I have completed my article about Harpenden War Memorial. The memorial commemorates men and women from the town who died during the two world wars.
Commemorated on the World War Two panels are two sets of brothers and sisters who died during World War Two, one airman who was killed while taking part in Operation Chastise, and sailors who died during the sinking of HMS Royal Oak, HMS Glorious, HMS Hood and HMS Barham.
You can read my article on Harpenden War Memorial here.
The BBC web site has the an article about Theodore Schurch and his name being listed on the Brookwood 1939-45 Memorial. The BBC article can be found here.
My series of articles on Theodore Schurch can be found here.
The BBC article fails to mention that there are 17 (seventeen) murderers also listed on the Brookwood 1939-45 Memorial. These were soldiers convicted in normal civilian courts, before a judge and jury, of murder. Sentenced to death, they were executed by hanging in various British prisons and then buried within the prison grounds.
The 17 murderers and Theodore Schurch (tried by General Courts Martial in London during September 1945) are all listed on the memorial because the Army did not discharge them before their execution. Consequently, they meets the requirements for commemoration by the CWGC.
The Royal Air Foce (RAF) did discharge its personnel found guilty of capital crimes before their execution. In the case of Leading Aircraftsman Gordon Cummins, who was found guilty of the muder of Evelyn Oatley, he was discharged from the RAF prior to his execution on 25 June 1942 at Wandsworth Prison. Consequently, Cummins was a civilian when he died.
After making a day-trip to Paris on Eurostar, I took a new photograph of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ( La tombe du soldat inconnu).
The text reads “ICI REPOSE UN SOLDAT FRANÇAIS MORT POUR LA PATRIE 1914–1918”
The French Unknown Soldier was interred on Armistice Day 1920. The eternal flame represents all the unknown soldiers from both world wars.
Following an email that I have received, I have corrected the execution dates and spelling errors in my article about the fate of the murderers involved in the shooting of the 50 air force officers who escaped from Stalag Luft III.
Added information about the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) to Rifleman (later Lieutenant) John Auguste Pouchot, including his photograph.
The DCM is second only to the Victoria Cross for gallantry on the battlefield.
John Auguste Pouchot is one of the names listed on the Leighton Buzzard War Memorial.