11 February 1941

 

Sapper J F Cook --- Sapper F Hickford --- Sapper G Lincoln

 

Lance Corporal W F O'Shea --- Sapper T E Perkins --- Sapper E J Rolls

 


 

Incident details.

 

On the 5th February 1941,  2 Bomb Disposal Company were tasked with uncovering a unexploded bomb dropped on the 5th at Purley Oaks School, Bynes Road, Croydon.

 

Lance Sergeant Brinton left the site to check on progress of another bomb being dug for in a garden nearby. The section were left working towards the bomb under the playground. Brinton had only got a street away when the bomb exploded. On returning to the site he found the school and several houses were damaged and all had been killed bar the section driver, who had seen a Warden approaching inside the cordoned danger area and had escorted him back to the safety barriers when the bomb exploded.

Details extracted from Bomb Disposal British Casualties of WW11. Chris Ranstead.

 


 

2191836 Sapper

 

John Frederick Cook.

 

2 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

Son of Frederick and Florence Cook of Hammersmith.

 

Died on the 11th February 1941. Aged 29.

 

Buried at Mitcham Road Cemetery, Croydon.

 

Plot P P Grave 40004.

 

 


 

 

1989995 Sapper

 

Frederick Hickford.

 

2 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photos taken by Anne. 

 

Son of George Arthur and Iva Hickford of Salford.

 

Died on the 11th February 1941. Aged 20.

 

Buried at Weaste Cemetery, Salford.

 

Section A. Grave 317.

 

 


 

1913749 Sapper

 

George Lincoln.

 

2 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

Died on the 11th February 1941.

 

Buried at Mitcham Road Cemetery, Croydon.

 

Plot P P Grave 40004.

 

 


 

1940871 Lance Corporal

 

William Francis O’Shea.

 

2 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

Son of James and May O’Shea: Husband of Ruth O’Shea of Surbiton.

 

Died on the 11th February 1941. Aged 32.

 

Buried at Mitcham Road Cemetery, Croydon.

 

Plot PP Grave 40004.

 


2191786 Sapper

 

Thomas Edward Perkins.

 

2 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

Photo taken by Adam and Family.

 

Son of Walter Thomas and Lillian Perkins of Leicester: Husband of Amy Laura Perkins of Leicester.

 

Died on the 11th February 1941. Aged 26.

 

Buried at Gilroes Cemetery, Leicester.

 

Section T.T. Grave 233.

 


 

2193732 Sapper

 

Edward John Rolls.

 

2 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

Son of Edward Dudley Rolls and Clara Elizabeth Rolls of Maida Vale, London. His brother Henry also died on Service.

 

Died on the 11th February 1941. Aged 22.

 

Buried at Mitcham Road Cemetery, Croydon.

 

Plot P P Grave 40004.