HENRY RICHARD WELHAM

Born: 5th July 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 27th July 1944; age: 30.

Residence: 141, Rosehill Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Greengrocery Roundsman

 

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. A Coal Yard Foreman. During the Second World War Samuel was an Air Raid Precautions Warden.

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

Family home – 39, Nelson Road, Ipswich.

 

In 1937, Ipswich, Henry married Lilian Grace Barnes, born December 1916, Ipswich. They had 2 children:

Brian R.E, Welham, born 1938, Ipswich.

Christine L.E. Welham, born 1944, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

Henry was a Greengrocery Roundsman. He was living with his wife, Lilian and their son at the family home – 141, Rosehill Road, Ipswich

 

Probate to Lilian Welham – widow.

 

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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