World War Remembrance

DIED IN WORLD WARS

Edward Charles Anderson (1918-1945) WWII, son of Uncle Charles Thomson Anderson

Arthur Ian Albertson (1914-1945), Flt. Lt Mosquito Pilot WWII, March 2, 1945 married to Rona Johnson

Hurworth (Buster) Anthony Paul Peall (1921-1942) WWII Lancaster Pilot Officer 44th Squadron, April 17, 1942* Augsburg Raid (Sound Below) ‡

Sidney Glassett Peall (1893-1914) WWI, 1914

Richard Harcourt Peall (1907-1942), Federated May Forces, died Singapore the day of Japanese capitulation February 15,1942**

David Davis, WWII, son of Aunt Ethel

 

SERVED IN WORLD WARS

Gladys Elliot Anderson (1890-1990), WWI, Nurse in trenches, daughter of Ebenezer Thomas Anderson

John (Jack) Caldwell Anderson (1920-), WWII, Army, served in Italy, son of Charles T Anderson

Keith Arthole Anderson (1917-2006), WWII, Medical Corp., served in India et al

Capt Morris Elliot Anderson (1917-1960), WWII Kings Military Cross Pilot and Paratrooper

Morris Caldwell ANDERSON (1890-1915) WWI, Royal Army Medical Corps, died in France on March 2,1915

Dierdre Wendy Daybell Blyth (1921-), WWII SAWAAF

Herbert Van Heerden 1926-1970), WWII, Rear Gunner, served in Europe

Guy Harcourt Peall (1885 -1941) WWI Captain Surgeon with the East African Medical Forces

Charley Anderson, WWII, Army in Italy, son of Uncle Bert senior

Robert and Audrey Ramsey, WWII, Royal Navy, wife WRNS Cam’s brother in Law

Walton Miller, WWI, RAF Pilot, served in Europe, Cam’s Uncle

 

SERVED IN SUPPORT IN WORLD WARS

Ralph Blyth Anderson (1916-2012), WWII, I Section 1st Battalion Rhodesia Regiment, served in Rhodesia

William (Alec) Alexander Anderson (1919-2001), WWII, Air Base Instructor, served in Rhodesia

Alfred (Alf) Charles Morris (1910-1981), WWII, Technician RAF Training Camp, served in Rhodesia

 


PEALL-Hurworth-1921-1942

HURWORTH ANTHONY PAUL PEALL HURWORTH ANTHONY PAUL PEALL is the younger brother of Guy Harcourt James Peall husband of Martha Magdalena Maria Davel. He was at first a Spitfier Pilot, he was shot down & wounded. He was then not able to fly spitfiers again, so he was transferred to bomber command & flew as second pilot in the bomber. Micky Fairers ( Peall) said he had stayed with his parents before the raid & had left a half written letter which was published in the London Times. He told his family that he did not think he would return from this raid.

‡ Augsburg Raid Sound Recording of Commander's Report ‡Lancaster-VC-J-Nettleton-April-1942.mp3

More than half the attacking force were lost trying to destroy an engine factory, deep in the heart of Hitler's Germany, on 17 April 1942. The target was a factory in Augsburg, in the south of Germany, which made engines for submarines. Instead of a mass raid, only 12 aircraft would be used, flying at tree-top height in an attempt to take defenders by surprise. Four planes were lost near the airfield and another over the target. In the second wave, two aircraft were shot down by fire from around the factory. Of the 85 men who took part, 49 were posted as missing. Despite little damage being done to the factory, Sqn Ldr John Nettleton was awarded the Victoria Cross and Flt Lt Dorehill the Distinguished Flying Cross.

** Richard Harcourt Peall is father of Elisabeth Bunney ( Peall) of Perth Australia.


Subject: 2nd Lt J2nd Lieut James Cheyne Macintosh, WWI Tank Corps

Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:18:57 +0000 Subject: 2nd Lt J2nd Lieut James Cheyne Macintosh, WWI Tank Corps - I believe he is part of your "wider" family From: vince.mcgarry@gmail.com

Dear Edward,

I wonder if you may be able to help me in some research regarding men who served in the First World War - and I believe one of them may be in your extended family. I found your name while doing an internet trawl, and see that you are involved with the Anderson family tree based around Griquatown. I am part of a small group of friends doing some research into some men who served in the British Army Tank Corps during WWI. We are particularly interested in the men connected to a tank which was called Deborah, part of "D" Battalion. She took part in the first massed tank attack, at Cambrai on November 20, 1917. She was knocked out, and five of her crew died. Three survived.

We have been trying to find the relatives of the crew - and have so far found seven of the families, all of whom were astounded to hear of what their men had done during the war, and moved to learn of their fate. Our research has brought us into contact with almost 20 other families whose men were in "D" Battalion. All have helped us in our research.

Last week, our team leader in France met the family of a officer from the Battalion, who gave him documents and a book he had not seen before - written by James Cheyne Macintosh, who was a 2nd Lieutenant in WWI. The book was called "Men and Tanks", and in it he describes a grim task where he and his men had to bury some crewmen from tanks - we believe one of the tanks he mentions is Deborah. We know that 2/Lt Macintosh had been in command of another tank that day - D45, known by her men as Destroyer II. She was knocked out by a direct hit; when the day's fighting stopped, a party was sent out to bury the dead. Macintosh buried his own casualties, and on the other side of a small village named Flesquieres, the men of Deborah. We strongly believe they were the men of Deborah, as she was the only tank to make it to the other side of the village.

We have not yet been able to find any trace of his family over here in Britain - and I wonder whether he may have been living in South Africa, before joining the Army. We know that James Cheyne Macintosh bought a house in 1932 in Grahamstown in the eastern Cape, and that he died there on May 21, 1943, of heart failure, aged 45. His widow was Edith Kathleen Macintosh (maiden name Tredgold). We believe they had at least two children - we have found out that a "William Cheyne Macintosh" made three trips from Durban to the UK after the war.

But from what I can see, it is very difficult to get South African births deaths and marriage records - certainly from here in London.

And this is why I am contacting you, in the hope you may be able to help us. From the 'griquatownandersons.com' website, I see a number of people named Macintosh with the additional middle name of "Cheyne", and to be honest I thought that it was too much of a coincidence, and that they must somehow be related to the man we are trying to find out about, especially as we know our man died there. Would you happen to know whether that is the case, and if so, be perhaps able to put me in touch with some of them? Or might you be able to point us towards someone who may know?

I would really appreciate any help you may be able to give us. We have been able to trace relatives of the tank men to all parts of the world - including the nephew and god-son of the officer who buried Deborah, who lives in South Africa. The hulk of the tank was buried on the battlefield near Cambrai for 80 years, before being located in 1998, then excavated. She is the only WWI tank to have been recovered from the soil. And to discover the name of the man we believe buried the dead crewmen, and the prospect that we may now be able to find his relatives, is very emotional for us, and adds to a really remarkable story.

For your information, I have also sent a similar email to Ralph Anderson, whose name I found on the website.

Best wishes to you,

Vince McGarry


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