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
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
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
If you have any information or know of any likely leads,
please contact Martin Stone on:
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
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
‘Similarly, any associated parish information regarding
war service and the work of women in the parish would be
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
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,
C R Barber = Cyril, Gnr, 397 Bty 121 LAA Regt, Royal
Artillery, Aged 33.
C T Barrett = Cyril, Dvr, 1678 Artillery Platoon RASC,
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,
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
S A Greenfield = Silas, Pte, 1 Base Supply Depot RASC,
P A Harrison = Percy, Sgt Pilot, RAF, Aged 22.
A Hillson = Arnold, Spr, 54 Field Coy Royal Engineers,
A J Hussey = Albert, L/Cpl, 8th Bn Royal Fusiliers, Aged
M Jackson = William M., Lt, 2nd Northants Yeomanry RAC,
J S Jones = John, Gnr, 22 Field Regt Royal Artillery,
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,
G A Langley = Gerald, P/O Pilot, 41 Sqdn, RAFVR, Aged
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,
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
R A Sabell = Ronald, Sgt Air Gunner, 106 Sqdn, RAF, Aged
R Smith = Reginald, Mne, No41 Cdo Royal Marines, Aged
R Smith2 possibly Tpr Reginald Smith 7942366 2nd Dragoon
RAC, A 28.
H A Tyrrell = Herbert, Lt, 80Lt AA Regt Royal Artillery,
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.