31 May 2018

Burial and rededication services in June

The following burial and rededication services are due to be held at CWGC cemeteries this month.

 Stone of Remembrance at Tyne Cot Cemetery

Thursday 7 June

A rededication service for Private Lacey Anthony Tingle, of 224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC, will take place at Ranville War Cemetery at 11.30am.

On 6 June 1944 Private Tingle parachuted into Normandy on D-Day with the 6th Airborne Division in support of Operation Tonga. Lacey was later reported as missing and is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial.

It is now known that Private Tingle landed near the village of Douville-en-Auge. A group of British and Canadian Paratroopers were surrounded by the enemy and at some point on 6-7 June in the course of the ensuing battle nine of the group lost their lives. These paratroopers were buried in the village by locals, before being moved to Ranville War Cemetery after the war. Private Tingle was among these nine and his grave in the CWGC’s Ranville War Cemetery has now been identified.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Ministry of Defence, and will be attended by family members, British Defence Staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries. The CWGC will provide the headstone, which will be engraved with a personal inscription chosen by his family.


Earlier on the same day at 9.30am, a dedication service for the crew of Lancaster W4849 will take place at Merville-Franceville-Plage Churchyard.

Lancaster W4849 of 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force, took off from Warboys on 18 April 1943 heading for a bombing raid on Spezia. It is believed to have been shot down off the Normandy coast near to Caen and crashed on the beach at Merville-Franceville-Plage on 19 April 1943.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Ministry of Defence, and will be attended by British Defence Staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries. As not all of the crew members were recovered it is not possible to commemorate them all by name at the grave in Merville-Franceville Churchyard. Instead the five who remain unidentified will now be commemorated on a CWGC headstone as members of the Crew of Lancaster W4849.

Wednesday 13 June

A burial service will be held at the CWGC’s Loos British Cemetery in France at 10.30am for one unknown soldier of the Machine Gun Corps and three unknown soldiers of unknown regiments.

The remains of four British soldiers were found in the Vendin-le-Vieil area of France during construction works in December 2016. Found with the remains were two Machine Gun Corps shoulder titles, a Machine Gun Corps cap badge and several pieces of British military kit items.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Ministry of Defence, and will be attended by British Defence Staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries. The CWGC will provide the headstones.

Wednesday 27 June

A service of rededication for the crew of Lancaster DS678 will be held at 11am in the Commission’s Niederzwehren Cemetery near Kassel in Germany.

Lancaster DS678 took off on the night of 24 March 1944 to attack Berlin; it failed to return. Five of the crew were killed, while two survived and were taken Prisoners of War.

The dead were buried in the Prisoner of War cemetery at Ohrdruf. The exact location of their graves has been lost over the years as Ohrdruf was used by Soviet forces as a training area after the war and remained a restricted area until the reunification of Germany in the 1990s.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Ministry of Defence, and will be attended by British Defence Staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries. The CWGC will provide the Special Memorial headstones which commemorate the five crew members known to have been buried at Ohrdruf, but who are now remembered at the Commission’s Niederzwehren Cemetery.

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