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Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery Egypt

Harry Gear

Trooper 7904639 42nd Royal Tank Regiment RAC (23rd Battalion The London Regiment)
Died 22 November 1941 aged 23
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried at Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church

Harry was the son of John and Anne Gear.

Electoral registers record that John and Annie lived in the Station House at Ash Vale Station 1930-1945. In 1939 Harry Gear was also old enough to appear on the register.

His father, who was living at 13 Lower Newport Road Aldershot, when he wrote to Ash Parish Council in 1951 to say that Harry had been killed in action in the middle east.

Maurice Smith

Maurice Smith

Trooper 7912331 1st King's Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps
Died 25 November 1941 aged 26
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt

Maurice was the son of George Frederick and Mary Ann Smith.

Electoral registers record that George and Mary lived at 1 Rosewood Cottages Ash Street 1935-1945. Maurice lived there too 1935-1936.

George Smith lived at 1 Rosewood Cottages in Ash Street when he wrote to Ash Parish Council in 1948 asking for his son's name to be put on the Ash War Memorial.

Maurice married Gladys M White in 1936, and electoral registers record that Maurice and Gladys Maud Smith lived at 2 Lickfolds Cottages Ash Street in 1937-1938. Lickfolds Cottages were adjacent to Rosewood Cottages.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Maurice’s wife Gladys Maud Smith was of Stoke Ferry Norfolk.

Maurice is on the left in this picture, taken in the desert in 1940.

Ash Second World War Roll of Honour


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