Born: 1917, Ipswich.

Died: 7th June 1944; age: 27; died at Biéville during day 2 of D-Day.

Residence: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5772011.

Regiment: Royal Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion – Infantry.


Buried at Biéville as an Unknown Soldier and reported Missing. The body was exhumed, identified and reburied 23rd May 1945.


Grave Reference:


La Delivrande War Cemetery,





Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Samuel & Ellen Kate Symonds, of 30, Hossack Road, Ipswich; husband of Dorothy Symonds, of Wimbledon, Surrey.


Father: Samuel Symonds, born February 1888, Ipswich. A General Wharf Labourer.

Mother: Ellen Kate Symonds (nee Maplestone), born September 1892, Ipswich.


In 1943, in Wimbledon, Surrey, Samuel married Dorothy Mary Phillips, a laundry hand, born November 1924, Wimbledon – daughter of John Thomas Phillips, a bus driver for London Passenger Transport Board, and Rose Phillips (nee Tester), of 41, Toynbee Road, Wimbledon.


Samuel is also commemorated on the British Normandy Memorial, virtually opened by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, on the 6th June 2021.


Royal Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion
The battalion landed on Red Queen Beach the left flank of Sword Beach fighting their way inland.

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