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MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
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PARKER
Geoffrey Albert Norris
Pilot Officer (Pilot) 157408, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th July 1943. Aged 22. Son of John Norris Parker and Nora Adelaide Parker, of Farnworth, Lancashire. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Hamburg, Germany. Plot 10A. Row C. Grave 9.
PEAKE
Alan Morrison
Flying Officer (Pilot) 122230, 63 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th February 1943. Aged 21. Birth registered in 1921 in the Bolton Registration District, Lancashire. Son of William Edward and Elsa Peake, of Crumpsall, Manchester. Alternative Commemoration - buried in Cheetham Hill (St. Luke) Churchyard. Cremated at MANCHESTER SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Lancashire. Comemorated on Screen Wall.
PEAR
Brian Hatherley
Lieutenant 245363, "C" Squadron, 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons), Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action 3rd November 1944. Aged 25. Born 24th June 1919, and resident, Manchester. Son of Tom Hatherley Pear and Catherine Pear, of Manchester; husband of Muriel Elizabeth Pear, of Didsbury, Manchester. In the 1939 Register he was a Student, resident The Crof Ladybrook Road, Hazel Grove and Bramhall U.D., Cheshire. Buried in MAASBREE ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Limburg (Netherlands), Netherlands. Row 2. Grave 6.
PETERS
Sydney Albert
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1375369, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21st January 1942, death registered 1942 in the Chapel-en-le-Frith Registration District, Derbyshire. Born 1915 in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. Buried in WEST WICKHAM (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD, Kent.
PICKFORD
Jack
Lieutenant 300058, Lancashire Fusiliers seconded to the Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action in France 7th July 1944. Aged 29. Born 23rd August 1916 in Lancashire, resident Lancashire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Pickford; husband of Freda Pickford, of Runcorn, Cheshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Chemist Manufacturing, single, son of Samuel and Mary Pickford, resident 26 Henrietta Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne M.B., Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on BAYEUX MEMORIAL, Calvados, France. Panel 14, Column 1.
PLATTS
Hugh James
Flying Officer 162128, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21st October 1945. Aged 24. Son of Eric and Hilda Platts, of Sale, Cheshire. B.Sc., Hons. (Manchester). No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Rgupt. Column 283.
POMFRET
James Drake
Sub Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Heron, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 15th September 1941. Aged 22. Born 11th April 1919, birth registered in 1919 in the Blackburn Registration District, Lancashire. Son of Joseph and Alice Pomfret, of Blackburn. In the 1939 Register he was a Student, son of Joseph and Alice Pomfret, resident 67, Buncer Lane, Blackburn C.B., Lancashire. Appointed Temporary Sub-Lieutenant (A) 3rd May 1941. Buried in MELLOR (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Row 11. Grave 5.
POWNER
James Henry
Flying Officer (Navigator) 153204, 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15th November 1944. Aged 20. Son of William Henry and Florence Daisy Powner, of Stafford. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 4. Row B. Grave 2.
PRESTON
George
Gunner 1459058, 64 (The Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died between 2nd and 3rd December 1942. Aged 23. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 9.
PRESTON
Philip Stanfield

Captain 187185, Royal Artillery attached to 301 Field Regiment, East African Artillery. Killed in action at sea 12th February 1944. Aged 24. Born Sheffield, resident Manchester. Son of Tom and Beatrice Preston. B.A. No known grave. Commemorated on EAST AFRICA MEMORIAL, Kenya. Column 1.

Extract from Manchester Evening News 4th April 1944, page 6:

ROLL OF HONOUR

PRESTON.—In February 1944, drowned at sea as a result of enemy action, Captain PHILIP STANSFIELD PRESTON, Royal Artillery, aged 24, dearly-loved youngest son of Beatrice and the late Tom Prston, of 22, College Drive, Whalley Range, Machster 16.

PURVES, MBE
William Hay
Major 78680, Royal Army Medical Corps. Dangerously ill 16th November 1943, died in the Middle East 18th November 1943. Aged 32. Born Burnley, resident Cheshire. Son of William James Purves and Lily Jane Purves; husband of Constance Mary Frances (nee Lyth) Purves, of Cheadle, Cheshire, married 1939 in Manchester. M.B., Ch.B. Awarded the Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.). Buried in FAYID WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 1/ Row G. Grave 20.

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