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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:54 pm    Post subject: Theydon Bois, KOSB WW2 Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 47604

Located in St Mary’s church, Theydon Bois, Essex at OS Map Ref TQ 447 992.

The memorial was unveiled on 18th November 1998. I learned of this memorial when I came across a grave in Borgue churchyard which mentioned the event in Epping and in researching the event I came across a reference to the memorial in the Theydon Bois parish newsletter which is online. I imposed on my brother John Goodwin who lives a few miles away to take a trip and photograph the memorial. Thanks John! He says that the vicar told him that the explosion had also blown in some of the church windows and these had been replaced with plain glass.

IN VERITATE RELIGIONIS CONFIDO
THIS PLAQUE IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
THIRTY MEN OF “A” COMPANY THE 6TH BATTALION
THE KING’S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
KILLED BY AN ENEMY PARACHUTE MINE
WHICH FELL ON THEYDON BOIS ON THE
18TH NOVEMBER 1940

R ATKINS
T G BOYD
W CLARK
W H COLTMAN
A CROZIER
D S M DAVIDSON
J B DICKSON
A B DOBSON
G D DOUGLAS
J T DOUGLAS
G GAY
A GIBB
P F GLANCY
E J GOFF
R HAY
G R HEWITT
J HUNTER
T W JAMESON
J KER
M LANNIGAN
S M McCREADIE
J McGUIRE
R T MURRAY
J S PROUDFOOT
J PURVIS
S D REED
J ROGERS
D W SHANKS
A SHEARER
R H SKILTON

NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA





I know that we do not normally post gravestones on this forum, but in this case it was this gravestone that led me to ‘discover’ this memorial.

Name: McCREADIE, SAMUEL McCLURG
Initials: S M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Date of Death: 18/12/1940
Service No: 3192208
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William McCreadie, of Borgue.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: West Extn. Grave 122C.
Cemetery: BORGUE PARISH CHURCHYARD




And this is from the Theydon Bois newsletter (apart from the CWGC entry which I inserted).

Name: REED, SELBY DOUGLAS
Initials: S D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 18/11/1940
Service No: 3191509
Additional information: Son of Selby Douglas and Meggie Reed, of Byker, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 2. Grave 48.
Cemetery: NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE (BYKER AND HEATON) CEMETERY


Selby Douglas Reed



The great events of the twentieth century are fast becoming a
memory as people pass on and today's events take
prominence. However, the history of World War Two in
Theydon Bois was unexpectedly reopened, recently, when the
Village Parish Clerk received an enquiry from Stan Reed of
Newcastle upon Tyne who was seeking information about the
sad death in wartime of his brother Private Selby Douglas
Reed of the King's Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB).
Selby was billeted in the Village at the Yates Retreat in
Theydon Bois, which had been a popular social and
refreshment venue for the many day-trippers to the Village in
the days before the War. In 1939 it was requisitioned as accommodation for the Sixth
Battalion of the KOSBs who were engaged on security and other duties in the area,
possibly at the Wakes Arms Hotel, which became a military strong point, and at nearby
RAF North Weald.
In the early hours of 18 Nov 1940 a German parachute mine dropped by the Luftwaffe
struck the Retreat killing thirty men and injuring many others. Accounts of this incident
have been well recorded in the publications “Epping Forest Then and Now” and
Theydon Bois As I Knew It”; the latter was written by local historian Jack Farmer, in
which he recounts his personal experiences as a fire officer at the incident.
Sadly Selby was one of those killed. On 18 Nov 1998, a memorial plaque in memory of
the thirty who died was installed and consecrated in St Mary.s Church Theydon Bois,
where it can be seen today. Selby.s name is included and is therefore a permanent part of
Theydon Bois history
Selby was born in 1919 in Newcastle upon Tyne. His family had a background of
shipbuilding but when Selby left school he entered the butchery trade. He was called up
for army service on 3 Sep 1939, the day that war was declared. In 1940 he married his
wife Ellen and six months later she was a widow. Selby apparently never saw his
daughter Gladys who was born after his death.
Although only one of the many who served and died during the War, Selby.s
circumstances are representative of the thousands whose lives were lost at this time and
especially of the thirty KOSB casualties at Yates Retreat. Stan Reed is proud of his
brother's war service and of the family.s association with Theydon Bois in this way. He
has therefore donated to the Village a photograph of Selby, an attractive KOSB
embroidered tablemat and, most poignantly, a copy of the letter of condolence written to
Ellen by Selby.s Commanding Officer Second Lieutenant W S Crosby.
It is hoped that these artefacts can be found a permanent home in the Village where they
can bring some reality to the thirty KOSB names which are permanently inscribed on the
plaque in St Mary.s Church.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Davidson's grave in Ettleton Cemetery, near Newcastleton:

See: Ettleton Old Churchyard


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Proudfoot's grave in Castleton Cemetery near Newcastleton:

See Castleton Cemetery near Newcastleton


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grave locations:

Richard ATKINS - Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2411547

Thomas Gosnell BOYD - Glasgow (Sandymount) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2453733

William CLARK - Mount Vernon R.C Cemetery, Edinburgh
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2451995

William H COLTMAN - Wilton Cemetery, Hawick
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812393

Allan CROZIER - Byker & Heaton Cemetery, Newcastle
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2810132

David Stewart McQuillan DAVIDSON - Ettleton Cemetery, Newcastleton
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812362

John Brunton DICKSON - St.John's Churchyard, Jedburgh
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812405

Allan Brown DOBSON - Jedburgh (Castlewood) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812396

Godfrey Dalgety DOUGLAS - Brookwood Memorial
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2145883

John Turnbull DOUGLAS - Melrose (Wairds) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812418

Charles GAY - Preston Cemetery, Tynemouth
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2810786

Aleander GIBB - Kelso Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812409

Paul F GLANCY - Mount Vernon R.C Cemetery, Edinburgh
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2452008

Esmond John GOFF - Edinburgh (Comely Bank) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2451739

Robert HAY - Edinburgh (Saughton) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2452200

George Robert HEWITT - St.Paul's Churchyard Extension, Winlaton
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2836288

John HUNTER - Melrose (Wairds) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812419

Thomas William JAMESON - Berwick-Upon-Tweed Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2809690

James KER - Kelso Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812410

Michael LANNIGAN - Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2412144

Samuel McClurg McCREADIE - Borgue Parish Churchyard
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2914943
(notice December is listed instead of November)

James McGUIRE - Edinburgh (Mount Vernon) Roman Catholic Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2452024

Robert Thomas MURRAY - Kelso Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812412

James Stevenson PROUDFOOT - Castleton Cemetery, Newcastleton
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812357

Joseph PURVIS - Jarrow Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=4029044

Selby Douglas REED - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Byker and Heaton) Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2810187

James ROGERS - Choppington (St Paul) Churchyard
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2809838

D W SHANKS - Bowden New Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2812354

Alan SHEARER, Portsoy Cemetery
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2459698

Ronald Herbert SKILTON, Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery,
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2824705
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John Turnbull (Ian) Douglas and John Hunter's graves at Melrose (Wairds) Cemetery:





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William Coltman's grave in Wilton Cemetery, Hawick:


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