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Flying Officer William Hedley Eager, DFC was serving with the Canadian air force and was stationed in the UK when he met and married Ada Cox of Kiveton.  He was killed The Worksop Guardian report of 2nd March 1945 detailed the presentation of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Ada:

At an investiture last week at Buckingham Palace Mrs. Ada Eager, 15 Wales Road, Kiveton Park, received the D.F.C. won by her late husband, Flying Office Eager, R.C.A.F.  Flying Officer Eager was 24 years of age and was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He joined up shortly after the outbreak of hostilities and received his wings in Canada. He was killed in a flying accident in this country, his plane crashing at Newark on December 16th 1943. He had previously completed his tour of operations over Germany, his award of the D.F.C. being for gallantry and devotion to duty on an operational flight over enemy territory. He was awarded the 1939-43 Star and the Canadian Operational Medal. Mrs. Eager met her husband whilst she herself was serving in the Forces. Previous to enlistment she was a teacher at Wales Council School. Mrs. Eager gave birth to twin daughters – Susan and Jane – about four months after her husband’s death and they are both bonnie girls. Mrs. Eager is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Cox with whom she is living.

He is remembered on the Wales Square Memorial.

 

Private Estyn Ellis was the son of Edward and Florence Ann Ellis.  The family lived at Chantry Place and later moved to 6 Manor Road.  He enlisted in the army in January 1939 and became a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  While on leave in 1939, his father Edward collapsed and died while seeing his son off at Kiveton Park Railway Station.

Estyn served as a nursing attendant on the Hospital Ship, Maid of Kent.  The ship was sent to Dieppe in May 1940 to assist British Expeditionary Forces and while in the port was hit by bombers and sunk.  28 crew and medical staff lost their lives, including 23-year-old Estyn.

He is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial and the Wales Square memorial.

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