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Winnifred M. Eade . Women's Land Army from Bridlington, England)
I joined the Land Army in 1941 and at first lived in a hostel in Muston, a little village in North Yorkshire. Shortly afterwards I was moved to Sherborne in Dorset. During my time in the WLA I worked on many farms doing everything from feeding animals, planting and harvesting crops to digging ditches. It was hard work but I loved every minute of it and even got to ride a horse for the first time. I made many new friends during my time in the WLA. I remember my friends Rosie Robson and Freda Jackson who were both from Bridlington which is where I grew up. It was a good feeling knowing that we were contributing to the war effort.
One morning our group of girls were riding in the back of the truck out to the farm. While going down the steep Garaby Hill in East Yorkshire the brakes failed. The truck raced down the hill, crashed through the farmerís fence and into his barnyard. Chickens were flying everywhere! No-one was hurt but we got the day off.
At night the girls would go into the villages for a social time together. Here we would get to know one another and to share a lot of laughs. We would meet soldiers from all over the world who were fighting with us. I made many friends with the girls in my group. It was Freda Jackson who set me up on a blind date with a Canadian soldier. That date was to result in a marriage that lasted 65 years. After the war my husband, Thomas John, and I moved to Canada with other war brides. Since then I have lived in the small town of Lindsay where my husband was born and raised for 68 years.
Sgt Douglas Eades . RAF 12sqd
Sgt. John Henry Eades . Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 115th Sqd. from Salisbury)
(d.22nd Feb 1941)
Jack Eades was my mother's friend and she had a photograph of him in his flying gear, standing beside a Wellington bomber. In her jewellery box she kept an RAF sweetheart brooch. All mum ever told us was that he was killed in the war.
I have done some research and found the following information:
John (Jack) Henry Eades son of Henry and Amy Eades of Salisbury died aged 20 on 22 February 1941 when he was part of the crew of a Wellington Bomber who went on a raid to Brest at 02.51 on that day. On returning to Marham they were diverted to East Winch in Norfolk at 08.30 and the plane crashed into a tree and burst into flames. All six crew were killed.
William Walter Eades . Royal Navy HMS Dorsetshire (d.5th Apr 1942)
My Grandfather served on HMS Dorsetshire as CPO William Walter Eades, unfortunately he went down with the ship, so I never met him.
George Hadley Templeton Eades. . Royal Air Force 58 Sqd. (d.26th March 1943 )
R D Eadie. . 428 Sqd.
Able Sea. Frederick Charles Eager . Royal Navy HMS Penelope from Brighton, Sussex)
(d.5th Apr 1942)
My grandfather Frederick Eager was an Able Seaman on the HMS Penelope and I believe he died when the ship was bombed whilst being mended in Malta. He left behind a 3 year old son, who was my late father. I am looking to see where these brave men were buried in Malta, if indeed they were, as I would go to Malta to find him.
Editor's Note: Frederick Eager is buried in the Kalkara Naval Cemetery in Malta he was the son of William Henry and Dorothy Eva Eager. The husband of Caroline Ivy Eager, Brighton, Sussex.
Sqd.Ldr. Kenneth Richard Wilson "Johnny" Eager DFC MID. Royal Air Force B Flight 98 Squadron from Exeter, Devon, UK)
My father, Kenneth Eager, was born in Exminster, Devon, England on 6th February 1921. He joined the RAF in 1940 and gained his "wings" at the end of that year, after which he was posted to North Africa as a part of Air Sea Rescue.
During his time in the desert he flew mainly Vickers Wellingtons and it was in 1943 that he was awarded the Air Force Cross, having landed in the desert behind enemy lines to rescue a downed Allied pilot. On take-off from the desert a rock punctured one of the tires of the Wellington which forced him to crash land the aircraft when they reached home base.
In late 1943 he was posted back to England to take up training on the B25 North American Mitchell. Upon completion if this training he was posted to number 98 Squadron which was a part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force based at Dunsfold in Surrey, where as a Flight Lieutenant he took part in raids over German occupied France.
On the night of June 5th 1944 my father led one of the first air raids of D-Day on the Germans with a raid on marshaling yards at Caen, in his aircraft was Air Commodore Helmore and a BBC commentator, who was reporting and recording the raid which was one of the first over Normandy on D-Day, which was then played over the BBC radio after D-Day to the world. (See the attached report from his log book below). Later in 1944 he led raids on V-1 rocket sites and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in that year.
Later on in 1944 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and at only 23 years of age, was at the time the youngest Squadron Leader in the RAF and was later asked to be Aid to the King, a position he declined as I his eldest son, had by that time been born.
At the end of the war my father was seconded to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and helped design London Airport. He remained in the RAFVR and flew for two weeks of every year up to 1955 and in 1957 he, with my mother and my siblings, emigrated to Kenya where he took up farming.
Cpl. Leonard Arthur "Jack" Eagle . British Army 2nd Btn. Middlesex Regiment from Walton-on-Thames)
My late father, Leonard Eagle was already in the Middlesex Regiment in 1938 was at Dunkirk and D Day
Marjorie Eagle . Land Army
I am writing on behalf of my mother, Marjorie Envall. She was in the Womens Land Army in the England during the second world war. Her name at that time was Marjorie Eagle and she lived in Northampton. She believes she joined in 1941. Her memory is not as good as it was and she is a little confused about her dates of service. She has many fond memories of that time and is so proud of having been a Land Army Girl. She keeps her land army pictures displayed on her living room wall. I think it would be wonderful if she was to receive a badge to acknowledge her contribution to the war effort. It would be nice if she could be included on your list and perhaps a possibility of contact with someone she worked alongside in what she describes as, " some of the best years of my life". She now resides in Canada, where we have lived since 1957.
Charles Eagles . British Army 9th Btn, S Coy. Durham Light Infantry
I served with 'S' Company, 9th Btn. Durham Light Infantry from D-Day on. I was nicknamed "The Parson's Son" as I didn't drink or smoke. We lost 226 men and 22 officers in about 30 minutes on the 14th June at Lingevres. A small group of us survivors were taken prisoner by a German division of the Panzer Lehr, who in turn were surrounded by the Allies and surrendered to me and my fellow men. I am keen to get in touch with anyone who may remember me from my time with the Battalion, and later service in Germany after the Germans capitulated. I would also like to contact anyone who can remember this incident from the Scottish Regiment that we handed over the Germans to.
Able Sea. Eric George Ealden . Royal Navy HMS Hannibal from Horsell, Woking, Surrey)
My father Eric Ealden started his basic training at HMS Collingwood in May 1942 and left after 8 weeks' training as an Ordinary Seaman. A year later, when commissioned onto HMS Hannibal in May 1943, he was promoted to Able Bodied Seaman. He served in the theatres of war in the Atlantic, AC Europe, Africa and Italy. Like many others who served in WWII, he would never tell of what he had seen, but he used to slightly impatient with US films which "tinkered" with UK history! All he would ever tell me was about the spectacular thunderstorms, high waves and the dolphins!!!
I am extremely proud of my dad's service to his country and would to love know if anyone served alongside my dad.
Walter Eames . Merchant Navy
Walter Eames is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.
Pte. William Arthur Eames . Australian Army 2/10th Ord. Corps
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LAC. George "Mickey " Eardley . Royal Air Force from Chorley, Lancashire)
My late father, George Eardley, was certainly stationed at Lossiemouth some time between December 1941 and September 1946. He had a Salvation Army background and a faded clipping from the Salvation Army newspaper "the musician" dated October 1943 tells me that he conducted a group of Salvation Army vocalists at Elgin including Sgt. Navigator Eddie Fiddler (Edmonton), Don Ryles? (Hanwell), Young peoples band sgt. Bill Dallas (Parkhead), and Corps Colour Sgt.Charlie Wallace (South Shields).
Ord. Seaman L. Earl . Royal Navy HMS Forfar
L. Earl survived the sinking of HMS Forfar.
Pilot Officer Raymond Patrick Earl . Royal Air Force (d.26/27 September 1940)
Raymond Patrick Earl was born in Australia and was my uncle. He resigned from the Astralian Navy and went to England to join the RAF and flew during the Battle of Britain.
His final mission was to bomb two targets, the main target was the battleship Scharnhorst in the harbour of Kiel. His aircraft was the only one not to return and his body was washed up in Sweden 2 months later. He is now buried in the Kviberg Cemetery Gothenburg. He was only 23 years old.
Sergeant Peter Earl. . Royal Air Force 61 Sqd.
Kathleen Earle . Women's Auxiliary Air Force
I was a member of the WAAF and trained at Cranwell, No 1 Radio School as a teleprinter operator. I was also at Records Gloucester and later at RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire in the Signals Section. If anyone from Bramcote sees this, please get in touch.
F/Lt. Bernard Earley DFM MID.. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 15 Squadron. from Hull)
(d.2nd Nov 1944)
Bernard Earley was the pilot of a Lancaster which was brought down over Erp, Holland on 2nd November 1944.
Update: He was made a flight sergeant on 19.10.1942 and that he was awarded the DFM on 2.11.1944 while serving in 101 Squadron. Flying Officer Bernard Earley DFM, MID, was with 15 Sqdn when the Lancaster he was piloting was in collision with another 15 Sqdn aircraft on 2/11/44 whilst on operations to Homberg. Lancaster I HK612 (LS-L) took off from RAF Mildenhall at 11.30 hours on a daylight raid on Homberg oil plant. The aircraft collided with Lancaster III PB115 (LS-W). Those who died are buried in Erp Roman Catholic Cemetery. They are:
- F/Lt B. Earley, DFM, MID (pilot)
- F/O J.E. Campbell (navigator)
- F/O F.J. Frearson (wop/airgunner)
- Sgt W. Hunter (flight engineer)
- P/O G.W. Lilley (airbomber)
- P/O A.A. Markovitch (flight engineer)
- W/O G.W. Morris (airgunner)
- F/Sgt P. Woollard (airgunner)
Ord, Seaman James Peter Earley . Royal Navy HMS Forfar from Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire)
(d.2nd Dec 1940)
Able Sea. James Peter Earley . Royal Navy HMS Forfar (d.2nd Dec 1940)
James Earley lost his life whilst serving on HMS Forfar in the North Atlantic. He is my wife's Uncle Jimmy.
F/Lt. Edward Joseph Earngey . Royal Air Force 7 Squadron from Sydney, Australia)
Ted Earngey was based at Oakington as a Navigator in a Stirling bomber. His aircraft was shot down by Luftwaffe night fighter on 6th of June 1942 and he spent remainder of war in Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Poland.
Dvr. George "Spud" Earnshaw . British Army 17 Coy. Royal Army Service Corps from Carlton in Craven)
A/Cpl. John K. S. Earnshaw . British Army 27 Line Section Royal Corps of Signals from Twickenham)
(d.21st Sep 1944)
Jack Earnshaw joined the Territorials (London Corps of Signals) on 25th of April 1939 at Fulham House. He was posted 17th of December 1939 as part of 10 Line Section with the BEF to France. Jack was evacuated from Dunkirk between 30th of May and 4th of June 1940.
He joined 27 Line Section under Capt Barry Custance Baker in Autumn 1940. Went to Singapore 28 July 1941. Captured on surrender of Singapore, Feb 1942 and worked on the railway until 1944. He was transported back to Singapore and then transported to Japan on the Hofuku Maru. This was sunk on 21st of September 1944 and Jack was killed.
James Richard Eary . British Army Royal West Kent Regiment (d. )
I met James Eary while the Royal West Kent Regiment was stationed in Malta. I believe he was transferred to the Dorset Regiment on 06.03.44. but was not heard of since.
I wish to find out if he survived WW2 and if so I would love to contact him. However, if deceased I would like to contact any of his surviving family. Last but not least, if at all possible, I would like to see his photo. Any help will be truly appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation.,
James Richard Eary . British Army 2nd Btn. West Kent Regiment
The 2nd Battalion Queens Own Royal West Kents were billeted across the road from our residence at Tarshen, Malta. Being 6 years of age then I still recall the day WW2 started in Malta. Through the ensuing years I clearly recall a few soldiers that for us, were much like family. One in particular I well remember is James Eary, wearing a Red Cap. I would love to read a brief of his whereabouts after this regiment left the island. I believe he was transferred to the Dorset Regiment on 6th March 1944, but was not heard of since.
If at all possible, a photograph would truly put the icing on the cake for me and my family. I turned 80 in October 2013 and I would truly love to receive this information before father time beats me to it. Please, could you help or perhaps you may wish to pass this on to the correct source for me?
PO Norman Easby . Royal Air Force (d.28th June 1944)
I am looking for information about my uncle, Pilot Officer Norman Easby, who was killed with all seven crew members when returning from a bombing mission to Germany on 28th June 1944. He was in a Lancaster, I think from Metheringham. The crew were buried in France.
May Easdale . Land Army
My Mum May Easdale (married name Otterson), served in the Women's Land Army at Rozelle Estate in Ayrshire. she died aged 49 in 1972. We would love to hear of anyone who knew her or has stories of their time in Ayrshire's Land Army
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