Newmillerdam War Memorial
Second World War
MOST of the village of Newmillerdam falls within the civil parish of Crigglestone, and the two war memorials in that village record the names of the fallen from Newmillerdam. The Crigglestone Parish Archive contains a history of these soldiers and also WW1 and WW2 photographs of many of the servicemen with Newmillerdam and Crigglestone connections. This archive is held by local historian and former parish council chairman Keith Wainwright, who can be contacted by email email@example.com.
Cyril Beatson was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Official number 15244) and served as a bomber pilot with No 49 Squadron. He died aged 21 on 6 October 1944 and is buried at Becklingen War Cemetery in northern Germany. An image of his headstone can be found here
He was the son of Percy and Maud Beatson, of Newmillerdam.
His Lancaster PB429 EA-S took off at 1717hrs from Fiskerton for a raid on Bremen and crashed at 2011hrs at Leuchtenburg on the east side of Aumund-Hammersbeck.
The force consisted of 246 Lancasters and seven Mosquitos of Nos 1 and 5 Groups for the last of 32 major Bomber Command raids on Bremen during the war. Five Lancasters were lost. The raid, based on the No 5 Group marking method, was an outstanding success. Severe damage was caused to the AG Weser shipyard, the two Focke-Wulf factories, the Siemens Schuckert electrical works and other important war industries. The transport network was described as being seriously disrupted.
An excellent night-time shot of the Newmillerdam memorial can be found on Flickr. The caption includes the statement: ‘My grandfather’s brother Sergeant George Dawson is one who was recorded as missing in action at Dunkirk.’ No further information has been discovered at present
The only person with this name and initial listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is D/KX 80562 Stoker Petty Officer Thomas Linford, who died aged 32 when the destroyer HMS Warwick was sunk on 20 February 1944. He is commemorated by name on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
The CWGC register records that he was the son of Frederick Marsh Linford and Eliza Linford, and the husband of Marian Irene Linford, of Whitby. The First World War register includes the name of 44241 Lance Corporal Frederick Marsh Linford, 50th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), who died on 27 May 1918. His name appears on the Soissons Memorial but he is not commemorated at Newmillerdam. He was the son of William and Charlotte Linford, and the husband of Eliza Linford, of 2 York Place, Newmillerdam.
At 1137hrs on 20 February 1944 HMS Warwick (Commander Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR) was hit aft by one of two torpedoes from U-413 about 15 miles from Trevose Head, Cornwall. The stern broke off aft of the engine room and the boat stayed afloat for about four minutes until the bulkhead collapsed and she sank. Three officers and 64 ratings were killed. The destroyer had been on a submarine hunt in the Bristol Channel with HMS Saladin and HMS Scimitar.
The only flight sergeant of this name identified by the CWGC is 655438 John Mellor RAFVR, who died on 14 September 1943 while serving with 455 (RAAF) Squadron. He is commemorated by name on the RAF’s Runnymede Memorial.
No 455 Squadron was formed in New South Wales on 23 May 1941, destined for service in Europe with the RAF. While the Australian party waited to be shipped to the UK, other personnel - predominantly members of the RAF - began assembling at RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire. The squadron came into existence there on 6 June 1941 and was equipped with Hampden bombers. Initially assigned to No 5 Group, Bomber Command, it transferred to Coastal Command on 26 April 1942. In September, the squadron temporarily relocated to Vaenga in Russia to protect a Murmansk-bound merchant convoy from attack by German surface vessels. The squadron was re-equipped with Beaufighters in October 1943 and operated against German shipping off Norway and in the Baltic until the end of the war.
4617765 Private George Alfred White was the son of Joseph William and Lucy White, of Newmillerdam. He was serving with the 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), when he died, aged 21, on 1 June 1940.
He is buried at Marquise Communal Cemetery where the British plot was created to receive casualties removed from graves on the beaches of Bray Dunes.
When war broke out the 1st Battalion was immediately sent to France as part of the 3rd Infantry Brigade in the British Expeditionary Force. During the retreat to Dunkirk, the 'Dukes' formed part of the rearguard.
Notes on other local casualties not named on the Newmillerdam Memorial:
941969 Corporal Albert Brown, RAF Volunteer Reserve, died on 15 June 1944, aged 23. He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. Son of Henry and Evelyn Brown, of Newmillerdam.
3967699 Craftsman Hugh Charles Bugler, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was the son of Arthur and Lilian Bugler, and husband of Edith Sophia Bugler, of Newmillerdam. He died aged 26 on 18 March 1945 and is buried at Imphal War Cemetery.