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Lance Bombardier Roy Harmston was born in 1916 to son of William and Lillian Harmston.  He served with the Royal Artillery, 69 Field Regiment and He married Alice Kate (Kitty) Tunnell in Cobham Surrey in 1940, wearing his Royal Artillery uniform.  They had one child, Jack.  He died aged 28 on 3rd July 1944 in Portsmouth and was buried in Wales Church cemetery.  He is remembered on the Wales Square memorial.


Schoolmaster Warrant Officer Arnold Rowland Hughes was the son of Oswald and Florence Hughes of Kiveton.  He served with the Royal Navy on HMS Dunedin, a Danea-class light cruiser.  It had survived a few skirmishes early on in the war and had intercepted the German merchant ship Hannover which was requisitioned and became the first British escort carrier.  In June 1941, it captured another German vessel which had some Enigma machines on board.  In November 1941 off the coast of Brazil it was struck by 2 torpedoes from German submarine U-124 and sank.  Only 4 officers and 63 men out of a crew of 486 survived.  Arnold was 29.

He is remembered on the Wales Square memorial.  He was the brother of Oswald Hughes, who also died in the conflict.


Gunner Oswald Hughes was born in 1907, to Oswald and Florence Hughes.  He had enlisted in the Royal Artillery as a Gunner and was stationed at Arborfield Garrison, Berkshire when war was declared in September 1939.  The following Saturday Oswald and another soldier were making their way back to the barracks after a night out when he was knocked down by a bus which failed to see him in the blackout.

He was buried in Wales Church cemetery and is remembered on the Wales Square memorial.  

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