Men named on the Memorial who died in World War 2 from Deddington, Oxfordshire
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Parish Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Deddington, Oxfordshire

“Live thou for England,

We for England died”

1939 - 1945

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Edward Bostock DUMBLETON
Stoker 1st Class, HMS Manchester, Royal Navy
He died on 24 March 1941 age 21 whilst his ship was being refitted after its role in the Norwegian Campaign
He lived in Clifton and he is buried in Preston Cemetery, Tynemouth
Francis Beesley GARRETT
Flight Sergeant & Rear Gunner, 467 Squadron (RAAF), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve based at Bottesford
He died on 18 August 1943 age 26 on a raid on Peenemunde in Lancaster Bomber LM342 PO
He is remembered on panel 136 of the Runnymede Memorial
His parents were Francis B & Florence R Garrett, Home Farm, Clifton
Additional information
The aeroplane was lost on its first Key Operation with a total of just 42 hours flying time. LM342 was one of the two 467 Squadron Lancasters that were lost on this operation
Airborne 21.45hours, 17 August 1943 from RAF Bottesford
Crashed in the Baltic while approaching the target
Sergeant Brand is buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery
Seven airmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial:
  • Flight Lieutenant PARRY was the Squadron Bombing Leader and was flying as second air bomber
  • 'A' Flight Commander Squadron Leader A S RAPHAEL DFC
  • Sergeant V SMITH
  • Pilot Officer R G CARTER DFC RCAF
  • Sergeant F GREY
  • Flight Lieutenant M H PARRY
  • Flight Sergeant D FIELDEN
  • Sergeant A C BRAND
  • Flight Sergeant F B GARRETT
John Richard Frederick GILKES
Private, 1st Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
He died on 16 July 1944 shortly after the D Day invasion of Normandy and during the Battle for Caen; age 19
He is buried in Brouay War Cemetery, Normandy
He was the son of Richard & Lilian R Gilkes of Deddington
William Reginald GREENAWAY
Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 432 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve based at RAF Swale in Yorkshire
He died on 27 January 1944 age 22 on a bombing raid on Berlin involving 515 Wellington Bombers
He is buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery
He was the son of Reginald & Ethel M Greenaway of Deddington
Additional information
Lancaster no. LL638 of 432 Squadron was lost on its first operation
Airborne at 17.51 hours on 27 January 1944, it crashed at Schmockwitz, a town 22 km SE from the centre of Berlin
The crew were buried locally and they have been subsequently re-interred in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
Four bodies, however, could not be positively identified and their names are recorded on the Runnymede Memorial.
  • Pilot Officer D J PATERSON RCAF
  • Sergeant W R GREENAWAY
  • Flight Officer F/O A D G BELL RCAF
  • Sergeant F W HEINEN RCAF
  • Flight Sergeant C A SHERWOOD RCAF
  • Flight Sergeant R P WILSON
  • Pilot Officer A S GATES RCAF
Ernest Sydney G HALL
Sapper, 576 Corps Field Park Company, Royal Engineers
He died on 13 August 1943 age 27
The Allied Army invaded Sicily on 9 July and the island was captured on 17 August 1943, four days after he was killed
He is buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily
He was the husband of Lilian M Hall of Deddington
Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, 10 Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
He is buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy
He was the son of Edwin & Charlotte Lewis of Deddington
Lawrence Lee PYMAN
Pilot Officer, 65 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, previously with the Cambridge University Air Squadron
He died on 16 August 1940 age 23
He was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot who, on 14 August 1940, had force-landed his aircraft at RAF Manston. His aircraft was peppered with bullet holes
He was shot down and killed on 16 August 1940 in his Spitfire I (K9915) over the Channel near Deal at 17:30 hours
He is buried in Calais Southern Cemetery
He was the son of the late Ronald L Pyman (who was killed in France in 1917) and of C Freyda Roberts (formerly Pyman) of Deddington Manor. Freyda Roberts ran the Hospital in the old Vicarage in Church Street after the number of evacuees with impetigo and scabies could not be accommodated in The Manor House (now Deddington Manor)
Driver, 18th Divisional Signals, Royal Corps of Signals
He died on 12 September 1944 age 33
He was captured in Thailand and was being transported in an unmarked Japanese "Hell Ship", the Rakuyo Maru, when it was torpedoed by the USS Sealion and sank
1,159 Allied Prisoners of War died
The Japanese transported PoWs in unmarked freighters. The prisoners were usually being moved to be used as slave labour and the warships had no means of identifying which vessels were actually PoW transport
He is remembered on Column 46 of the Singapore Memorial
He was the son of the late H. Sorrell & of Eva Sorrell who moved to Deddington after the war to join her daughters who had been evacuated to Deddington. He was the husband of Ethel M Sorrell of Islington
Ernest Arthur SYKES
Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps
He died on 24 June 1941 age 33
He was probably involved in the capture of Damascus involving the Free French, The Indian Army, the Australians and the British from the Vichy French Army
He is buried in grave N 23 Damascus Commonwealth Cemetery
He was the son of George H & Clara E Sykes and the husband of Georgina F Sykes of Deddington


Richard Lovenden HALL
Private, The Kings Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)
He was doing his compulsory Military (National) Service in Malaysia when his patrol was ambushed by terrorists on 10 June 1950 and he was killed
He is remembered on the Roll of Honour in Batu Gajah, known as "God's Little Acre", and his grave is also there
He was the son of Richard S & Edna L Hall, the landlords of the Kings Arms, (now the Deddington Arms) Horsefair

A Plaque on the wall of the Church

Robert Alec Farquhar CHURCHILL
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant, HMS Victorious, Royal Navy
He died on 12 August 1942 age 31 protecting a convoy to Malta
He is remembered on bay 3, panel 1 of the Lee on Solent Memorial
He was the son of Alec F & Elinor Churchill and the husband of Olive H D Churchill (nee Townroe) of Cuckfield, Sussex

A Grave in the Churchyard

William Charles COULTON
Private, 1st Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
He died on 8 September 1941 age 27
He is buried in the Churchyard of St Peter and St Paul, Deddington
He was the son of Charles & Kate Coulton and the husband of Ivy M Coulton of Deddington

Deddington Men who served in World War 2 and who were not killed

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