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

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Lieutenant Henry Boswell Bennett, 31st May 1838, Canterbury Cathedral

Henry Boswell Bennett


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Lieutenant Colonel Edward Seton Chance, 29th May 1918, Grasemere

Edward Seton Chance


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Private T G Smith, 25th May 1915, Orpington All Saints

Private T G Smith


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Lieutenant Malcolm Methuen Carlisle, 24th May 1906, Newcastle cathedral

Lieutenant Carlisle


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Trooper H Offley, 18th May 1900, Christchurch College Cathedral, Oxford

Christchurch


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Private Ernest William Boyden, 14th May 1901, Bishop’s Stortford

Ernest William Boyden


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Lance Corporal L A Smith, 13th May 1918, Orpington All Saints

L A Smith


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Arthur Longland, May 6th 1915, Chester-le-Street Cemetery

Arthur Longland


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Henry Charles Wodeman, May 1st 1912, Brasenose College Oxford

Henry Charles Wodeman


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Staff Surgeon Septimus Evans, 26th April 1881, Greenwich Naval Academy

Staff Surgeon Septimus Evans


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Major John Johnson, 20th April 1839, Canterbury Cathedral

John Johnson


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Stoker Petty Officer J. H. Bottomley, 17th April 1925, Otley cemetery

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Robert Jones, 9th April 1917, London Zoo

Robert Jones


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2nd Lieutenant Reuben Addison Mangin, 7th April 1918, Ripon Cathedral

2nd Lieutenant Reuben Addison Mangin


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Colour Sergeant George Tickle Armstrong, 29th March, Newcastle Cathedral

Colour Sergeant George Tickle Armstrong, 29th March 1900, Newcastle Cathedral


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Private S. A. Summerfield, 15th March 1916, Felbridge

Private Summerfield


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2nd Lieutenant A L Grove, 12th March 1902, Norwich Cathedral

A L Grove


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

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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.”


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Major Montague Lambert, 6th February 1880, Rochester Cathedral

Major Montague Lambert


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Lieutenant Constatine D. Brown, 17th January 1815, Ripon Cathedral

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Major J. M. Vallentin, 4th January 1902, Taunton

January 4 1902 Taunton