6 November 1940.

 

Yeovil area.

 

Lieutenant D C W Adams --- Lance Corporal C W E Andrews --- Corporal F J Lillyman.

 

Coventry

 

Driver C Holden.

 


 Yeovil.

 

All three were digging down to a UXB when it exploded.

 

Coventry.

 

At times the fuzes on unexploded bombs were not visible or to badly damaged to be dealt with, also it was possible that the fuze pocket would snap and disappear into the explosive fill. On these occasions the base plate could be removed and the explosive filling removed to find the fuze. On the 6th November 1940, 9 Bomb Disposal Company, based in Coventry were dealing with an unexploded bomb in this category at Binley Sand Pits. As this work was being carried out the bomb detonated Driver C. Holden was killed, Lieutenant L. Meynell and his Lance Sergeant were severely injured. Lieutenant Meynell recalled his trench coat was shredded and the Lance Sergeant had a hole in his shoulder you could almost see through. Lieutenant Meynell was awarded the George Medal for this incident and for work on unexploded bombs at Smith’s Stamping Works, Coventry on the 8th October 1940. Also on the 16th October 1940 at an RAF base at Church Lawford, Warwickshire.

Details from Bomb Disposal Casualties of WW11. Chris Ranstead.

 

Lieutenant L. Meynell and the Lance Sergeant managed to drag themselves and Driver C. Holden’s body to their truck. However before they were able to drive of an ambulance arrived. Lieutenant Meynell was deeply affected by the death of Driver Holden. Who he remembers as being a very happy go lucky kind of boy, who was always smiling.

Danger UXB. M. J. Jappy.

 


 

144842 Lieutenant

 

Duncan Adam.

 

853 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Danny.

 

Son of David and Dinah Elizabeth Adam.

 

Died on the 6th November 1940. Aged 37.

 

Buried at Yeovil Cemetery, Somerset.

 

Division A. Grave 2378.

 

 


 

 

T/68220 Driver

 

Charles William Edward Andrews.

 

7 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Army Service Corp.

 

Photo taken by Danny.

 

Son of Charles Henry and Bessie Andrews of Dagenham, Essex.

 

Died on the 6th November 1940. Aged 20.

 

Buried at Yeovil Cemetery, Somerset.

Division A. Grave 2596.

 

 


 

 

1870478 Corporal

 

Francis John Lillyman.

 

7 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Danny.

 

Son of John Richard Lillyman and of Eva Louisa Lillyman of Biggin Hill Kent.

 

Died on the 6th November 1940. Aged 21.

 

Buried at Yeovil Cemetery, Somerset.

 

Division A. Grave 2596.

 

 


 

Lieutenant D C W Adams, Lance Corporal C WE Andrews and Corporal F J Lillyman

 They died together and here they lie together.

 

 

 

 


 

1892057 Driver

 

Charles Holden.

 

9 Bomb Disposal Section.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Bob.

 

Son of William Charles and Hannah Holden of Liverpool.

 

Died on the 6th November 1940. Aged 21.

 

Buried at Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool.

 

Section 16. Roman Catholic Grave 170.

 

 

The Inscription reads

 

Only those who have lost can tell the pain of parting without farewell.

 


Photo taken by Danny.