1584810, H. R. Porter, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (R.A.F.V.R.).

He flew in Avro Lancaster aircraft.

His elder brother Leonard Alan Porter also served in the R.A.F.

 

Porter, Leonard Alan

Alan Porter

 

Leonard Alan Porter was born in 1920.

He was the son of Mark Porter, who served in the army during the Great War, and his wife Ada, nee Hewick.

He is believed to have served as 1247653, L. A. Porter, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (R.A.F.V.R.).

His younger brother Henry Raymond Porter also served in the R.A.F.

 

Potter, Dennis Percy

Percy Potter

 

Dennis Percy Potter, known to all as Percy, joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry in 1939, at the age of 18. He joined with his friend Eric Montgomery, and signed up at Melton Mowbray. When Percy joined the Yeomanry it was a cavalry unit, part of the 5th Cavalry Brigade, which was mobilised on 1st September 1939, two days before the war was declared. On the 22nd September 1939 the regiment moved to Rufford Abbey, and its role was changed to that of Divisional Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division. In November the regiment was converted into a Royal Artillery unit. Percy Potter joined 154 (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, his friend Eric Montgomery joined 153 (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. In April 1940 the two regiments parted, each, eventually, to move to different theatres of war. For both Percy and Eric much training was to follow.

In July 1942 154 (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, was embarked on H.M.T. Circassia. On the 30th August 1942 troops were disembarked at Durban, South Africa. On the 19th September 1942 the regiment was embarked on H.M.T. Pulaski, eventually disembarking at Port Tewfik on the 10th October 1942, when it became part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (M.E.F.). The regiment was later part of the Eighth Army and took part in the Battle of El Alamein.

In 1942 Gunner Dennis Percy Potter, of 58, Winster Drive, Thurmaston, his parent's house, was wounded in Egypt whilst serving with the Leicestershire Yeomanry. He lost an eye due to shrapnel.

 

Potts, William Gilbert

 

William Gilbert Potts was born on the 17th October 1917. He was the son of Herbert and Ada Potts.

In 1939 William was living with his parents and sister at 139, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. At that time he was employed by a printer as a transfer designer.

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

 

Pratt, Reginald Alexander George

 

Reginald Alexander George Pratt was born in Leicestershire on the 12th January 1920. He was the son of Hinckley born Herbert Arthur Pratt and his Thurmaston born wife Jessie, nee Litherland.

In 1939 Reginald was living with his parents and siblings at 12, Harrison Street, Thurmaston. His father worked as a house painter.

By 1945 Reginald was serving as Gunner, 986558, R. A. G. Pratt, 153rd (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. After the war he served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (R.E.M.E.). In about 1959 Reginald married Kathleen Harris.

Reginald's brother Jim Pratt also served in the army during the war.

Reginald's father died in 1962 and his mother died in 1970, they are interred in the same grave in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Reginald Alexander George Pratt died in Leicestershire during 1995.

 

Pratt, Stanley James

 

Stanley James Pratt, Jim Pratt as he was known, was born in Leicestershire on the 24th March 1921. He was the son of Hinckley born Herbert Arthur Pratt and his Thurmaston born wife Jessie, nee Litherland.

In 1939 Stanley was living with his parents and siblings at 12, Harrison Street, Thurmaston. He was employed as a bricklayer's apprentice.

In 1943 Private Jim was reported missing in North Africa. He became a prisoner of war at the hands of Italian forces. It is believed that Jim served as Private, 5512176, S. J. Pratt, Hampshire Regiment. Sometime after being held in an Italian POW camp, perhaps camp PG53 at Sforzacosta, Liguria; or camp PG82, Laterina, near Arezzo; Private Pratt was removed to Germany

In Germany he was held as prisoner 226952 in Stalag IV-G. The administrative headquarters of Stalag IV-G were in Oschatz, a town between Leipzig and Dresden, in Saxony.

The camp was liberated in 1945.

Jim's brother Reginald Alexander George Pratt also served in the army during the war.

Jim Pratt passed away in Leicestershire during 2001.

 

Preston, Alfred

 

In 1945 Alfred Preston of 12, Church Hill Road Extension, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Preston, Frank Independence

 

Frank Independence Preston was born on the 4th July, U.S. Independence Day, 1918. He was the son of Ted Preston and his wife Amy Miranda, nee Cockerill.

In 1939 Frank was living with his parents and siblings at 88, Ratcliffe Road, Sileby, Leicestershire. At that time he was employed as a shoe clicker.

In 1943 Frank married Alice Ethel, the daughter of William Hextall and his wife Ethel May, nee Thrower. The Hextall family were resident at 53, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston; which in 1945 was Frank's home address. In 1945 Frank was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Frank Independence Preston passed away on the 17th January 1992. He was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. His widow died on the 18th February 2000. She was interred with her late husband.

 

Preston, Ronald

 

Ronald Preston was born on the 1st August 1923. He was the son of Frederick H. and Priscilla May Preston.

In 1939 Ronald was living with his parents and siblings at 21, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston.

During the war Ronald joined the Royal Air Force; and by 1943 he was working as a flight mechanic.

Ronald Preston died in Leicestershire during 1985.

 

Price, Edwin

 

Edwin Price was employed as a munitions worker in 1943. He and his wife, Megan, nee Humphreys, lived at 75, Checkland Road, Thurmaston.

 

Price, John Ernest

 

In 1939 John Ernest Price was living with his step-father and his mother, Daniel and Edith Allott, at 28, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston. He was then employed as a wholesale grocery warehouseman.

By 1940 he was a serving soldier.

 

Pringle, Samuel Cowie

 

Samuel Cowie Pringle was born in Scotland on the 15th May 1907.

During 1932 Samuel married Edith E Cropper in Kent.

In 1945 Samuel and Edith were resident at 39, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston. At that time he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. He was still in the forces in 1947.

He died in Leicestershire during 1985.

 

Pullen, Frank Arkwright

 

In 1945 Frank Arkwright Pullen of 199, Main Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Purvis, Frederick

 

In 1942 Frederick Purvis married Clare, the daughter of Joseph Simpson and his wife Emily M. Simpson, nee Fletcher..

In 1945 the couple were resident at 6, Hill Rise, Thurmaston, which was the home of Frderick's father-in-law and mother-in-law. At that time Frederick was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Rawson, Joseph William

 

Joseph William Rawson was born in Leicestershire on the 18th September 1915. He was the son of Charles William Rawson and his wife Alice, nee Marlow.

In 1939 Joseph lived with his parents at 13, Hardy's Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time Joseph was employed as builder's manager.

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

Joseph William Rawson died in Leicestershire during 1984.

 

Read, Jonathan Hedley

 

Jonathan Hedley Read was born on the 20th January 1914. He was the son of George Read and his wife Mary Jane, nee Wolfe. On the 8th March 1938 Jonathan's mother died and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

In 1939 Jonathan and his siblings were living with their widower father, George, at 110, Main Street, Thurmaston. Jonathan worked as a warehouseman in the shoe trade. He was also enrolled as a Leicester fireman as part of the Auxiliary Fire Service (A.F.S.).

In 1943 Jonathan's father died; he was interred with his late wife.

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

Jonathan Hedley Read passed away in Leicestershire during 1992.

 

Reason, George Richard

 

In 1945 George Richard Reason of 38, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Reed, Roland George

 

Roland George Reed was born in Leicester on the 14th March 1916. He was the son of Thurmaston born George Chapman Reed and his wife Ada, nee Marston.

In 1939 Roland was living with his parents and siblings at 24, Reading Street, Thurmaston. At that time he was working as a general labourer.

During the course of the war both of Roland's parents passed away and were buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

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

Roland George Reed passed away in the Southwark area of London during 1984.

 

Reeve, Richard Grocutt

 

Richard Grocutt Reeve was born in Leicestershire during 1917. He was the son of Harry and Mary Reeve.

In 1939 Richard married Dinah Mary Hall. During the war Richard served in the army; and was sent out to the far east. In January 1942 he was serving in Malaya amongst the reinforcement troops that had been despatched to the states following the Japanese invasion which had begun on the 8th December 1941.

Whilst serving as Lance Corporal, 5887942, R. G. Reeve, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, he was posted as missing at Sengarrang. It was later confirmed that he had died on the 28th January 1942.

Richard Grocutt Reeve has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore (Panel 48), and also on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

 

Reeve, Stanley Leonard

 

Stanley Leonard Reeve was born in Leicestershire on the 14th March 1921. His parents were Leonard W. Reeve and his wife Beatrice Evelyn, nee Dilley.

In 1939 Stanley lived with his parents at 34, Highway Road, Thurmaston.

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

Stanley Leonard Reeve passed away in Leicestershire during 2004.

 

Richards, John

 

In 1945 John Richards of 7, Westdown Drive, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Riddington, Sydney Eric

Sydney Riddington

 

Sydney Eric Riddington was born on the 2nd April 1917. He was baptised at Thurmaston parish church on the 27th May 1917.

Sergeant, 751028, Observer, Sydney Eric Riddington, 53 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve died on the 4th August 1940, age 23 years. He was the son of Albert Edward and Ellen Mary Riddington, of Thurmaston.

He is buried in Thurmaston Cemetery (Section D, Grave 1368). He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

For more details about Sydney Eric Riddington click on the link Sergeant Riddington

 

Ridgway, Benjamin Bertie

Bert Ridgway

 

Benjamin Bertie Ridgway, Bert as he was known, was born at Thurmaston on the 3rd August 1909. He was the son of Ben Ridgway and his wife Edith Alice, nee Goodman. In 1916 his elder brother Charles Henry Ridgway was killed in action whilst serving with the Leicestershire Regiment.

Bert, who worked as a labourer, joined the army on the 7th November 1927. He served as Gunner, 1073800, B. B. Ridgway, Royal Artillery. He signed-up for a term of six years with the regular army and six on the reserve. He served in India. He was back in England when he was discharged to the reserve on the 6th November 1934. Click on the following link to see a picture of Bert Ridgway in India.

In 1935 Bert married Alice Smith of Leicester. In 1939 Bert lived with his wife and her parents, Stephen and Alice, at 19, Justice Street, Leicester. Bert worked as a typewriter assembler.

On the outbreak of war in 1939 Bert Ridgway was recalled from the reserve and went over to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) and was amongst the thousands of soldiers that were lucky enough to be evacuated from Dunkirk in May-June, 1940. He was discharged to the Class 'Z' army reserve on the 8th January 1946.

His elder brother, George William Ridgway, and his younger brother, Thomas Harry Ridgway, served in the army during the 1939-1945 War, whilst his elder sister, Evelyn May Rowley, served with the Red Cross.

Bert Ridgway died in Leicestershire during 1988.

 

Ridgway, George William

Bill Ridgway

 

George William Ridgway was born at Thurmaston during 1901. He was the son of Ben Ridgway and his wife Edith Alice, nee Goodman. In 1916 his elder brother Charles Henry Ridgway was killed in action whilst serving with the Leicestershire Regiment.

Bill Ridgway, as he was known, served in the army.

His younger brothers, Benjamin Bertie Ridgway and Thomas Harry Ridgway, served in the army during the 1939-1945 War, whilst his elder sister, Evelyn May Rowley, served with the Red Cross.

 

Ridgway, Thomas Harry

Harry Ridgway

 

Thomas Harry Ridgway was born at Thurmaston on the 21st August 1913. He was the son of Ben Ridgway and his wife Edith Alice, nee Goodman. In 1916 his elder brother Charles Henry Ridgway was killed in action whilst serving with the Leicestershire Regiment.

Prior to the war Harry Ridgway, as he was known, worked at Abbey Meadows Mills, Leicester. During the war, like his elder brother, Charles Henry, he served with the Leicestershire Regiment. During this time his wife lived at Abbey Court road, Abbey Lane, Leicester, and his mother lived at 16, Flax Road, Leicester. At one stage during the war Private Ridgway was posted as missing.

His elder brothers, George William Ridgway and Benjamin Bertie Ridgway, served in the army during the 1939-1945 War, whilst his elder sister, Evelyn May Rowley, served with the Red Cross.

Harry Ridgway died in Leicestershire during 1981.

 

Roberts, Albert Edward

 

In 1945 Albert Edward Roberts of 24, Colby Drive, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Roberts, Edward Peter

 

In 1945 Edward Peter Roberts of 24, Colby Drive, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Roberts, Maldwyn Ivor

Maldwyn Roberts

 

Maldwyn Ivor Roberts was born in the Merthyr Tydfil area of Wales on the 2nd July 1911.

In 1934 Maldwyn married Doris E. Pole. In 1939 the couple were living with their three children at 4, Harrison Street, Thurmaston. Maldwyn was then working as a carpenter and joiner.

In 1945 Maldwyn was serving in the army. In the picture, at left, he appears to be wearing the cap badge of the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry. The photograph was taken at Schaerbeak, Brussels, Belgium.

Maldwyn Ivor Roberts died in Leicestershire during 1980.

 

Roper, Richard Trevor

 

Between 1945 and 1947 Richard Trevor Roper of Bella Vista, Leicester Road, Thurmaston, was serving with His Majesty's Forces.

 

Rose, Henry

Henry Rose

 

Henry Harry Rose was born on the 31st May 1911, the son of Henry Rose and his wife Agnes Emma, nee Ballard.

In 1932 Harry married Gladys Sarah Gant. In 1939 the couple lived with their daughter at 18, Canal Street, Thurmaston. Harry then worked for a transport contractor.

During the war Harry served in the Royal Artillery and was promoted to the rank of Quarter-Master Sergeant.

He died on the 12th February 1997. He and his wife, who died on the 26th September 1974, are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Henry Rose was the elder brother of Thomas Rose and Kenneth Rose.

 

Rose, Kenneth

Ken Rose

 

Kenneth Rose was born on the 3rd August 1914, and baptised at Thurmaston parish church on the 1st November 1914. He was the son of Henry Rose and his wife Agnes Emma, nee Ballard. His father was a coach painter and had served during the Great War. Ken's father died on the 31st March 1925, and about a year later his mother re-married.

In 1939 Ken was living at 36, Canal Street, Thurmaston with his mother and step-father, Luther Burdett. Ken was then employed as a hosiery trimmer.

On the 24th June 1940 Ken joined the Leicestershire Regiment. After D-Day he saw overseas military service and was wounded whilst serving in Holland. After a period of recovery he was sent back on active service. Private, 4863433, K. Rose was killed in action on the 24th March 1945, whilst serving with the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

Ken Rose is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. (Grave 52. A. 16). He is commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

Ken Rose was the younger brother of Henry Rose & Thomas Rose.

 

Rose, Thomas

Tom Rose

 

Thomas Tom Rose was born on the 16th October 1912, he was the son of Henry Rose and his wife Agnes Emma, nee Ballard.

Tom Rose was a pre-war regular soldier with the Leicestershire Regiment and in the late 1930's had served out in India. He was due to leave the army, but the war intervened. Tom served in North Africa. During a period when he had been tasked to guard Italian prisoners-of-war, the camp he was stationed at was overrun by German forces. At which point Tom became a prisoner of war (P.O.W). He was sent to the P.O.W. camp Stalag 18A, Wolfsburg, Austria. He escaped, lived off the land, and eventually returned to England.

Tom Rose was the middle son of his family. His younger brother Kenneth Rose was killed on active service. His elder brother Henry Rose also served in the Army.

The image at left shows Tom Rose in 1985. He passed away during 1998.

 

Ross, Charles Henry

 

Charles Henry Ross was born in Leicester on the 30th July 1904. His father, Tertius Roughton Ross, was a horse slaughterer, and his mother, Mary Louisa, nee Vann, was a tailoress. When Charles was a small boy the family lived at 222, Argyle Street, Belgrave Road, Leicester. By 1924 the Ross family were living at 147, Martin Street, Leicester, and Mr. Ross had land and a slaughterhouse on Barkby Road, Thurmaston.

In 1930 Charles married Frances Palmer. In 1939 he, with his wife and two daughters, lived at 6, Barkby Thorpe Road. He then worked as a lorry driver as part of his work as a horse slaughterer.

During the 1939-1945 War Charles served as a driver with the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). He served in North Africa and Italy.

After the war Charles returned to his home at 6, Barkby Thorpe Road, Thurmaston.

Charles Henry Ross died in Leicestershire in 1980.

His younger brother, Tertius Roughton Ross, also served in the R.A.S.C. during the war.

 

Ross, Tertius Roughton

Tertius Roughton Ross

 

Tertius Roughton Ross was born in Leicester on the 5th November 1908. His father, also Tertius Roughton Ross, was a horse slaughterer, and his mother, Mary Louisa, nee Vann, was a tailoress. When Tertius, junior, Tut as he was known, was a small boy the Ross family lived at 222, Argyle Street, Belgrave Road, Leicester. By 1924 the family were living at 147, Martin Street, Leicester, and Mr. Ross had land and a slaughterhouse on Barkby Road, Thurmaston.

In 1939 Tut and his wife lived with their then three children at 91, Bale Road, Leicester. Like his father Tut worked as a horse slaughterer.

On the 1st October 1942, whilst then living at 10, Barkby Thorpe road, Thurmaston, Tut was called-up for military service. He became Driver, 14299387, T. R. Ross, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), and was part of RASC Group 33.

Driver Ross served in North Africa, Italy and Austria, and was later awarded campaign stars that reflected his service in those theatres of operations. When Driver Ross was discharged from the army, in September 1946, his commanding officer recorded on his release certificate that his military conduct had been exemplary. He also stated that Driver Ross was a very clean conciencious worker, never complains and carries out his job without supervision and that he was both reliable and trustworthy. A larger picture of Driver Ross, taken when he was discharged from the army, shows him wearing the medal ribbon of the Africa Star. To see this image click on the following link - Driver Ross

On retrurning to civilian life Tut continued in the horse slaughtering business, operating a knacker-yard on Barkby Thorpe road. He and his brothers, who were also part of the business, were well known amongst Leicestershire's farming community.

Tertius Roughton Ross and his wife Ida, nee Ellicock, had seven children: Frederick, Kenneth, Kathleen, Tertius, Margaret, Ray, Julia, and Michael.

His elder brother, Charles Henry Ross, also served in the R.A.S.C. during the war.

Mr. Ross later lived at 26, Barby Thorpe road, Thurmaston. He died during 1990.

 

Rowley, Evelyn May (Mrs)

Mrs Evelyn M. Rowley, nee Ridgway

 

Evelyn was born on the 3rd May 1899, the eldest daughter of Ben Ridgway and his wife, Edith Alice, nee Goodman, of Thurmaston. In 1901 her father supported his family by working as a general labourer, however, by 1911 he was working as a platelayer on the railways. In 1911 Evelyn Ridgway lived with her parents and six siblings at a house on Thurmaston's Main Street.

In 1916 her elder brother Charles Henry Ridgway was killed in action whilst serving with the Leicestershire Regiment.

In 1923 Evelyn married James Henry Rowley. In 1939 Jim Rowley and Evelyn lived at 46, Bewicke Road, Leicester. Jim worked as an engineer's fitter's labourer. The couple had one son named Dennis James Rowley (1926-1997).

Evelyn served during the 1939-1945 war with the Red Cross. Her younger brothers, George William Ridgway, Benjamin Bertie Ridgway and Thomas Harry Ridgway served in the army during the 1939-1945 War.

Mrs. Evelyn May Rowley died in Leicestershire in 1968. Her husband passed away in around 1989.

 

Rowntree, Harold

 

Harold Rowntree was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the 23rd January 1910. He was the son of James Rowntree, who worked for Newcastle Corporation Cleansing Department, and his wife Elizabeth Ann, nee Jarvis.

In 1939 Harold married Margaretta Best in the Newcastle area and soon thereafter he and his wife were living at 28, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time Harold was employed as a boot and shoe warehouseman.

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

Margaretta Rowntree died on the 29th February 1960 and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. Harold passed away on the 12th March 1975 and was buried with his late wife.

 

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