1939 - 1945

When you go home, tell them this of us, for your tomorrow, we gave our today. (Kohima Memorial, Burma)

Gunner William George Puddy

76 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

30 May 1940 aged 39.

Former Regular soldier. Re-enlisted in 1939. Lost at sea when the converted paddle steamer minesweeper Gracie Fields was bombed and sunk during the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. Son of William and Ada. Puddy, Burnt House, Yarrow, Mark. Commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial.

Ordinary Seaman Cyril John Davis

Royal Navy

1 March 1944 aged 19.

One of five children to Frederick and Alice Davis, Mark. Employed at Dutch Court Farm and lived at Knoll Cottage, Northwick. Enlisted as Hostilities Only rating in March 1943 and fought in the Battle of the Atlantic. Lost at sea when the frigate HMS Gould, which was on convoy escort, was torpedoed north of the Azores in the longest hunt for a U-Boat of the Second World War.  Commemorated on Plymouth War Memorial.

Lance-Bombardier Wyndham John Hillman

9 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery

9 April 1945 aged 26.

Parents lived in Dutch Rd after moving from Swindon in 1943. A Regular captured by the Japanese at Singapore in 1942, he survived working on the Burma Railway. Died from wounds north-west of Saigon in Indo-China (now Vietnam) when US aircraft attacked a train taking prisoners of war to Japan. Buried in Kranji Cemetery, Singapore.     

Driver Arthur James Hillman

Royal Army Service Corps

8 May 1945 (VE Day) aged 44.

Pre-war Regular Somerset Light Infantry. Joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps September 1939. Transferred to the RASC and served in North Africa as an ambulance driver. In 1944, was returned to UK seriously ill and died at home in Mark of natural causes at almost the same time as the Germans surrendered. Buried in Mark Churchyard.


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