Highfield Casualties in WW2

In this part of the project we researched those lost by the parish in World War 2.

We have researched the names on the Highfield Church War Memorial, names which appeared in (some of ) the Parish Newsletters of the time and those that appeared on the Roll of Honourread by Highfield Church on each Remembrance Sunday (this was a manual list and seems to have been collected over an extended period of time and appears to also include loved ones lost by parishioners who moved to the area after the war).

Although we may not have included everyone from the parish who laid down their life, we believe we have captured most of those with a link to the church, or those whose families and friends wanted them to be specifically remembered by Highfield Church. If you know of others you feel should be remembered here please let us know.

There are a few names for whom we were unable to establish connections with Highfield, or even whether they were World War 1 or 2 casualties. The personal information has been gathered from many sources and we apologise if errors have crept in.

Harold Brisco Barrett died 25th June 1943, aged 21
Pilot Officer (Navigator), RAF, 218 Squadron
Harold lived at 271 Burgess Road and attended Taunton’s School for 7 years.
His squadron were part of Bomber Command, involved in long range bombing raids. He was killed just 3 months after being appointed. He is buried at Rheinberg Cemetery, Germany.

Joseph Thomas Benyon died 29th May 1940, aged 48
Chief Engineer, Merchant Navy, SS Lorina
Joseph and his family lived at ‘Polruan’, Chaplin Street (now Roselands Gardens). Joseph was killed when his ship was bombed and sunk as it assisted with the evacuations from Dunkirk. He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Richard Bowyer died 18th September 1939, aged 27
Pilot Officer, RAF
Richard’s family lived at ‘Oak Cottage’, 126 Highfield Lane. His father, Percy, was a J.P. His sister, Kathleen, married John Scatliff Dewar (also remembered here) at Highfield Church.
Richard died on active service in Wiltshire. He is buried in the churchyard at St John the Baptist, North Baddesley.

Thomas Edward Brett died 1st October 1942, aged 22
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) RAF, 10 Squadron
Thomas was the son of George and Ellen who lived at 60 Highfield Lane. His squadron was part of Bomber Command. He was in one of 12 Halifax bombers lost on that day, during a raid over Flensberg. He is remembered at Kiel, Germany.

Violet Constance Bunn died 22nd June 1942, aged 52
Civilian
Killed at ‘Oldfield’, Saxholm Road. Violet was the wife of James and had 2 daughters. In just over 1 hour, shortly after midnight, 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne. Violet is one of 11 people, killed on that night, remembered by Highfield Church.

Robert Cairns died 4th September 1942, aged 56
2nd Engineer Officer, Merchant Navy, SS Romsey
The SS Romsey, was sunk in an accidental collision on the Clyde with the loss of all 17 crew including Robert, who had lived at 37 Granby Grove. Robert is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Betty Kathleen Cass died 8th July 1941, aged 27
Civilian
Betty’s husband Douglas was a Lance Bombardier. They lived at 37 Luccombe Road, Upper Shirley. The night she died so too, did her 3 week old daughter, Josephine, and both her parents, Walter & Florence Le Page. They were all killed at nearby Pewsey Place, Shirley. Their funerals were held together, at Highfield, on 11th July 1941.

Josephine Ann Cass died 8th July 1941, aged 3 weeks
Civilian
Josephine was the daughter of Lance Bombardier Douglas Stewart Cass. She was with her mother, Betty, and grandparents, Walter and Florence le Page, when they were all killed at Pewsey Place, Shirley. Their funerals were held together, at Highfield, on 11th July 1941.

Owen Cecil Chave died 14th February 1943, aged 29
Flight Lieutenant, RAF VR, 15th Sqdn., Bomber Command
Owen’s parents, Sir Benjamin and Lady Rachel Chave lived at 10 Glebe Court. Owen was married and left 3 young children. He had had several poems published. Owen died when his plane was shot down by a night fighter. He is now buried in a collective grave at Heverlee War Cemetery in Belgium. There is also a memorial plaque in this church. 
See also page Chave

William Foster Christmas died 11th September 1940, aged 56
Civilian
William lived at 14 Glebe Court with his wife, Winifred and daughter. 
Prior to the war he had been a hotel proprietor but he was killed whilst working at the Cunliffe Owen Aircraft Factory, near Eastleigh Airport. Eight planes between them dropped sixteen bombs, 52 workers were killed and a further 92 injured.

Peter William Aspinall Clause died 13th August 1943, aged 25
Lieutenant, Royal Corps Signals
According to a Parish Newsletter of the time, Peter “was a devout, quiet, gentle and conscientious man” and Sunday School Teacher at Highfield. Having been seriously wounded and taken prisoner he was eventually killed during an air raid, leaving a brother to mourn him. He is buried in Milan, Italy.

Basil Edward Coombs died 16th December 1939, aged 29
Lieutenant, Royal Navy
Basil’s family lived in Khartoum Road and he attended King Edward VI school from 1924-28. He was serving on HMS Hermes, the first ship designed as an aircraft carrier, when he was killed in an air crash. He is remembered at Dakar (Bel-Air), Senegal.

Leslie James Crouch died 25th May 1940, aged 22
Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery, 11th Honourable Artillery Company
Leslie did not serve with his regiment in North Africa instead he was posted to Normandy. He died on the day the order was given to retreat to Dunkirk for evacuation. He is remembered, along with those who have no known grave, on the Dunkirk Memorial. His uncle, Ernest Pilley, who died during WW1 is also remembered here.

Ian Munro Curror died 14th December 1940, aged 19
Sergeant (Pilot), RAF VR,
Ian lived at 24 Omdurman Road and was a pupil at Taunton’s School 1932 – 1937.
Ian was killed when, during a cross country training flight, his aircraft crashed into the side of Brown Clee Hill in South Shropshire. It was a notorious hazard, shrouded in low cloud and mist at the time. Ian was remembered at the Cambridge Crematorium, England.

George Richard Dennigan died 28th May 1940, aged 34
Lance Bombardier, Royal Artillery, 41st / 20th Anti Tank Artillery
George was born in Staffordshire but lived at 51a Heatherdene Road with his wife, Florence. 
George died during the evacuation of Dunkirk, his division were defending the retreating troops. His death was not recorded in the Times until a year later. 
He is remembered at the Coxyde Cemetery, Belgium.

John Scatliff Dewar died 11th September 1940, aged 33 
Wing Commander, RAF, 213 Sqdn
John was married here on July 10th 1937 to Kathleen Bowyer (sister of Richard, also remembered here). His father lived on Westridge Road. John was a WW2 ‘flying ace’, one of the first to receive both the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). He was also the highest ranking officer to die in the Battle of Britain. 
He is buried at St John the Baptist, North Baddesley.

Charles Leslie Auckland Dods died 23rd January 1941, aged 22
Aircraftman 2nd Class, RAF VR
Charles lived at 51 Blenheim Gardens with his family. His father Leslie, was a wireless engineer. Charles died on active service at West Wittering in Sussex and is buried in St. Nicholas’ churchyard, West Thorney. Charles’ death was announced in the Parish newsletter.

James Henry England died 26th October 1940, aged 43
Writer, Merchant Navy, SS Empress of Britain (London)
James’ death was announced in the parish newsletters. The SS Empress was being used as a troop ship. She was damaged by the German bombs and gunfire that killed James. 2 days later she became the largest liner sunk by a U-boat. 
James is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

“Albert” Donald S C Ewing died 15th May 1944, aged 26
Civilian, 3 Sherborne Road
Albert was an ARP Warden. He died, on the doorstep of his own home which he shared with his widowed mother, Ella. The night he was killed, 6 bombs were dropped on Portswood, killing 4 people in Sherborne Road. 
The Curate of the time lived at no. 9 and lost all his belongings in the same raid.

Hubert William Field died 23rd June 1941, aged 17
Civilian 1a, Chaplin Street (now Roselands Gardens)
Hubert was the son of Hubert and Amy. He was injured during the bombing raid of 22nd June, and died of wounds at the Royal South Hants Hospital a day later. Hubert’s funeral was held 26th June at Highfield Church.

Cissie Grimwood died 27th June 1944, aged 54
Civilian
Cissie Jones, married Frank Grimwood in 1925. She appears to have lived and died in South London. Cissie is remembered by Highfield Church and parish.

Charles Howe Hedley died 10th February 1941, aged 22
Pilot Officer, RAF VR, 46 Sqdn
Charles was married to Edith, and a sides-man for Highfield Church. The Parish Newsletter in April 1941 reported that he was missing and a year later confirmed his death. His squadron flew Hurricanes and had been acting as convoy patrols. 
Charles is remembered at the Runnymede Memorial.

Desmond John Helmer died 14th February 1945, aged 20
Private, 5th Dorsetshire Regt.
Desmond was born in Australia but the family moved to live at 1 Richmond Gardens. When he left Highfield School he became a popular salesman at a clothing shop in Portswood. 
He died during the Battle of the Reichswald and is remembered at Reichswald Forest, Germany.

Derek Hodder died 25th February 1944, aged 20
Private, Queen’s Royal Regiment
Derek was the son of William and Edith Hodder, and lived at 51 Portswood Road. He had been a choirboy at Highfield Church. Derek’s regiment was involved in fierce fighting at Anzio, Italy, when Derek died. He is buried at Beach Head War Cemetery in Italy. 
His brother, Frederick, who died in 1944, is also remembered here.

Frederick Charles Hodder died 26th March 1943, aged 22
Aircraftman 2nd Class, RAF VR
Frederick had married Violet in 1941 and they were living at 
51 Portswood Road. His brother, Derek, died in 1944, and is also remembered here. 
Frederick is buried at South Stoneham Cemetery.

Richard Frederick Hooper died 27th July 1940, aged 39
Able Seaman, Royal Navy
Richard was serving aboard HMS Wren as she escorted minesweepers, when she was bombed and sunk off Aldeburgh, Suffolk. 37 lives were lost.
Richard is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval memorial.

Edward Jellett died 1st December 1940, aged 7
Civilian -Somerset Road, 
Edward and his baby brother, were in their family’s Anderson shelter at home in Somerset Road, Portswood, along with their parents Edward (who was on leave from the RN) and Ivy and their grandmother Mary Tubb when the shelter took a direct hit. Only the baby survived. 
An officer and 12 sailors from Edward’s ship assisted at the funeral in Highfield Church.

Edward Jellett died 1st December 1940, aged 40
RN, died on leave, 
Edward & his wife- Ivy, their two sons- one, a baby and Edward, aged 7, were in the family’s Anderson shelter at their home in Somerset Road, Portswood, along with Ivy’s mother Mary Tubb, when the shelter took a direct hit. Only the baby survived. 
An officer and 12 sailors from Edward’s ship assisted at the funeral in Highfield Church.

Ivy Jellett died 1st December 1940, aged 31
Civilian -Somerset Road, 
Ivy and her husband Edward and their two sons- one, a baby and Edward aged 7, were in the family’s Anderson shelter at their home in Somerset Road, Portswood, along with Ivy’s mother Mary Tubb, when the shelter took a direct hit. Only the baby survived. 
An officer and 12 sailors from Edward’s ship assisted at the funeral in Highfield Church.

Arthur Ernest Johnson died 25th June 1942, aged 53
Civilian 6, Donnington Grove
Arthur was injured at his home, on 22nd June when in just over 1 hour shortly after midnight, 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne. He died 3 days later at the Royal South Hants Hospital. He is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on this one night.

John Colpoys Keane died 15th September 1944, aged 39
Major, 5th Hampshire
John was a younger brother of Marcus, who died in 1940. They had 3 other military brothers who survived active service. Their mother, Rose, had been born in Southampton and for a while the family lived in Bedford House, Polygon Road. John is buried at Gradara, Italy.

Marcus Hugh Keane died 21st May 1940, aged 37
Major, Queen’s Own Royal, (West Kent Regiment)
Marcus was an elder brother of John, who died in 1945. They had 3 other military brothers who survived the war. Marcus was killed in action defending against the German advance to Dunkirk and he is buried at Bevere in Belgium.

Henry Frederick Charles Knowles died 28th March 1945, aged 20
Guardsman, Coldstream Guards
Henry lived at 30 Oxford Street, and was the son of Lewis and Hannah.
He died during the Battle of the Rhine and is remembered at Reichswald Forest, Germany.

Walter des Reaux le Page died 8th July 1941, aged 60
Civilian
Walter was killed with his wife, Florence, daughter, Betty and 3 week old grand-daughter, Josephine, just yards from their home at ‘Rohais’, 11 Warwick Road.
Their funerals were held together at Highfield Church on 11th July.

Florence Louise le Page died 8th July 1941, aged 57
Civilian
Florence was killed with her husband, Walter, daughter, Betty and 3 week old grand-daughter, Josephine, just yards from their home at ‘Rohais’, 11 Warwick Road. Florence had been an active committee member of the Highfield Branch of the Mothers’ Union. Her obituary in the parish magazine records that, “friends like her are not easily replaced and we are left with an abiding sense of loss”.

Henry Fiddes Leech died 2nd September 1939, aged 21
Pilot Officer, RAF, 611 Squadron  
Henry was stationed at Duxford, Cambridgeshire training camp when he crashed near Wattisham in a Spitfire Mk 1 on the eve of World War 2. Henry was the nephew of Henry Shanks Fiddes who was listed missing presumed killed in action during WW1. 
Another Uncle, William James Fiddes, lived in Highfield from 1940-82.

Edward Richard Freeman Leggett died 20th February 1944, aged 20
Flying Officer Pilot, RAF, 106 Squadron
Edward was the only child of the Headmaster of Highfield School. He had attended the school as a child and lived at 32 Willis Rd, Swaythling. He flew Lancaster bombers and it is believed that Edward was a Prisoner of War, shot whilst attempting to escape. 
He is remembered at the Berlin War Cemetery.

Eric F. Lines died 18th December 1939, aged 24
Pilot Officer, RAF, 9th Squadron
Eric’s squadron were the first to enter the war, flying missions from September 4th 1939. A formation of 24 Wellington bombers flew out over the North Sea during the Battle of Heligoland Bight. Eric was flying one of the 12 that were shot down. 
He is remembered at Runnymede Memorial.

Ernest Cyril Lynch died 11th September 1940, aged 59
Civilian
Ernest lived at 30 Brookvale Road. Having served with the Seaforth Highlanders, he survived WW1. He was killed whilst working at the Cunliffe Owen Aircraft Factory, near Eastleigh Airport. 8 planes between them dropped sixteen bombs, 52 workers were killed and a further 92 injured.

Jesse William Marlow died 20th January 1943, aged 29
Lance Corporal, 2/7th Hampshire 
Jesse was born in Aston, Warwickshire, the son of Gaythorn and Martha Marlow and husband of Eileen, of Alton, Hampshire. 
He is known to have died at sea, and is remembered at Brookwood Memorial.

Elizabeth Marlow died 1943, aged 76
Civilian
Elizabeth was the wife of Henry who also died near Aldershot in late 1943. She was the mother of Percy who had died during WW1. All 3 are remembered here at Highfield.

Henry Marlow died 1943, aged 74
Civilian
Henry was the husband of Elizabeth who also died near Aldershot in late 1943. He was the father of Percy who had died during WW1. All 3 are remembered here at Highfield.

Thomas Montgomery died 22nd June 1942, aged 76
Civilian – killed at 11, Richmond Gardens
Thomas was at home, with his wife, Harriet and daughter, Dorothy. They were killed together when in just over 1 hour, shortly after midnight, 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne. He is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Harriet Montgomery died 22nd June 1942, aged 77
Civilian – killed at 11, Richmond Gardens
Harriet was at home, with her husband, Thomas and daughter, Dorothy. They were killed when 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne, in just over 1 hour shortly after midnight. She is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Dorothy Mary Montgomery died 22nd June 1942, aged 42
Civilian – Killed at 11, Richmond Gardens
Dorothy was killed at home with her mother, Harriet and father, Thomas, when 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne, in just over 1 hour shortly after midnight. 
She is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Paul Huart Rowland Moody died 8th April 1943, aged 27
Flight Sergeant (Pilot), RAF VR
Paul lived in Abbotts Way, son of Charles and Fanny, husband to Leonie, who served in the WAAF. Paul died when his Spitfire was involved in a collision during formation flying practice, near Montford Bridge. He is remembered at Southampton Crematorium, South Stoneham.

Mary Ann Olive died 24th September 1940, aged 71
Civilian 6, The Avenue
Mary Ann grew up in Bassett, the daughter of a brickmaker in what is now Point-Out Road.
In 1893 she married Walter, who died in 1918. They had no children.
She was killed during bombings over Southampton, at her home on The Avenue.

Ronald McCann Olive died 24th May 1941, aged 22
Cook, Royal Navy, HMS Hood.
 In May 1941, HMS Hood was ordered to intercept the German battleship Bismarck, which was en-route to attack convoys in the Atlantic. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, she was destroyed in an explosion that split her in two. Only 3 of the 1400+ crew survived. 
Ronald is remembered at Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Victor Oliver died 22nd June 1942, aged 29
Civilian – killed at 8, Donnington Grove
Victor was killed, at home, with his wife, Winifred. He had been the tenor soloist in Highfield Church Choir, their death was reported with great sadness in the Parish Magazine.
He is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Winifred Betty Oliver died 22nd June 1942, aged 21
Civilian -killed at 8, Donnington Grove
Winifred was killed at home, with her husband, Victor, when Portswood, Highfield and Bitterne were targeted by 71 bombs in just over 1 hour, shortly after midnight. She is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Brian William Blake Ouseley died 8th May 1945, aged 22
Lieutenant, Indian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers 
Brian was born in Edmonton, Middlesex and attended Ryde School on the Isle of Wight. His father, William, was an education officer and his grandfather had been a school master.
Brian is remembered at Taukkyan, Burma.

John Edgar Percival Oxborrow died 12th September 1944, aged 22
Flight Lieutenant, RAF VR 44 Squadron
John lived at 53 Shaftesbury Road and had studied at Taunton’s School. John was awarded the DFC for ‘successfully continuing in a mission, despite having lost one engine to anti-aircraft fire’. One month later, he was reported as having crashed at Stuttgart. All lost in that plane are recorded at Runnymede Memorial.

Eric R. Parker died 10th May 1940
Flight Lieutenant, RAF, 150 Squadron 
Whilst on the squadron’s first mission of WWII, Eric was shot down and killed. The surviving crew were taken prisoner. His death is recalled in the Parish newsletter for April 1941. 
Eric is buried at Luxembourg, Hollerich Communal Cemetery.

David George Peppler died 15th October 1941, aged 21
Sergeant, RAF VR 114 Squadron
David’s family lived at 25 Heatherdene Road. His squadron flew Blenheim bombers in attacks on ports and ships. David is remembered at Runnymede Memorial.

Joseph Alfred Reid, OBE died 29th August 1940, aged 44
Civilian
The OBE was awarded to Paymaster Lieutenant Joseph Alfred Reid RNR, in June 1919, for valuable services as Clerk to Captain(s), 12th Submarine Flotilla. 
Joseph’s brother Alexander had died during WW1 and is also remembered at Highfield.

Victor Ernest Thomas Riddiford died 27th September 1941, aged 21
Sergeant Gunner, RAF VR 104 Squadron
Victor’s family lived at 20 Chamberlain Road. 
On the day he died, his squadron were being transferred to Malta, having flown Wellingtons on night-time bombing raids out of Yorkshire. 
His death was registered in Devon and he is buried at Hollybrook Cemetery.

Albert Edward Roberts died 22nd June 1941, aged 52
Civilian
Albert was injured during one of the heaviest bombing raids on the area. He was at the Highfield Hotel (the site of the current Highfield pub) at the time of the raid. He died later the same day at the Royal South Hants Hospital, and was buried 26th June 1941.

Robert Stanley Sedgeman died 22nd June 1942, aged 38
Civilian, ARP Warden
The obituary in the parish newsletter records that Robert was “a splendid Christian. From the point of view of this world he could ill be spared for he leaves a widow and three young children”. They lived at 22 Hilldown Road. 
He was killed by a bomb at the junction of Hilldown Road and University Road whilst on duty.

John Howard Shears died 20th April 1941, aged 37
Lieutenant, Royal Navy
John was serving on HMS Formidable at the time of his death. John’s death was reported in the parish newsletter and recalled that he was ‘a most regular communicant’ at Highfield Church whenever he was at home. His brother Michael died in 1942 and is also remembered here.
He is remembered at the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.

Michael William Shears died 7th September 1942, aged 23
Captain, 12th Hampshire
It was reported in the Parish Magazine that Michael died in hospital after a short illness. 
His brother John, had died in 1941 and is also remembered here.
Michael is remembered at the Parkhurst Military Cemetery on the Isle of Wight.

Lesley Morley Taylor died 23rd June 1941, aged 21
Sergeant Pilot, RAF VR, 104 Squadron
Lesley’s family lived at 45 Blenheim Gardens, he had sung in the church choir for 7 years, and was the Secretary to the Guild, and first member to ‘make the supreme sacrifice’. 
His obituary in the parish newsletter stated, “but above all he was loved because he was essentially so good and straight and true”. His funeral service was held at Highfield Church and he is buried at South Stoneham Cemetery.

Mary Tubb died 1st December 1940, aged 68
Civilian -Somerset Road 
Mary was in the Anderson shelter at the home of her daughter Ivy & her family, in Somerset Road, Portswood, when the shelter took a direct hit. Mary was killed along with Ivy, Ivy’s husband Edward Jellett, who was home on leave from the Royal Navy and Edward their 7 year old son. Only Mary’s grandson, a small baby, survived. 
An officer and 12 sailors from Edward’s ship assisted at the funeral in Highfield Church.

Arthur Edward Godstone Twelvetrees died 4th September 1942, aged 24
Lieutenant, 70th Hampshire
Arthur lived at 2 Russell Place and attended King Edward VI School.
He had been a passenger on a training flight when it crashed at Hurn, killing all 7 men on board.
Arthur is buried at Thorney Hill (All Saints) Churchyard, Sopley, Hampshire.

Bertram Morley Waller died 11th August 1944, aged 29
Captain, Royal Corps of Signals
Bertram’s family lived in Highfield Lane. He died during the Invasion of Normandy and is remembered at the Bretteville-sur-laize Canadian War Cemetery in France.

Kenneth Ware died 21st May 1941, aged 19
Ordinary Seaman, HMS Juno 
The destroyer Juno was attacked off the coast of Crete. She was the first ship lost to the air attacks of the Stukkas, and aircraft from the Italian air force. 
Kenneth is listed on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

William Shutler Waterman died 26th October 1942, aged 71
Civilian
William was the father of the Verger of Highfield Church. The Obituary in the Parish Newsletter records that he had moved his family to the New Forest when he retired. The family had just sat down to eat their meal when the bomb hit and injured them, they all died later the same day at Fenwick Cottage Hospital. They were brought back to Highfield Church for their funerals.

Ethel Isabel Waterman died 26th October 1942, aged 69
Civilian
Ethel was the mother of the Verger of Highfield Church. The Obituary in the Parish Newsletter records that her family had just sat down to eat their meal when the bomb hit and injured them. They all died later the same day at Fenwick Cottage Hospital. They had moved to the New Forest when her husband retired but they were brought back to Highfield Church for their funerals.

Phyllis Eva Mary Waterman died 26th October 1942, aged 28
Civilian
Phyllis was the sister of the Verger of Highfield Church. The Obituary in the Parish Newsletter records that she had moved to the New Forest with her parents when her father retired. The family had just sat down to eat their meal when the bomb hit and injured them. They all died later the same day at Fenwick Cottage Hospital. 
They were brought back to Highfield Church for their funerals.

John Hunter Waterston died 26th June 1943, aged 20
Sgt (Navigator), RAF, 77 Squadron
John was named after his father who had served in RN VR. 
His crew had left from RAF Bomber Command Station Elvington, near York, on an overnight mission to Dusseldorf. They were shot down by a night fighter between Jülich and Elsdorf. 
All 7 crew died and were buried at Köln-Zollstock. 
After the war they were moved to Reinberg War Cemetery.

Walter Charles Frederick Webb died 22nd June 1942, aged 36
Civilian 8, Richmond Gardens 
Walter died with his wife, Dora and young daughter, Janet. They were killed when 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne, in just over 1 hour shortly after midnight.
He is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Dora Gertrude Webb died 22nd June 1942, aged 29
Civilian 8, Richmond Gardens 
Dora died with her husband, Walter, and young daughter, Janet. They were killed when 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne, in just over 1 hour shortly after midnight. 
She is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Janet Webb died 22nd June 1942, aged 2 years
Civilian 8 Richmond Gardens 
Janet died with her parents, Walter and Dora. They were killed when 71 bombs were dropped over Portswood, Highfield & Bitterne, in just over 1 hour shortly after midnight.
She is one of 11 people, remembered by Highfield Church, killed as a result of enemy action on just this one night.

Edward Leighton Wirgman died 1945, aged 42
Civilian
Edward was the House Governor and Secretary for the Royal South Hants Hospital. In 1939 he became Group Officer for Southampton on the BMA Emergency War Committees.He left 3 children; Geraldine, Peter and Beryl. His widow, Nancy, lived at 73 Welbeck Avenue.

Constance Doterel Mary Wort died 1st May 1945, aged 33
Sister, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service
Constance was born at Orchard House, Hawthorn Road and attended Highfield School. As a child she always wanted to be a nurse. In the London Gazette of 12th December 1941 she is listed as being made a sister, Women’s Forces, Emergency Commissions. According to the November 1974 Parish Magazine, ‘she was still well remembered by all those that had been at school with her’. Constance is buried at Digboi ar Cemetery, India.