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Sapper Stanley Alfred Albert Roff - Born in Wiltshire buried in Yorkshire
Second World War Army United Kingdom
By Friends of St.Matthew's Churchyard (FoSMchurchyard) , Lightcliffe, Yorkshire

United Kingdom

Sapper Stanley Alfred Albert Roff
View record on CWGC
Accidently knocked down and killed just before midnight June 1941

Stanley Alfred Albert Roff was born on 22nd January 1920. He was the eldest son of Stanley (Charles) Thomas Roff and Bertha Elizabeth née Watts from Burbage, Wiltshire. His younger brother Percy Frederick Roff appears to have joined the Merchant Navy serving on ships escorting convoys across the Atlantic.

For the 1939 register only the widower father, a council labourer, and his son Stanley, a farm labourer, were at home in Pewsey, Wiltshire. Stanley joined the Royal Engineers and for some reason was posted to the Halifax area.

Then on the night of 22nd June 1941 this happened to two Sappers as reported in the Bradford Observer on 24th June 1941. "NIGHT ROAD DEATH One man was killed and another admitted to the Royal Halifax Infirmary with serious injuries as a result of an accident in Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, just before midnight on Sunday. The dead man is Stanley Alfred Albert Roff aged 21, whose address is at Marlborough, and the injured man Patrick Stanton, of Hainslop, Bucks, who is suffering from severe head injury. The two men were walking close to the footpath near to Lightcliffe Church when a motor-van travelling in the same direction collided with them."

Wakefield Road (LDHS Gallery)
Sapper Stanley Alfred Albert Roff was buried in St. Matthew’s churchyard, Lightcliffe, Halifax Yorkshire on 27th June 1941. The plot was given a CWGC headstone. He is also remembered on the Roll of Honour at Burbage, Wiltshire and in Royal Engineer lists.
The only WW2 headstone in St. Matthew's churchyard, Lightcliffe, Halifax, West Yorkshire (DMB image)
There was an inquest held on 24th July 1941 but no more is known.
Copy of Stanley Alfred Albert Roff's death certificate noting the inquest