10 December 1940
Sapper J R Darsley --- Driver A K Hartland --- Lieutenant K G Hope
Driver F G Horton --- Corporal C B Lebbon.
On the 10th December 1940, at Osterley Park, Middlesex, a section was working, on an unexploded bomb when it detonated. Sapper J. Darsley aged 19; Driver A.K. Hartland, Lieutenant K.G. Hope, Driver F. Horton RASC and Lance Corporal C. Lebbon aged 43 were all killed.
It was a cold day and at Osterley Park, the section had adopted the standard practice of lighting a fire and brewing a large Dixie of tea. Sapper Jimmy Hulme had gone to see to the tea when the bomb detonated. He was knocked over by the blast and a piece of shrapnel hit him in the back. He spent some time in hospital and then returned to his unit. After this incident he acquired a slight stammer but was otherwise okay.
John Robert Darsley.
2 Bomb Disposal Company.
Son of Charles and Edith Darsley of Old Trafford, Manchester.
Died on the 10th December 1940. Aged 19.
Buried at Manchester Southern Cemetery.
Section S.C of E Grave 584.
Arthur Kitchener Hartland.
135 Mechanical Equipment Company.
Photo by Carol Butler.
Son of Charles Henry and Sarah Jane Hartland: Husband of Rosalie Mary Hartland of Harfield.
Died on the 10th December 1940. Aged 24.
Buried at Teddington Cemetery.
Section C 3 Cons Grave 1867
Kenneth Graham Hope.
725 Bomb Disposal Company
Photo by Terry Wisbey.
Son of William and Margaret Agnes Hope: Husband of Margaret Phyliss Hope of Headington, Oxford. B.A. (Oxon).
Died on the 10th December 1940. Aged 32.
Buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Oxford.
Section B 2 Grave 269.
Frederick George Horton.
Royal Army Service Corp.
Attached to 2 Bomb Disposal Company.
Son of Norman and Alice Horton of Broughton Astley.
Died on the 10th December 1940.
Buried at Sutton-in-the-Elms Baptist Chapel Yard.
2198731 Lance Corporal
Cyril Bennett Lebbon.
32 Bomb Disposal Company.
Photo taken by Chris Ranstead.
Son of William and Mary Isabel Jane Lebbon: Husband of Lilian Elizebeth Lebbon of Havant, Hampshire.
Died on the 10th December 1940. Aged 43.
Buried at Teddington Cemetery, Greater London.
Section C 3 Cons Grave 1868.