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.
Eric Brock, Lance Corporal, 2008307, Royal Engineers.
Eric was the Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Brock, and the husband of Lucy May Brock, of Pembroke. He served with 284 Assault Squadron, Royal Engineers, which was an armoured assault unit.
Eric landed on the Normandy Beaches in June 1944, and took part in the break out of Normandy, and the drive north towards Belgium. On 20 October 1944, at a farm on Isabelleweg near the town of Ijzendijke, a horrific explosion occurred, which caused the death of forty-one British and Canadian soldiers and caused injury to another fifty-one some of which would be fatal.
One of the dead was Eric. He was killed on 20 October 1944, aged 25, and is buried at Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
The explosion was never fully investigated, but at the time, the men of 284 Assault Squadron were busy repairing and refuelling several tanks, and it is thought that an unstable load of nitroglycerine had exploded, killing the men.
Edwin Cook, Private, 4031749, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.
Edwin was born in Carew, the son of George Thomas Cook, and Mary Ann Cook. He was the husband of Ada Cook, of Altrincham, Cheshire, and served in the 1st Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.
The Battalion was based on the Maginot Line at the outbreak of World War Two, and it was here that Edwin was killed, on 21 May 1940.
He was 26 years old, and is buried at Froyennes Communal Cemetery, Belgium.
Corlis St. Leger Hawkes, Pilot Officer, 128712, RAF Volunteer Reserve.
Corlis was the son of Son of Lt.-Col. Corliss St. Leger Gillman Hawkes and Eleanor Muriel Hawkes, of Milton, Pembrokeshire. He was a Pilot with 267 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which had reformed in August 1940 from the Communications Unit, Heliopolis, for local transport duties in Egypt.
The Squadron used a variety of types of aircraft for transporting passengers, mail and freight between Egypt and outlying bases. Larger aircraft were acquired by the end of 1941 and by August 1942, operations extended throughout the Mediterranean area. Its role included the movement of personnel and equipment, casualty evacuation and occasional supply-dropping missions to guerrilla bands in Italy and the Balkans.
Corlis was killed in Greece on 22 August 1942 aged only 21, and is buried at Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt.
Ronald George Hay, Petty Officer Stoker, D/KX 83607, Royal Navy.
Ronald was the son of James and Inez Hay. He was also the husband of Gwendoline Avesnes Hay, of Milton, Pembrokeshire. He served in the Royal Navy aboard H.M.S. Jackal. HMS Jackal (F22) was a J-class destroyer of the Royal Navy laid down by John Brown and Company, Limited, at Clydebank in Scotland on 24 September 1937, launched on 25 October 1938 and commissioned on 31 March 1939.
She was attacked by enemy German Ju-88 bombers of Lehrgeschwader 1? north-west of Mersa Matruh in Egypt on 12 May 1942 and severely damaged, and scuttled by HMS Jervis.
Ronald was killed by the bombing that day, aged 29. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Howard Stanley John, Able Seaman, D/SSX 28198, Royal Navy.
Howard was the son of William Alfred and Mary Jane John, of Cresselly, Pembrokeshire, and served in the Royal Navy aboard H.M.S. Repulse.
Repulse had been built in World War One, and was a lightly armoured Battlecruiser. She was refitted and modernised in 1938, and operated with the Home Fleet in the North Sea and Atlantic during the first two years of the Second World War, taking part in the pursuit of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941.
Later in the year she was sent to the Far East, accompanying the new battleship Prince of Wales. The two ships arrived at Singapore just before Japan began the Pacific War.
As soon as hostilities commenced, both steamed northwards to intercept a reported invasion force. While returning to Singapore on 10 December 1941, Repulse and Prince of Wales were attacked by Japanese high-level bombers and torpedo planes.
Repulse was moderately damaged by bombs early in the action and was later hit by several torpedoes. After receiving this heavy underwater damage, she sank rapidly, followed less than an hour later by the Prince of Wales.
Howard went down with the ship that day. He was only 20 years old, and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Thomas Melgwyn Neale, Fusilier, 4208890, Royal Welch Fusiliers.
Thomas was the son of Edwin and Mary Neale, of Redberth, Pembrokeshire, and the husband Of Annie Mary E. Neale, of Narberth. He served with the 6th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, which was part of the 53rd (Welsh) Division that landed on Normandy at the end of June, 1944.
Thomas was killed during the fighting in the Bocage on 17 July 1944.
He was 24 years old, and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial, France.
George Richard Phelps, Flight Lt. (Pilot), 150236, RAF Volunteer Reserve.
George was the son of Joseph George and Phebe Jane Phelps, of Pembroke.
He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, in 166 Squadron, which was a heavy bomber Squadron, flying Lancaster bombers after 1943.
George was killed when his aircraft was shot down over Germany on 1 March 1945.
He was just 22 years old, and is buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
Colwyn Scourfield, Trooper, 7933318, Royal Armoured Corps.
Colwyn was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Scourfield, of Milton, Pembrokeshire, and served with the 50th Royal Tank Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps.
They saw action in the Western Desert and North Africa, including El Alamein, Mareth and Sfax, and then Sicily, and Italy, which is where Colwyn was killed on 19 July 1943.
He was 27 years old, and is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial, Italy, and on his brothers grave at Carew Cheriton
Anthony Froude Trollope-Bellew, Lieutenant, 222332, Rifle Brigade.
Anthony was the nephew of Lord Kesneven, and the son of Colonel Froude D. Trollope-Bellew, D.S.O., M.C., and the Hon. Mrs. Nesta Trollope-Bellew, of Crowcombe, Somerset.
Anthony served as a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade, which moved to North Africa as part of the British 7th Motor Brigade.
The Battalion fought with great distinction during the Second Battle of El Alamein at the end of 1942, which is where Anthony was killed on 2 November 1942.
He was just 20 years old, and is buried at El Alamein War Cemetery, Tunisia.