RAPC Roll of Honour – World War Two – Detail

There were 81 members of the Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC) who were killed in action or by enemy action as listed in the World War 2 Roll Of Honour contained in the RAPC Journal Spring 1946 Edition. The entries in the pages listed below document the information gathered on each of the men on the roll along with links where available to other external sources of information. If you have any questions or further information about any of the entries in the Roll of Honour, please contact the WW2 Roll of Honour researcher using the enquiry form on the "Contact Us" page.

Page 1 – Surnames beginning ATT to ENG.

This Page – Surnames beginning FOX to KAN.

Page 3 – Surnames beginning KIR to RAP.

Page 4 – Surnames beginning RUS to WYB.

FOX, John, Private, 7666958

Date of Death 7 Dec 42 Location At sea off the Azores.
Incident Sinking of SS Ceramic NACL 417/54
Grave/Memorial Brookwood Cemetery War Memorial. Plot: Panel 20, Column 1.
Date of Birth Abt 1914 Place of Birth Monmouthshire
Next of Kin Son of Owen and Eunice Fox, of Tredegar, Monmouthshire
Will
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FRANKS, Charles William, Sergeant, 7811580

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At sea off St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Dunkirk Memorial. Plot: Column 147.
Date of Birth 28 Sep 1899 Place of Birth St Marys Islington, North London
Next of Kin Son of Charles and Louise Franks. Husband of Frances Franks of Camden Town, London.
Will Probate records him as of 100 Kentish Town Road, London NW1. He left effects of circa £279 to widow Frances Franks.
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FRENCH, Henry Richard, Private, 7665859

Date of Death 7 Dec 42 Location At sea off the Azores
Incident Sinking of SS Ceramic. NACL 417/54
Grave/Memorial Brookwood Cemetery War Memorial. Plot: Panel 20, Column 1.
Date of Birth Abt 1920 Place of Birth South Africa
Next of Kin
Will
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GILES, William Ernest, Private, 7676942

Date of Death 19 Nov 40 Location Leicester
Incident Air raid on Highfield Road. NACL 417/20
Grave/Memorial City of London Cemetery, Newham. Plot:Square 259. Grave 99963.
Date of Birth Q4 1921 Place of Birth Paddington, London
Next of Kin Son of George John Francis Giles and Kathleen Madge Giles of Greys, Essex.
Will
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GOLBY, Gerald Hubert, Private, 7663694

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea off St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Pornic War Cemetery, France. Plot: 1.B.1.
Date of Birth Abt 1918 Place of Birth Dartford, Kent
Next of Kin Son of Percy Howard Compton Golby and Mary Elizabeth Golby of Saffron Walden Essex.
Will
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GOLDING, James Herbert, Captain, 157003

Date of Death 20 Sep 42 Location Malta
Incident Died from wounds received in the bombing of the Army Pay Office, Villa Rosa on 2 Apr 1942. NACL 417/3
Grave/Memorial Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot: Grave 1.2.13
Date of Birth Abt 1892 Place of Birth Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Next of Kin Son of William and Annie Golding; husband of Nellie Golding of Peverell, Plymouth.
Will
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London Gazette WW1 Medal records list the issue of the British and Victory Medals and the GSM and Clasp (Iraq) to James H Golding. The index records that he was a Pte in the Essex Regt (Reg No:7105), a Pte in the Army Pay Corps (17861) and a Cpl in the APC (7657745). The assumption is that he remained in the APC after WW1 as the London Gazette records his appointment as Lt (Asst Paym) from WO1 SSM on 5 Nov 1940.

GOLLEDGE, Albert Arthur, Private, 7675913

Date of Death 2 Apr 42 Location Malta
Incident Bombing of Army Pay Office, Villa Rosa. NACL 417/43
Grave/Memorial Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot: Grave 1.3.25.
Date of Birth Abt 1910 Place of Birth Bath
Next of Kin Son of Henry and Florence Golledge of Street, Somerset
Will Probate records him as of 39 Silver Road, Street, Somerset. He left effects of circa £446 to his mother Florence Golledge.
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GORDON, John Lessels, Private, 7661757

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea off St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Dunkirk Memorial. Plot: Column 148.
Date of Birth Abt 1919 Place of Birth Edinburgh
Next of Kin Son of James Gordon and Jessie Gordon of Leven, Fife.
Will
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Scoonie WW2 His name is recorded on WW2 Memorial at Scoonie, Leven. Private AJ Clacher who was from Leven also lost his life on the Lancastria and is named on the memorial as well.

GRIFFIN, George Herbert, Private, 7680141

Date of Death 20 Sep 41 Location At sea off the Isle of Wight
Incident Sinking of SS Portsdown. NACL 417/31
Grave/Memorial Ryde Borough Cemetery. Plot: Section K. New Portion. Grave 3856.
Date of Birth Abt 1908 Place of Birth Isle of Wight
Next of Kin Husband of Doris K F Griffin of Ryde.
Will
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Daly History Blog The Daly History Blog contains details of the sinking of the SS Portsdown and George Griffin is mentioned in the supporting responses which also provide some interesting personal insights into the sinking.

GRIGGS, Roy, Private, 7667695

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea off St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria. NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Prefailles Communal Cemetery, France. Plot: Grave 69.
Date of Birth Abt 1917 Place of Birth Nottingham
Next of Kin Son of Henry and Adelaide C Griggs of Oxford.
Will
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HARROD, Frank, Lieutenant, 183518

Date of Death 2 Apr 42 Location Malta
Incident Bombing of Army Pay Office, Villa Rosa. NACL 417/2
Grave/Memorial Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot: Grave 1.4.20
Date of Birth Abt 1889 Place of Birth Rye, Sussex
Next of Kin Husband of Rachel Kennedy Harrod of Hyde Park, London, W2.
Will Probate records him as of Wayside, Bury Lane, Epping, Essex. He left effects of circa £604 to his widow Rachel Kennedy Harrod.
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London Gazette WW1 Medal records list the issue of the British and Victory Medals and the 1915 Starto Frank Harrod. The index records that he was a Pte in the Royal Engineers Kent Fortress Company (Reg No: 1723), an Acting Sergeant in the NCC (120321) and an Acting Sergeant in the Corps of Military Accountants (7733103). The assumption is that he then served in the APC after WW1 as the London Gazette records his appointment as Lt (Asst Paymr) from WO1 SSM on 30 May 1941.
Ronald Harrod His son Lieutenant Ronald Harrod died on the 4 January 1944 in France.

HARVEY, Frank Edward, Private, 7676958

Date of Death 19 Nov 40 Location Leicester
Incident Air raid on Highfield Road. NACL 417/20
Grave/Memorial Streatham Park Cemetery. Plot: Square 20. Grave 25416.
Date of Birth Place of Birth South West London
Next of Kin No details
Will
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HEMINGWAY, Robert, Private, 7662918

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At sea off St Nazaire, France.
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial La Bernerie-En-Retz Communal Cemetery, France. Plot: SP Mem "C". Row A. Grave 1.
Date of Birth Abt 1919 Place of Birth Dewsbury
Next of Kin Son of William Ewart Hemingway and Lilian Hemingway of West Town, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
Will
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HENDERSON, Cyril Frank, Private, 7663241

Date of Death 30 Sep 40 Location UK
Incident Assumed died in London Blitz. NACL 417/18
Grave/Memorial Southall (Havelock) Cemetery. Plot: Sec VA Grave 41.
Date of Birth Abt 1919 Place of Birth West London
Next of Kin Son of Edwin Frank and Gladys Mary Henderson, of Southall.
Will
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HEYWOOD, Arthur, Lance Corporal, 7674864

Date of Death 25 Apr 42 Location Malta
Incident Bombing at St Andrews Bks. NACL 417/42
Grave/Memorial Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot: Coll. Grave H.19.
Date of Birth Abt 1914 Place of Birth Manchester
Next of Kin Son of James Arthur and Elizabeth Heywood of Bradford, Manchester.
Will
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HIGGINS, William, Private, 7680866

Date of Death 12 Sep 42 Location At sea of the West Coast of Africa
Incident Sinking of the SS Laconia. NACL 417/49
Grave/Memorial New Monkland Cemetery, Airdrie and also Brookwood Memorial, Panel 20, Column 1.
Date of Birth Abt 1920 Place of Birth Airdrie
Next of Kin Son of Charles and Emma Higgins (nee Bell), of Airdrie, Lanarkshire.
Will
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The Sinking of the Laconia The BBC made a docu-film about the sinking of the SS Laconia. The link to the left is to part one of the film and part two of the film is at this link.

HINDLE, Jack Vernon, Private, 7671067

Date of Death 7 Dec 42 Location At sea off the Azores.
Incident Sinking of SS Ceramic. NACL 417/54
Grave/Memorial Brookwood Cemetery War Memorial. Plot: Panel 20, Column 1.
Date of Birth Abt 1917 Place of Birth Lincolnshire
Next of Kin Son of Viner Moorhouse and Lilly Hindle, of Boston, Lincolnshire.
Will
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HOLLAND, Eric, Private, 7665495

Date of Death 9 Sep 40 Location Chelsea, London
Incident Killed by enemy action at 48 Cadogan House, Beaufort Street. His mother Agnes Holland was killed in the same incident. NACL 417/17
Grave/Memorial Brompton Cemetery. Plot: Plot: R. (106.X.53.). Grave 190255
Date of Birth Abt 1919 Place of Birth South West London
Next of Kin Son of Walter S. Holland and Agnes Holland; nephew of Mr. F. J. Rose of Rampton, Cambridgeshire.
Will
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JOHNSON, Francis Gordon, Private, 7675238

Date of Death 19 Nov 40 Location Leicester
Incident Air raid on Highfield Road. NACL 417/20
Grave/Memorial Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington. Plot: Sec. M.5. Grave RN.56598. Screen wall. Panel 11
Date of Birth Place of Birth Essex
Next of Kin
Will
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KAN, Alexander, Private, 7670628

Date of Death 14Oct 40 Location UK
Incident Assumed died in London Blitz. NACL 417/19
Grave/Memorial Willesdon United Synagogue Cemetery. Plot: Sec FX. Row 12. Grave 521.
Date of Birth Abt 1910 Place of Birth Russia
Next of Kin
Will
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