England expected every man to do his duty. We remember those who fell doing that duty on this day in history

Archive for February, 2014

Stoker A. H. Goodhew, 28th February 1916, Brockley Cemetery

A H Goodhew

Brockley Cemetery   Brockley Cemetery

Frederick Birkett, 27th February 1917, Haltwhistle cemetery

Frederick Birkett

Haltwhistle  Haltwhistle


Brigadier James Hill Alms OBE, 26th February 1947, Taunton


Brigadier Alms     Brigadier Alms









(My thanks to Debby Henderson, niece of the deceased, who kindly sent me the second and third of these photos and also the following….)

The Times obituary of 11th April 1947 said:

“Brigadier Alms, now known to have lost his life on a flight from Singapore to Saigon, was one of the outstanding staff officers of the 1939-45 war. In 1943 he was made G.SO1 (Strategic Plans) to the Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander Lieutenant General F.E. (Later Sir Frederick) Morgan. In this post he did much arduous spadework on Overlord, the outline plan for the invasion of France. He was later on SHAEF’s massive staff, responsible for coordinating the Western European resistance organisations placed under General Eisenhower’s control and for the operational “vetting” of the Psychological Warfare Division’s devious attempts to sap the German will to resist. His outstanding work at COSSAC and SHAEF was recognised not only by his own country but also by the award of high French, American and Polish decorations.


After VE Day, before which he had made several vain attempts to return to his regiment, he volunteered for airborne duties and though a full Colonel at the time, attended a company commando’s course to fit himself for his new job. Following Japan’s capitulation, however, he returned to staff work and was eventually appointed Director of Military Intelligence, South East Asia Land Forces, the post he held at the time of his death. A summary of his wartime career conveys no hint of his wit and good humour with which he could reduce the most critical and controversial problems of military strategy to matters for laughter, but those who worked closely with him knew that behind all the fun and mockery lay an exceptionally shrewd and efficient brain and a deep understanding of the world.”

Trimmer G. V. Brown, 25th February 1919, Winterton-on-Sea

G. V. Brown

Winterton-on-Sea  Winterton-on-Sea

Sub-Lieutenant Michael Holdsworth, 24th February 1942, Kettlewell

Michael Holdsworth

Michael Holdsworth  Kettlewell

Lieutenant Harry Bertram Abadie, February 23rd 1901, Canterbury Cathedral

Harry Bertram Abadie


Lieutenant Arthur Henry Hallam Parr, February 22nd 1910, Taunton

February 22 1910

Mary Magdalene Taunton ceiling     Mary Magdalene Taunton altar


Trooper Thomas Eric Graham, 21st February 1915, Newcastle All Saints Cemetery

Trooper Thomas Eric Graham

All Saints Cemetery, Newcastle  Newcastle All Saints cemetery

John Cockerill, 20th February 1916, Kettlewell

John Cockerill

Kettlewell   Kettlewell

Gunner L. Sorzano, 19th February 1917, Wool Church of the Holy Rood

Gunner Sorzano

Wool  Wool


Trooper F Douglas, 18th February 1901, Christchurch College Oxford

Trooper F Douglas

Christchurch college  Christchurch college

Pilot Officer Philip George Stote, 17th February 1943, St Albans St Stephens

Pilot Officer Philip George Stote

St Albans St Stephens  St Albans St Stephens

Private R. Burton, 16th February 1918, New Southgate Cemetery

Private R Burton

New Southgate  New Southgate

Private A. J. Pullen, 15th February 1917, Ladywell Cemetery

A J Pullen

Ladywell Cemetery  Ladywell

Sergeant Arthur Birch, 14th February 1919, York cemetery

Sergeant Arthur Birh

Sergeant Arthur BirchYork cemetery

Lieutenant Thomas Lewis Bowden, 13th February 1941, Newcastle Cathedral

Thomas Lewis Bowden

Newcastle cathedral   Newcastle cathedral

Lance Corporal James Fleming, 12th February 1903, Church of the Holy Cross, Haltwhistle

Lance Corporal James Fleming

Church of the Holy Cross, Haltwhistle  Haltwhistle

Captain George Howard Fanshawe Abadie, 11th February 1904, Canterbury Cathedral

Captain George Howard Fanshawe Abadie

Canterbury cathedral  Canterbury cathedral

Brigadier General Charles Cyril Taylor, 10th February 1846, Canterbury Cathedral

Charles Cyril Taylor

Canterbury cathedral  Canterbury cathedral

Corporal Benjamin J. White, 9th February 1916, St Benett Fink, Tottenham

Corporal Benjamin J White

Bennett Fink  St Benett Fink

Private Leslie Henry Worssam, 8th February 1917, St Peters, St Albans

Leslie Henry Worssam

St Albans St Peters  St Albans war memorial

The HMS Orpheus, 7th February 1863, Greenwich Naval Academy

HMS Orpheus

Greenwich  Greenwich


Major Montague Lambert, 6th February 1880, Rochester Cathedral

Major Montague Lambert

Gunner S. C. Shadbolt, 5th February 1943, St Stevens Church, St Albans

Gunner Shadbolt

St Stephens St Albans  St Albans St Stephens