Charlie & Alan
in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
IN MEMORIAM - World War 2
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Harper, Kenneth James Born circa 1912 Son of Lt. Colonel Forrest and Mrs C R Harper of Litton Cheney.  Lived at Harpers Farm, Chilcombe. The 2nd bell in the church tower contains the inscription "To the Glory of God and in memory of Lt Kenneth James Harper RN. HMS Thistle lost with all hands off Norway April 1940" Lieutenant, RN.  Service No. ? Died 14 th  April 1940 when HMS Thistle was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by a German U-boat off Skudenes, Norway. Note re. sinking of HMS Thistle here Newman, Peter Rawdon Born circa 1920 Son of Charles H A and Mrs Gertrude Newman of The Court House, Litton Cheney Captain, Royal Artillery, Air OP  Service No. 95160 Died 16 th  September 1943 at Salerno, Italy Buried in Salerno War Cemetery It. 5 Proby, Carson Carysport Born circa 1914 Son of Frank Henry and Luva Lenore Proby of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Flying Officer, 413 Squadron RAF.  Service No. 41321 Died 22 October 1941 when Catalina AH566 was shot down by a German B&V 138 Flying Boat. Body never recovered for burial. Commemorated on the Royal Air Force Memorial at Runnymede. Record of shooting down here Thorner, Leslie George Born circa 1922 Son of Elizabeth Thorner of Radipole, Dorset. Trooper, 148 th  (9 th  Battalion, The Loyal Regiment [North Lancashire]) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.  Service No. 5350592 Died 11 th  July 1944 aged 22. Buried at Ranville Cemetery, Normandy, France, II. C. 8. Van Der Kiste, John Clement Born 1907 in Eire Son of Lt. Colonel F W Van Der Kiste DSO, Royal Artillery, and Mrs E Van Der Kiste.  Husband of Barbara Van Der Kiste of Marylebone, London Captain, 2 nd  Battalion, North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales) Regiment..  Service No. 38773 Died 28 th  May 1940 in France just days before the Dunkirk evacuation. Buried at Oosttaverne Cemetery, West Viaanderen, Belgium. Webber, Robert Charles Son of William and Mary Webber. Husband of Mary Kathleen Webber of Dorchester, Dorset. Able Seaman on HMS Glorious.  Service No. D/J 91065 Died 9 th  June 1940 when HMS Glorious was sunk by the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst near the Lofoten  Islands.  Body never recovered for burial. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval War Memorial, Panel 38, Column 3. Account of the sinking of HMS Glorious here 
Peter Rawdon Newman Remembered with Honour Salerno War Cemetery In Memory of Captain 95160, Royal Artillery who died on 16 September 1943 Age 23 Son of Charles H. A. and Gertrude Clare Newman, of Litton Cheney, Dorsetshire. Carson Carysfort Proby Remembered with Honour Runnymede Memorial In Memory of Flying Officer 41321, 413 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 22 October 1941 Age 27 Son of Frank Henry and Luva Lenore Proby, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Leslie George Thorner Remembered with Honour Ranville War Cemetery In Memory of Trooper 5350592, 148th (9th Bn. The Loyal Regt. [North Lancashire]) Regt., Royal Armoured Corps who died on 11 July 1944 Age 22 Son of Elizabeth Thorner, of Radipole, Dorsetshire. John Clement Van Der Kiste Remembered with Honour Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery In Memory of Captain 38773, 2nd Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment who died between 28 May 1940 and 29 May 1940 Age 33 Son of Lt.-Col. F. W. Van der Kiste, D.S.O., Royal Artillery and Mrs. E. Van der Kiste; husband of Barbara Van der Kiste, of Marylebone, London. Robert Charles Webber Remembered with Honour Plymouth Naval Memorial In Memory of Able Seaman D/J 91065, H.M.S. Glorious, Royal Navy who died on 08 June 1940 Age 38 Son of William and Mary Webber; husband of Mary Kathleen Webber, of Dorchester, Dorsetshire. Kenneth James Harper Remembered with Honour Portsmouth Naval Memorial In Memory of Lieutenant H.M. Submarine Thistle, Royal Navy who died on 10 April 1940 Age 28 Son of Lt.-Col. A. Forrest Harper and Mrs. C. R. Harper, of Litton Cheney, Dorsetshire.
In Honoured Memory of the Men of this Parish who died during the Second World War