Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE HEROIC MEN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WARS
REST IN PEACE
- Arthur Leonard ADDISON
- Stoker 1st Class, HMS Greyhound, Royal Navy. RN no P/KX 93214
- He died on 22 May 1941 age 22 when his ship was sunk off Crete
- He was the son of Herbert and Gladys Addison of King's Sutton
- He has no known grave but is remembered on panel 54, column 3 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
- A brief summary of HMS Greyhound in WW2
- 14 Jan 1940 Captured the German merchant Phaedra in the North Sea.
- 29 May 1940 badly damaged and loaded with some 1000 soldiers rescued from Dunkirk, HMS Greyhound was towed to Dover by the Blyskawica
- 19 Jan 1941 sank the Italian submarine Neghelli with depth charges off Phalconera in the Aegean Sea after the submarine had attacked a convoy and torpedoed the British transport Clan Cumming
- 6 Mar 1941 sank the Italian submarine Anfitrite whilst she was attempting to attack the British convoy GA-8 east off Crete.
- 22 May 1941 HMS Greyhound was bombed from Stuka (Ju-87) dive bombers and sunk in the Kithera Channel about 8 nautical miles north-west of Antikithera Island, Greece during the battle for Crete.
- Kenneth John BALDWIN
- Guardsman, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Army no. 2623627
- He died on 4 April 1945 during the final onslaught on Germany.
- He was 20
- He was the son of Albert R and Anne G Baldwin of King's Sutton
- He is buried in Plot EB Row 1 Grave A3, Groenlo Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland
- In 1999, his medals were sold. The auction description was: Guardsman K. J. Baldwin, Grenadier Guards 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal; together with named condolence slip and card box of issue addressed to Banbury, Oxfordshire, nearly extremely fine 3 E25-35 Guardsman Kenneth John Baldwin's date of death is given as 4 April 1945 whilst serving with the 1st battalion, Grenadier Guards.
- Charles Edward BEVIS
- Private, 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Army no. 5388677
- He died on 27 May 1944 age 27
- He was the son of William and Gertrude Bevis of King's Sutton and the husband of Phyllis Bevis also of King's Sutton
- He is buried in grave IX C 16 Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
- Philip Leslie BOSWELL
- Probably, Craftsman, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Army no. 2321093
- He died on 28 September 1944 He is buried in grave I K 11 Naples War Cemetery
- Walter Julian FISHER
- Captain, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Army no. 63796
- He died on 12 December 1940 age 25
- He was the son of Lt-Col Julian Lawrence Fisher and Dora Richmond Fisher, of King's Sutton
- He is buried in grave XXIX H 13 El Alamein War Cemetery
- Additional information
- General Wavell launched the first British offensive in North Africa on 9 December 1940 against the Italian forces in Egypt. Sidi Barrani was captured on 10 December and by the end of the month British and Dominion troops entered Libya.
- The plan was for the 7th Armoured Division to lead 4th Indian Division and 16th British Infantry Brigade through the 20 mile wide Enba gap between Sofafi (to the south) and Nibeiwa Camp to sweep west and mask Sidi Barrani and the three camps, from the main Italian army, while the 4th Indian with 7th RTR in Matildas went north to overrun the camps and the town.
- The 4th Armoured Brigade crossed the coast road on 9 December and 4th Indian Division attacked Tummar camps and isolated Sidi Barrani. At Maktila, Selby Force took the town with naval support from HMS Terror and HMS Aphis.
- The 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders and 1st/6th Rajputana Rifles soon cracked the defences at Nibeiwa; swept through the camp with bayonet, killing several hundred Italians and taking over 4,000 prisoners. 7th RTR then advanced north to assist 5th Indian Brigade in its assault on a large encampment at Tummar West. The advantage of surprise had been lost, and the attack was hampered by a midday sandstorm.
- The first attack by the Royal Fusiliers was pinned down by enemy fire, but the 3rd/1st Punjabis managed to break through the defences and the camp was taken with a further 2,000 prisoners.
- The 4th/6th Rajputana Rifles drove off an Italian relief column of tanks and lorried infantry. The attack on Tummar was reinforced by the New Zealand drivers of 4 Motor Company, who having borrowed rifles, charged at the head of the British infantry with cries of "Come on, you Pommie bastards"
- 10 December, saw the surrender of the now dispirited and isolated Italian garrisons of Tummar East and Point 90. By the evening, over 5,000 prisoners had been taken and, with 7th Hussars cutting of their retreat. In total some 20,000 prisoners were captured, with the British suffering about 700 losses.
- The offensive continued until February by which time El Agheila, half way across Libya and well on the way to Tripoli, has been reached.
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- James GORDON-JONES
- Mentioned in Despatches
- Captain, Royal Engineers Army no. 245947
- He died on 17 January 1945 age 27
- He was the son of Herbert and C. E. Jones of Bury St. Edmunds and the husband of Florence Mary Gordon-Jones of Gabalfa, Cardiff.
- He is buried in section 7, grave 54 of King's Sutton Cemetery
- Clarence Horace HIRONS
- Guardsman, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Army no. 2622211
- He died on 5 February 1943 age 21
- He was the son of Benjamin J and Ada E Hirons of King's Sutton
- He is buried in grave Sp Mem 3 E 5 Medjez El Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia
- Additional information
- He died in the build up of the forces that were to attack and hold Tunis within the next few months
- D Harry JONES
- No military record has been identified
- R MORRIS
- The Memorial states: Killed in Action in Hong Kong area 1953
- This is probably Able Seaman Reginald G Morris Royal Navy. RN no. SSX 835915.
- Additional information
- On 9 September 1953, Motor Launch ML 1323 Tamar was on patrol in the Pearl River off Hong Kong when it was fired on without warning by a Chinese Communist Ship.
- The ship had a displacement of 46 tons, was 72 feet long, had a crew of 14 and was armed with a 40 mm gun and a 20 mm anti aircraft gun
Several of the crew were killed, the roll including:
- Lieutenant Geoffrey C X MERRIMAN
- Petty Officer Raymond KEYTE, RN no. JX 795885
- Able Seaman Albert C KNIGHT, RN no. SSX 879526
- Able Seaman Reginald G MORRIS, RN no. SSX 835915
- Able Seaman Wilfred D PARNELL, RN no. SSX 836292
- Able Seaman Ralph SHEARMAN, RN no. JX 842871
In addition Captain E F Gower, Royal Hong Kong Defence Force who was on board as a guest was also killed
There were five survivors
- Leading Seaman Gordon R Cleaver
- Stoker Mechanic Kenneth Clarke
- Stoker Mechanic Eric Milner
- Ordinary Telegraphist Frank B Flowers
- Able Seaman Arthur D O'Keefe was seriously wounded
- Susan Veronica OTTO
- A civilian who died at 74 Ebury Street, London on 16 April 1941
- She was 28
- She was the daughter of Major John E and Veronica Otto, Astrop Grange, King's Sutton
- Oliver George TWYNHAM
- Private, 4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, The British Expeditionary Force. Army no. 5387141
- He died between 10 May and 23 June 1940 age 21
- He was the son of Reuben Jesse and of Susan Harriet Twynham of King's Sutton
- He has no known grave but is remembered on column 93 of the Dunkirk Memorial