7 October 1940.

 

2nd Lieutenant W F J Ash -- Lieutenant L W E Foster --- Sapper L H R Hitchcock

Sapper  R J Lewis --- Driver E W Websdale.

 


Incident.

 

On the 5th October 1940 at 121 Connor Road, Dagenham, 5 Bomb Disposal Company were tasked with the removal of an unexploded bomb. This was uncovered in the front garden and found to be fitted with two fuses. A decision was made to move the bomb; the fuses were of an anti-disturbance type. The bomb exploded killing Lieutenants W.F.J. Ash and L. Foster. Sappers L. Hitchcock, R. Lewis also Driver E. Websdale. Others including B. Woolhouse survived seven sappers were taken to hospital. Three later returned to Bomb Disposal duties, the others having to leave the services due to their injuries.

Details taken from Bomb Disposal Casualties WW11. Chris Ranstead.

 


116209 Second Lieutenant

 

William Francis Johnson Ash.

 

5 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

Son of William Murray Ash and of Annie Amelia Ash of Partridge Green, Sussex.

 

Died on the 7th October 1940. Aged 39.

 

Buried at Chadwell Heath Cemetery, Dagenham.

 

Section B Grave 208.

 


 

  

100603 Second Lieutenant

 

Leslie William Eade Foster.

 

5 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

 

Photos taken by Elizabeth Wilkins.

 

Son of William Frederick and Bertha Stella Foster: Husband of Kathleen Foster of Thames Ditton. P.A.S.I.

 

Died on the 7th October 1940. Aged 38.

 

Buried at Saint Nicholas Churchyard, Thames Ditton.

 

Old Part Grave L S 6.

 


 

2005473 Sapper

 

Leslie Herbert Richard Hitchcock.

 

5 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Gary Woodman - Simmons.

 

Son of William Hasler Dann Hitchcock and Elizebeth Hannah Hitchcock of Ealing.

 

Died on the 7th October 1940. Aged 25.

 

Buried at South Ealing Cemetery, Ealing.

 

Section N Row C Grave 7.

 


 

  

1991059 Sapper

 

Robert John Lewis.

 

5 Bomb Disposal Section.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Benny Benson.

 

Son of Robert and Mary Lewis of Saltney, Chester.

 

Died on the 7th October 1940. Aged 24.

 

Buried at Chester General Cemetery.

 

Section C. New Portion Joint Grave 159.

 


 

2003428 Driver

 

Ernest William Websdale.

 

287 Field Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photo taken by Dave Blyth.

 

Son of Arthur and Henriett Websdale of Hingham.

 

Died on the 7th October 1940. Aged 21.

 

Buried at Saint Andrew Church Cemetery, Hingham.

 

Grave 158.