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Lance Corporal George William Sweetman

Incident Report

Waxham, Norfolk mine clearance

  • February 5, 1945
  • Waxham, Norfolk



Lance Sergeant L. Holbrook, Lance Corporal G. Sweetman and Corporal W. Vaughan BEM all died at this incident. Mine clearance Waxham, Norfolk.  

Personal Details

  • 1895867 Lance Corporal
  • George William Sweetman
  • 4 Bomb Disposal Company
  • Royal Engineers
Son of Albert Charles and Emily Sweetman of Hammersmith. Died on the 5th February 1945. Aged 31. Buried at Mortlake Cemetery, Greater London. Plot 14 Section C Grave 287. Lance Sergeant L. Holbrook, Lance Corporal G. Sweetman and Corporal W. Vaughan BEM all died at this incident, mine clearance Waxham. Norfolk. Mundesely Memorial, Norfolk.


  1. Elaine Elizabeth Stone

    Lance Corporal George William Sweetman, of 4 Bomb Disposal Company was my Great Uncle, on my Mother’s side. He was my Grandfather Albert Alfred Edmund Sweetman’s Brother and sadly he was the only sibling of my Grandfather that I never met in my lifetime because he died giving his life on the beaches of Waxham clearing mines before I was even born. It fills me with great sadness that we never met as I was told he was a very dear man who was sadly missed by his whole family. It gives me great pride though to know that by doing what he did, he made a difference and played a part in making the beaches of Waxham safe for people to enjoy. I don’t know if there is a hereafter, but I hope if there is I finally get to kiss and hug him one day in a kinder place than this.

    • MarkhamPA

      There are a few details on his casualty car they are

      Sgt Holdbrook walked over a unswept portion of the minefield trod on a mine and was responsible for the accident

    • Chris Dawson

      A message for Elaine Elizabeth Stone. The person George William Sweetman that you refer to, is my mothers biological father. We would appreciate you contacting me, Chris Dawson (her son) Tel: 07557001492 or email at

      Kind regards


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