In Remembrance Memorial. 1944 Casualties.

BERNARD ERNEST JOHN TYLER.  Service No. 2045012.
Rank.  Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service.  Royal Army Medical Corps.
Died.  17 March 1944.  Age 23.
Son of.  Ernest John and Blanche Lucy Tyler, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  IV. C. 5.  Beach Head War Cemetery.  Anzio.  Italy.


BENJAMIN HARRY ALFRED JAMES W. PARKER.
Service No.5439654.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.
Unit Text.  5th Battalion.
Died.  22 November 1944.  Age 26.
Son of.  Benjamin Samuel and Lily Alice Charlotte Parker, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Grandson of.  Mrs. L Randall, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Memorial Ref.  Groesbeek Memorial.  Netherlands.


DEREK WALTER DIGGINS.  Service No. FAA/JX 297347.
Rank.  Petty Officer.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Navy.
Unit Text.  H.M.S. Nightjar.
Died.  30 May 1944.  Age 22.
Son of.  Walter and Annie Diggins, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Memorial Ref.  Lee-On-Solent Memorial.  Hampshire.


DEREK FREDERICK GABLEY WILDER.  Service No. 745071.
Rank.  Corporal.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died.  30 May 1944.  Age 24.
Son of.  Edward Gabley Wilder and Annie Edith Wilder, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  XV. C. 28.  Bari War Cemetery.  Italy.


DERYCK JAMES FRANK RIVETT.  Service No. 1321407.
Rank.  Flight Sergeant.  Pilot.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Unit Text.  129 Squadron.
Died.  29 June 1944.  Age 22.
Husband of.  Francine H. M. Rivett, of Benfleet.  Essex.
Son of.  Leonard James Rivett and Violet Maud Rivett, of Palmers Green.  Middlesex.
Grave Ref.  Le Chateau D’Almeneches Churchyard.  France.

Deryck James Frank Rivett, is the only Commonwealth war casualty in the Churchyard.


EDWARD ALLAN COLEMAN.
Rank.  First Radio Officer.
Regiment/Service.  Merchant Navy.
Unit Text.  S.S. Empire Heath.  (Sunderland).
Died.  13 May 1944.  Age 19.
Son of.  Harry and Edith Coleman, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Memorial Ref.  Tower Hill Memorial.  London.


EDWARD W. OXLEY.  Service No. C/MX 92996.
Rank.  Wireman.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Navy.
Unit Text.  H.M. Minesweeper 117.
Died.  1 September 1944.  Age 32.
Husband of.  Gladys Murray Oxley, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Son of.  Frank and Marion Oxley, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Memorial Ref.  Chatham Naval Memorial.  Kent.


ERIC STONHOLD FINCH.  Service No. 2623748.
Rank.  Lance Corporal.
Regiment/Service.  Grenadier Guards.
Unit Text.  2nd Battalion.
Died.  3 September 1944.  Age 19.
Son of.  Ernest Stephen and Lilian Florence Finch, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  5. B. 38.  Lille Southern Cemetery.  France.


GEORGE EDWARD JAMES LEE.  Service No. 4697109.
Rank.  Corporal.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Armoured Corps.
Unit Text.  149 (7th Battalion The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry).
Died.  28 April 1944.  Age 29.
Husband of.  Hilda Isabella Lee, of Canning Town.  London.
Son of.  Matthew and Alice Lee, of Canning Town.  London.
Grave Ref.  8. H. 13.  Kohima War Cemetery.  India.

 


LEONARD AUBREY CROZIER .  Service No. 141472.
Rank.  Flight Lieutenant.  Pilot.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died.  14 October 1944.  Age 26.
Husband of.  Margaret Benita Crozier, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Son of.  Leonard John Alfred and Willa Blanche Crozier, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  St. Mary Churchyard.  South Benfleet.  Essex.

The Headstone was repositioned 2010.

Flt. Lt. Leonard Aubrey Crozier was in a Vickers Warwick Mark III (HG342) aircraft that crashed at Gors Farm, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn, Wales.

Also killed in the crash.

Ronald Frederick McAllen. 1479575.
Rank. Leading Aircraftman.
Son of.  C. Z. McAllen and Mabel Allen.
Grave Ref.  Humberstone (St. Mary) Churchyard.  Leicestershire.


LEONARD FREDERICK ARTHUR MARSTON.
Service No.  157900.
Rank.  Flying Officer.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Unit Text.  44 Squadron.
Died.  27 August 1944.  Age 22.
Son of.  Walter George and Florence Maud Marston, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Memorial Ref.  Runnymede Memorial.  Surrey.


ROY GEORGE BATCHELOR.  Service No. 1519650.
Rank.  Bombardier.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Artillery.
Unit Text.  74 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment.
Died.  30 December 1944.  Age 29.
Son of.  George and Annie Lucy Batchelor, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  V. D. 10.  Caserta War Cemetery.  Italy.


STANLEY WILLIAM LAYZELL .  Service No. 147131.
Rank.  Private.
Regiment/Service.  Essex Regiment.
Unit Text.  2nd Battalion.
Died.  29 September 1944.  Age 18.
Son of.  Sidney Staines Layzell and Maud Helen Layzell, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  III. A. 4.  Lier Belgian Military Cemetery.  Belgium.


THOMAS BOSTON ANDERSON.
Rank.
  Quartermaster.
Regiment/Service.  Merchant Navy.
Unit Text.  S.S. St. David.
Died.  24 January 1944.  Age 48.
Husband of.  Winifred May Anderson, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Son of.  Thomas and Rachel Anderson, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Memorial Ref.  Tower Hill Memorial.


VICTOR WILLIAM ERNEST WATKINS. Service No. FAA/FX. 97208.
Rank.  Leading Airman.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Navy.
Unit Text.  H.M.S. Victorious.  (Aircraft Carrier).
Died.  21 June 1944.  Age 20.
Son of.  Victor and Florence Watkins, of South Benfleet.  Essex.
Memorial Ref.  Lee-On-Solent Memorial.  Hampshire.



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