Webber, Robert CharlesRobert Charles Webber was born at Litton Cheney in 1902, the son of William George and Mary Ann Webber and husband of Mary Kathleen Webber of Dorchester, Dorset.During the war he was an Able Seaman on the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious, Service No. D/J 91065. He died on the 9th of June 1940 when HMS Glorious was sunk by the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst near the Lofoten Islands. His body was never recovered for burial.He is commemorated on Plymouth Naval War Memorial, Panel 38, Column 3.Details of family history here
In Honoured Memory of the Men of this Parish who died during the Second World War
The following sixnames are recorded on the Litton Cheney War Memorial situated to the west of St Mary’s Church porch:
Harper, Kenneth JamesBorn circa 1912Son 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 14th April 1940 when HMS Thistle was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by a German U-boat off Skudenes, Norway.Details of family history here
Newman, Peter RawdonPeter Rawdon Newman was born in 1920 the son of Charles Herbert Alfred and Frances Clare Newman of The Court House, Litton Cheney.During the war he was an Air Observation Pilot with 654 A.O.P. Squadron, Royal Artillery, Service No. 95160. He died on the 16th of September 1943 at Salerno, Italy.He is buried in Salerno War Cemetery, Memorial Reference: I. D. 11. It. 5.Details of Family History here
Proby, Carson CarysportCarson Carysfort Proby was born in 1914 in Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Frank Henry and Luva Lenore Proby of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.During the war he was a Flying Officer in 413 Squadron RCAF, Service No. 41321. He died on the 22nd of October 1941 when his Catalina AH566 was shot down by a German Blum & Voss 138 Flying Boat, about 85 nautical miles NW of Molde, Norway, whilst on a special reconnaissance mission.His body was never recovered for burial. He is commemorated on the Royal Air Force Memorial at Runnymede.Details of family history here
Thorner, Leslie GeorgeLeslie George Thorner was born in 1922 in Bridport, the son of Elizabeth Thorner of Radipole, Weymouth, Dorset.During the war he was a Trooper in 148th Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, (9th Battalion, The Loyal Regiment [North Lancashire])., Service No. 5350592He died on the 11th of July 1944 aged 22. He is buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Ranville, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France, Plot II. C. 8.No other facts concerning his family or military career have been found.
Van Der Kiste, John ClementJohn Clement Van Der Kiste was born in March 1908 at Clare Abbey, Ireland, the son of Lt. Colonel Freegift William Van Der Kiste DSO, Royal Artillery, and Mrs Evelyn Grace Van Der Kiste. He married Barbara Ellen Newman of Marylebone, London, in 1939.During the war he was a Captain in the 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales) Regiment, Service No. 38773. He died on the 27th of May 1940, the date when the Dunkirk evacuation began. He is buried at Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, Heuvelland, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.Details of family history here