Lancelot is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.
image from 1944 EADT
Born: 1923, Ipswich.
Died: 28th June 1944; age 21; Normandy.
Residence: Skipton, Yorkshire.
Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 5835742.
Regiment: Royal Artillery.97 Anti-Tank Regiment
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Carrie Girling; husband of Sylvia Girling, of Skipton, Yorkshire.
Father: Charles William Girling, born 1898, Ipswich.
Mother: Caroline Jessie Girling (nee Harper), born March 1901, Ipswich.
In 1944, Skipton, Yorkshire, Lancelot married Sylvia Booth, born June 1924, Skipton, Yorkshire – of 19, Greatwood Avenue, Skipton.
Lancelot is remembered on Bramford village memorial. Pearl Road was within the parish at that time. (image courtesy of Kelvin)
A family note: Lancelot’s family lived at 18 Pearl Rd Ipswich, Charles William Girling his father, in the 1939 records was a cement packer and he died in 1964, Caroline/Carrie Girling his mother died in 1988 and was still living at 18 Pearl Rd.
This is the first photo I’ve ever seen of him, Lancelot was a cousin of my fathers.
97th Anti-Tank Regiment RA served under the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division
On 27 June, after repulsing small armoured counter-attacks, the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division gained more ground and captured a bridge over the River Odon. The 11th Armoured Division passed through to capture Hill 112, a mile to the southeast.
The Drive on Caen Northern France 7 June – 9 July 1944