Buckley At War

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 Percy Brownhill   21 - 07 - 1944  

Private 2nd Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment.

Buried in Bistre Churchyard                                                                                                                          

 J. Baldwin   09 - 06 -1940       

Fusilier.  8th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers    

Buried in Bistre Churchyard.

 22nd June 1940  [Article]  DIED THE WEEK BEFORE HIS WEDDING.      RWF Jack Baldwin  of 4 Stanley Road, Buckley. was struck by lightening & died..........

He was due to be married to Miss M Rogers of Northop the following week......
He was due to be married to Miss M Rogers of Northop the following week......


 Gerald Croose  20 - 09 - 1943

 Petty Officer  Radio Mechanic.  H.M.S Polyanthus - K47

Died as a result of a torpedo attack on H.M.S Polyanthus.  On the 20th of September 1943, H.M.S Polyanthus along with the Frigate HMS Itchen were trying to pick up survivors from the Destroyer HMCS St Croix while doing this the ship took a single hit from a torpedo fired by U-952, Polyanthus sank so quickly that the Frigate HMS Itchen only managed to pick up one survivor from Polyanthus she has went down with 87 men of her gallant crew.


                                                                                                                                                                                                 W. Davies   1 - 03 - 1945                     

 Fusilier.  1st Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers  

Died in Burma.                                                   


W. A. Davies    13 - 10 - 1944  

 Corporal.  7th Bn.  Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Died during the liberation of Holland.                        


 Harold Dyment   06 - 09 - 1942 

  Able Seaman. M.V. Tuscan Star

 Missing presumed killed aboard M.V. Tuscan Star,  a  refrigerated cargo ship,  sunk by torpedo.        

At 23.23 hours on 6 Sep, 1942, the unescorted Tuscan Star  was hit on the starboard side at the engine room and the #5 hold by two torpedoes from U-109 and sank after 16 minutes about 300 miles southwest of Cape Palmas. 40 crew members, eight gunners and three passengers were lost. The master, 35 crew members, four gunners and 22 passengers abandoned ship in three lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans and they told them that the master went down with the ship and were provided with food for the women and children in one of the boats.  



Richard George Earl   06 - 05 - 1943

 Leading Aircraftman. Royal Air Force volunteer  Reserve. 259 Sqdn.

Died in Nairobi.     


 Harry Edwards  20 - 03 - 1944              

Able Seaman. HM Submarine Stonehenge. 

It is  believed that  HMS Stonehenge struck a mine in the Pacific. Lost with all hands .

She left Trincomalee to patrol in the northern part of the Malacca straits on 25 February 1944. She was reported missing after failing to arrive at Ceylon on 20 March as expected. It is not known for sure what caused her sinking, but a mine was considered to be the most likely explanation.                                                                     


 James Ellis   03 - 05 - 1944                    

Sergeant Air Gunner.550 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died aboard Lancaster LL826, shot down over France.

Mailly-Le-Camp 3/4 May. When lost this aircraft had a total of 144 hours. It was airborne at 2203 hrs from North Killingholme to attack the military camp. It was caught by Flak whilst orbiting a route marker north of the AP and crashed at Cheniers (Marne), 12km south west of Ch-lons-sur-marne. All are buried in Cheniers Churchyard.



 Patrick  F. Eaton  10 - 04 - 1945          

  Guardsman 2nd Btn Grenadier Guards.

Died during Operation Veritable in the battle for Rhineland, Germany.                                                                         


Leslie Fletcher   13 - 02 - 1942                 

 Private. Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

Died during  the Japanese invasion of Malaya.  


 Herbert Griffiths  23 - 06 - 1944             

 Gunner. Royal Artillery.64 Anti-tank Regiment.

Died during the first heavy fighting north of Rome. In the advance to the river Pescia.


 F. Harris         2 - 05 - 1942 

 .Ordinary Seaman Royal Navy.

Died aboard H.M.S. Edinburgh.

 This final blow for the Edinburgh happened at 7.30 on Saturday 2nd May 1942,  Edinburgh was virtually split in two with only some deck struts and bits of hull holding her together. The Admiral, aware that she could break in two at any moment and sink with heavy loss of life, gave the order to abandon ship, and signalled the minesweepers to come alongside to take off the wounded, passengers and crew. Below decks there was a battle for survival - steam erupted from burst pipes, thick fuel oil spurted in all directions, and men struggled in complete darkness as the list of the ship increased. On deck the guns of the Edinburgh continued to fire at the enemy until the Germans retired. Captain Faulkner commented later, "I shall never understand why they didn't come in and finish us off. I think they had acknowledged defeat after being so heavily shot at."

About 800 crew and passengers were taken off Edinburgh by the minesweepers, then the lines were let go and Foresight and Forester moved away to watch Edinburgh go down. However, she did not continue to heel over and it was decided that she should be sunk by gunfireWhen this failed two patterns of depth charges were dropped alongside and still she didn't sink. Finally Foresight was ordered to fire her one remaining torpedo, and Edinburgh went down with the bodies of 57 men in her hull and millions of pounds worth of gold bullion.

The gold bullion was recovered in 1981 and was valued, at that time, at £45 million.



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Leslie Hill   17 - 05 - 1944                        

Fusilier.  6th Btn.   Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 

Died in the battle for Monte Cassino, during the advance on Piumerola, part of the Gustav Line. 


Thomas Hill  27 - 10 - 1944

 Driver. Royal Army Service Corps.

Died in Italy. 


Bernard Hopwood   22 - 09 -1944             

2nd (Airborne) Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.  

Died during the battle of Arnhem .


Horace Griffiths      21 - 04 -1944   

 Private 1st  Bn. Wiltshire Regiment.

Died in Burma. 



 Baden H. Hughes  15 - 04 -1944             

Able Seaman.

H.M.S Tracker. Link .

Died while on way to Belfast after escorting Russian convoys. 



Robert Hughes    05 - 12 - 1944                 

Private. 2/4th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Died in Italy.                                                                                                                                                          

Herbert Humphreys    25 - 07 - 1944      

Guardsman. 1st Bn. Welsh Guards.

  Died as bombs including anti-personnel bombs were dropped in the area outside Caen.                                          



Peter Humphreys     11 - 06 - 1945           

Aircraftman 1st  Class. Royal Volunteer Reserve.

Buried in St. Matthews churchyard, Buckley.             


 Eddie Jones   22 - 09 - 1944                      

 Fusilier.  7th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Died in the fighting outside Eindhoven, Netherlands.

 The Battalion was then ordered to capture Westel Biers. D Company as advance guard duly proceeded across country from Donk . This advance commenced at 1100 hours. By 1400 hours the leading section of this Advance Guard platoon had crossed the wooden farm bridge in this village in spite of enemy fire, the remainder of the platoon however, was unable to follow up and had to withdraw out of the buildings to the south of the village; three of the leading section were killed and two captured. 


Richard G. Jones     14 - 08 - 1942             

Private. 13th Btn. The Kings Regiment (Liverpool)  Link 

 Died as the Japanese Army were chasing the retreating British Army out of Burma and over the Chindwin River to India.     


George Jones     11 - 08 - 1942                   

Fusilier  12th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers 

Buried in Bistre Churchyard.


Wilfred Jones   18 - 09 - 1944                   

Corporal.  512 A.M.E.S. Royal Air Force  Volunteer Reserve.

Died as a Japanese P.O.W  aboard Junyo Maru, torpedoed by H.M.S Tradewind. The Junyo Maru sailed from Batavia in Java to Sumatra with 6343 prisoners. On Monday September 18, 1944, the British submarine H.M.S. Tradewind intercepted the Junyo Maru off Sumatra and fired torpedoes at her, sinking the ship with a loss of 5620 lives making it the worst maritime disaster of WWII.



 Henry C. Langford     24 - 06 - 1944            

Leading Telegraphist. H.M.S Nith.

H.M.S Nith was attacked by a JU-88 Mistel Bomber while patrolling the Normandy coast after D-Day.  Nith was struck on the starboard side by a Mistel. This was one of the latest of the enemies weapons, and was a JU88 plane, packed with high explosive, but guided by a parent plane to its target. The explosion nearly sank the ship and badly damaged the mess room where Harry was getting ready to go on watch. He and eight shipmates were killed and buried at sea. 




Andrew N. Lewis     25 - 11 - 1941               

Ordinary Seaman. H.M.S. Barham 

sunk by the German submarine U-331.

 On 25 November 1941 at 4.25pm, while steaming to cover an attack on Italian convoys, Barham was hit by three torpedoes from the German submarine U-331.  The torpedoes were fired from a range of only 750 yards providing no time for evasive action, and struck so closely together as to throw up a single massive water column. As she rolled over to port, her magazines exploded and the ship quickly sank with the loss of 862 crewmen.




 William James Lewis     10 - 03 - 1943               

Gunner. 457 Lt. Bty. Royal Artillery.

Died in Tunisia. 

 Chester Chronicle  

April 3rd 1943   

Killed In Action.   Mrs. J. Lewis White Road, The Common has been informed that her son Driver  WILLIAM JAMES LEWIS   RA was killed in action in North Africa on March 10th. He was 28 & had been in the Army for nearly 3 years. Before joining up he worked at Messrs, J Summers & Sons.



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Gerald Lyons      21 - 06 - 1943                    

 Marine. Royal Marines H.M.S Illustrious.

Died of illness aboard H.M.S Illustrious.          



R. S. Mallett       26 - 09 - 1942

Radio Officer British Overseas Airways Corporation. 

Whitley V BD382/G-AGCI. Crashed into the Bay of Gibraltar while taking off for an air test. Four were killed. 

The B.O.A.C operated 15 Whitley Mk Vs converted into freighters in 1942. Running night supply flights from Gibraltar to Malta, they took seven hours to reach the island, often landing during air attacks. 



 Neil McAllister    7 - 12 - 1942                  

Assistant Steward. S.S. Ceramic. 

Died as a result of a torpedo attack on the S.S. Ceramic in the Atlantic Ocean. On the night of 6 December 1942 she was in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Azores, bound for Australia, when she was hit by three torpedoes fired from U-515. Ceramic was crippled but still afloat, and about eight lifeboats were launched, all full. About three hours later, U-515 fired two more torpedoes, which broke the ship's back and sank her immediately.



 Ralph Messham   04 - 03 - 1945               

Lieutenant. 75 Anti-Tank Regt. Royal Artillery. 

In Cleve, Germany On the 3rd March at 1800hrs, the 338 Officers Battery Mess was shelled. Lt Messham was severly wounded and subsequently died at the casualty clearing post.   



 Elsie Okell     02 - 06 - 1941                         


 Died as a result of a German bombing raid on Salford Royal Hospital.

In the early hours of June 2nd, 1941 during Whit week the nurses home took a direct hit. The bomb killed 14 nurses, some of whom had only just moved in to the accomodation and started their training. 



Leslie Parry       12 - 02 - 1945                              

Private. Pioneer Corps.

Died in Antwerp. 


 Joseph Milroy    21 - 07 - 1942                   

Driver.  385 Gen. Transport Coy. Royal Army  Medical Corps. attd. 15 Casualty Clearing Station.

Died during the first battle of El Alamein, Egypt.           


 Joseph A. Snape   19 - 11 - 1944                

 Private 1st Btn Worcestershire Regt.

Major Ricketts’ runner and batman,  died when a shell landed in the entrance to a bunker, in the battle for Tripsrath, Germany. 

" It was one of the thousands of shells mentioned above, which landed in the ‘open mouthed’ entrance to ‘B’ Company’s HQ - a dug-out constructed by the Germans with access on the far side and therefore protected from our attacks from the South or West. It was obviously vulnerable from attacks from the North or East, and so it turned out. Major Ricketts’ runner and batman, Private Joe Snape, who had come to us from the Staffs, was killed outright together with Private Leslie Tovey. All the occupants were severely shaken and the Major had great difficulty in containing his grief at the sad loss of two fine men."

  John Parry    09 - 03 - 1942                            

Gunner.  76 Anti-Tank Regt. Royal Artillery.

Died in the fighting for Tobruk, Libya.

"In March 1942 we established a defence line and hoped to hold Tobruk. Enemy forces closed up and heavy fighting developed. Our small two pounder anti-tank guns were no match for the heavily armoured German tanks, and we suffered serious losses". 

 Chester Chronicle ROLL of HONOUR

PARRY    In Loving Memory of my dear husband & daddy who died of wounds in Tripoli March 9th 1942. For ever in the thoughts of his loving wife & children Hilary & Clifford.

54 Nant Mawr Crescent,  Buckley.

PARRY   We will always remember you, “Our Jack” died in Tripoli 9th September 1942.

Mum & Dad, Gardenside, Lane End.  Buckley.

PARRY   In Loving Memory of our Jack who died in Tripoli 9th September 1942, from his loving sisters Florrie & Sybil  88 Brunswick Rd. Buckley.


Kenneth Price     11 - 07 - 1943                         

Marine.  No. 41 R.M. Commando.  Royal  Marines.

Died in the invasion of Sicily.

In July 1943, 41 R.M. and 43 R.M Commandos were in the forefront of the landings on Sicily, the stepping stone to the invasion of Italy.

Killed by Italian mortar fire while 41 commando were securing the flank of the Canadian advance. 

 Chester Chronicle

Mrs Robert Price 3 Chapel Walk, Daisy Hill, Buckley, received news that her son  KENNETH  PRICE   RM.  Was killed in action on July 11th during operations in Sicily. Kenneth Price joined the Marines   2 ½ years ago and was the first to be selected among his pals as a commando. He was 26.


 E. M. Roberts      13 - 08 - 1944                       

Sergeant (Pilot)  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Died aboard Wellington X LN281(built  at Hawarden) which stalled and crashed after the starboard engine failed near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.                         



 R. J. Roberts     21 - 04 - 1945                       

Fusilier.  2nd Btn.  Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 

Died in Italy during the battle of the Argenta Gap.

On the 21st April the Inniskilling Fusiliers took a bridge over the Saint Nicolo Canal. Many casualities were caused by allied shells falling short of their target and a strong german mortar attack.           


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F. Shone    13 - 01 - 1945                                 

Private. 2nd Btn. Welch Regiment. 

Died in Burma.                         


 G. E. Shone  29 - 07 - 1942                     

Warrant Officer (Obs.)  75 (NZ) Squadron. Royal Air Force. 

Shot down over Germany aboard Wellington X3558.

   Wellington III X3558 – took off from RAF Feltwell at approximately 2235-2300 on a raid to Hamburg and was brought down over Germany, crashing at Belum, 20km ESE of Cuxhaven.  All five crew were buried in the Central Cemetery at Brockeswalde, but later reinterred at Becklingen, 17km south of Soltau.

brought down over Germany, crashing near Cuxhaven.  All five crew were buried in the Central Cemetery 
at Brackeswalde, but later reinterred at Becklingen, 17km south of Soltau.


 R. Shone    27 - 06 - 1944                                

Guardsman. 5th Btn. Grenadier Guards.

Died in Italy.           

J. G. Taylor       24 - 10 - 1942                        

Sergeant (air bomber) 57 Sqdn.  Royal Air Force  Volunteer Reserve.

 Shot down by anti-aircraft fire   aboard Lancaster W4251 near Milan. 

Their Lancaster was shot down by anti-aircraft fire from 1012 Battery DICAT (37 mm) and cannons of the Caproni aircraft factory. It crashed at Segrate, near Cascina dell’Ovo.  The crew are buried in the Ravenna War Cemetery.



 J. T. Whitley     01 - 11 - 1944                       

Able Seaman. H.M.S Whitaker.

 Torpedoed by the German submarine U-483.

   At 02.07 hours on 1 Nov, 1944,  U-483 fired two FAT torpedoes at the convoy SC-159 off Matlin Head, Whitaker had been hit and lost the whole bow forward of the bridge due to the explosion of the forward magazine. The commander, all seven officers and 84 ratings were  lost.



 J. E. Wilcock     03 - 01 - 1941                       

Aircraftman 1st Class. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Buried in Bistre Churchyard. 

       11th January 1941   RAF MAN KILLED IN CRASH  The Chester Coroner Mr David Hughes on Monday adjourned until Jan. 20th the inquest on  JOHN EDWARD WILCOCK  [22] of Nant Mawr Rd. Buckley a member of the RAF who died in Chester Royal Infirmary on Friday from head injuries received when a motor cycle on which he was travelling was in a collision with a motor lorry on the Whitchurch Rd, Christleton on December 24th. The coroner said that the lorry was stationary at the time.

 Dennis Williams    06 - 12 - 1944               

Driver. Royal Army Service Corps.

Died in Antwerp.                             


W. Williams      26 - 04 - 1945                    

Driver.  Royal Corps of Signals.52nd (L) Div.Sigs.

Died in Germany eight days before  Field-Marshal Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Admiral Doenitz. 


F. W. N. Wilson    18 - 06 - 1940                

Lance Corporal. Royal Engineers.

Died in France.                                          


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W. Wood         09-05 -1943

Serjeant Welsh Guards 3rd Btn.

Died in Tunisia.  

By mid April 1943, the combined Axis force was hemmed into a small corner of north-eastern Tunisia and the Allies were grouped for their final offensive.

Many of those buried at Massicault War Cemetery died in the preparation for the final drive to Tunis in April 1943 and in that advance at the beginning of May.


E. Roberts     28 - 10 - 1942                          

 Private. 1st Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment.

Died in Block 3 of Rangoon Jail, Burma. While a Prisoner of the Japanese.. 


 C. N. Wright        08 - 07 - 1944                                 

Pilot Officer (nav). 630 sqdn Royal Air Force Volunteer reserve.

Died aboard Lancaster ND688  shot down on a raid on the v-weapon storage facility at St. Leu d'Esserent. North of Paris.

The rocket base was heavily fortified and protected by anti-aircraft batteries and German fighters and the mission was made even more dangerous because the German's were expecting an Allied raid after the 617 Squadron, immortalised as the Dambusters, had attacked only two nights before.
The bomber burst into flames after being hit by a German fighter as it approached its target at 11,000ft.

Only the radio operator survived, but suffered horrific burns and was captured by German forces shortly afterwards.



K. E. Williams   11 - 09 - 1941                     

 Able Seaman.  H.M.S. President III.  

      Died when the British steamer S S Empire Crossbill was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-82. She was on a voyage from Philadelphia to Hull.

Originally named S.S. West Amargosa , Empire Crossbill was a member of Convoy SC42 which departed Canada on 30 August 1941 and was due to arrive at Liverpool on 15 September. She was stated to be carrying 6,686 tons of seel and four tons of relief goods, although it is also stated that she was carrying a cargo of explosives. At 03:11 on 11 September, Empire Crossbill was torpedoed and sunk by U-82. All 38 crew, ten DEMS gunners and her single passenger were killed.Those lost on Empire Crossbill are commemorated at the Tower Hill Memorial, London.