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


Grave Reference:


Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery,




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.

Stephen Girling

Operation Epsom

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

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