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Remember Kingsley’s Fallen WW2 Heroes

St Matthew’s Church is appealing for information to bring the stories of over 40 World War Two heroes from Kingsley to life.

The church is hoping to fully research every one of the men named on its Memorial Chapel Roll of Honour so they can be properly remembered for future generations.


Identification and progress overall for the WW2 names on the screens in our memorial Chapel is going well. However, three names are proving difficult – can you help with their identification?

They could be male or female, military or civilian, but they are all closely connected to the parish and died due to the war in the period 1938 to 1947. These three persons as listed on the St Matthew’s memorial screen are:

RA Douglas
N Vials
JW Wykes or Wilkes

RA Douglas may refer to a 9 year old of Castilian Terrace, born 1934 died 1944, or his father R Douglas, an ARP Warden 1895-1944 or possibly RB Douglas of The Avenue, Northampton.

N Vials may refer to Gordon N Vials 1925 -1944 or Henry Vials 1900-1944. These are tenuous solutions.

The corrected transcription of JW Wykes to JW Wilkes is less tenuous but is open to discussion and continued investigation.

If you have any information or know of any likely leads, please contact Martin Stone on: mstone612@btinternet.com

A similar project was completed last year for the 126 WW1 heroes from the Kingsley parish.

Researchers Martin and Lindsey Stone carried out painstaking research to build case studies of every one of the Great War dead in time for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Their efforts caused a frenzy of media activity, including live BBC TV coverage from the church.

The couple now want to hear from relatives, friends or anyone with information about the WW2 names listed below.

Mr Stone said: ‘I am particularly looking for any photographs in uniform, dates of birth, and short stories or snippets of information related to their stories.

‘Similarly, any associated parish information regarding war service and the work of women in the parish would be very helpful.’

There is a strong possibility some of the stories may be relevant to the WW2 Declaration of War and D-Day Anniversary this year and the Battle of Britain Anniversary in 2020.

Early research has so far revealed that a remarkable 30% of the RAF/RAFVR men on St Matthew’s list were air crew.

Also, of all the 40 or so fallen, most died towards the end of the war.

If you can help, please contact Martin Stone via St Matthew’s Parish Office, 27a The Drive, Northampton, NN1 4RY. Or email him at mstone612@btinternet.com

St Matthew’s Church, Northampton WW2 Roll of Honour:


E A Allen = Ernest, F/Sgt, 205 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged tbc.
E L Armer = Ernest, Pte, 5th Bn Nptons, Aged 27.
C G Baldwin = Clifford, Pte, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Aged 33.
C R Barber = Cyril, Gnr, 397 Bty 121 LAA Regt, Royal Artillery, Aged 33.
C T Barrett = Cyril, Dvr, 1678 Artillery Platoon RASC, Aged 40.
J Barringer = Jack, L.Tel., HMLCH 185 RN, Aged 29.
J A Beer = Jack, W/O Pilot, 464 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged 22.
F T Bennett = Frederick, Tpr, B Sqdn 44th Tank Rgt, RAC, Aged 27.
W Ceybird = Wilson, F/O, DFM, 143 Sqdn RAFVR, Aged 24.
D S Cleaver = Donald, Cpl, 15 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged 36.
W G Clifton = Wilfred, Gnr, 51 Field Regt Royal Artillery, Aged 22.
S J Dodd = Sidney, L/Bdr, 139 Field Regt Royal Artillery, Aged 22.
R A Douglas – not currently identified
A E Earl = Arthur, LAC, RAFVR, Aged 26.
T W Farmer – not currently identified
G E Flinn = George, Stwd, HMS Hurworth RN, Aged 32.
A D Garley = Albert, Sgt, Royal Army Medical Corps, Aged 25.
S A Greenfield = Silas, Pte, 1 Base Supply Depot RASC, Aged 20.
P A Harrison = Percy, Sgt Pilot, RAF, Aged 22.
A Hillson = Arnold, Spr, 54 Field Coy Royal Engineers, Aged 21.
A J Hussey = Albert, L/Cpl, 8th Bn Royal Fusiliers, Aged 23.
M Jackson = William M., Lt, 2nd Northants Yeomanry RAC, Aged 33.
J S Jones = John, Gnr, 22 Field Regt Royal Artillery, Aged 20.
T Jones = Tom, Gnr, 443 Bty, 64 Searchlight Regt 1/6th Essex, Aged 26.
S Knight = Sidney, Sgt W.Op.& Air Gunner, 12 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged 22.
G A Langley = Gerald, P/O Pilot, 41 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged 24.
R W Law = Reginald, Cpl, 1st Bn Nptons, Aged 25.
K A Laxton = Keith, P/O, 107 Sqdn RAF, Aged 21.
J D Marshall = John, Pte, Seaforth Highlanders, Aged 27.
J J Reeve = John, Pte, 4th Bn Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Aged 31.
A E Roberts = Albert, LCpl, Royal Army Service Corps, Aged 25.
F Rogers = Frank, Sgt, Yorks Hussars. Royal Armoured Corps, Aged 38.
D J Rushton = Dennis, Sgt, 218 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged 20.
N Russell = Noel, FlLt, DFC&Bar, Instructor RAFVR, Aged tbc.
R A Sabell = Ronald, Sgt Air Gunner, 106 Sqdn, RAF, Aged tbc.
R Smith = Reginald, Mne, No41 Cdo Royal Marines, Aged 20.
R Smith2 possibly Tpr Reginald Smith 7942366 2nd Dragoon RAC, A 28.
H A Tyrrell = Herbert, Lt, 80Lt AA Regt Royal Artillery, Aged 28.
N or H Vials tbc = Henry, “Civilian War Dead”, Aged 44.
S Vials = Stephen, Sgt, 221 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged 26.
J W Wykes possibly Sgt Joseph Wykes 1127228 RAFVR, A 22.

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