DOUGLAS WILLIAM HERBERT BALAAM

 

Born: 1924, Ipswich.

Died: 28th June 1944; age: 20; KiA at Gavrus.

Residence: 2, Hossack Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 14410082

Regiment: Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort), 8th Battalion – Infantry.

 

Original grave site at Gavrus. Body exhumed, identified, and re-buried at Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery 15th November 1945.

 

Grave Reference:

VI.A.5.

Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery,

Calvados,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alonzo William & Hilda May Balaam, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Alonzo William Balaam, born September 1898, Ipswich. A bricklayer. During the Second World War Alonzo was an Air Raid Precautions Warden – part time.

Mother: Hilda May Balaam (nee Butler), born 1900, Ipswich – died 1937, Ipswich.

 

 The first 8th Battalion landed in Normandy in June 1944, fighting their way through France.

8th Battalion

 

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