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Roll of Honour

 

Stillington lost nine men, and their names are carved into a wooden plaque next to the altar in St Nicholas' Church. 


(Edward) Marwood Averill

Sergeant 536124

Royal Air Force

Born 1917 Norfolk. Parents Hanson Edward and Beatrice.

Enlisted 1936, had previously been a motor mechanic.

Was based in Singapore after 1938. Prisoner of War in Japanese internment camps.

Died 24/6/1944 whilst being transported by sea from Java to Japan when the ship he was travelling on was torpedoed by an American submarine and was sunk with a loss of over 300 lives.

Commemorated on The Singapore Memorial.


Edward Geoffrey Bullen

Civilian

Born 1906 Tettenhall, Staffordshire. Son of Charles Henry Bullen M.D and Margaret. Executive engineer in public works dept in Burma.

When Japanese forces invaded Burma in December 1941 Geoff didn't join the evacuation but stayed behind in order to destroy many of the roads and bridges he had built, helping to hinder the invading army.

This allowed many civilians, his own family among them, to escape into India.

After some weeks dodging Japanese forces Geoff was reunited with his wife and children in North West India where, sadly, he succumbed to exhaustion and disease. 

Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star.


(James) Wilfred Burks

Acting Sergeant 4533198

6th Battalion

Durham Light Infantry

Born 1906 Sutton on the Forest. A nephew of Sergeant Fred Burks who was killed in action during WW1.

Before enlistment on 20/8/1939, into The West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own), was a telephone engineer.

Wounded in March 1941 whilst a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Battalion of The West Yorks.

Served in Palestine, Abyssinia, Tunisia, Egypt and finally Sicily where he was killed in action 17/7/1943.

Buried Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.


John Horner

Corporal 4612893

2nd Battalion

Duke of Wellington's

(West Riding Regiment).

Born 1913 Stillington. Son of Tom, an insurance agent, and Lizzie.

Enlisted 18/1/1934. Previously a farmworker.

Died of Malaria 13/6/1943 aged 30.

'Mr and Mrs T. Horner of Stillington, near Easingwold, have received news of the death in India of their youngest son, Corporal John Horner.'

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 3 July 1943

Buried Imphal War Cemetery, Manipur State, north east India.

Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

 

                      john horner                  


John Leslie Hutchinson

Stoker (2nd Class)

P/KX 119108

H.M.S. Kashmir

Royal Navy

Born 1921 Stillington. Parents John Best Hutchinson and Doris.

Before enlistment  on 4/6/1940 worked in the family shop. Served on H.M.S. Ganges, Shotley and Highham Court.

Killed in action, during Battle of Crete, 23/5/1941 aged 20. 

Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 

Medals: 39-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence Medal.

 

    john leslie hutchinson

Les' family took a very active part in village life and were famous in the district as bell ringers, as a result a bell (the treble) from Stillington Church was recast in his honour.

See page St Nicholas' Church Guide Book for more details.

             


Arthur Johnson

Lance Corporal 4534200

2nd Battalion

West Yorkshire Regiment

Born 1913 York. Parents Charles and Amelia, who lived on Carr Lane, Stillington.

Enlisted 10/9/1939.

Killed in Action 11/3/1942, Cyprus.

Buried Nicosia War Cemetery.

Medals: 39-45 Star, North Africa Star, Victory Medal.


Alfred Herbert Petty

Pilot Officer (Air Gunner)

156355

10th Squadron

RAF, Volunteer Reserve.

Born 1921. Parents Herbert John and Emily.  Was a joiner in civilian life.

Served on 29 operations over Germany and Czechoslovakia. 

Killed in action 3/11/1943.

'Northern Casualties. Mr and Mrs H. J. T. Petty of Stillington have received news that their only son, Petty Officer (Air Gunner) Alfred Petty, is missing.'

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 11 November 1943

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany.

Medals: 39-45 Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal

 

                               

 

          


 Leslie Harry Pratt

Private 7901440

1st Battalion

Royal West Kent Regiment

Born 1918. Parents Harry and Mary Alice. Enlisted 16/10/1939.

Served in North Africa (1941) and Greece (1944), where he was wounded on 21/12/1944.

Died in hospital at St Albans  25/4/1945 aged 26.

Buried Stillington New Cemetery 4/5/1945.

Medals: Africa Star with Clasp, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal

 

inscription reads: 7901440 private/ l h pratt/ the queen's own / west kent regiment/ 29th april 1945 aged 26/ he gave his life that we might live.

                       

 


Horace Sell

Sergeant 1357695

Wireless Operator

106 Squadron

RAF Volunteer Reserve

Born 1916 York. Parents Geoffrey and Emma.

Worked as a Potato Merchant before enlistment on 31/7/1939. Served in operations over France, Germany and Norway.

Failed to return from an operation to Norway, 8/11/1941.

Commemorated on the Runnymede Airforce Memorial.

Medals: Distinguished Flying Medal, Victory Medal.



 

Stillington residents who served their country.

Arthur Anderson  - Squadron Sergeant Major, 15/19 King's Royal Hussars.  Enlisted 2/2/1926. Served Egypt, India, France, West Africa, East Africa, Burma, Seycelles, Ceylon, South and North Africa. Medals: JGSM, Long Service, 39-45 Star, North Africa Star, Burma Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Robert Daykin Barningham - Corporal, Royal Armoured Corps.  (1921-1991) Enlisted 1941. Also served in 7th Queen's Hussars, 7th Army Brigade, RAIF 1942-43, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 1943 and Central Mediterranean Force 1943-1945. Medals: 39-45 Star, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Simon Barningham - Driver, Royal Army Service Corps. (1917-1994) Before enlistment in 1942 was a joiner. Discharged due to illness.

Thomas (Tom) Barningham - Marine Coxwain, Royal Marines.  (1919-1998) Enlisted 5/12/1939. Served 5th RM Battery, 1st RMN Battery, 45 RM Commando, HMS 814 Flotilla, Southampton Harbour Patrol, LCVP. Served in West Africa, France and Germany. Medals: DSM June 1944,  39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

(Robert) Guy Bullen - Captain, Royal Artillery. Born 1911 Stillington. Served AA Felixstowe.  Schoolteacher before enlistment. Moved to Kenya after the war.

Olive Alice Bulmer - Corporal, Auxiliary Territorial Service.   ( 1918 - 1970) Enlisted 1942. Served Belgium and France. Olive married Tom Barningham in 1948. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal.

Francis Burks - Private, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Born 1916. Enlisted 11/12/1933. Served Burma and Gibraltar. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star 41-43,  Defence Medal.

Frank Burnett - Sapper, Royal Engineers. (1915 at Stillington - 1989). Enlisted 7/7/1942. Served Algeria, Italy and Austria. Was a joiner before enlistment. Medals: 39-45 Star, Italian Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

George Burnett - Gunner, Royal Artillery.   (1910 at Stillington-1999) Before enlistment on 17/10/1940 was a gardener. Served Egypt, Libya, Dodecanese Islands and Italy. Medals:  39-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Harry Burnett - Lance Corporal, Military Police.  Born 1917 Stillington. Enlisted 6/8/1942 and served SE command. Harry was a policeman in civilian life. Medals:  Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

William Henry Burnett  - Private, Duke of Wellington's.  (1908 at Stillington - 1983) Enlisted 6/5/1943. Served Italy. Medals:  39-45 Star, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Edwin Lawrence Catton - Driver, Royal Army Service Corps.  (1919 at Stillington-1984) Enlisted 1/12/1939 Served France, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, France and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, Africa Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal.

Wilfred Arthur Catton - Sapper, Royal Engineers.  (1917 at Stillington-2003) Enlisted 1/12/1939 Served France, Middle East, Italy and Sicily. Medals: 39-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Victory Medal.

Arthur Cole - Gunner, Royal Artillery.   (1910 at Stillington - 1986)  Enlisted 16/9/1940. Served North Africa and Italy. Medals: North Africa Star, 1st Army Clasp, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Richard Spencer Corbett - Corporal, RAF.   ( 1917 at Stillington - 1970) Enlisted 15/11/1939. Served France and Norway. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Leonard Davill - Leading Aircraftman, Balloon Command. ( 1909 at Stillington-2004) Served Plymouth, Hull, Surrey and Kent.

Lilian Maud Davies - Leading Wren, WRNS. Enlisted 30/10/1941. Served aboard HMS ships. Medals: Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Robert Arthur Denton - Royal Engineers.   (1905 at Stillington - 1988)

Francis (Frank) Denton - RAF. Born 1898 at Stillington

Robert Abell Foster - Corporal, Parachute Regiment, RAF.  (1926-1998) Enlisted 18/1/1945. Served Airborne Division. Medals: Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Robert Eric Gibson - Private, The Royal Scots.  (1919 at Stillington -2008) Enlisted 24/6/1940. Served Gibraltar, Italy, Egypt and Palestine. Medals: 39-45 Star, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

robert eric gibson

Lancelot Gospel - Private, Northamptons.  (1913-1992) Enlisted 24/6/1940. Served Burma. Medals: 39-45 Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

William Rodney Gospel - Farrier Staff Sergeant, Yorkshire Hussars.  (1909-2004) On enlistment, 1/9/1939, was a blacksmith. Served Palestine, Egypt and Ethiopia. Medals: 39-45 Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct with Clasp.

Margaret (Madge) Hope - Lance Corporal, Auxiliary Territorial Service.  (1926 at Stillington - 2010) Enlisted 4/5/1945. Served Home.

Arthur Horner - Driver, Royal Army Service Corps.  (1911 at Stillington -1975) Enlisted 14/9/1944. Served India and China.

Fred Horner - Corporal, RAF.  (1908 at Stillington-1987) Enlisted 2/5/1941. Served France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Cecil Hugill - Sapper, Royal Engineers. (1920 at Stillington-2007) Enlisted 16/6/1940. Served Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy and Greece. Medals: 39-45 Star, Africa Star with 1st Army Clasp, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Edna Mary Hugill - Leading Aircraftwoman, WAAF.  (1922 at Stillington- 2004) Enlisted 29/4/1942. Served Home. Edna married Frank Burnett in 1949. Medals: Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Leslie Huggan - Trooper, Royal Irish Hussars. (1902 - 1980) Enlisted 2/9/1926. Served British Army of the Rhine, Egypt, Palestine, Libya, Cyprus, France, Holland and Belgium. Medals: 39-45 Star, Palestine/Africa Star, 8th Army, Long Service and Good Conduct, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Charles Edward Hutchinson - Lance Corporal. ( 1925 at Stillington -2012) Served with RAF, Royal Welch (Welsh) Fusiliers, Yorks and Lancs Reg, West Yorks Reg and Royal Signals. Served in India and Burma. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Doreen Johnson - Private, Auxiliary Territorial Service.  (1927 at Stillington-1992) Enlisted 4/4/1945. Served Home. Medal: Victory Medal.

Ernest Johnson - Chief Petty Officer, Telegraphist, Royal Navy.  (1907-1985) Enlisted 6/5/1918. Served China, North America, West Indies, Mediterranean, Russia, Palestine, North Africa, Italy and 'D' Day. Medals: 1914-1918 Medal, Palestine, 39-45 Star, Atlantic Medal, France/Germany Star, North Africa Star, Italy Star, Long Service and Good Conduct, Oak Leaf.

Noel Kay - RAF.   (1916-1984)

George Albert Lambert - Sapper, Royal Engineers.  (1923-1998) Enlisted 1/7/1943. Served France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

John Richard Lambert - Sergeant, RAF.  (1921-1993) Enlisted 8/9/1938. Served Sierra Leone, Gold Coast, West Africa, North Africa and Tunisia. Medals: 39-45 Star, North Africa Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Richard Samuel Lucas - Corporal, Somerset Light Infantry. Enlisted 19/3/1941. Served France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, where he was wounded twice. Medals: 39-45 Star, France& Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Geoffrey Metcalfe - Lance Corporal, RAF. Born 1922 Stillington. Enlisted 3/9/1942. Served Iceland, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Medals: France & Germany Star, Defence Medal.

geoffrey metcalfe. photograph taken 1942.

James Sidney Metcalfe - Leading Aircraftman, RAF. Born 1926 Stillington. Enlisted 22/3/1944. Served East Africa. Medal: Defence Medal.

John Horatio Moreland - Sergeant, RAF.  (1920-1994) Enlisted 28/11/1938. Served Palestine, Syria, Libya, Tripolitania, Iraq, Persia and Egypt. Medals: 39-45 Star, Africa Star and Rosette,  Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

(Charles) Leslie Moreland - Warrant Officer Air Gunner, RAF.  (1923-2000) Enlisted 24/11/1943. Served 13 operations over Germany including 1000 bomber raid of Dortmund, March 1945. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

William Henry Morfoot - Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps.(1918-1999)Enlisted Sept 1939. Served France, Belgium, Brazil, South Africa and India. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Charles Morfoot - Private, Green Howards, Loyals, Hampshires.  (1923-1996) Enlisted 18/6/1942. Served North Africa, Italy and Austria. Medals: 39-45 Star, Italy Star,  Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Arthur Nelson - Leading Seaman, Royal Navy. Enlisted March 1939. Served on a minesweeper. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Palestine Medal, North Africa Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Arthur Bernard North - Driver, Royal Army Service Corps.  (1925 at Stillington-2002) Enlisted 2/12/1943. Served Italy. Medals: Italy Star,  Defence Medal.

Harold James North - Private, Royal Army Ordinance Corps.  (1924 at Stillington-2002) Enlisted 15/10/1942. Served France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Herbert William North - Driver, Royal Engineers. Born 1926 Stillington. Enlisted 8/8/1944. Served Italy, Greece and Egypt. Medals: 39-45 Star, Italy Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Charles Reginald Scaife - Driver, Royal Army Service Corps.  (1918 at Stillington -1990) Enlisted 2/1/1940. Served France, India and Burma. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

George Edward Scaife - Craftsman, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.              (1899 at Stillington - 1967) Enlisted Oct 1939. Served overseas 1939-42. Medals: General Service, 39-45 Star, Africa Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

George Frederick Scaife - Able Seaman, Royal Navy. (1926-2001) Served Mediterranean and Italy. Medals: 39-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Harold Scaife - Trooper, The Yorkshire Hussars.  (1915 at Stillington - 1977)  Enlisted 9/2/1939. Served Palestine, Cyprus, Syria, Egypt, Libya, France and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, Africa Star with Clasp, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal Territorial Medal.

harold scaife. photograph taken 3/10/1939 at malton.

Robert William Scaife - Lance Corporal, Duke of Wellington's and Green Howards.        (1912 at Stillington-1975) Enlisted 24/6/1940. Served Burma. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

robert william scaife.

Norman Scaife - Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps. (1915 at Stillington - 1986) Enlisted 16/5/1940. Served Egypt and Libya. Medals:  Africa Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

George Thomas Scurr - Staff Sergeant, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.         (1924-2004)  Enlisted 3/5/1939. Served France, Belgium and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Service Medal, Defence Medal.

Douglas Geoffrey Sell - Lance Corporal, RAF. (1920-1989) Enlisted April 1940. Served France, Holland and Belgium. Medals:  France & Germany Star, Victory Medal.

Harry Simpson - Lance Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps. Enlisted 15/6/1940. Served Tunisia, Italy and Austria. Wounded Italy. Medals: 39-45 Star, Italy Star, Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp.

Donovan Brand Smith - Captain, Royal Artillery.  (1921 - 1960)  Enlisted 13/2/1941. Served Libya, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and Austria. Medals: 39-45 Star, Italy Star, Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Stanley Smith - Corporal, Irish Guards. Enlisted 20/6/1940. Served Home.

Raymond Souter - Corporal, RAF. ( 1922 Stillington - 2007) . Enlisted 10/9/1942. Served South Africa, Egypt, Cyrenaica and Palestine.

 Douglas Sparrow - Able Seaman, Fleet Air Arm.  (1926-2009) Enlisted 16/1/1945. Served Malta, HMS Goldfinch and HMS Falcon. Medals: Atlantic Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

Ronald Walter Taylor - Sapper, Royal Engineers. Enlisted 15/11/1940. Served India and Burma. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal.

Charles Thompson - Gunner, Royal Artillery.  (1911-1989) Enlisted 16/9/1940. Served North Africa, where he was stationed when he sent the letter below back home to Mrs Sparrow, landlady of The White Bear. Also served Italy, Dalmatia, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, Africa Star,  Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

dear mrs sparrow, just a few lines to let you all no i am o k and had a safe journey. we are among the arabs and mosquitoes they live a bit different to us, we shall soon get tanned with heat. the farmers seem to grow fruit mainly in this field they get cheap work done, with the arabs, one thing we have to be carefull about is going about in the dark by ourselfs, there seems to be now tractors hear nothing but donkeys mules and arab ponys, if we go out on a night for a drink we have to take our mugs with us, there seems to be no beer all wines and if you don't mind you can get drugged with them, you would be surprised when you got to no i had gone over to north africa. well i will have to close now cheerio, from your old f. charlie.t.

Herbert Ronald Thompson - Private, Duke of Wellington's. (1913-1995) Enlisted 15/11/1940. Served India and Burma. Medals: 39-45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal.

herbert ronald thompson. photograph taken 1940.

Margaret Toase - Wren, WRNS. Born 1923. Enlisted 19/8/1942. Served HMS Pembroke and HMS Gosling.

John William (Jack) Whitwell - Gunner, Royal Artillery.  (1918-1986) Enlisted 11/10/1939. Served France (wounded at Dunkirk), France and Germany. Medals: 39-45 Star, France & Germany Star.

Cecil Wood - Sapper, Royal Engineers.  (1918 at Stillington - 1977) Enlisted 19/10/1939. Served France, Belgium, Dunkirk, Persia, Cyprus, Iraq, Syria and Libya. POW from 29/6/1942 for 3 years in Italy, and Germany at Stalag IV-D/Z Annanburg in Saxony-Anhalt.  Medals: Mentioned in dispatches 1940, 39-45 Star, Africa Star, Victory Medal, Defence Medal.

 

 cecil wood. photograph taken shortly after his enlistment.             cecil wood. photograph taken during the middle east campaign.