Boswell, Stanley George
Stanley George Boswell, Corporal, 3957794, Royal Hampshire Regiment.
Little is known of Stanley, but he served with the 7th Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment.
The Battalion was a Territorial unit, and was sent to Normandy as a reinforcing unit after D-Day, landing on 22 June 1944 at Le Hamel attached to 130 Brigade.
On 10 July 1944 the 7th Battalion attacked Maltot, supported by tanks of 44th RTR. The village was defended by Waffen SS troops supported by Tiger tanks, and the Battalion suffered severe casualties, but was back in the line two days later.
On 30 July 1944 the 7th Battalion attacked the village of Cahagnes, fighting in typical ‘bocage’ countryside, but after the initial attack by the brigade ran into difficulties, 7th Battalion deployed from reserves and captured Cahagnes, beating off several German counter-attacks.
On 2 August the 7th Battalion moved up to Jurques, and after a short stiff fight advanced to “Point 132”, close to Mount Pincon. On 6 August the 7th Battalion put in a deceptive attack on Mount Pincon, making a diversion whilst 129 Brigade made a flank attack. During heavy fighting, “C” company lost many casualties, including all the officers. Following the successful flank attack by 129 Brigade, the 7th Battalion mopped up and concentrated near Mauny by 10 August.
Stanley was killed in action on 9 August, 1944 aged 30. He is buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, France.