I have Oberleutnant Harry Wappler's metal pilot wings badge which he gave my mother when he was taken prisoner after crashing in Newport. He was put onto her Western Welsh bus for safety after being rescued by PC Cox.
Sean, FYI, Ivor Herbert Hugget's Death palque is currently for sale here:
I have a photo of the 8th 'May memorial near Ypres, and this is where Arthur John Pope died with around 2000 other men of the Monmouthshire regiment, plus Menin gate where he is remembered also as he has no known grave. He was my G Uncle, oldest brother of my GGrandma Elsie. Love the site
My Uncle, Douglas Hugh Stenner was killed in 1940 whilst serving on HMS Glorious as Yeoman of Signals. His father was Charles Nash Stenner, Police Inspector in Newport Borough Police.
I believe I have a photo of one of the men listed on your site.Sgt. Richard William Brown. This is a photo of Richard in Front of the Glamorgan Police Station. I believe him to be the brother of my gr. grandmother Amy Brown. He was born in Newport to John Brown and Ann Watkins. I will send you a copy of the photo if you are interested.
My Uncle Leon Bradford was killed int the Battle of the Bulge. His parents were Kate B. Riley & Robert E Riley who lived at Rt 3, Box 69, Newport Arksnsas. He died January 1, 1945, just 12 days before the Germans surrendered. He unfortunately was standing behind a howitzer, and they loaded the gun, and set it, but they had what they call a hang fire. They are suppose to wait 5 minutes before they do any thing, but then the gun fired, and the recoil hit my uncle and killed him. They called for medics and the doctor, but he was dead when they got there. He is buried at Henri Chappelle American Cemetery in Belgium, Plot H, Row 1, Grave 37. I would love to have a picture of him, since he died 9 years before I was born. I have a picture of his grave---but all his family members older than I am are gone. I don't even know his birth date. I was hoping maybe you might have it in some school records----and I would really like to know what he looked like. I can send a picture of his grave.
John Patrick Downey was my uncle. I have a photo of his headstone in Flatiron Copse Cemetery if you would like it?
Herbert John Augustus Beckett SWB killed in action 16/4/18. My grandfather was never known to my mother as she was born in 1912. I have always lived in the shadow of his cruel death because the family were left without their breadwinner. My mother had to leave Newport and go to Bournemouth at a very young age. Does anyway have any further information or other photo's of my grandfather?
I grew up with the knowledge of this tragedy happening my father lost his young sister and brother on this boat their name was Chase. We never knew them but as a family we never forget them.
We have been in touch before about various things but I just remembered something I'm not sure I mentioned. I have no recollection of it myself but my sister who like me was at St Julians High School for Girls says that she can remember the lectern in the hall incorporated a memorial to the City of Benares. This would have been in the 1ate 50s, early 60s, so goodness knows if it is still there. Might be worth enquiring?
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