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Saddington, Thomas William

 

Thomas William Saddington was born in Leicestershire on the 2nd July 1923. He was the son of John T. Saddington and his wife Lucy Mary Saddington, nee Fuller.

In 1939 Thomas was living with his parents and siblings at 3, Victoria Street, Thurmaston. At that time Thomas worked as a farm waggoner.

During the war Thomas joined the army. In 1944 he was wounded whilst serving in Burma.

Thomas's brother-in-law, William Wright, also served his country during the war.

Thomas William Saddington passed away during the year 2000.

 

Salmon, Henry

 

In 1945 Henry Salmon, whose home address was 137, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces..

 

Sands, George Harry

 

George Harry Sands was born in Thurmaston in on the 7th March 1906. He was the son of George Harry Sands, a shoehand, and his wife Betsy Elizabeth, nee Cart.

George Harry's father served in the army during the Great War, but was discharged on account of ill health in September 1918. Unfortunately, he died on the 18th October 1918, and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. Betsy Sands was left with three young children. During the war she lost two brothers: William H. Cart was killed in action in 1915, and Benjamin Thomas Cart died in Mespotamia in 1916.

In 1926 George Harry Sands married Minnie Wright.

In 1939 George and Minnie lived at 11, Havelock Cottages, Thurmaston. At that time George was employed as a general labourer. During the 1939-45 war George Harry Sands, who was known simply as George Sands, served in the army.

In 1941 George Harry Sands was serving as a private soldier with the 1st Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. He was in Malaya at the time of the Japanese invasion of the country, and was wounded in action at Gurun on the 16th December 1941. After the invasion he was posted as missing. One of his comrades in the regiment, Thurmaston man Bill Foster, later wrote in a letter to his sister G. Sands got hit but I think he must be all right it was right up in Malaya.

Unfortunately, Private, 4865747, George Sands became a guest of the Japanese, and after the fall of Singapore he was interned as a prisoner of war in Changi Prison, along with many others of the Leicestershire Regiment. He was later transferred by railway to Ban Pong, Thailand, and then on to No. 2. Prisoner of War Camp.

George Harry Sands died in Leicestershire in 1989.

 

Sargeant, John Bertram

 

John Bertram Sargeant was born in Leicester on the 16th January 1911. He was the son of John Sargeant, a shoe clicker, and his wife Sarah. When John Bertram was an infant he lived with his parents and three elder sisters at 61, Biddulph Street, Leicester.

In 1933 he married Doris Whitehouse. In 1939 John Bertram and Doris lived at 58, Checkland Avenue, Thurmaston. He served as a soldier during the war.

John Bertram Sargeant died in 1952.

 

Scattergood, Eric

 

Eric Scattergood was born in Leicester on the 16th October 1918. He was the son of George Scattergood, a carpenter, and his wife Annie Elizabeth, nee Spence. In 1911 the Scattergood family lived at 19, Thurcaston Road, Belgrave, Leicester.

Towards the end of 1918 Eric's father died at 38 years' of age. In 1922 his widowed mother married Alfred Towers. As a child Eric was a pupil at Harrison Road School, Leicester. In 1939 Eric lived with his mother and step-father lived at 7, Anchor Street, off Abbey Lane, Leicester. In 1939 Eric joined the army, having previously worked as a carpenter and joiner for Calverley's building firm. In his spare time he had also played football for Broadway Imps.

At Thurmaston church on the 25th January 1941 army pioneer Eric Scattergood married Alma Lois Coupe, the daughter of William and Kitty Coupe of 192, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. Soon after their marrriage Eric was sent overseas.

On the 17th February 1942, having fought against the Japanese army in Malaya, Private, 5776609, E. Scattergood, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment was captured at Singapore on the surrender of British Forces to the Japanese Army. Eric was subsequently made a prisoner-of-war and forced with thousands of others to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. He died on the 23rd March 1943 from the effects of Beri-Beri and Malaria.

He is buried in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand - Grave/Memorial 8. K. 23.

Eric's widow, Alma Lois Scattergood, remarried in 1949; she became the wife of George A. Simpson.

 

Scott, Alexander A.

 

In 1945 Alexander A. Scott of Maple Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Sewell, George Horace

 

George Horace Sewell was born on the 27th July 1913. He was the son of Arthur Sewell, a labouer, and his wife Emily Louisa, nee Dilkes.

In 1934 George married Rose E. Farrow. In 1939 the couple lived with their son, Keith, at 14, Reading Street, Thurmaston. At that time George worked as a joiner.

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

George Horace Sewell passed away during 1982.

 

Sharpe, Joseph Ernest

Joe Sharpe

 

Joseph Ernest Sharpe was born on the 26th July 1913. He was the son of James and Frances May Sharpe. Prior to the war, Joe Sharpe, as he was known, worked as a baker's deliveryman. In 1939 he lived with his parents and siblings at 336, Main Street, Thurmaston.

In 1940 Joe Sharpe joined the army. In 1942 Joe's father passed away and was interred in Thurmaston cemetery. In early 1943, whilst serving as Lance Corporal, 4862968, J. Sharpe, Leicestershire Regiment, he was posted missing. He was taken as a prisoner of war in Italy. Sometime after being held in an Italian POW camp, perhaps camp PG53 at Sforzacosta, Liguria; or camp PG82, Laterina, near Arezzo; by December 1943 he had been transferred to a prison camp in Germany.

In Germany he became prisoner 227191 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.

In 1951 Joe married Agnes Lenton. Joe's mother passed away during 1958 and was buried with her late husband.

Joseph Ernest Sharpe passed away on the 7th May 1987. A few months after his death his wife also passed away. The couple are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Sharpe, Ralph

 

Ralph Sharpe was born during 1921, the son of Harry Sharpe and his wife Maud, nee Freeman.

In 1939 the Sharpe family lived at a house named St. Helier, Highway Road, Thurmaston. Ralph's father worked as a clicker in the shoe trade.

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

 

Shaw, Frederick Alfred

 

Frederick Alfred Shaw was born on the 25th February 1915. He was the son of Frederick Shaw and his wife Lucy, nee Stirk. On the 9th February 1917 Frederick Alfred's father was killed in action whilst serving as Private, 3321, F. Shaw, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) Regiment. In 1918 Frederick Alfred's widowed mother remarried.

In 1939 Frederick Arthur's home address was that of his mother and step-father, Sidney Woodford, at 12, Winster Drive, Thurmaston. At that time Frederick Arthur was serving as Aircraftsman 1st Class, 527093, F. A. Shaw, 217 Squadron Royal Air Force.

In 1941 Frederick Alfred Shaw married Yorkshire born Eileen Mary Ellicock. Eileen lived with her parents at 417, Syston Road, Thurmaston.

Frederick Alfred Shaw passed away during 1987. His widow Eileen passed away during 2003.

 

Shaw, Howard

Howard Shaw The 1939-1945 Star

 

Howard Shaw was born on the 24th July 1913. He was the son of John Shaw and his wife Ann, nee Tierney. Howard had one sibling, an elder sister called Margery.

In Yorkshire during 1938 Howard married Constance Ruby Bugg, the daughter of James Nunn and his wife Florence, nee Griggs. In 1932 Constance had been married to one Edward Bugg.

After their marriage Howard and Connie set-up home at 5, Alexandra Street, Thurmaston. Howard worked as a railway goods porter. In 1940 Howard joined the army and served with the Chindits in Burma.

Howard Shaw passed away in 1986. His widow passed away during 2002.

To read a full account of Howard's military career click on the following link

Howard Shaw

 

Shephard, Joyce

 

Joyce Shephard was born in 1918. Her parents were Ernest Arthur Shephard and his wife Amy, nee Jiggins.

In 1939 Joyce lived with her parents at a house called Ardath, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston. Her father worked as a power house engineer.

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

 

Sherlock, John Thomas

 

In 1945 John Thomas Sherlock of 175, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Shuttlewood, Horace Harold

 

Horace Harold Shuttlewood was born in Leicestershire on the 5th January 1916.

In 1939 Horace lived with his mother and step-father in Melton Mowbray. In 1941 he married May J. Pace. In 1944 Horace was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces, and at that time his wife was living at 305, Main Street, Thurmaston.

Horace Harold Shuttlewood died in Leicestershire during 1978.

 

Sibson, Norman Louis

 

Norman Louis Sibson was born on the 23rd April 1916. He was the son of John Louis Sibson and his wife, Nellie Rebecca, nee Beck.

Prior to the war Norman worked as a umbrella frame maker and lived with his parents at 16, Alexandra Street, Thurmaston. Norman's father passed away during 1943.

In 1945 Norman Louis Sibson was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. He was still then a resident at 16, Alexandra Street, Thurmaston, the home of his widowed mother.

Norman Louis Sibson passed away during 1994.

 

Siddons, Harry

 

In 1945 Harry Siddons of 1, Church Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Sikes, John Cecil

 

John Cecil Sikes was born in Leicestershire on the 16th February 1923.

Prior to the war John worked as an ironmonger's assistant and lived at 11, Canal Street, Thurmaston.

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

 

Simpson, Francis Frederic

 

Francis Frederick Simpson was born on the 7th October 1908. He was the son of Frank Simpson, a Leicester Corporation tramway motorman, and Edith Sibson, nee Teear. When Francis was an infant he lived with his parents at 12, Gipsy Lane, Leicester.

In 1935 Francis married Kathleen Caroline Barrow. In 1939, when Francis was working as a junior manager for a shoe machinery company, he and his wife lived at 118A, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

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

Francis Frederick Simpson died on the 28th May 1986 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Kathleen Simpson died during 2002.

 

Simpson, William Ernest

 

In 1945 William Ernest Simpson of 6, Hill Rise, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Smart, Bertie Horace

 

Bertie Horace Smart was born in Leicester on the 26th February 1909. He was the son of Harry Smart, an engineer's fitter and turner, and his wife Maud Caroline, nee Taylor. When Bertie was an infant he lived with his parents and sister at 27, Cork Street, Leicester. In 1940 Bertie Horace Smart married Edna Bates. The couple lived at 26, Main Street, Thurmaston.

In 1941 Bertie was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Bertie Horace Smart died during 1960.

 

Smith, Reginald Archibald

Archie Smith

1939-45 StarAtlantic StarAfrica StarBurma StarBritish War Medal

 

In 1911 the Smith family lived in a 5 roomed house on Church Street, Thurmaston. The head of the household was Thurmaston born basketmaker Ernest Smith. His home and children were in the care of his wife Gertrude, nee Hewick. She had been born in Tadcaster, Yorkshire.

Reginald Archibald Smith, Archie, as he was known, was born in Thurmaston on the 21st August 1918. When he came into the world he was Ernest and Gertrude's third son and was to be the youngest of their seven children.

In 1939 Archie was living with his parents and married elder sister, Eva, at 11, Church Street, Thurmaston. Archie was employed as a dyer's labourer. With the outbreak of war, Archie was called-up for service He joined the Royal Navy and underwent training at HMS Pembroke, Chatham, Kent. He was at the naval base in May 1940 to witness the arrival of Dutch sailors who had fled their German occupied country.

Archie Smith trained as a gunner, and by the end of June 1940 he transferred to the Royal Naval Depot at Felixstowe. He later served aboard defensively equipped merchant ships (DEMS), travelling to South Africa and beyond; his medals reflect the theatres of war in which he served..

After the war Archie returned to the Smith family home at 11, Church Street, Thurmaston. In 1948 he married Margaret A. Webb.

For his service during the 1939-1945 war Archie Smith received the 1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Burma Star, and the British War Medal.

Reginald Archibald Smith died in Leicestershire in 1998. He is interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Smith, Eric Albert

 

In 1939 Eric Albert Smith married Gladys, the daughter of William and Alice Hextall, of 53, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston.

In 1945 Eric, who was then regsitered to vote from the Oakland Avenue address, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Smith, Ernest Henry

Ernie Smith

 

Ernest Henry Smith, who lived at 333, Main Street, Thurmaston, with his wife Frances Emily, was serving with the Royal Air Force in 1945.

A picture of Ernest on the day of his wedding to Frances Emily Sharpe can be seen by clicking on the following link - Wedding day.

Ernie Smith, as he was known, was a passionate cycle racer, taking part in events organised by the Leicestershire Road Club. Even at the age of 66 years' old he was clocking-up racing times that put younger riders to shame.

Ernie Smith died during the 1990's.

 

Smith, Harry

 

In 1940 Thurmaston born family man Harry Smith was killed in an air raid that took place on Birmingham.

See WWI index Harry Smith

 

Smith, John

 

John Smith was born in Thurmaston during 1917, the son of Arthur Smith and his wife Emily Blanche, nee Toon. John's father worked as a gardener and was also the Sexton of Thurmaston Cemetery.

In 1939 John was living with his parents and siblings at 2, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston.

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

John Smith passed away during 1997. He is interred with his parents in Thurmaston Cemetery.

His brother, Sidney Smith, also served during the 1939-45 war..

 

Smith, John George

 

In 1945 John George Smith of 9, Melton Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Smith, John Thomas

 

John Thomas Smith was born on the 28th May 1912.

In 1937 John married Lucy I. Pole, the daughter of Thurmaston man Arthur Pole and his wife Hannah, nee Horsepool. In 1939 the couple were living at 24, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston. John worked as a master butcher and his wife was employed as a hosiery mender.

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

John's wife passed away during 1960, she was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery with her father.

It is believed that John Thomas Smith died during 1973.

 

Smith, Louis

 

In 1941 Louis Smith married Margaret E. Bramley, who lived with her widowed mother, Sarah, at 15, Highway Road, Thurmaston.

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

 

Smith, Louis Edward

 

Louis Edward Smith was born on the 6th May 1913. He was the son of Wilfrid Louis Smith and his wife Clara, nee Ablett.

In 1939 Louis lived with his parents at 112, Main Street, Thurmaston. He was then employed as a milk roundsman. His father was a pig and poultry farmer.

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

Louis Edward Smith died on the 1st February 1992. He is interred in Thurmaston Cemetery, where his parents are also buried.

Smith, Sidney

 

Sidney Smith was born in Thurmaston during 1921, the son of Arthur Smith and his wife Emily Blanche, nee Toon. Sidney's father worked as a gardener and was also the Sexton of Thurmaston Cemetery.

In 1939 Sidney was living with his parents and siblings at 2, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston.

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

His brother, John Smith, also served during the 1939-45 war..

Sidney's parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Smith, Wilfred

 

Wilfred Smith, Wilf Smith as he was known, was born on the 1st April 1918. He was the son of Arthur and Rosina Smith.

In 1939 Wilf was living with his parents at 62, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston. Wilf's father worked as a brickyard labourer and his mother had a part-time cleaning job. Wilf was employed as a stockman and orderrman by a textile company.

In 1941 Wilf, who was then serving as a Lance Corporal in the army, married Olive Gertrude Knight. the daughter of Albert Clement and Gertrude Knight of 5, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. At the time of her marriage Olive was a serving member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (A.T.S.).

Souter, James

James Souter

 

James Souter was born on the 13th May 1908.

In about 1935 he married Ethel, the daughter of Thomas Anthony Clayton, a circular-frame hosiery worker, and his wife Ethel, nee Earl. Ethel had been born in Thurmaston on the 22nd June 1913.

In 1939 James and Ethel lived at 50, Garden Street, Thurmaston, with their two sons. James worked as a carpenter and joiner. In 1940 Ethel gave birth to a daughter. During the war James joined the army and served overseas. It is understood the picture attached to the following link was taken in Africa - James Souter. Later James served in India as Sergeant J. Souter of the Royal Engineers.

James Souter only ever told his family about the happier times of his military service, and never chose to apply for medals in relationship to his service during the war.

James Souter died during 1988. His wife passed away in about 1992.

 

Sowerbutts, Leslie Ernest

 

Leslie Ernest Sowerbutts was born in Leicestershire during 1924. He was the son of Ernest Sowerbutts and his wife Maria, nee Biddles.

In 1939 Leslie lived with his parents at 5, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston. His father worked as a centre lathe turner. In 1945 Leslie, then serving in His Majesty's Forces, was resident at his parents home address, which was then 13, Winster Drive, Thurmaston.

He married at Thurmaston during July 1948. Leslie Ernest Sowerbutts passed away suddenly on the 27th September 2012. His funeral service was held at Thurmaston parish church on the 12th October 2012.

 

Spicer, Arthur

 

Arthur Spicer was born in Leicestershire during 1917. He was the son of Ernest Spicer and his wife Clara Ellen, nee Read.

In 1939 Arthur liverd with his parents at 10, Dorothy Avenue, Thurmaston. Athur's father worked as a bicycle dealer and repairer.

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

 

Staples, Mark Brown

 

Mark Brown Staples was born in Uppingham in the County of Rutland on the 12th July 1902. He was the son of Mark Brown Staples and his wife Sarah, nee Elton. His father died in 1906.

In 1911 Mark lived with his widowed mother, Sarah, and his two sisters and a brother, in a house that was part of Thimble Row, Uppingham. However, by 1929 he was living in Leicester with his mother and youngest sister, Edith Annie Staples, at 76, Grange Lane. Shortly thereafter he moved with his mother to 52, Norman Street, Leicester. In 1936 he married Ada A. E. Blow and the couple lived at 18, Hardy's Avenue, Thurmaston. Mark worked as a painter and decorator.

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

Mark Brown Staples passed away in Leicestershire during 1987.

 

Starkie, Charles Frederick

 

Charles Frederick Starkie was born on the 6th February 1914.

In 1939 Charles, who worked in the building trade as a joiner, lived with his wife Sylvia I. Starkie, nee Barnacle, at 34, Sandiacre Drive Thurmaston.

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

Charles Frederick Starkie died during 2000.

 

Stevens, Alan Templar

Alan Stevens British War Medal

 

Alan Templar Stevens was born on the 11th October 1925, the third son of Arthur Cyril Stevens and his wife Betsy, nee Templar. In 1944 he joined the Merchant Navy. Fireman (Greaser), R321646, Alan T. Stevens, served aboard ships in the North Atlantic, and others which took him to Europe.

He left the merchant service in 1947. In recognition of his services he received the British War Medal.

His brothers Arthur Leslie Stevens and Walter George Derek Stevens served in the army. Post-war his youngest brother, James Bernard Stevens, also served in the army.

Mr. Alan Templar Stevens passed away on the 3rd October 2012. His funeral service was held at Thurmaston parish church on the 23rd October 2012.

 

Stevens, Arthur Leslie

RSM Arthur L Stevens

1939-45 StarFrance and Germany StarDefence MedalBritish War MedalGeneral Service Medal Cyprus Clasp and MIDArmy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

 

Arthur Leslie Stevens, Les, as he was known, was born on the 4th June 1920, the eldest son of Arthur Cyril Stevens and his wife Betsy, nee Templar. When war was declared in 1939 Les already had the experience of military life; he had enlisted into the Grenadier Guards during 1938. The following year, 1940, he was amongst those who were lucky to be successfully evacuated from Dunkirk, following the German Blitzkrieg that had pushed the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) back to the sea. He returned to Europe after D-Day and fought through France and Germany with the Guards Armoured Division. He took part in the Arnhem Operation, which included the capture of the bridge at Nijmegen, Holland.

Post-war Les Stevens remained with the Grenadier Guards. He served in Cyprus during the EOKA troubles of 1955-59, during which time he was mentioned in despatches. The award was recorded in the Supplement to the London Gazette, on the 30th September 1958. The War Office made known that The Queen had been graciously pleased to approve several names to be mentioned, in recognition of gallant and distinguished serivces in Cyprus for the period 1st January to 30th June 1958.

Arthur Leslie Stevens completed his military service in 1962.

The photograph at left was taken after 1958. By clicking on the following link a larger image of RSM Stevens may be seen. In the photograph that will appear he is wearing the ribbons of the medals shown at left. His General Service Medal ribbon is decorated with an Oak Leaf, a recognition of his mention in despatches. The Long Service and Good Conduct medal (army) was awarded after eighteen years' service.

Arthur Leslie Stevens passed away in 1994.

His brother Alan Templar Stevens served in the Merchant Navy during the 1939-45 war, whilst his brother Walter George Derek Stevens served in the army. James Bernard Stevens, the younger brother of RSM Stevens also had post-war service with the Grenadier Guards.

 

Stevens, James Bernard

James Bernard Stevens General Service Medal Malaya Clasp

 

James Bernard Stevens was the fourth son of Arthur Cyril Stevens and his wife Betsy, nee Templar. James was born on the 1st November 1930 and was too young to see service during the 1939-1945 war. His record of service is shown here to complement the story of his three older brothers, who each served during the war.

James B. Stevens joined the army in 1947 to carry out his National Service. He served as Lance Sergeant, 21056781, J. B. Stevens, 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The photograph at left was taken at Kajang, Malaya, in 1949. James was one of the hundred thousand British soldiers who served in Malaya between 1948-1960, the majority of whom were National Servicemen. For those that took part in the Malayan campaign, which was undertaken to crush communist insurgents, they received the General Service Medal with the clasp 'Malaya'.

His elder brothers were Arthur Leslie Stevens, Walter George Derek Stevens and Alan Templar Stevens.

 

Stevens, Walter George Derek

Walter G D Stevens

1939-45 Star France and Germany Star Defence Medal British War Medal

 

Walter George Derek Stevens was born on the 30th July 1921, he was the second son of Arthur Cyril Stevens and his wife Betsy, nee Templar. He joined the army in 1942. In 1944, after D-Day, Private Stevens served in France and Germany with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), which had been formed in 1942. In 1945 Walter's home address was at 342, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

For his service during the 1939-1945 war he received the 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, and the British War Medal.

Walter George Derek Steven's passed away on the 24th May 2007.

His brother Alan Templar Stevens served in the Merchant Navy during the 1939-45 war, whilst his brother Arthur Leslie Stevens served with the Grenadier Guards. Post-war his youngest brother, James Bernard Stevens, also served with the Grenadier Guards.

 

Stokes, Leslie Mark

Les Stokes British War Medal

 

Leslie Mark Stokes was born in West Hartlepool, County Durham, during 1926, the son of Thomas Mark Stokes and his wife Lavinia, nee Chapman. Les Stokes, as he is known, returned to Leicestershire with his family during 1936, and moved to Thurmaston in 1937. In 1939 the family lived at 27, Winster Drive. The family had older Thurmaston connections, Les's grandfather, Mark Stokes, had been born in the parish.

At eighteen years' of age Les Stokes joined the Royal Navy, having previously been employed by the British United Shoe Machinery Company (BUSMC), Leicester, and at the Taylorcraft Aircraft factory at Thurmaston. He joined up on the 29th January 1944, and proceeded to Malvern to undergo initial basic training.

As Stoker, 2nd Class, KX6021874, Stokes, Les served at HMS Drake, His Majesty's Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport. Stoker Stokes was not employed afloat, his time was spent on the boiler cleaning and maintenance of ships that entered the dockyard at Devonport.

Eventually, Les was discharged to the special reserve, and worked in Birmingham for British Railways. After the war he married Georgina Wood, and the couple lived in and had their family in Thurmaston.

For his wartime home service with the Royal Navy Leslie Mark Stokes received the British War Medal. To see a larger picture of this man click on the following link Leslie Mark Stokes .

Les's father Thomas Mark Stokes served in the army during the Great War of 1914-1918, to find out more about Les's father click on the following link - Thomas Mark Stokes

 

Stratford, Ralph William

 

Ralph William Stratford was born on the 9th June 1911.

In 1939 he lived with his wife, Edith M. Stratford, nee Hambleton, at a house called Avonford, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston. Ralph worked at a lithographic transfer printing works.

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

Ralph William Stratford passed away during 1997.

 

Strong, Albert

Albert Strong

 

Albert Strong was born at Thurmaston on the 6th September 1926. He was the son of Albert and Florence Strong, and the grandson of Walter Strong.

In 1939 Albert, who was then still at school, lived with his parents at the 10th House on Unicorn Street, Thurmaston. His father worked as a shoe clicker. In the photograph at left Albert Strong is wearing a side cap with the badge of the Leicestershire Regiment. It is believed that he transferred from the Leicestershire Regiment to the South Staffordshire Regiment, in the latter of which he was made a corporal. He served as a military policman in the closing stages of the 1939-45 War.

Albert Strong married Nancy M. Cramp, with whom he had a son and a daughter. Albert Strong died in 2002. His uncle Horace Strong also served in His Majesty's Forces during the 1939-1945 War.

Strong, Horace

 

Horace Strong was born at Thurmaston on the 14th February 1912, the son of Walter Strong and his wife Lilian Mary, nee Wright. In 1934 Horace, a hosiery counterman, married Edna Brookes, a hosiery mender. In 1939 they lived at 10, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston.

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

Horace and Edna had two sons. Horace died in 1965 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. His widow, Edna, who was remarried in 1968, died in 1996, and was interred with Horace.

Horace's nephew Albert Strong also served in His Majesty's Forces during the 1939-1945 War.

 

Sunderland, Harold Edward

 

In 1945 Harold Edward Sunderland of 224, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Sykes, Leslie Arthur

 

Leslie Arthur Sykes, a painter by trade, served as a steward in the Royal Navy. In 1941 he and his wife, Mabel Joan, nee Woodford, lived at 56, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston.

 

Tasker, Joshua

 

Joshua Tasker was born on the 24th August 1913. He was the son of Joshua Tasker and his wife Emma, nee Lockley.

Prior to the war Joshua lived with his parents at 12, Hawthorne Road, Chester, and he worked as a market gardener.

In 1945 he was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. He and his wife Margaret E. Tasker, nee Martin, had their home at 496, Melton Road, Thurmaston.

Joshua Tasker passed away during 1994.

 

Tebbutt, Leonard Frederick

 

Leonard Frederick Tebbutt was born in the parish of Belgrave, Leicestershire on the 19th July 1907. He was the son of Fred and Eliza Tebbutt. His father worked as a pavior's labourer. When Leonard was an infant he lived with his parents and siblings at 39, The Green, Bath Street, Belgrave, Leicester.

In 1928 Leonard married Gertrude Gant. In 1939 the couple lived with their children at 6, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston. He worked as a street pavior for Leicester Corporation. He also had duties connected to being a member of an Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) Decontamination Squad.

In 1945 Leonard, then of 32, Canal Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. On the 2nd July 1951 Leonard's wife passed away. She was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Leonard Frederick Tebbutt died on the 18th April 1983 and was buried with his late wife.

 

Tibbles, Frederick James

 

Frederick James Tibbles was born in the Burnley area on the 12th December 1920. He was the son of Frederick Tibbles and his wife Martha, nee Brotherhood.

In 1939 Frederick lived with his parents and siblings at 34, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston. Frederick's father worked as a coal roundsman.

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

Frederick James Tibbles passed away in Nottinghamshire during 1993..

 

Tinkler, William Adkin

 

William Adkin Tinkler was born in Frisby-on-the-Wreake on the 26th July 1914. He was the son of William Robert Tinkler, the village blacksmith, and his wife Sarah Elizabeth, nee Storer. In 1924 William's father died. William was a popular young man in his home village. He was a member of the church choir, a bell-ringer, and secretary and captain of the football club.

In 1935 William, left Frisby-on-the-Wreake to join the Royal Air Force, with the intention of training as a wireless operator. In 1937 William married Iseult Ena E. Urry. In 1939 the couple lived with their son in Yew Tree Cottage, Exton Road, Oakham. At that time William was serving as Corporal, 523154, W. A. Tinkler, at the Royal Air Force Station, Cottesemore, Rutland.

By 1944 William was serving as a Flight Sergeant in the R.A.F. In 1945 William's home address was 48, Highway Road, Thurmaston. On the 24th October 1945 William was appointed under wartime emergency as a Pilot Officer (57503), on probation, with the Royal Air Force Regiment.

After the war William was confirmed and appointed as a Flying Officer with the R.A.F. Regiment.

William Adkin Tinkler died in Wales during 2003.

 

Todd, John

 

John Todd of 33, Westdown Drive, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces in late 1945.

 

Toon, James Herbert

 

James Herbert Toon, or Bert Toon, as he was known, was born in Thurmaston in 1913. He was the son of Joseph Herbert Toon and his wife Sarah Jane, nee Sarson.

In 1939 James Herbert Toon was serving in His Majesty's Forces, at which time his home address was 10, Harrison Road, Thurmaston. James Herbert's family had some experience of service to their country. His maternal grandfather, Joseph Sarson of Syston, had served, from the 22nd January 1870, for over 10 years in the Royal Marine Light Infantry. His grandfather had been based at Chatham, Kent, where James Herbert's mother had been born in around 1882. During the Great War James Herbert's father, Joseph Herbert Toon, had served in the army.

In 1944 Lance Corporal, 2614596, J. H. Toon, Grenadier Guards, a married man, was reported missing. He was captured and became a prisoner of war. Bert Toon became prisoner 278755, and was held at Stalag IV-B, Mühlberg/Elbe, Brandenburg, Germany.

On the 23rd April 1945 the camp was liberated by soldiers of the Soviet Army.

James Herbert Toon died in Leicestershire in 1962.

 

Toon, Ronald William

 

Ronald William Toon was born in Leicestershire on the 17th July 1914. He was the son of Frank William Toon and his wife Emma May, nee Harding.

In 1945 Ronald, who was then living at his parent's house, 257, Main Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Ronald William Toon died on the 29th November 1988 and was interred in the grave of his parents in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Topley, George Horace

 

George Horace Topley was born in the Loughborough area of Leicestershire on the 24th June 1912. He was the son of Edward William Topley and his wife Sarah Ann, nee West.

In 1939 George was living with his parents at Merton Cottages, Barkby, Leicestershire. At that time George was working as an accounts clerk for the Leicester Corporation Electricity Company.

In 1945 George, who was then living at 39, Westdown Drive, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

George Horace Topley died in Leicestershire during 1999.

 

Toseland, Alfred

 

In 1945 Alfred Toseland of 2, Ellmore Cottages, Syston Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Towe, Frederick Arthur

 

Frederick Arthur Towe was born on the 1st May 1922. He was the son of Frederick Towe and his wife Jane, nee Piggin.

In 1939 Frederick lived with his parents and sister, Marjorie, at 124, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. At that time Frederick worked as a an accounts junior clerk. Outside of work he was a member of the No. 51 Squadron (2nd City of Leicester) Air Defence Cadet Corps. The Corps was the forerunner of the Air Training Corps (A.T.C.). He was also qualified in Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) First Aid.

In February 1945 Frederick married Masie Smith, a draughtswoman, of Leicester, at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Thurmaston. At the time of his marriage Frederick was serving as an armourer with the Royal Air Force.

Frederick's wife passed away during 1997. Frederick Arthur Towe passed way in Leicestershire during 2002. Frederick's parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Towe, Gerald Edward

Gerald Towe

 

Gerald Edward Towe was born on the 5th August 1918. He was the son of Isaac Daniel Towe and his wife Bertha Alice, nee Bond, of 1, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston.

Sergeant, 742440, Pilot, Gerald Edward Towe, 220 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on the 19th March 1941.

For more details about Gerald click on the link Sergeant Towe

Gerald Edward Towe is commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

Gerald's parents are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Townsend, Clifford

 

Clifford Townsend was born in 1919. He was the son of John William Townsend and his wife Blanche, nee Wilkinson Bird. His father died in 1937.

In 1939 Clifford was living with his widowed mother and eight siblings at 119, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

In 1944 his younger brother, Dennis Townsend, died whilst serving with the army.

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

Clifford's younger brother, Maurice Edwin Townsend, also served with His Majesty's Forces during the 1939-1945 War.

 

Townsend, Dennis

 

Dennis Townsend was born in Leicester on the 28th September 1923. He was the son of John William Townsend and his wife Blanche, nee Wilkinson Bird. His father died in 1937.

In 1939 Dennis was living with his widowed mother and eight siblings at 119, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

On the 23rd September 1944, Lance Corporal, T/14259964, Dennis Townsend, 297th General Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.) died. He is buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands - Grave 14.C.1.

Dennis Townsend's headstone is cut with a family dedication that in one form or another has been in use from the late Victorian period - The cup was bitter the loss severe to part with one we loved so dear.

He is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

His elder brothers, Clifford Townsend and Maurice Edwin Townsend, also served with His Majesty's Forces during the 1939-1945 War.

 

Townsend, Maurice Edwin

 

Maurice Edwin Townsend was born on the 18th September 1920. He was the son of John William Townsend and his wife Blanche, nee Wilkinson Bird. His father died in 1937.

In 1939 Maurice was living with his widowed mother and eight siblings at 119, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

In 1944 his younger brother, Dennis Townsend died whilst serving with the army. In 1945 Maurice was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

His elder brother, Clifford Townsend, also served with His Majesty's Forces during the 1939-1945 War.

Maurice Edwin Townsend died during 1996.

 

Turner, Charles Keymer

 

Charles Keymer Turner was born in Leicester on the 2nd March 1909. He was the son of John James Turner, a boot repairer, and his wife Sarah Ann Jenny Turner, nee Bunn. When Charles was an infant the Turner family lived at 95, Harrison Road, Leicester.

During 1929 Charles married Annie Elizabeth Cannon, who was born in Thurmaston on the 12th December 1908, the daughter Alfred George Cannon and his wife Edith Cannon, nee Stafford.

In 1939 the couple were living with their son and daughter at 18, Garden Street, Thurmaston. At that time Charles was working as a trunk and suitcase maker and a producer of leather goods of all types.

In 1945 Charles was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. Charles's brothers-in-law, Alec George Cannon and Alfred Cannon both served in His Majesty's Forces during the war.

Charles was the inventor of a patent shoe display case that was manufactured by Potterton of Leicester. His patent design was registered in 1958.

Charles' wife passed away on the 12th February 1985. He died on the 25th March 1986. The couple are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

Wakefield, Jack

Corporal Jack Wakefield British War Medal

 

Jack Wakefield moved to Thurmaston with his parents and his elder brother, Des, in 1937, where they occupied a new house, at what later became 221, Checkland's Road. The house was also to be home to Jack's younger brother, Michael.

Although Jack received some of his education at Thurmaston National School, most was received at Roundhill Secondary School. At 14 years' of age Jack entered the world of work, taking-up an office job at Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (later known as Auster Aircraft), at the Britannia Works, Thurmaston. However, having reached calling-up age, Jack, received his papers for military service in March 1945.

His time with the army began on the 1st April 1945, with six weeks of primary training, which were undertaken at Bugbrook Barracks, Warwickshire. This was followed by a posting to the No. 1 Training Battalion of the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), stationed at Skegness, Lincolnshire. Even though VE-Day and VJ-Day had been celebrated, in September 1945, having completed a driver training course, Jack found he was to go overseas.

Jack was embarked aboard the requisitioned Southern Railways ferry the Dinard, which took him to Calais. After an overnight stop at a transit camp, he then travelled by railway train to the South of France. His destination was Toulon harbour, where Jack was embarked aboard ship, which then sailed across the Mediterranean Sea for Port Said, Egypt. His ultimate destination was Tel-el-Kabir, Egypt, which he reached after a journey by train and military transport. Tel-el-Kabir was a large supply and ordnance depot, which housed military repair shops, and was also home to a military hospital.

However, after sometime, owing to a surplus of RASC drivers, he was posted to the General Headquarters in Cairo, there to take-up a clerk's job until his demobilisation in March 1948. On his release from the Army, Corporal, S/14966180, Jack Wakefield returned to Thurmaston, where he lived until he married his wife, Rosemary, whereupon he moved to Rothley, Leicestershire.

Mr. Wakefield still lives in Leicestershire and has many fond memories of his years in Thurmaston.

For his wartime service with the RASC Jack Wakefield received the British War Medal.

 

Wallington, Geoffrey

 

In late 1945 Geoffrey Wallington, who was resident at 118, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. He remained in the forces until about 1947.

Wallis, Albert Ernest

Bert Wallis

 

Albert Ernest Wallis, Bert Wallis as he was known, was born in Leicestershire during 1918. He was the son of Albert Wallis, who had been born in Naseby, Northamptonshire, and his wife Amelia Elizabeth, nee Cave, who had been born in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.

On the 3rd February 1938 Bert Wallis's father passed away, and his 27 years' old sister, Ada May, died within a month of her father. They were interred in the same grave in Thurmaston Cemetery.

During the war Bert Wallis joined the army. Private, 5051790, A. E. Wallis, 2/6th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, died on the 8th July 1944, in Normandy, France.

At the time of his death, Bert's mother lived at 8, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. Phyllis J. Wallis, Bert's wife, and their daughter lived at 82, Melton Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire. Before the war Bert had worked as a hairdresser's assistant.

Albert Ernest Wallis is buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France (Grave 4.B.14). He is commemorated on the War Memorial at Thurmaston.

 

Ward, Archibald Ernest

 

In 1945 Archibald Ernest Ward, who lived at a house called Alton, Hillcroft Close, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Ward, Roy

 

In 1945 Roy Ward of 124, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Ward, Thomas William

 

Thomas William Ward was born on the 17th March 1889.

On the 12th September 1914 Thomas married Winefride Mary Barratt. The couple had two children, Thomas Norman Ward, who was born in 1913 and Kenneth John Ward who was born in 1917. The Ward family lived at 16, Wood Hill, Leicester

On the 10th December 1915 Thomas, who worked as a clerk, was attested to the army. However, it was not until the 30th April 1917 that he was mobilized for service. Rather, than joining the army he was called-up to the ranks of the Royal Flying Corps. As airman 3/AM, 80236, T. W. Ward he worked as a rigger. He transferred to the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) when it was formed on the 1st April 1918.

After the war, on the 26th April 1919 Thomas was transferred to the 'G' Class R.A.F. Reserve. Between the wars he worked as a manager for a haulage contractor. However, on the 29th June 1939 he enlisted in the Class 'E' R.A.F. Reserve, and was mobilised for service on the declaration of war against Germany.

So in 1939 he left his home and family at 49, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, to once again serve with the R.A.F.

Thomas's wife passed away on the 22nd February 1972 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery. Thomas died on the 29th December 1977 and was buried with his late wife.

 

Warner, George William

 

In 1945 George William Warner of 17, Garden Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Waters, Arthur W.

Arthur Waters

 

Arthur W. Waters was born in Leicester during 1923. He was the son of Arthur and Florence Waters.

In 1942 Arthur's father married Mrs. Alice Bates, nee Ellis, the widow of Ernest William Bates, who had died in Thurmaston in 1934. Arthur and Alice lived at 13, Brook Street, Thurmaston.

On the 19th May 1942 at Maryport Arthur had signed on as a cook aboard the Dutch merchant vessel Leny. On the 23rd June 1942 the ship, which was carrying a cargo of coal from Swansea to Poole, struck a magnetic mine east of the Old Harry Rocks, part of the Isle of Purbeck, off the Dorset coast. The Leny sank as a result of the explosion and Arthur was lost at sea. Only two people aboard the vessel survived.

Arthur's loss is recorded by the Netherlands War Graves Foundation.

Arthur's father and step-mother, Arthur and Alice Waters, are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Watkins, Frederick Charles

 

In 1945 Frederick Charles Watkins of 373, Main Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Wells, Herbert Harold

 

Herbert Harold Wells was born on the 30th October 1912. He was the son of John Arthur Wells and his wife Nellie, nee Merrall, who, in 1911, had been resident at 70, Haddon Street, Leicester.

In 1933 Herbert married Hilda Thompson. In 1939 the couple were living at 2, Reading Street, Thurmaston, along with their children. At that time Herbert worked as a carpenter and joiner.

In 1940 Herbert was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

Hilda Wells died on the 24th December 1982. Herbert Harold Wells died on the 5th October 1987. The couple are buried together in Thurmaston Cemnetery.

 

Wells, Leonard Walter

 

In 1945 Leonard Walter Wells of 8, Beechwood Avenue, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Wells, Percy Ernest

 

Percy Ernest Wells was a serving soldier during 1943-1945. He and his wife, Vera Margaret, lived at 246, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston.

 

West, Arthur James

 

Arthur James West was born on the 23rd June 1915. He was the son of James West and his wife Ethel, nee Parker.

In 1939 Arthur was living with his parents and siblings at 20, Barkby Thorpe Road, Thurmaston. At that time Arthur was working as a carpenter and joiner.

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

Arthur James West died in Leicestershire during 2004.

 

West, Arthur Wilfred

 

Arthur Wilfred West was born on the 8th September 1906.

In 1939 Arthur and his wife, Sarah, were living at 2, Oakland Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time Arthur was employed as a hosiery waste sorter.

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

 

West, Ernest Frederick

 

Ernest Frederick West was born on the 21st November 1917. He was the son of James West and his wife Ethel, nee Parker.

In 1939 Ernest was living with his parents and siblings at 20, Barkby Thorpe Road, Thurmaston. At that time Ernest was working as an assistant grocer.

In 1945 Ernest was a serving in the army with the Royal Signals Regiment.

Ernest Frederick West died in Leicestershire during 2002.

 

West, Kenneth Joseph

Ken West

 

Kenneth Joseph West, Ken as he is known, was born during 1922. His parents were James West and his wife Ethel, nee Parker.

In 1939 Ken was living with his parents and siblings at 20, Barkby Thorpe Road, Thurmaston.

During the war Ken served as Fusilier, 14638023, K. J. West, 11th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.

Ken's experiences as a soldier are told in his book - An' Its Called A Tam O'Shanter and in another book entitled Some Were Lucky. The latter book is available as a second edition. Use the following link to email the author for more details - Some Were Lucky (2nd Edition, 2016).

 

Weston, James

Jim Weston

 

James Weston, Jim as he was known, was born in Leicester on the 3rd November 1912. He was the eldest son of James Henry Weston and his wife Susannah, nee Manship.

In 1937, on his marriage to Ethel May, the daughter of Henry Foster and his wife Ethel May, nee Hewick, of Thurmaston, he moved to the village and lived with his wife, who was known as Cis Weston, at 24, Highway Road, Thurmaston, a house that was to become home to their daughter.

Jim worked at the British United Shoe Machinery Company (BUSMC), Leicester, and from the outbreak of war was placed on a reserved occupation list. He was a skilled patternmaker and during the war he was employed in the manufacturing of gun and aero-engine parts. During 1944 he served as Private J. Weston, Home Guard, Leicestershire Regiment.

The couple later lived on Thurmaston's Main Street. Cis Weston died on the 18th February 1993. Jim Weston passed away on the 14th February 2004. The couple are interred together in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Whatley, William Arthur

 

William Arthur Whatley was born in Leicestershire on the 17th October 1920. He was the son of Arthur Whatley and his wife Margaret, nee Tyers.

In 1939 William lived with his parents and siblings at 26, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston. At that time he was employed as a boot and shoe tacker.

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

 

Wheildon, Kenneth James

 

Kenneth James Wheildon was born in Leicestershire on the 13th April 1922. He was the son of James Wheildon and his wife Lydia, nee Rawlings. She had formerly been the wife of one Edward Moore.

In 1939 Kenneth was living with his parents at 43, Melton Avenue, Thurmaston. His father was a Nursery Hand and Market Gardener. In 1945 Kenneth was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

In 1952 Kenneth married Freda G. Morris.

Kenneth James Wheildon died in 1983 in the Nuneaton area.

 

Whitbread, Cecil Henry George "Jim"

 

Cecil Henry George Whitbread, Jim Whitbread as he was known, was born in Derbyshire on the 8th November 1915. He was the son of Leonard Cecil Whitbread and his wife Florence Amelia, nee Hales.

In 1939 Jim was living with his parents at 59, Fosseway. At that time he was working as a Land Agent & Surveyor's Assistant, probably in the employ of his father, who was a Chartered Land Agent. In 1941 Jim married Irene Heath.

Jim served in Italy during the war. He was still with His Majesty's Forces in 1945, at that time his home address was 482, Melton Road, Thurmaston.

Cecil Henry George Jim Whitbread died in Leicestershire during 1981.

 

Whitelaw, Percy Harold

 

Percy Harold Whitelaw was born in Meerut, India, on the 3rd September 1927; and when he and his family returned to England he lived in Thurmaston. He attended Roundhill School. He joined the army cadets whilst at Roundhill School, whose training activities were carried out in the sandpits near the school.

Percy joined the army in about March 1945, and was posted to Palace Barracks, Holywood, near Belfast, Northern Ireland. He then served at Budbrooke Barracks, Warwickshire.

Eventually, he was sent as a training instructor to a pre Officer Cadet Training Unit (O.C.T.U.) at Wrotham, Kent. The camp was disbanded, so Pervy was transferred to the Mons Barracks, Basic O.C.T.U., Aldershot. He was then posted to Sandhurst.

In 1948 Percy returned to Leicestershire and married Margaret Frearson.

Percy Harold Whitelaw died in Leicestershire during 1976.

 

Whitmee, Alan H.

 

Alan H. Whitmee was born in Leicestershire in 1926. His father was Joseph H. Whitmee and his mother was Frances E. Whitmee, nee Strong.

The early part of Alan's life was spent in Thurmaston.

In 1942 he joined the ranks of the Warwickshire Regiment. After the end of the war he returned home. His parents lived at 30, Methuen Avenue. After the war Alan married Winifred I. Weston.

Joseph Henry Whitmee, Alan's father, served in the forces during the 1939-45 War.

Alan's parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Whitmee, Joseph Henry

 

Joseph Henry Whitmee was born in Leicestershire on the 2nd June 1902.

In 1945 he was serving in His Majesty's Forces. His home address was at 30, Methuen Avenue, Thurmaston, where he lived with his wife Frances, nee Strong..

Alan H. Whitmee, Joseph and Frances's son, served in the army during the 1939-45 War.

Joseph H. Whitmee died on the 8th August 1984 and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery. His widow, Frances, passed away on the 17th November 1994. She was buried with her late husband.

 

Wholton, Stanley William

 

Stanley William Wholton was born in Leicestershire on the 26th October 1913. He was the son of Leicester born George William Wholton and his wife Gertrude Emily, nee Berridge. In 1911 the Wholton family had lived at Barkby, Leicestershire, where George William had been employed as a groom.

In 1939 the Wholton family resided at a house named Carhagena, Holmdale Road, Syston, Leicestershire. At that time Stanley worked as a credit collector. His father worked as a chauffeur and gardener. The folowing year Stanley married Winifred M. Murby.

In 1945 Stanley and Winifred's home was 10, Sandiacre Drive, Thurmaston. In 1945 Stanley was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. In 1946 Stanley and Winifred had a daughter.

Stanley William Wholton died in Leicestershire during 1988.

 

Wicks, Harry Bernard

Harry Bernard Wicks was born in Leicestershire on the 21st June 1916.

In 1939 Harry's wife, Joan, was living with her mother, Ethel, at 17, Winster Drive, Thurmaston. Gunner Harry Bernard Wicks was serving with the Royal Artillery during 1944 and 1945. He and his wife, Joan, lived at 17, Winster Drive, Thurmaston.

He died in Leicestershire during 1989.

Wigston, Ronald Frederick

 

Ronald Frederick Wigston was born in Leicestershire on the 25th March 1914.

In late 1945 Ronald Frederick Wigston was serving with His Majesty's Forces. At that time his home address was 17, Forest Avenue, which was also home to his wife, Mrs. Constance E. Wigston, nee Veasey, and his young son Barry.

Ronald Frederick Wigston died in Leicestershire during 1990.

To see a picture of the mother and son of Ronald Frederick Wigston click on the following link Kit & Barry Wigston

 

Wilford, Noel John

 

Noel John Wilford was born in the Market Haborough area of Leicestershire on the 20th December 1913.

Noel was a serving soldier in 1939. He and his wife, Constance Dora Sophia Wilford, nee Hogben, lived at 55, Checkland Road, Thurmaston.

Noel John Wilford died in Leicestershire during 1994.

 

Wilkins, Albert

 

Albert Wilkins, of 242, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, served in the forces during the war. He was discharged back to civilian life sometime after January 1945.

 

Wilkinson, John Edwyn

 

John Edwyn Wilkinson was born on the 20th October 1912.

In 1939 John was living with his parents and siblings at 17, Roundway Road, Thurmaston. At that time he was employed as a bus conductor.

1n 1940 John married Marian Brown. The couple lived at 4, Canal Street, Thurmaston.

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

John Edwyn Wilkinson died in the Nottingham area during 1991.

 

Wilkinson, William Alexander

 

William Alexander Wilkinson was born on the 11th February 1924.

In 1939 William was living with his parents and siblings at 17, Roundway Road, Thurmaston. At that time he was employed as a hosiery trimmer.

1n 1945 William was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

William Alexander Wilkinson died in the Nottingham area during 2002.

 

Williams, Herbert George

 

On the 15th February 1941 Cadet Herbert George Williams of the 142nd Officer Cadet Training Unit (O.C.T.U.) was made a 2nd Lieutenant with the Corps of Royal Engineers.

Lieutenant, 172016, Herbert George Williams was a native of Gloucestershire. He was killed in action on the 23rd May 1944, whilst serving with the 245th Field Company, Royal Engineers. He was 27 years' old.

He was the son of Joseph Morgan Williams and his wife Kate, nee Mills, of Broadwell, Gloucestershire. His wife Mary Winefride Williams, the daughter of Thomas W. Ward and his wife Winefride, nee Barratt, lived at 49, Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. The couple had married in 1941.

Herbert George Williams is buried in the Anzio Beachhead Cemetery, Anzio, Italy (Grave XV. H. 10.).

 

Williams, Peter George Charles

 

In 1945 Peter George Charles Williams of 12, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces.

 

Williamson, Robert

 

Bob Williamson, as he was known, was born in 1913. He was the son of John Robert Williamson and his wife Violetta, nee Matthews. In 1915 Bob Williamson's elder brother, John William Williamson, was killed in action on the Western Front, whilst serving with the Leicestershire Regiment..

In 1939 Bob Williamson was serving as Sapper, 1871781, B. Williamson of the 1st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. His home address was that of his parents, 22, Reading Street, Thurmaston. Bob Williamson was one among many Thurmaston men that were sent out to Malaya. Later he was to be just one of the thousands of British troops that became prisoners of war after the fall of Singapore in February 1942.

After the defeat of Japan Bob Williamson was released from captivity and repatriated to England.

Bob Williamson's nephew, Cecil William Williamson served in the RAF during the 1939-45 war.

Bob Williamson died in 1954 at only 41 years of age.

 

Williamson, Cecil William

Cec Williamson

The Defence MedalBritish War Medal

 

Cecil William Williamson was born in 1922, the son of John Henry Williamson and his wife Emma, nee Barrow. The Williamson family lived at 78, Flax Road, Leicester. In 1925 the couple had another son Shirley J. Williamson. However, Emma Williamson had but a few short years with her husband and sons, she died in 1929, aged 30 years. Widower John Henry Williamson then lived with his sons at 97, Main Street, Thurmaston. Whilst their father was at work Cecil and Shirley were cared for by their grandparents, John and Violetta Williamson, who also lived in Thurmaston. John Henry Williamson worked at the canvas shoe manufacturers Gipson Clarke of Leicester, which was where he met Ellen Crookall, who he married in 1942.

As a young man Cecil Williamson worked at Berridges, Hosiery Machine Manufacturers, of Sanvey Gate, Leicester. With the 1939-45 war Cecil was minded to join the forces. He put his name forward to join the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV, later the Home Guard), only to have his father have his name inserted into the recruitment list in favour of Cecil's name. A plan to join the Tank Corps was also thwarted, when Cecil arrived at the recruiting office in Leicester, only to find it closed. However, in 1941, at the suggestion of a work colleague Cecil joined the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Following training, Cecil Williamson was posted to Freetown, Sierra Leone; there he served with 128 Squadron, RAF, employed in aircraft maintenance. The squadron had been formed in late 1941 from the Fighter Flight of 95 Squadron, based at RAF Hastings, Sierra Leone. The unit, which flew the Hawker Hurricane, was commanded by Battle of Britain veteran Flight Lieutenant John Ignatius Kilmartin. By 1943 Cecil Williamson transferred with 128 Squadron to The Gambia. He was based at Jeswang, which with Half Die and Yundum, was one of the airfields around RAF Bathurst.

With the collapse of Vichy French forces in Africa, there was no further need for 128 Squadron, so it was disbanded in March 1943. Therefore, after 18 months in Africa, Cecil Williamson returned to Blighty and was posted to RAF Pocklington, the home of 102 Squadron. It was during his time at the East Yorkshire Bomber Command station that he met his wife to be, Ivy.

In 1945 he transferred to RAF Hendon, and was engaged in work on Douglas Dakota aircraft, where he enjoyed flights aboard the aircraft, tagging along with a pilot for the experience of flying. Aircraft were flown from Hendon to the site of the airfield that would eventually become Heathrow airport.

Cecil and Ivy were married in 1945. The following year, during 1946, LAC, 1043509, C. W. Williamson's service with the RAF ended. For a period of six months, following his demobilisation, Cecil worked at his pre-war employers, Berridges, of Leicester, whilst Ivy worked at a drapers shop in Pocklington. During this time Cecil lived at his father's and step-mother's house at 26, Forest Avenue, Thurmaston. However, after the offer of a job in Pocklington, Cecil was able to join his wife, become an honorary Yorkshireman, and later have a family. He eventually worked for the confectionary company Rowntree of York, retiring from the business after 33½ years of service.

For his service during the 1939-1945 war Cec Williamson, as he is known, received the Defence Medal and the British War Medal.

Today, Cec still lives in his adopted county, and he retains fond memories of his life spent in Thurmaston.

Cecil's father, John Henry Williamson served in the army during the Great War, as did his uncle, John William Williamson, who was killed in action in 1915. Another uncle, Robert Williamson, who lived with Cecil's grandparents at 22, Reading Street, Thurmaston, served in the army during the 1939-45 War.

 

Winterton, Leonard Ralph

 

Leonard Ralph Winterton was born in Leicestershire on the 12th February 1922. He was the son of Henry Winterton and his wife Mary, nee Poole.

In 1939 Leonard was living with his parents and siblings at 79, Barkby Road, Syston, Leicestershire. At that time Leonard was employed as a turner in the engineering trade.

In 1945 Leonard, then of 324, Main Street, Thurmaston, was a serving member of His Majesty's Forces. He was still serving as late as 1947.

He was the husband of Mrs. Ruby Winterton, nee Keeling. He died during 1992 and is interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

 

Woodford, Frank

 

 

Frank Woodford was born on the 4th May 1912. He was the son of George Henry Woodford and his wife Louisa, the daughter of John and Harriet Coltman of Thurmaston.

In 1939 Frank was living with his wife Gertrude, at a house called Ticehurst, Avenue Road, Queniborough. He was then employed as an engineers fitter. Ticehurst was the home of Ronald Newby Adcock and his wife Frances, nee Curtis, who were Gertrude's parents.

Frank served in the armed forces as AC2, 969057, F. Woodford, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (R.A.F.V.R.).

In 1945 Frank was resident at 26, Brook Street, Thurmaston. At that time he was still serving in the armed forces.

Frank Woodford died in the Swindon area during 1983.

 

Woods, Arthur Eric George

 

Arthur Eric George Woods was born in Thurmaston on the 22nd April 1915. He was the son of Ernest George Woods and his wife Florence Emily, nee Holmes, and a younger brother of of Cecil Herbert Victor Woods.

In 1939 Arthur was living with his parents and siblings at 15, Reading Street, Thurmaston. At that time he was working in a garage, employed in the valeting of motor cars.

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

Arthur Eric George Woods died on the 17th February 1965 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery, where his parents are also buried.

 

Woods, Cecil Herbert Victor

 

Cecil Herbert Victor Woods was born in Leicester on the 10th April 1901. He was the eldest child of Ernest George Woods and his wife Florence Emily, nee Holmes, and an elder brother of Arthur Eric George Woods. In 1911 the Woods family lived in Church Lane, Thurmaston.

In 1939 Cecil was living with his parents and younger siblings at 15, Reading Street, Thurmaston. At that time Cecil was employed as a labourer, engaged as a pipe drainer.

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

Cecil died on the 26th March 1972 and was interred in Thurmaston Cemetery, where his parents are also buried.

 

Wright, Alfred Ernest

 

Alfred Ernest Wright was born in Leicestershire on the 13th January 1910. He was the son of Albert Arthur and Ellen Wright. In 1932 Alfred's father died and was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

On the 5th June 1943 Alfred, who was then a serving soldier, married Florence Emily Jackson of 11, College Street, Leicester. Alfred's home address at the time of his marriage was 34, Brook Street, Thurmaston, the home of his widowed mother.

Alfred's mother died in 1965 and was buried with her late husband.

Alfred Ernest Wright passed away in 1994 and was interred in the same grave as his parents.

 

Wright, Leonard

 

In 1940 twenty one years' old Leonard Wright was serving as a Gunner with the 76th Battery Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery. Leonard Wright was still serving in His Majesty's Forces during 1943. Leonard and his wife, Lily, lived at 145 Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston. Their home was also that of Lily's parents, Arthur and Eveline Withers.

Wright, William

 

William Wright was born in about 1917. He was the son of James Wright.

In 1941 William, then a serving soldier, married Rose Ellen, the daughter of John Thomas Saddington and his wife Lucy Mary Saddington, nee Fuller.

William was still serving in 1945. He and his wife lived at 2, Alexandra Street, Thurmaston.

William's brother-in-law, Thomas William Saddington served as a soldier during the war.

 

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