Men of Hapton who lost their lives during the War of 1939 - 1945, who are recorded on the War Memorial.


2989378 Gunner William Henry Boothman, Royal Artillery.

Served in the 136th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 11 or 12 February 1944, aged 29. Son of George and Isabella Boothman, of Hapton. Commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial.

554276 L/Sergeant Russell Henry Coward, 13th /18th Hussars.

Killed in action 29 May 1940, aged 24. Buried in the Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

1520724 Leading Aircraftman Herbert Hamer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Served in 2807 Squadron. Killed in action 6 November 1944, aged 36. Son of Harry and Rosena Hamer, husband of Laura Hamer of Hapton. Buried in the Feltwell (St. Nicholas's) Churchyard.

P/JX 135748 Able Seaman Horace Jones, Royal Navy.

Serving on HMS Foxglove. Killed in action 9 July 1940, aged 24. Son of May Jones of Hapton. Buried in the Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery.

628449 Corporal James Jones, BEM.

Killed at RAF Luqa, Malta on the 26 June 1942 whilst handling an unexploded canister bomb. Buried in Capuccini Naval Cemetery, Malta.

Awarded the BEM for gallantry at Royal Air Force Station, Luqa, Malta, "Corporal Jones who is employed in bomb disposal duties, has displayed high courage and devotion to duty. On 2 May 1942 a large delayed action bomb was dropped close to a Wellington aircraft. On examining the bomb, Corporal Jones found that there were two unmarked fuses that were ticking. This indicated the almost certain presence of an anti-withdrawal device. Fully aware of the grave risk to himself and realising that a valuable aircraft was endangered, Corporal Jones attempted to remove the fuses. He extracted one successfully and this was practically the first of its type to be removed and was of great interest to the experts.. He found it impossible, however, to extract the other as it was so firmly set. Corporal Jones displayed great gallantry and complete disregard for his personal safety."

BEM awarded in the London Gazette of 10 July 1942. (Information kindly supplied by Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan R. D. Hipkins (BMF = Jonny).

1588839 Sergeant (Flight Engineer) David Hugh Kerr, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Killed in action 14 March 1944, aged 22. Son of Andrew and Mary Salisbury Kerr, of Hapton. Buried in the Hapton (St. Margaret's) Churchyard.

3912869 Gunner Joseph William Lord, Royal Artillery.

Served in the 311th Battery of 90th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 1 April 1943, aged 29. Son of Elizabeth Ellen Lord, of Burnley. Buried in the Bone War Cemetery, Annaba.

790017 L/Bombardier Jack Lupton, Royal Artillery.

Served in the 15th Battery of 6th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 14 February 1942, aged 32. Buried in the Jakarta War Cemetery.

3454734 Trooper Edward Mates, Reconnaissance Corps.

Served in the 49th (West Riding) Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps. Killed in action 3 March 1945, aged 25. Son of John Edward and Margaret Ann Mates, of Hapton. Buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

1431261 Sergeant (Pilot) Norman Wade, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Killed in action 9 November 1942, aged 20. Son of Henry Slinger and Elizabeth Wade, of Hapton. Buried in the Jarvis (Knox Presbyterian Church) Cemetery.

14723781 Private Rex Anthony Samuel Woodhall, 4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment.

Killed in action 15 February 1945, aged 19. Son of Edwin Thomas and Olive Ann Woodhall, of Surbiton, Surrey. Buried in the Reichwald Forest War Cemetery.

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