RAPC Roll of Honour – World War Two

RAPC Roll of Honour – World War Two – Detail Page 1

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 at: rapcweb.ww2rollofhonour@gmail.com.

This Page – Surnames beginning ATT to ENG.

Page 2 – Surnames beginning FOX to KAN.

Page 3 – Surnames beginning KIR to RAP.

Page 4 – Surnames beginning RUS to WYB.

ATTWOOD, Harry, Private, 7677985

Date of Death 19 Nov 40 Location Leicester
Incident Air raid on Highfield Road. NACL 417/20
Grave/Memorial St Thomas' Churchyard, Rotherham. Plot: Old Part. Grave 2620
Date of Birth Abt 1916 Place of Birth Rotherham
Next of Kin Father James Edward Attwood
Will Probate records record him as of The Green Dragon Hotel, Kimberworth, Rotherham. Died at 32 Highfields Road on 19 Nov 1940 and his effects were left to James Edward Attwood Licensed Victualler
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BACKHOUSE, Ronald Douglas, Private, 7674348

Date of Death 05 May 41 Location Durham
Incident Assumed killed in air raid NACL 417/124
Grave/Memorial Newcastle upon Tyne West Road Cemetery. Plot: Panel 1
Date of Birth Q4 1916 Place of Birth Gateshead
Next of Kin
Will
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Blaydon Ronald's name is recorded in a bible which commemorates those members of Blaydon Secondary School who lost their lives in the World War of 1939-1945.
St Nicholas His name is also recorded on the lectern at St Nicholas at Christ Church, Dunston, Gateshead.

BARTON, Arthur Edward, Captain, 120075

Date of Death 25 Nov 44 Location Deptford, South East London
Incident V2 rocket hit Woolworths, Deptford NACL 417/85
Grave/Memorial Enfield Crematorium. Plot: Commonwealth War Dead, Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 1.
Date of Birth Q2 1888 Place of Birth Camberwell, South East London
Next of Kin
Will
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Woolworths Records list his death as being recorded in Deptford and on the 25 November 1944 the local branch of Woolworths was hit by a V2 rocket with the loss of 168 lives of which he was more than likely one.


BECKETT, Leslie, Corporal, 5826157

Date of Death 03 Apr 42 Location Malta
Incident Bombing of Army Pay Office, Villa Rosa. NACL 417/41
Grave/Memorial Addolorata Cemetery, Malta. Plot: Div. West. Sect. L.A. Compt G. Grave 27.
Date of Birth Mar 1918 Place of Birth Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Next of Kin Son of Joseph and Lillian Beckett. Husband of Carmen Margherite Beckett of Sliema.
Will
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BILLING, Lawrence George, Lieutenant, 214636

Date of Death 02 Dec 42 Location At Sea in the North Atlantic
Incident Sinking of SS Coamo NACL 417/3
Grave/Memorial Brookwood Military Cemetery, Plot: Brookwood (1939-1945) Memorial, Panel 20, Column 1.
Date of Birth Abt 1898 Place of Birth Derby
Next of Kin Son of George and Ellen Billing of Borrowash, Derbyshire; husband of Hettie Louise Billing, of Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Will Probate records record him as of Pond Hall, Hadleigh, Suffolk, His effects of circa £162 were left to his widow Hettie Louise Billing.
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Served during WW1 with the Royal Engineers and the Leicestershire Regiment.


BRIGGS, Harold, Private, 7668065

Date of Death 19 Nov 40 Location Leicester
Incident Air raid on Highfield Road. NACL 417/20
Grave/Memorial Bramley Baptist Churchyard, Bramley. Plot: Section 6, Grave 260
Date of Birth Abt 1915 Place of Birth Leeds
Next of Kin Son of Lewis and Sarah Briggs of Bramley Leeds, husband of Gwendoline Elsie Briggs of Leeds.
Will
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BYNE, William Horace, Lance Sergeant, 7658670

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea of St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Dunkirk Memorial. Plot: Column 147. Last resting place not known.
Date of Birth Jan 1907 Place of Birth Hackney, East London
Next of Kin
Will Probate records record him as of18 Ickburgh Road, Upper Clapton, London.Death recorded as being on war service and his effects were left to Dorothy Mary Elizabeth Thompson spinster.
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CANNON, Frederick Thomas Charles, Lance Sergeant, 5172653

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea of St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Pornic War Cemetery, France. Plot: 1.AB.4
Date of Birth Q4 1902 Place of Birth Dartford, Kent
Next of Kin
Will
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Recorded in 1911 Census as living at the Kent County Lunatic Asylum with his Mother, Eileen Frances Cannon and his Father, Frederick Thomas Charles Cannon who was an Asylum Attendant.


CHERRY, Leonard Thomas Charles, Private, 7671349

Date of Death 15 Sep 40 Location UK
Incident Assumed died in London Blitz NACL 417/18
Grave/Memorial Brookwood Cemetery War Memorial. Plot: Panel 20, Column 1.
Date of Birth Abt 1915 Place of Birth St George in the East, London
Next of Kin
Will Probate records record him as of 89 Edinburgh Road, Plaistow, Essex. His effects were left to Martha Elizabeth Wildish (wife of William John Wildish).
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Death registered in West Ham so assumption died in the London Blitz.


CLACHER, Alexander Johnson, Private, 7663275

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea of St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Dunkirk Memorial. Plot: Column 148.
Date of Birth Abt 1920 Place of Birth Fife
Next of Kin Son of David and Reston Clacher of Leven, Fife.
Will
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Scoonie WW2 His name is recorded on WW2 Memorial at Scoonie, Leven. Private JL Gordon who was from Leven also lost his life on the Lancastria and is named on the memorial as well.


COHEN, Lionel Henry, Private, 7675381

Date of Death 19 Nov 40 Location Leicester
Incident Air raid on Highfield Road. NACL 417/20
Grave/Memorial Gilroes Cemetery and Crematorium, Leicester. Plot: Sect. S. (Jewish). Grave 96.
Date of Birth Q1 1917 Place of Birth Whitechapel, East London
Next of Kin Son of Abraham and Beattie Cohen of Leicester.
Will
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27 Highfield St Internet pages related to the Jewish Cemetery at Gilroes record that Private Lionel Henry Cohen who was a soldier in the Royal Army Pay Corps was billeted at 27 Highfield Street with eleven other Pay Corp Officers who all died that night.


COX, Cecil, Corporal, 7658735

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea of St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Dunkirk Memorial. Plot: Column 148.
Date of Birth Abt 1904 Place of Birth Camberwell, West London
Next of Kin Son of Daniel and Ellen Cox. Husband of Winifred Cox of Worthing, Sussex.
Will
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DAVIES, Charles Parker, Private, 7678505

Date of Death 2 Apr 42 Location Malta
Incident Bombing of Army Pay Office, Villa Rosa. NACL 417/41
Grave/Memorial Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot: Grave 1.3.17.
Date of Birth Q4 1916 Place of Birth Burnley, Lancashire
Next of Kin Son of Walter and Mary Arkinstall Davies. Husband of Mary Davies
Will
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DILLEY, Alfred, Private, 7673850

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.21.
Date of Birth Q2 1915 Place of Birth Islington, North London
Next of Kin Son of William and Caroline Dilley of Upper Holloway, London.
Will
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DINGLE, Albert, Private, 7673543

Date of Death 16 Oct 40 Location UK
Incident Assumed air raid in Southgate area. NACL 417/19
Grave/Memorial Southgate Cemetery. Sect. HA. Grave 295.
Date of Birth Abt 1912 Place of Birth Russia
Next of Kin Wife Mabel Dingle. (M: Q3 1937 Edmonton, Middlesex)
Will Probate records record him as of 21 South Lodge Drive, Southgate, Middlesex.Death recorded as being in The Northern Hospital Southgate and his effects were left to Mabel Dingle his widow.
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DISLEY, Frederick, Private, 7669120

Date of Death 04 May 41 Location Broad Green, Liverpool
Incident Direct hit on Rocket Air Raid shelter NACL 417/24
Grave/Memorial Kirkdale Cemetery, Liverpool. Plot: Sect 11A. C of E. Grave 69.
Date of Birth Q1 1916 Place of Birth West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire
Next of Kin
Will
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See Incident On the night of 3rd May 1941 Frederick Disley and his wife Lilian along with others had made their way into the Rocket shelter as the heavy bombing raid took hold. Many had come out of a local dance hall looking for shelter as the sirens rang. Sadly the shelter took a direct hit that left at least 29 dead and many more injured.


DORKINS, Reginald Leonard, Sergeant, 7658221

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea of St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria. NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Dunkirk Memorial. Plot: Column 147.
Date of Birth Q4 1893 Place of Birth Wandsworth, South East London
Next of Kin Son of George Archibald and Anne Louise Dorkins and husband of Kate E Dorkins of St Albans, Hertfordshire
Will
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Also served as a Bombardier in WWI in the Royal Garrison Artillery (Army No: 118693).


DUNPHIE, Samuel, Private, 7663192

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea of 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 Motherwell and Wishaw
Next of Kin Son of Archibald Murchie and Jean Hogg Dunphie.
Will
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DUNSTALL, Cyril George. Corporal, 7258100

Date of Death 17 Jun 40 Location At Sea of St Nazaire, France
Incident Sinking of HMS Lancastria NACL 417/13
Grave/Memorial Pornic War Cemetery, France. Plot: SP Mem "C" 1.E.2
Date of Birth Q4 1905 Place of Birth Wandsworth, South West London
Next of Kin Son of George Wilfred and Edith Dunstall of Abbey Wood, Kent.
Will
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ENGLISH, Derrick Jack, Private, 7680676

Date of Death 27 Nov 44 Location Antwerp, Belgium
Incident Assumed V2 rocket attack on Teniers Square. NACL 417/85
Grave/Memorial Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium. Plot: I B 4.
Date of Birth Sep 1921 Place of Birth Romford, Essex
Next of Kin Son of John William and Dorothy Gwendoline English of Ilford Essex.
Will
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See Incident At the time the front line in the battle against the Germans was in Holland. A review of graves in the Schoonselhof cemetery shows a significant number of deaths on November 27 which was when a V2 impacted on Teniers Square as an Allied military convoy was passing through. The explosion killed 157 persons including 29 Allied soldiers. It is very possible that Derrick English was one of them given the date of his death and where he is buried.
Video Footage This link is to a video which at 7.32 mins in shows the aftermath of the explosion in Teniers Square.