World War II
SERVICE CASUALTIES IN THE
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Surnames I and J
Alec Insole was born
on 3 March 1905. In 1911 he was living at 15 Little Ilford Lane with his
parents, Harry, a clerk for an insurance company, and Elizabeth Jane.
Also there were his brothers, John Harry Bond, 8, born in Hull, Harry
Albert, 3, born in Wapping like Alec, and Edwin Frances, 1, born in
Bermondsey. The family suffered a tragedy when Mr Insole was killed in
Belgium on 31 July 1917; he is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.
Probate was granted to his wife at 25 Raines Mansions, Old Gravel Lane,
In 1928 Alec married Frances Matilda Tucker. The
couple had three children, Alic, born 1828, Harry, born 1929, and
Malcolm, born 1938. Sadly, their "darling baby" Malcolm died on 16
Alec lost his life with the Cabel Ship Alert on 24
February 1945. He was 39, with 9 years service, and was a Cable Jointer,
Merchant Navy. He was 39. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill
Memorial, London. Panel 5. When probate was given Mrs Insole was living
at 132 Clarendon Place,
"Silent thoughts and loving memories of my darling
Notes on Alert
Anthony (Tony) Langford James,
1801848, was an Air Bomber Flight
Sergeant in 189 Squadron of the RAFVR.
He was the son of William
Edgar Robert and Doris Gertrude James, of Dover
On the night of 2nd/3rd February 1945, Avro Lancaster
MkI serial PB840, coded CA-K of 189 Squadron took
off at 20:18 hours from RAF Fulbeck in Lincolnshire to
attack Karlsruhe in Germany. For reasons not known the
Lancaster crashed at Unteröwisheim, about 15 miles to
the northeast of the target area. Six of the seven
crewmembers were killed including Flt/Sgt James, aged
21, who was buried locally on 9th February 1945. After
the war he and the other crewmembers killed were
re-interred at Dürnbach War Cemetery.
The other members of the crew were:
|Flying Officer William Desmond KELLY
|Sergeant John HOWARTH
Flying Officer Roger Jack WEBB
|Flight Sergeant Anthony
|Warrant Officer James
|Flight Sergeant Frank
A total of 250 Lancasters took part in the raid with
14 being lost, 4 of the losses being suffered by 189 Squadron including PB840.
The raid failed due to cloud cover over the target and there was minimal
damage and no reported casualties on the ground. This was the last major raid
the RAF made on Karlsruhe before the war ended.
F/O Kelly was the son of William and Kathleen Mary
Kelly, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
F/O Webb was the son of John Arthur Webb, and of Mary
Webb (nee Rodgers); husband of Eleanor Emily Webb, of Toronto, Ontario,
W/O Grubb was the Son of Harold George Grubb, and of
Annie Evans Grubb (nee Blyth), of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand; husband
of Annie Grubb, of Walesby, Nottinghamshire, England.
Sgt Dyson was awarded a George Medal in April 1945,
the citation stating:-
"One night in November 1944, Sergeant Dyson was rear
gunner of an aircraft detailed for a bombing attack and carrying a load of
incendiaries, including those of an explosive type. Shortly after taking off,
the aircraft crashed, broke up and burst into flames. On impact Sergeant
Dyson was thrown, whilst still in the rear turret, 50 yards from the aircraft
and, although badly shaken, was able to release himself with an axe. On
hearing cries for help Sergeant Dyson at once went to the aid of his fellow
crew-members, despite the fact that the aircraft wreckage was scattered over
the area, and burning furiously, with incendiaries exploding and unexploded
bombs lying both in and about the wreckage. He first went to the mid-upper
gunner, who had been thrown clear of the aircraft in his turret. Sergeant
Dyson was able to assure himself that this gunner was in no immediate
danger. Sergeant Dyson next turned his attention to those of his comrades who
were nearer the fuselage. He dragged the pilot from the immediate
danger area around the aircraft and then ran back to continue the search for
other members of the crew. He found the navigator, who was seriously
injured and with his clothing on fire, about 15 yards from the aircraft,
Sergeant Dyson put out the fire with his hands receiving burns to both hands
whilst doing so. Seeing assistance coming, he called out to attract
attention to the navigator and himself. He was later found by rescue
parties wandering around, suffering from shock. It was eventually found
that more than half the bomb load had ignited. The danger was at times so
great that members of the rescue parties were obliged to park vehicles 200
yards away and wait until the explosions and fires had moderated. Sergeant
Dyson showed outstanding gallantry by his persistent efforts to
help his comrades and undoubtedly saved the life of his pilot".
(The incident occurred on the night of 26th/27th
November 1944, when tragically three of the crew died in the crash of the
Lancaster; but the pilot Flt/Sgt D S Presland and the mid-upper gunner
Sgt I S Fender, rescued by Sgt Dyson, recovered from their injuries. The
navigator, 21 years old Flt/Sgt Alan Charles Probert, also pulled clear by Sgt
Dyson, sadly succumbed to his serious injuries soon after).
thanks to Dean Sumner
illustration: Avro Lancaster from Wikimedia Commons
Jenkins, N. W.
Norman William Eric Jenkins,
1871032, was a Warrant Officer, Class II (QMS) in the
Royal Engineers. He had been educated at the Dover
County (now Grammar) School between 1927-1933, and joined
the Engineers when he was 18. He served in France
between September 1939 and June 1940, and then went to
the Middle East in February 1941
From Crete, he was posted as missing,
and then as presumed to have died between 28-29
May 1941, when he was 24. He is commemorated on the
Athens Memorial, Greece. Face 4
He was the son of George Henry
Jenkins and of Florence Norah Jenkins, of 2 Neville Way, Rusthall,
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, previously at 11 Knight's Way,
Johncock, V. J.
Verdun James Johncock,
6290542, was a Private in the Queen's Own Royal West
Kent Regiment. He was 27 when he died on 22 January
1944, and is buried at the Anzio War Cemetery, Italy. I
He was the youngest son of William James and
Frances Louisa Johncock, from 8 Alfred Road, Buckland, Dover.
He was a first cousin once removed of
Johncock as his grandfather was a brother of
Jones, G. H.
George Henry Jones, was a Seaman
on the Cable Ship Alert, Merchant Navy. He was
lost on 24 February 1945, when he was 30. He is
commemorated on the Tower Hill memorial, London. Panel 5
Born on 3 June 1911, he was the son of George and Rose
Jones, and the husband of E R Jones, from 6 De Burgh
Notes on Alert
Jones, J. R. B.
Jeffrey Russell Bavington-Jones,
129445, the son of Russell Francis Bavington-Jones and
grandson of John Bavington-Jones, who owned the Dover
Express newspaper, was
born in 1911 in Dover. A Captain in the Lincolnshire
Regiment, attached to the Durham Light Infantry, 16
battalion, he died while a POW. He is buried at Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia, VI A 7.
He lived at 47 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Hertfordshire,
and left £302 8s 0d to his widow, Joan Mary.
More information about Jeffrey Bavington-Jones is here -
King's School, Canterbury, Roll of Honour
photo of Captain Bavington-Jones by courtesy of John Hamblin