World War 2 1939 to 1945

70-85 million deaths

An estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, or about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion). Deaths directly caused by the war (including military and civilians fatalities) are estimated at 50–56 million, with an additional estimated 19–28 million deaths from war-related disease and famine.

Those who did not return home


Private Eric Bradshaw - Photograph

Private ERIC BRADSHAW - Age 26
2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment
Service Number:6023849

Killed in Action - 15 March 1941

Son of John Willie and Marian Elizabeth Bradshaw, of Harthill, Yorkshire

Buried at Keren War Cemetery With the family inscription - Memories Are Our Dearest Treasures. Rest in Peace. Also remembered on Harthill War Memorial.

>>Further Information >>Commonwealth War Graves Certificate

Harry Highfield Photograph

Able Seaman HARRY HIGHFIELD, - Age 21
Service Number D/SSX 32198
Royal Navy - H.M.S. Galatea
Killed in Action - 15 December 1941

Son of  Charles Henry and Edith Highfield, Fir Vale, Harthill

Remembered on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 2., and Harthill War Memorial

>>Further Information >>Commonwealth War Graves Certificate

Douglas Snowden Photograph

Private DOUGLAS SNOWDEN, - Age 26
Service Number 4861999
2/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in Action 11 February 1943 – No known grave

Son of William and Ann Snowden, The Crescent, Harthill.

Remembered on Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia, and Harthill War Memorial

>>Further Information >>Commonwealth War Graves Certificate

Maurice Turnbull Photograph

Major MAURICE J. L. TURNBULL, Age 38
Service Number 107563
Commanding No.2 Company. 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
Killed in action 4 August 1944

Husband of Elizabeth, and father of Sara, Simon and Georgina, Thorpe Road, Harthill

Buried at Bayeux War Cemetery , France XX. C. 3., and also remembered on Harthill War Memorial.

>>Further Information >>Commonwealth War Graves Certificate

William Vergette Photograph

Lance Sergeant WILLIAM VERGETTE, M.M - Age 33
Service Number B/37091
Royal Hamilton Light Infantry “2nd Canadian Infantry Division”.
Killed in Action 12 July 1944

Son of Frederick William and Frances Vergette of Peterborough, Husband of Frances Mary Vergette, of 39 Hillside Harthill, Yorkshire, and Father of William Anthony Vergette.

Buried Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, and also remembered on Harthill War Memorial.

>>Further Information >>Commonwealth War Graves Certificate

Men of Harthill who also took part in World War II, 1939 - 1945

1939.     Tom Roper, Jack Rotherforth, Cyril Widdison, Norman Taylor, Stanley Turner, Kenneth King, Kenneth Macdonald, William Waplington, Maurice Walker, Arthur Walker, Joseph Flower, John Bald, Harold Atkin, Arthur Guy Wall, Sidney Laking, John Harrison, John P. Severn, George Turner, Fred Ward, William Ed. Bald, Jarvis Guest, Albert Walker.

1940.     Edward Walker, Eric Booth, William Martin, Harold Clarkson, George W. Storey, Sam Smith, Sidney Hall, Albert Ritchie, Harry Higgins, George A. Jenkinson, Norman W. Smith, Arthur J. Wigmore, George H. Staniland, John Hy. Wragg, George K. Cole, Ernest W. Booth, William Featherstone, Joseph Hollis, Sam Clarke, Horace Bradley, Maurice Hall, George Rose, Harry Hydes, George Bass.

1941.     Sam Chambers, Thomas Richardson, Joe Bald, Arthur Twibell, Dennis Walker, Herbert Weston.

1942.     Arnold Wainscoat, Horace Laking, John William Hydes, Eric Snell, Ian Annett, John Heeley, George Widdison, Frank Thompson, Stanley Walker, George Henry Field, Harold Allsopp, Norman Sampson.

1943.     Richard Clarkson, Tom Drabble, John Laking, Cecil Smith, Alfred Minty, Charles Matthews, Peter Smith.

1944.     Geoffrey Taylor, Harry Bradshaw, George Clarke, Walter Hollis.


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