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Sapper John Robert Darsley


Incident. On the 10th December 1940, at Bushy Park, Teddington 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 and are buried at Teddington Cemetery, Plot S Grave C3.1867 and Plot R Grave C3.1868 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.

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  • 2069555 Sapper
  • John Robert Darsley
  • John Robert Darsley
  • Royal Engineers
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.


  1. David Neller

    The incident described took place near the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park, Teddington,
    not far from the Hampton Court Gate of the park – and not in Osterley Park, Middlesex.
    Driver Arthur Kitchener HARTLAND and Lance Corporal Cyril Bennett LEBBON are buried
    in Teddington Cemetery, Plot S Grave C3.1867 and Plot R Grave C3.1868.

    • gary

      Thank you for letting us know. The details have been uopdated 🙂


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