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AVETON GIFFORD 1939 - 1945 WAR MEMORIAL

 

The church at Aveton and its adjacent rectory were destroyed by enemy action in the 1939 war and at the rectory, a little girl visiting Aveton was killed.

Stray aircraft lightened their loads, before attempting to cross the channel, by dropping bombs on the tiny, but from the air, very conspicuous, little village, destroying property and taking at least two lives.  Both of these people are named on the Memorial.

 

The 1939 - 1945 face on the war memorial

The 1939 - 1945 face on the War Memorial

© Richard J. Brine

 

H.J.BALKWILL
1391203 Sergeant/Observer Henry John Balkwill of the RAF VR, 142 Squadron. Son of Henry and Dorothy Balkwill of Aveton. Born in Cheltenham in the September Quarter of 1915. Died 5 September 1942 aged 27.
R.T.LAMPARD
Lieutenant Commander Robert Tindle Lampard of the Royal Navy, HMS Exmoor. Son of Percy and Ann Lampard; husband of Marjorie Lampard of Bath, Somerset. Born 26 March 1905. Died 25 February 1941 aged 35.
W.A.PERRING
D/K 12433 Leading Stoker William Albert Perring of the Royal Navy, HMS Ardent. Son of Robert and Susanna Perring of Aveton Gifford. Born in Aveton in the September Quarter of 1894. Died 8 June 1940 aged 46.
E.N.STEER
D/JX Ordinary Seaman Edwin Raymond Noel Steer of the Royal Navy, HMS Gloucester.  Son of William and Edith Steer of Aveton Gifford. Born in Devonport in the December Quarter of 1922. Died 22 May 1941 aged 18.
G.A.LETHBRIDGE
Gwendoline Agnes Lethbridge, a civilian killed in an air raid. Daughter of Mrs A. Davis of Chapel Hill Aveton; wife of Leslie Lethbridge of 63 Fore Street, Aveton. Born in the September Quarter of 1911. Died at 63 Fore Street, Aveton Gifford, 2 January 1943 aged 32
S.WEEKS
Sonia Catherine Ruth Weeks, civilian child of Petty Officer Sydney Weeks and his wife Nellie Weeks. Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1938. Died at the rectory during an air raid  26 January 1943 aged 5.
J.H.W.MARTIN
1931367 Sapper John William Henry Martin of the 50th Mechanical Equipment Coy, the Royal Engineers. Son of John and Ethel Martin. Born in the December Quarter of 1917. Died 8 June 1944 aged 26  in France. Buried in Aveton Churchyard. Awarded the DCM.

 

 

 

 
 
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