Tag Archives: World War 2

Richard John Hammersley Ryan GC, RN

Richard John Hammersley Ryan (23/07/1903-21/09/1940). was awarded the George Cross for his actions on 16-21 September 1940 in Dagenham, Essex. “He was 37 years old and serving in the Royal Navy when he was one of two officers who dealt … Continue reading

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Edward Womersley Reynolds EGM

Edward Womersley Reynolds (1917 – 14/12/1955)  was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal (EGM) for two separate incidents in Bristol in the late summer of 1940. The Citation reads: “Lieutenant Edward Womersley Reynolds, 101 and 102 Bomb Disposal Sections, RE. On 17th … Continue reading

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Kennington Park Civilian War Dead Memorial

Kennington Park (Google Earth  51.484066°  -0.108817°)  in South London has a Civilian War Memorial, and it commemorates the over 100 people that were killed in an air raid trench in the park on 15 October 1940. A 50lb bomb caused … Continue reading

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Poplar Civilian War Dead Memorial

During my visit to Tower Hamlets Cemetery in London I was hoping to get images of the Civilian War Dead memorial in the cemetery that I had read about previously. And while it was not my only goal I wandered … Continue reading

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Camberwell Civilian War Dead Memorial

The Camberwell Civilian War Dead Memorial may be found in Camberwell new Cemetery (Google Earth co-ordinates:  51.452983°  -0.047741°). Unfortunately the day of my visit was a dull and miserable one and the memorial was being restored. There are two sets of name … Continue reading

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Harry Nicholls VC

Harry Nicholls (21/04/1915 – 11/09/1975) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Second World War in Belgium. The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of 26 July 1940, Supplement:, 34909, Page:, 4659 reads: “No. 2614910 Lance-corporal Harry NICHOLLS, Grenadier Guards. On … Continue reading

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Air Transport Auxiliary Monument

This gem we spotted one day while in the area of Hamble-Le-Rice, and I was amazed that it was still in place. I was entranced by that Spitfire that I forgot to photograph the whole memorial. Fortunately I did manage … Continue reading

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Southampton Civilian Casualty Memorials

This memorial to Civilians killed during the bombing of the city of Southampton may be found in Hollybrook Cemetery. It is not a very imposing monument either, and if you did not know you would assume it is just a … Continue reading

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Portsmouth Civilian Casualties Memorial

I always keep a look out for these Civilian Memorials because it is very easy to find the military graves in a cemetery, but not as simple to find the graves of those who were killed during the bombing of … Continue reading

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The Lady in White

During and after World War 2, hundreds of ships sailed from or arrived in Durban harbour en route to or from various theatres of war, their decks often packed with soldiers of the UDF and the Commonwealth. Below decks crew … Continue reading

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