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Surgeon Lieutenant, H.M.S. Nelson, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died at sea at Avoceta 25th September 1941. Aged 31. Born 1910 in Manchester. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Bagot, of Middleton, Lancashire. M.B., Ch.B. Mentioned in Despatches. In the 1911 census he was aged 1, born Middleton, son of Frederick and Alice Bagot, resident 28, Mellalieu Street, Middleton, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 61, Column 3.
Robert Stanfield
Lieutenant Colonel 39824, 4 Port Construction and Repair Company, Royal Engineers. Died 1st September 1944. Aged 41. Born Manchester, resident Grimsby. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Ellen Bamber; husband of Pattie Bamber, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire. B.Sc., M.I.C.E. In the 1927 Electoral Register for Leeds he is listed as being resident at 151, Beeston Road, Leeds. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 26.
John Bavis Beeston
Aircraft Identifier P/JS 2639, H.M.S. President III (M.V. Derrycunihy), Royal Navy. Died 24th June 1944. Born 27th August 1897 in Northwich, Cheshire. Baptised 31st October 1897 in Castle-Northwich, Holy Trinity, Cheshire, son of William and Mary Ann Harriet Bancroft, resident Castle Northwich, Cheshire. Son of William and Mary A. H. Bancroft. M.A. (Cantab.), M.Sc. (Manchester). In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Northwich, Cheshire, son of William and Mary A H Bancroft, resident 120, Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire. In the 1939 Register he was a (M A M Sc) Geologist, resident with his mother, Mary A H Bancroft (a widow), resident East Dean R.D., Gloucestershire. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 87, Column 2.
William Albert Lambert
Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Victorious, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died at sea 17th May 1945. Son of William Henry and Emily Banning, of Eccles, Lancashire. B.A. Hons. No known grave. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 6, Panel 2.
John Henry Richardson
Captain 216227, Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 24th (Uganda) Battalion, King's African Rifles. Died on service in East Africa 23rd March 1945. Aged 28. Born 18th June 1916 in Derbyshire. Resident Derbyshire. Son of William Henry and Celia Anne Barker, of Breadsall, Derbyshire. M.B., Ch.B. In the 1939 Register he was married, a Medical Student, resident 12 Wolseley Place, Manchester C.B., Lancashire. Buried in PHOENIX CEMETERY, Mauritius. Military Section (Officers) Row 1. Grave 11.
William Douglas
Lieutenant 256450, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action in Italy 31st January 1944. Aged 22. Born 16 August 1921 Denbighshire, resident Derbyshire. Son of William Frederick and Elizabeth Pritchard Barnwell, of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. B.A. (Manchester). In the 1939 Register he was at school, resident Cryn Awel Windmill Lane, Ashbourne U.D., Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 8.
Jack Stear
Sergeant (Pilot) 1545047, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd October 1943. Aged 20. Son of Harold and Florence Ellen Beech, of Lymm. King's Scout: Senior Prefect, Lymm Grammar School. Buried in LYMM (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Cheshire. Row 2. West of Church.

Flying Officer 158336, 105 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19th October 1944. Aged 30. Born 11th May 1914. Son of William P. Bertenshaw and Sarah Bertenshaw, of Higher Crumpsall, Manchester; husband of Hilda (nee Griffiths) Bertenshaw, of Southport, married in 1941 in the Southport Registration District, Lancashire. B.A. (Manchester). In the 1939 Register he was a Local Government Clerk in the Education Department, resident with his widowed mother, Sara, a widow, at 97 Wilton Road, Manchester C.B., Lancashire. Alternative Commemoration - buried in Cheetham Hill (St. Luke) Churchyard. Cremated and commemorated in MANCHESTER SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Lancashire. Screen Wall.

Extract from Manchester Evening News 23rd October 1944, page 6:


BERTENSHAW—Whilst on air operations in Oct. 1944, Flying Officer CLIFFORD BERTENSHAW, aged 30 years, dearly-loved husband of Hilda, 64, newton-street, Southport, and beloved younger son of Mrs. and the Late Mr. W.P. BERTENSHAW, 97, Wilton Road, Nr. Crumpsall, Manchester 8 (late of Manchester Education office). Funeral service at St. Luke's Church, Cheetham Hill Road, at 10 a.m. Thursday, 26th, followed by committal at Manchester Crematorium at 11 a.m.

Extract from Manchester Evening News 25th October 1944, page 3:

Officer Killed

Employed in Manchester Education Offices before joining the R.A.F. four years ago. Flying Officer Clifford Bertenshaw, aged 20 (sic), of Newton-street, Southport, has been killed in an air operation.

John Sydney
Sergeant (Navigator) 1387462, 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17th April 1943. Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 8. Row H. Collective grave 1-4.
Sapper 1953828, 294 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 13th April 1945. Aged 21. Born Wiltshire. Resident Wiltshire. Son of Robert and Lilian Mary Blaylock, of Swindon, Wiltshire. Buried in UDEN WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot 2. Row E. Grave 7.
Dryden Ernest Mountney
Leading Aircraftman 1063647, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19th August 1943. Aged 30. Born 1913 in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. Son of Ernest Victor and Alice Eveline Bott; husband of Margaret Alice (nee Hitchen) Bott, of Wickersley, Yorkshire, married 1937 in the Rotherham Registration District, Yorkshire. B.A. Baptised 2nd September 1913 at Ashby de la Zouch, St Helen's, Leicestershire, son of Ernest Victor and Alice Evelyn Bott. Buried in AMBON WAR CEMETERY, Indonesia. Plot 8. Row C. Grave 2.
Frederick Alan

[Transcribed as BARSTER] Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. Trollope, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 6 July 1944. Aged 32. Born 5th June 1912. Son of John and Annie Brasier; husband of Marjorie (nee Bingham) Brasier, of Gatley, Cheshire, married 1938 in the Manchester South Registration District, Lancashire. M.A. In the 1939 Register he was a Municipal Accountant, married to Marjorie, resident 28, Delamere Road, Cheadle and Gatley U.D., Cheshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 88, Column 1.

Extract from finalised England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1986 for Frederick Alan BRASIER:

BRASIER, Frederick Alan of 28 Delamere Rd Gatley Cheshire died 6 July 1944 Administration Manchester 6 June £nil
Former Grant Manchester 11 January 1945 8651907556M

Extract from Manchester Evening News 10th June 1948, page 3:

War dead honoured

Names of three employes (sic) killed in the last war were added to the Manchester City Treasurer'sDepartment Roll of Honour for 1914-18 war at a remembrance service in the Town Hall to-day. The service of dedication was to GFrederick Allan (sic) Barsier, Arthur Moore and John H. Wilde.

Flying Officer (Pilot) 108165, 13 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in hospital 9th April 1943. Aged 28. Born 26th April 1914. Son of Joseph H. Brierley and Kate Brierley of Bramshall, Staffordshire. B.Sc. (Tech.). In the 1939m Register he was a Surveyor, resident with his widowed mother, Kate, resident 17 Corbar Road, Stockport C.B., Cheshire. Buried in LA REUNION WAR CEMETERY, Algeria. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 2. Also commemorated on the family grave in Christ Church Church of England, Woodford, Cheshire.

Extract from Manchester Evening News 14th April 1943, page 7:


BRIERLEY.—Flying Officer ALAN BRIERLEY, aged 28 years, of 100, Woodsmoor Lane, Stockport, youngest son of Mrs. K. and the late J.H. Brierley, died in hospital in April 1943, from injuries received in April 1943, whilst on operational duties with British North Africa Force.

Neville Wilkinson
Lieutenant 277704, 8 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action in Burma at Imphal 17th March 1944. Aged 22. Born Manchester. Resident Stockport. Son of John Tatton Bromley and Annie Bromley, of Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheshire. Buried in IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 9. Row A. Grave 22.
John A
Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve probably John Alderton BROWN, Sergeant 1487397, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th February 1944. Aged 22. Son of Thomas Charles and Ethel May Brown, of Whalley Range, Manchester. B.A., Hons. No known grave. Commemorated om RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 226.
William Desmond
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 124523, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th July 1944. Aged 21. Son of Arthur William and Margaret Frances Browne, of Hale, Cheshire. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.). Buried in OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY, Oxfordshire. Plot I/2. Grave 246.

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