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Cpl. Bernardus Johannes F. Blok .     Dutch Army


William James "Doc" Blomeley .     Royal Air Force 432 squadron   from Kingston, On)

My father, Bill Blomeley, served in WW2, as a rear gunner in "willie the Wolf", a Halifax bomber. I still have his log book of all the bombing runs over Germany.

Jo Anne Gerrard

Sub Lt. (E) Blood .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

10th July 1940 Blood vs Walker

The above photo is from the album of Sub Lt Broadhurst, a boxing tournament on board HMS Forfar, Sub Lt Blood weighed in at 142lbs and OS. Walker at 141lbs. The contest was won by Walker with a technical knockout in the third round. On the horrizon the ship whihc the Forfar was escorting at the time can be clearly seen.

Sgt. J. H. Bloomer .     Royal Air Force 138 Sqd.

Flt.Lt. Harold Blow DFC..     Royal Air Force No. 9 Squadron   from Alford, Lincolnshire)

My father, Harold Blow was a Lancaster pilot during the war and flew 30 missions, including 13 raids on Berlin whilst based at R.A.F Bardney. He continued to fly after the war with 616 squadron R.Aux.Air Force based at R.A.F. Finningley. Unfortunately he was killed in a flying accident in May 1954.

I would like my father's name to be remembered.


Margaret Blower .     Land Army

My sister in law Margaret Mogford nee Blower served in the land army during ww2. She likes talking of her bit she did as a land army girl.

John W Tyson

Margaret Blower .     Womens Land Army

I still have fond memories of my time in the Land Army which were very happy times spent mainly in Warwickshire. My dearest friend was Flo Lockey who married a man from Shipston-on-Stour and I would dearly love some information about Flo. My other friend was a girl named Maud nickname Ginger for obvious reasons, who married a Canadian and went to live in Canada. The place she lived was in Manitoba. They were great friends and I truly missed them when I left the Land Army for family reasons.

Margaret Mogford

Pte. Selwyn James Bloxham .     Australian Army 2nd Australian Imperial Force

SB Flynn

Cpl. Stanely Joseph Blujus .     United States Army


Sergeant L Blundell .     RAF 578 Squadron

Handley Page Halifax III, NA568 LK-Q, took off 11th September 1944 16.04 hrs, Op: Gelsenkirchen. The aircraft was hit by flak and crashed 18.30 hrs. in Kirchhellen. All crew survived and made POW except Sgt J A Ridley who sadly was killed. Sgt J A Ridley is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.


  • P/O T S Coram RAAF
  • Sgt L Blundell
  • F/S J M Tregoning
  • F/S J Callingham RCAF
  • Sgt C Inge
  • Sgt J A Rix
  • Sgt J A Ridley

    Ron Rix

  • Gnr. Fred Blunden .     British Army Royal Artillery Maritime Regiment

    My Dad, Fred Blunden, was on the last ship to be lost to U-boats in the Med in WW2, the SS Fort Missanabie. He served as a DEMS Gunner with the Royal Artillery Maritime Regiment.


    Private Edward Frederick David Blundy .     Army   from Coventry)

    I am writing as Ted Blundy's second son....he sadly died back in '80. Now that I am in my 50's, I am keen to learn more of his war service from anyone who knew him and served with him. Our family has a lot of Dads's war photos from the desert campaigns but there a many gaps in our knowledge. Can you help? Alan Blundy

    Alan Blundy

    Sgt Winifred Enid "Billy" Blunt .     First Aid Nursing Yeomanry   from Kenya)

    I Would be grateful for any information of the years my mother Winifred Blunt above served with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry while in Kenya during WW2. She was 100 years old in Sept 2010 and lives with us.

    Nick Blunt

    Ldg Seaman. H. Blythe .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

    Ldg Seaman Blythe survived the sinking of the Forfar.

    Louise "Pip" Blythe .     Land Army

    Sandie Bravery

    Tpr. Thomas Robinson Boal .     British Army 23rd Hussars Royal Armoured Corps (d.27th Dec 1944)

    Thomas Boal died aged 19, he was the son of David and Lily Boal (nee Robinson) of Jarrow

    Thomas is buried in Brussels Town Cemetery.

    Vin Mullen

    F/S J. G. S. Boanson .     Royal Air Force 514 Sqd. (d.8th Jun 1944)

    F/S Boanson was killed when Lancaster DS822 JI-T came down at La Celle Le Bordes France on the 8th of June 1944 whilst on a bombing raid to Massy Palaiseau.

    Pte. Herbert Boardman .     British Army Durham Light Inf   from St.Helens, Lancs)


    Peter Smith

    F/Sgt. Angelo Joseph "Boccy" Boccinfuso .     Royal Canadian Air Force 103 Squadron RAF   from Ormond Street, South, Thorold, Ontario, Canada)

    Angelo Boccinfuso enlisted on the 22nd of September 1943, he was discharged on the 20th of February 1946.

    Sgt. August Wilhelm F. Bochardt .     Dutch Army   from Holland)


    S/Sgt. Norbert H. "Bock" Bockerstette .     U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, HQ Co., Ani-Tank  Platoon 84th Div. 334th Inf. Regt.   from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

    Homburg, Germany, 1945. Left: S/Sgt. Bockerstette Right:  Pfc. George J. Hage

    Mary E. Hover

    Mary Boddy .     WAAF 106 Sqd.

    My Aunt Mary Boddy and my mother Winifred Boddy, as they were then known, were attached to 106 Sqd, my father Flt Lt John O'Leary flew with 106 Sqd.

    Shaun O'Leary

    Winifred Boddy .     WAAF 106 Sqd.

    Mother Winifred Boddy and her sister Mary Boddy, as they were then know were attached to 106 Sqd, my father Flt Lt John O'Leary flew with 106 Sqd.

    Shaun O'Leary

    Dvr. Stanley Walter Boden .     British Army 229 Coy Royal Army Service Corps   from Fulham)

    My father, Stanley Walter Boden, was born on the 7th August 1923, to Walter William Boden and Lillian Kate Boden (nee Iggulden). Dad had three brothers, Cyril, Fred and Henry.

    Stanley Walter Boden joined the army on the 18th February 1943 at the age of 19 years and 7 months, (having already served in the Home Guard) and after having been transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C) reported to number 2 training battalion at Heckfield, Maidstone on the 31st March 1943 with the rank of private and was immediately given the rank of driver and his service number was prefixed “T”. His next posting was to 229 Company R.A.S.C. on the 12th April 1943. Dad seems to have led a rather un-eventful life until 29th January 1944 when he was awarded 10 days F.P (Field Punishment) by the Commanding officer for refusing to obey an order and using obscene language to an NCO. 229 Coy RASC moved to Southgate House, Clowne, Derbyshire which was a Small country house owned by the Bowden family. It would appear that this is where he met my mother Iris as she lived in the village of Balborough which is a couple of miles away.

    On the 1st May 1944 at 04:00hrs, the company moved from Southgate House, to Surrenden Dering in Kent, (Surrenden Dering was a manor house, located in Pluckley, Kent) having staged overnight in Stevenage where they arrived at 16:00hrs on the 1st May. Leaving Stevenage at 10:00hrs on the 2nd May they arrived at Surrenden Dering at 18:00hrs. From the 2nd May 1944 until the 11th May 1944 the company, under the command of Major H Shaw appears to have just waited for embarkation to North West Europe. On the 23rd May 1944 at 10:00hrs, the company embarked on a signals exercise called “Slasher” which concluded on the 24th May at 10:00hrs. On the 25th May 1944 at 10:00hrs the company commenced on signals exercise “Ramsey” which ended on the same day at 19:00hrs and the following day at 10:00hrs took part in signals exercise “Heinrich” which ended at 19:00hrs.

    On the 30thMay 1944, 6 officers and 125 other ranks attended a “Service before battle” in Canterbury Cathedral. Coincidentally I believe that my Grandfather, Dad's dad, also attended a Service before battle at Canterbury Cathedral in August 1914 before going the France with the 9th (Queens Royal) Lancers.

    On the 16th July 1944 the company moved to the marshalling area in London, arriving at 08:15 hrs. and 2 OR’s were dispatched to hospital. On the 17th July at 07:00hrs half of the company embarked from the London docks and on the following day the remainder of the company embarked and the arrived at Arromanches on the 21st July, half of the company disembarking at “Gold Beach” and a detachment took up positions at Sommervieu, which is 13.5 Km (9 miles) from Cully where the mystery photo was taken and I think adds weight to mum's claim.

    On the 23rd July the remainder of the company disembarked on Juno Beach. On the 24th July the remaining elements of the company arrived and on the 28th July moved location to Cahagnolles, arriving on the 29th July 1944. On the 30th July the company reached Les Mesnil where it set up forward ammunition and petrol point and 1 OR was wounded and evacuated to 34 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).

    On the 1st August the forward ammunition and petrol point which was near Caumont was shelled with 1 OR wounded and on the 4th August the Coy moved to St. Martin des Besaces to set up an ammunition and petrol point, and on the 9th August Dvr W Price was declared a deserter. By the 11th August the company had moved to Tinchebray where it absorbed the rear point on route and one OR was admitted to 11 light field ambulance. On the 20th August the company moved forward to a location given as 724287 where a detachment was sent to Beny Bocage to assist in forming the Falaise cushion.

    Eric Boden

    F/O Robert Bodie .     Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqd.

    Able Seaman Dennis George Bodman .     Royal Navy MTB681   from London)

    Melanie Bodman

    Lt.Col. Edward Hedley Body MC..     British Army 5th Battalion East Kent Regiment   from Wittersham Court, Wittersham,Kent)

    Lt Col Edward Body, who has died aged 81, was awarded an MC in 1944 while serving in Italy with the 5th Battalion The Buffs during Operation Diadem, General Alexander's advance on Rome.

    On May 19 Body, then a captain commanding "Y" Company, was in his battalion's attack on Aquino when the company was pinned down by machine-guns and snipers whose positions proved impossible to locate. Although he knew that the enemy was less than 100 yards away, Body continually moved about in the grass trying to observe them. Eventually he was hit in the shoulder by machine-gun bullets. Barely conscious, he continued to command his company and to send wireless messages back to Battalion Headquarters until another officer arrived to relieve him.

    Eventually the order was given to withdraw. Two men were detailed to carry Body, who told them to leave him. When they refused and started to lift him, he pushed them away and, so as not to be a burden to them, staggered off unassisted. Throughout the withdrawal, which was carried out under heavy mortar and machine-gun fire, Body continued to shout orders at his men, and showed them the way to safety.

    In the words of the citation: "Throughout the whole operation, Captain Body was a continual source of inspiration to all the officers and men in his Company, and set a magnificent example."

    Edward Hedley Body was born at Middlesbrough on May 24 1920 and educated at Tonbridge. Intending to emulate his father and become a doctor, he then went up to Brasenose, Oxford, to study Medicine. At the outbreak of war, Body discovered that, as a medical student, he was exempted from conscription; anxious to enlist, he made a point of attending only lectures unconnected with his subject until eventually he was expelled. He was then called up and joined The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment), with which he had family connections. On gaining his commission he joined the 5th Battalion, part of 78th Division, and took part in the North African landings and the Tunisian campaign.

    Body was wounded in the leg during the invasion of Sicily and evacuated to Malta. Impatient to rejoin his battalion, he discharged himself from hospital and made his way to Italy. On his arrival at his battalion the adjutant greeted him with the words: "Hello, Edward. We wondered when you would turn up. We've just had you posted as a deserter."

    During the 78th Division's march on Cassino, Body was posted at a fork in the road to show the way. It was pouring with rain so he huddled under an umbrella - a sight which soon had the passing troops singing Any Umbrellas. The positive effect of this on morale was such that the adjutant ordered him to carry the umbrella at all times in future. Together with an old blanket which Body draped over his shoulders, this later served as a useful disguise during scouting expeditions around Monte Cassino.

    After the action at Aquino, Body was evacuated to England. He was refused permission to rejoin his regiment on the ground that he was not fully fit and posted to the carrier Colossus as Army Liaison Officer, with responsibility for teaching Fleet Air Arm pilots to recognise Army positions. While Colossus was berthed in Alexandria on its way to the Far East, Body learned that a film of Antony and Cleopatra was being made in the desert.

    As a training exercise, he instructed his pilots to try to find the film's location. Some time later they returned, having "beat them up at zero feet", sending actors, crew and the Egyptian Camel Corps fleeing in all directions. Fortunately for Body, Colossus sailed the next day, leaving the RAF to take the blame for this event.

    Body celebrated the end of the war in Sydney and then spent some time running a camp for former civilian PoWs in Shanghai before returning to England. He re-entered Brasenose but, having inherited the family farm on the deaths of his two brothers (both killed while serving with the RAF), he now studied Agriculture.

    In 1948, he took a job as a land agent on a large estate in Cheshire. To gain more practical experience, he then spent a year as a tractor driver and farmhand in Dumfriesshire before buying a small dairy farm in Kent. After seven years there, a back injury meant that he could no longer work his farm; so he went to Kenya where he ran another large estate for 18 months before joining the Kenya Agricultural Department. After a period as a lecturer in central Nyanza he went to Thika as Sisal Officer, later becoming Colony Potato Officer. Shortly afterwards he was transferred to Kisumu, in Nyanza, to help with the handover to African administration. After returning once more to Britain in 1965, Body went to live in Wales. Apart from two years in Sarawak as principal of an agricultural college, he remained there for the rest of his life. From 1974 until his retirement in 1989, he ran a bookshop in Brecon.

    Edward Body had a fine mind and a cheerful scepticism about conventional wisdom. Quiet and thoughtful, with a gentlemanly disposition, he won the respect and affection of all who knew him. He married, in 1948, Barbro Ygberg, a Swede whom he had met in Alexandria. She survives him together with their four daughters.

    Ivor Body

    MM2C. Lucien Charles Boehm .     United States Navy   from Kentucky. USA)


    Pfc. Harold John Boetcher .     United States Army 33rd QM Regt (Trk) Quartermaster Corps   from Montana, USA)


    Pte. Wilford Firdand Boettger .     United States Army Coast Artillery Corps K Btry 59th CA Regt HDM & SB   from Missouri)


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