JACK EDWIN FRENCH

Born: 19th January 1918, Ipswich.

Died: 12th May 1944; age 26;  Died from a shrapnel injury, during bombing on the 12th May 1944, at PoW Camp Stalag IV B.

At the camp Jack was a Supply/Store Controller at warehouse 22. His (kriegsgefanger nummber) prisoner of war number – 250,128.

Son of GEORGE EDWIN FRENCH, brother to ALFRED EDGAR FRENCH.

 

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 953067.

Regiment: Royal Artillery, 67 Medium Regiment.

67th Medium Regiment, R.A. (T.A.)
HQ, 232nd (Suffolk) Bty: Ipswich
231st (Suffolk) Bty: Sudbury

67th Medium Regiment served under command of IV Corps Artillery in the autumn of 1940. It was sent to North Africa in October 1941 as part of the Crusader convoys. It served under 8th Army in the campaigns in the Western Desert from November 1941 until June 1942. It supported the South African attack on Bardia in December 1941. The regiment added (Suffolk) to its name on 17 February 1942. It was captured at Tobruk on 20 June 1942. Due to casualities the regiment was reduced to a cadre on 7 September 1942.
The regiment was reformed at Hunstanton, Norfolk on 7 February 1943 from 167th Field Regiment. It joined 3rd Army Group RA on its formation on 11 February 1943 at 49 Trant Road, Tunbridge Wells. It served in Northwest Europe with this formation from June 1944 until the end of the war.

Grave Reference:

I.B.1.

Prague War Cemetery,

Czech Republic.

 

Father: George Edwin French, born 1879, Ipswich.

Mother: Maud Alice French (nee Aldous), 1884, born Flowton, Suffolk.

 

In 1940, Ipswich, Jack married Nancy Olive Gorringe, born 1917, Stow, Suffolk.

 

Jack’s father, George Edwin French also died when M.V. ‘Sweep’ II struck a mine and sunk at Landguard Port, Felixstowe, on the 5th June 1940, aged 61.

Jack’s brother, Alfred Edgar French, also died on the 6th March 1942, aged 26. He was a Sapper, service number 1883555, in the Royal Engineers, 1 Field Squadron. Alfred is remembered on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

 

Probate to Nancy Olive French, of 17, Verbena Gardens, Hammersmith. The home of her uncle.

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