Killed In Action 1943. Not Commemorated Locally.

Born, Resided or with links to Benfleet.

Grave of Joseph William Wilkinson.
Ronnie Pigram.

Those listed here, although born, resided or had next of kin in Benfleet, their connection with the area did not fit the criteria for adding their names on the War Memorial in Essex Way.

Rank.  Oiler.
Service.  United States Merchant Marine.
Ship.  USS Louise Lykes.
Died.  9 January 1943.  Age 42.
Husband of.  Winifred Mary Currall.
Memorial Ref.  United States Navy Memorial.

The USS Louise Lykes, while on route to Belfast, Northern Ireland, was hit by two torpedoes fired from U-Boat 384 at a distance of 1800 meters.  Eighty four men of the Louise Lykes perished that day.  Their grave is the sea.

In a cruel twist of fate, his son, William Frank Currall. Service No. 14945524 of the Royal Artillery died on 9 May 1945 aged 22.  He is remembered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and buried in grave 44713 in Chingford Mount Cemetery. London. E4.

On 19 March 1943, U-Boat 384 was attacked by 15th Group Coastal Command of RAF 206 Squadron.  The U-Boat sank taking with her the entire crew of 47 men.  Their grave is the sea.

Rank.  Marine.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Marines.
Unit Text.  H.M.L.C.G. (L) 15.
Died.  25 April 1943.
Son of.  H. Wilkinson and Rose Lilian Wilkinson, of North Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  Plot N. Grave 8546. Sutton Road Cemetery.  Southend-On-Sea.  Essex.

Rank.  Gunner.
Regiment/Service.  Royal Artillery.
Unit Text.  23 Field Regiment.
Died.  15 November 1943.
Son of.  Harry and Ada E. Rayment, of Great Tarpots.  Benfleet.  Essex.
Grave Ref.  IV. D. 25.  Minturno War Cemetery.  Italy.



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  • Re – JOSEPH WILLIAM WILKINSON He is also remembered on the Southend War Memorial in Prittlewell Priory.

    And – MAURICE WILFRED RAYMENT He is also remembered on the Grays War Memorial and the Bata War Memorial at East Tilbury.

    By Tony (10/08/2015)

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