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Malpas World War 2 – the Fallen

Volunteers at Whitchurch Museum & Archives have found out the following information about them, their service and their families.

The men below are listed in alphabetical order. Please scroll through to find who you are looking for.

All images courtesy of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission except where indicated.

David Frederick Allcroft

Chatham Naval Memorial

Able Seaman C/JX299044 HMS Curacoa Royal Navy. Died at sea 2 October 1942. Commemorated at Chatham Naval Memorial.

HMS Curacoa was accidentally sliced in half by ocean liner RMS Queen Mary whilst on convoy escort duty.

Born in 1910 in Alverstoke, Hampshire, the son of William David and Mary Ann (Daisy) Allcroft. He was living at 9 View Road, Highgate, Middlesex at the time of his death.

William Sydney Alman

Syracuse War Cemetery Sicily

Second Lieutenant 277952 Royal Engineers. Killed in action in Sicily 14 July 1943. Buried in Syracuse War Cemetery Sicily.

Born in Birkenhead in 1919, the son of William & Mary Alman. William had a twin brother John. William’s father came from Malpas; he and his wife had separated and were living in Chester & Birkenhead respectively.

William John Lawrence Armitstead

Madras War Cemetery Chennai

Major 75313 Royal Artillery. Died in India as a result of a snake bite 20 March 1944. Buried in Madras War Cemetery Chennai.

Born in 1909 in Malpas, the son of the Rev Lawrence and Mrs Mary Elizabeth Armitstead. His father was Rector of Malpas between 1904 and 1936.

William was a chartered accountant and stockbroker living in Wollerton, Market Drayton.

James Bickley

St. Charles de Percy War Cemetery France

Private 4035613 4th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action in Normandy 2 August 1944. Buried in St. Charles de Percy War Cemetery France.

Born in 1918 in Malpas, the son of Charles & Ellen Bickley. The family were living in Wrexham Road in 1939.

Geoffrey Brereton

Malpas Cemetery

Sergeant Pilot 518589 Royal Air Force. Died on active service 9 March 1942. Buried in Malpas Cemetery.

It is most likely that he was piloting Hurricane fighter P3739 which dived into the ground at Walpole St. Andrew, Norfolk having returned from a mission over France.

Born in Chester in 1914, the son of Harold & Jane Brereton. The family were living in Hampton Green in 1939.

Michael Percy Done

Ranville War Cemetery France

Trooper 7947393 6th Airborne Armoured Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action in Normandy 6 June 1944 (date of the Normandy landings). Buried in Ranville War Cemetery France.

Born in Malpas in 1924, the son of Percy Edward & Dorothy Mary Done. The family were living at Higher House, Edge Lane in 1939.

Thomas Henry Finchett

Maynamati War Cemetery Bangladesh

Private 14657839 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Died in Burma 12 April 1945. Buried in Maynamati War Cemetery Bangladesh.

Born in Wrexham in 1916, the son of Charles & Sarah Finchett. Husband of Dorothy R and father to Dorothy E. Thomas was living in Sunnyside at the time of his death. His brother Ernest was also killed in action in WW2

Alexander Henry Hall

Svino Churchyard Denmark

Flying Officer Pilot 151580 102 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve. Died off Denmark 24 April 1944. Buried in Svino Churchyard Denmark.

He was the pilot of Halifax bomber HAL HX151 which crashed into the sea SE of Omo, Denmark whilst on a minelaying operation.

Born in 1916 in Shaftesbury Dorset, the son of James & Harriett Mary Hall. Husband of Ursula Eileen. The family were living in Post Office Lane, Hampton in 1939.

Harry Hewitt

St. Winifrede Churchyard Bickley

Guardsman 2611126 Grenadier Guards. Died in the UK 14 September 1944. Buried in St. Winifrede Churchyard Bickley.

Born in 1908 in Bickley, the son of Henry & Margaret Hewitt. Husband of Rhoda. The family were living in Sunnyside in 1939 and Croxton Green, Cholmondeley at the time of his death.

John Hughes

Halifax Memorial Nova Scotia Canada

Fourth Engineer Officer SS Bullmouth, Canadian Merchant Navy. Died at sea 29 October 1942. Commemorated on Halifax Memorial Nova Scotia Canada.

SS Bullmouth was torpedoed by German submarine U-659 and sunk off the coast of Madeira.

Born in 1917 in Toronto, Canada, the son of John & Elizabeth Hughes. He was living at 14 Sunnyside at the time of his death.

Jack Huxley

Malpas Cemetery

Private T/1629022 Royal Army Service Corps. Died at Military Hospital Shaftesbury, Dorset 20 April 1944. Buried in Malpas Cemetery.

Born in 1909 in Malpas, the son of John & Jane Huxley. Husband of Ena May. The family lived at The Post Office, Hampton in 1939.

John Kilby Jones

Runnymede Memorial

Sergeant 1066676 58 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action off Norway 21 February 1945. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

He was a member of the crew of Halifax II bomber JP173 which crashed into the sea off Kristiansand, Norway whilst attacking German shipping.

Born in 1922 in Wrexham, the son of Richard Kilby & Annie C Jones. The family lived in Edge in 1945.

Thomas Hartley Kemp

Ranville War cemetery France

Captain 207689 1/7th Battalion The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Killed in action in Normandy 22 July 1944. Buried in Ranville War cemetery France.

Born in 1910 in Liverpool, the son of Thomas Hartley & Catherine Beatrice Kemp. Husband of Nesta Elleanor and father to Andrea. Thomas was a schoolmaster. The family lived at Oathills, Chester Road.

Samuel Thomas Mullock

Naples War cemetery

Private 4035219 South Staffordshire Regiment. Died in an accident in Italy 20 November 1944. Buried in Naples War cemetery.

Born in 1912 in Wem, the son of John & Margaret Ann Mullock; his father died and his mother remarried to William Grindley. Husband of Florence. He lived in Malpas.

Albert George Nevitt

Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery France

Gunner 14361705 147 Field Regiment Royal Artillery. Killed in action in Normandy 11 June 1944. Buried in Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery France.

Born in 1912 in Malpas, the son of Frederick & Martha Nevitt. Husband of Bessie and father to John. The family lived in Ebnal Bank, Hampton in 1939; Albert was a builder’s joiner.

Roger Carrington Okell

Ramleh War Cemetery Israel

 Lieutenant 189039 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps. Died of wounds in Israel 18 October 1942. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery Israel.

Born in 1921 in Ellesmere, the son of The Venerable Frank Jackson Okell & Gertrude Emily Carrington Okell. His father was Rector of Malpas and the family lived in The Rectory, Church Street.

Leonard James Passey

Apprentice Seaman 180075 SS Mandasor, Merchant Navy. Accidentally drowned off Galle, Sri Lanka 15 December 1946.

Born in 1926 in Threapwood, the son of Leonard J & Elsie M Passey. The family lived at the Chorlton Lane Shop, Chorlton.

Leonard has no CWGC commemoration and we therefore do not know where he is buried. We expect this was because he died in an accident in peacetime.

Frank Lewis Rowlands

Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial Surrey

Driver T/124965 463 Water Tank Coy, Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action at sea 2 March 1944. Commemorated on the Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial Surrey.

Frank was onboard HMS LST-362 (LST is Landing Ship Tank) when it was torpedoed by German submarine U-744 south west of Ireland.

Born in 1919 in Malpas, the son of Walter & Ellen Rowlands of Oldcastle. Frank was working for Leonard Passey’s father (Leonard also lost his life) and living at Chorlton Lane Shop, Chorlton in 1939.

George Edward Turtle

Kirkee War Cemetery India

Private 3779338 The King’s Regiment (Liverpool). Died in India 23 November 1942. Buried in Kirkee War Cemetery India.

Born in 1911 in Malpas, the son of Joseph & May Turtle. The family lived at The Villa, High Street in 1939; George was a house painter and decorator.

Bernard Young

Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery

Private 4123786 Cheshire Regiment. He was involved in a road accident whilst on leave in the UK in January 1940 and died in Liverpool 7 May 1941. Buried in Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery.

Born in 1918 in the Whitchurch area, the son of John & Annie Young of Higher Wych.