HENRY RICHARD WELHAM

Born: 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 27th July 1944; age: 30.

Residence: 141, Rosehill Road, Ipswich.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 6025402.

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Infantry.

 

Grave Reference:

IX.B.7.

La Delivrande War Cemetery,

Douvnes,

Calvados,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Samuel Edward & Delilah Welham, of Ipswich; husband of Lilian Grace Welham, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Samuel Edward Welham, born March 1891, Ipswich.

Mother: Delilah Welham (nee Green), born 1888, Cannock, Staffordshire.

 

In 1937, Ipswich, Henry married Lilian Grace Barnes, born December 1916, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter.

 

Probate to Lilian Welham.

The 2nd Battalion landed on Queen beach, a sub-division of Sword on 6th June 1944. The 1/7th Battalion joined them on the 29th June and both took part in the fighting around Caen. The first engagement for the 1/7th was on the 8th July to capture the village of St Contest. It was a hard fought battle as they were up against the first-rate 25th SS Panzer Grenadiers. Even so by 6.30pm they had reached their objective having lost 26 men and 96 wounded. By the end of August the Allies had secured Normandy and the Germans were retreating.

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