Sto­ries of our war he­roes... and how the world re­mem­bers them to­day

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LEAD­ING Air­crafts­man (LAC) Frank Woos­nam joined the RAF as a civil­ian in 1938 as an air­craft hand and he also joined the RAF re­serve as a Class F re­servist.

This meant he was avail­able for mo­bil­i­sa­tion on the out­break of war.

Frank’s par­ents Joseph and Ada lived at 212 South­port Road at the start of WW2.

Hav­ing be­come en­gaged to Jesse shortly be­fore be­ing sent over­seas, Frank was part of the main­te­nance crew sta­tioned at RAF Basal, Pun­jab.

Frank died in hospi­tal on Oc­to­ber 5, 1943, pos­si­bly of dis­ease rather than com­bat in­jury.

Frank is re­mem­bered on the Delhi Me­mo­rial, the Orm­skirk Par­ish Church me­mo­rial and the Com­rades Me­mo­rial.

Pri­vate Wil­liam Wild­ing of the Sher­wood Foresters (Notts and Derby Reg­i­ment) 14th Bn. was the son of the late Michael and the late Mary Wild­ing of Bird ‘ith Hand Cot­tages, South­port Road, born March 20 1917. At the out­break of war, he was an oven at­ten­dant at a cake fac­tory.

Wil­liam’s fa­ther, Michael, a plas­terer by trade, had en­listed at age 37 in WW1 but he had a de­bil­i­tat­ing heart con­di­tion and so joined the NW Coast De­fences in 1915. Michael died in 1942.

The 14th Bat­tal­ion Sher­wood Foresters was raised in 1940 at Markeaton Park in Derby.

Wil­liam Wild­ing may well have en­listed at Derby with the 14th Bat­tal­ion.

In Jan­uary 1944 the Bat­tle of Anzio con­tin­ued and the 14th Bat­tal­ion were on the beach wait­ing to push for Rome.

Wil­liam was killed dur­ing the fight­ing on March 12, 1944, aged 26.

He is re­mem­bered on the Beach­head Me­mo­rial at Anzio, on the Com­rades Roll and Me­mo­rial Plinth and on the Par­ish Church Me­mo­rial.

Lieu­tenant Ge­of­frey Berke­ley Turnock died on Oc­to­ber 6, 1942, aged 30, at the Pump House Ho­tel, Llan­drindod Wells, Rad­nor­shire, Wales, whilst he was on ac­tive ser­vice, and he is buried in the family grave in the Duke Street Ceme­tery, South­port.

Ge­of­frey served with the Royal Ar­tillery from the start of the War.

He mar­ried Dorothy Blanche Baker in 1937 and lived with his wife at 5 Church Street, where Blanche was the man­ager­ess of the Drap­ery shop there.

Ge­of­frey is re­mem­bered on the Com­rades Roll and Me­mo­rial Plinth and on the

Par­ish Church me­mo­rial.

He was a mem­ber of the Orm­skirk Rugby Club prior to the War.

Sergeant Cyril Sed­don, wire­less op­er­a­tor gun­ner of 460 (RAAF) Squadron, died on De­cem­ber 29, 1943.

Cyril was the son of Charles and Lily Sed­don, of 22 Latham Av­enue. Both Cyril and his fa­ther worked as Rail­way Clerks.

It was 10 months be­fore the family were of­fi­cially in­formed of Cyril’s loss, pre­vi­ously he was listed as miss­ing.

Lan­caster III bomber JB-607 (AR-N) ‘Leader’, of 460 Squadron RAAF, left Bin­brook Air­field, Lin­colnshire, at 17.03hrs to bomb Ber­lin.

They were part of a group of 712 bombers that day (22 were RAAF air­craft). 1200 4-pounder fire­bombs, 56 30-pounder fire­bombs and a cookie of 4,000-pound were to be de­liv­ered.

They flew in the first wave of five air­craft over the tar­get.

The Lan­caster was shot down at 22.30hrs by a Ger­man night fighter on its re­turn flight, on De­cem­ber 29, 1943.

Six of the seven crew mem­bers were killed. The Bomb Aimer, F/Sgt. Frank J. Seery, bailed out and sur­vived the re­main­der of the war as a POW in Sta­lag IVD near Tor­gau on the Elbe.

Those killed were as fol­lows: P/O Stan J. Ire­land; P/O Am­brose. E. Blight; F/Sgt Max H. Squires;Sgt Wil­liam A.H. Squire; Sgt Cyril Sed­don; Sgt Reg J. Poul­ter.

They were at first buried in the Fri­ars ceme­tery in Kerkrade.

Af­ter the war, they were all re­buried in the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion Ceme­tery at ‘Re­ich­swald’ in Kleve (Ger­many). Stan Ire­land, Am­brose Blight, Cyril Sed­don, Reg Poul­ter and Billy Squire are buried at Coll. Grave 27. C. 1-12 at the CWGC-ceme­tery ‘Re­ich­swald’ in Kleve (Ger­many).

Max Squires is buried at Grave 15. A. 12. at the CWGC-ceme­tery ‘Re­ich­swald’ in Kleve (Ger­many).

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion on other lo­cal men lost in WW2, please make con­tact at orm­skirk­inww2@ bt­in­ter­net.com

Cyril Sed­don (far left) with his fel­low Crew mem­bers and their Lan­caster Bomber

Anzio Beach­head Ceme­tery be­fore the CWGC took over – Wil­liam Wild­ing is re­mem­bered here

Ge­orf­frey Tun­nock’s grave in South­port

The War Ceme­tery in Delhi

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