Images and extra help courtesy of  Maureen.


Born: 28th February 1918, Ipswich.

Died: 27th August 1945; age: 27; died saving a dog (mascot of the regiment) that was digging up a mine.

Residence: 9, Upland Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 139083.

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps.


The body was exhumed, identified and reburied on the 27th June 1947 at Cologne Southern Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Cologne Southern Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Victor Percy & Kate Beatrice Symonds; husband of Doris Marie Symonds, of Twickenham, Middlesex.


Father: Victor Percy Symonds, born 1885, Ipswich – died 31st December 1917; age 32, drowned at sea onboard (SS)  H.T. ‘ARGON.’ Victor was ranked a Gunner, 631788, for the Royal Field Artillery, 874th Trench Mortar Battery, T.F. Victor was laid to rest at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Mother: Kate Beatrice Symonds (nee Ditcham), born September 1884, Ipswich.


Douglas and his best friend, Frank Slinn, in Carr Street, Ipswich, 1937.


Douglas was living with his widowed mother & brother at their family home – 9, Upland Road, Ipswich.

Kate, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Humphrey James Symonds, an Air Compressor Engineer, born June 1916, Ipswich.

Douglas (left) and his best friend, Frank Slinn, 1940.

Douglas & Doris Symonds (left) with Lily and Frank Slinn.

Frank Slinn joined the 67th Medium Royal Artillery. He was captured in 1942 following the Battle of Tobruk and survived the War.


Douglas & Doris Symonds on their wedding day.

On the 25th October 1941, at St. Stephen’s Church, East Twickenham, Middlesex, 23 year old Douglas, a Driver for the R.A.S.C., of 9, Upland Road, Ipswich, married after the reading of Banns, 26 year old Doris Marie Burgess, a telephone operator, of 40, Napoleon Road, St, Margaret’s, Twickenham, born November 1914, Lambeth, London – daughter of Robert William Burgess, a tram conductor for London Passenger Transport Board, and Emily Burgess (nee Terry), of 49, Dulwich Grove, Camberwell.

The marriage was witnessed by Humphrey James Symonds and Robert William Burgess.

The wedding reception.


Probate to Humphery James Symonds – brother.


One Comment

  • Douglas was my Father’s best mate. He died saving a dog that was digging up a mine. I have photos of him with my Father and also of Douglas and Doris’s wedding and of them both with my parents.


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