24 April 1940

 

Birmingham

 

Sergeant A G Hilder---  Lieutenant R A Wakeford

 

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Sapper W McShane --- Sapper J Smith 

 


 

Birmingham.

 

After a heavy raid on Birmingham in April 1941, an unexploded bomb was found, it had hit a predictor on an anti-aircraft gun site, went through a foot of concrete, down another twelve feet, changing direction as it went. A tunnel was dug to reach it, on investigating it was found to be ticking. Corporal F. Norman recalls, Lieutenant R.A. Wakeford phoning HQ to request the steam steralisation equipment, however this would take to long to arrive. Lt Wakeford accompanied by Sergeant Hilder proceeded down the shaft to see if they could tackle it. Lieutenant Wakeford threw his cap to Corporal Norman for safe keeping. Sergeant Hilder ordered Corporal Norman to leave the area; he was about 15 yards away when the bomb detonated behind him. Lt Wakeford and Sergeant Hilder both died.

Details taken from The Dangers of UXB’s. Lt Col E.E. Wakeling.

 

Sapper W McShane AND Sapper J Smith

 

Believed to have been injured on the 23 April 1941 and due to his injuries passed away on the 24 April 1941.

 


 

 

1917020 Sergeant

 

Albert George Hilder.

 

3 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

 

 

Died on the 24th April 1941 

 

Buried at Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham.

 

Plot 2E. Grave 2948.

 


 

 

161394 Lieutenant

 

 

 

Rueben Arthur Wakeford.

 

 

Bomb Disposal.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

Died on the 24 April 1941

 

 Buried at Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham.

  

Plot 2E. Grave 2889.

 


 

2127226 Sapper

 

William McShane.

 

19 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo by Frank McGrogan.

 

Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Mc Shane of Coatbridge.

 

Died on the 24th April 1941. Aged 23.

 

Buried at Saint Patricks Roman Catholic Cemetery, New Stevenston, Lanarkshire.

 

Section 1 Grave 3010.

 

 


 

 

2129069 Sapper

 

Joseph Smith.

 

19 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

Died on the 24th April 1941.

 

Buried at Renfrew Cemetery, Arkleston.

 

Section L. Row T. Grave 67.