World War 2 Memorial
Cumberbatchs who served and died for freedom
CUMBERBATCH, GEORGE DURONT
Fireman and Trimmer 26/02/1941 28 Merchant Navy United Kingdom
Panel 65. TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
CUMBERBATCH, GREY DOYLE
Sergeant (Air Bomber) 1383404 05/03/1943 21 Royal Air
Force Volunteer Reserve United Kingdom Grave B.2. LONG BENNINGTON (ST.
Trooper 550493 09/07/1944 33 Royal Armoured Corps United Kingdom C.
of E. Plot 5. Row G. Grave 16. HOYLAND NETHER CEMETERY
IRVING Private 4037122 12/10/1943 29 King's Shropshire
Light Infantry United Kingdom C. of E. and Nonconformist. New part.
Grave 16653. NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME CEMETERY
CUMBERBATCH, RICHARD ELKIN
Lance Bombardier 931467 03/12/1944 25 Royal Artillery United
Kingdom 8. H. 8. CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY. He was the son of
Dr. Elkin Percy Cumberbatch.
Richard Cumberbatch joined the
137th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery was was killed whilst a
Prisoner of War at Nong Pladuk Camp Siam on 3rd December 1944.
Alice Beatrice Maud C Cumberbatch
was particularly fond of her nephew Richard and was
heartbroken to learn of his death. Alice
was probably responsible for the many "In Memoriam" messages to be
found in The Times:
Memoriam - CUMBERBATCH - In honoured
and loving memory of Richard Elkin Cumberbatch
137th Field regiment R.A. [Royal Artillery]. Killed while a Prisoner of
War at Nong Pladuk Camp Siam on 3 December 1944. Dear and only son of the
late Dr. E.P. Cumberbatch and
memorial was placed in The Times 3 Dec 1947 p1 Col A and was repeated on
3 Dec 1948, 4 Dec 1950, 3 Dec 1951, 3 Dec 1955, 3 Dec 1958, 3 Dec 1962,
3 Dec 1963 and 3 Dec 1966.
Read the account of his death
Lance Corporal 6855072 04/01/1945 32 King's Royal Rifle Corps United
Kingdom I, B, 9. VILLANOVA CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY
[CUMBERLEGE], CLAUDE MICHAEL BULLSTRODE
Lieut-Commander 10/04/1945 Unknown Royal Naval Reserve United
Kingdom 82, 1. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
CUMBERLEDGE, FREDERICK Third
Engineer Officer 05/05/1943 57 Merchant Navy United Kingdom Panel
19. TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
CUMBERLEDGE, JAMES LESLIE Fusilier
14658493 05/11/1944 Unknown Royal Scots Fusiliers United Kingdom II.
D. 3. MIERLO WAR CEMETERY
CUMBERLEGE, CLELAND ALEXANDER MARTIN
Major 37055 31/05/1941 Unknown Royal Artillery United Kingdom
Face 2. ATHENS MEMORIAL
CUMBERLEGE, PATRICIA MARY BRIDGET
Section Officer 7014 29/11/1946 33 Women's Aux. Air Force
United Kingdom Row E. Grave 11. BENSON (OR BENSINGTON) (ST. HELEN)
CUMBERLIDGE, HAROLD Bombardier
1134230 24/02/1944 26 Royal Artillery United Kingdom XVIII. A. 23.
CASSINO WAR CEMETERY
CUMBERPATCH, JACK Private
14299406 16/07/1944 20 East Lancashire Regiment United Kingdom III.
F. 11. FONTENAY-LE-PESNEL WAR CEMETERY, TESSEL
CUMBERPATCH, OWEN DOUGLAS Able
Seaman C/JX 408071 29/04/1945 20 Royal Navy United Kingdom 80, 3.
CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
their full memorials at the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Barbados Second Contingent
Grey Doyle Cumberbatch, 1383404
- Air Bomber Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 100 Sqdn.
He was the eldest child and only son
of Charles Wilkinson Cumberbatch and
Cumberbatch nee Jordan, of St.
Lucy, Barbados. He was born
2nd June 1921 and baptised 3rd July 1921 as Greystone Doyle
Cumberbatch at St. Lucy Parish Church. He died 5th March 1943, aged 21,
buried Lincolnshire, England (Grave B.2. Long Bennington
Back Row: C.P. King, J.S.
Partridge, A.A. Walrond, J.L.L. Yearwood, M.R. Cuke, E. W. Barrow
G.D. Cumberbatch, A.P.C. Dunlop,
H.E.S. Worme, G.A. Barrow, A.O. Weekes, B.F.H. Miller
Subsequently killed were:
Sgt. Charles Parnell
King, Sgt. Arthur Adolphus Walrond, Pilot Mark Radford Cuke,
Sgt Grey Doyle Cumberbatch, Flying Officer Andrew P.C. Dunlop, Pilot
Officer Bruce F.H. Miller.
The First Contingent, the
Harold Wright Contingent as it became known, sailed 27th July 1940
and was recruited for the forces generally. However, the Second
Contingent were recruited for the RAF and departed Barbados in November 1940. The 12 men
selected included Errol W. Barrow, who would survive the war,
enter politics and
eventually become Barbados' first Prime Minister (1966 - 1976).
[Source: Barbados at War
1939-1945 by Warren Alleyne privately published 1999 p.9]
Friday 5th March 1943 03:07
hrs Op; Minelaying - Sgt Grey Doyle Cumberbatch's Crash
Lancaster III ED549 HW-S of 100 Sqn from Waltham [with
Grey Doyle Cumberbatch aboard] took
off at 1832 hrs for a minelaying operation in the area of St Nazaire and
crashed on return while trying to land at Langar airfield having been
diverted twice from other airfields. The aircraft attempted to land on
the 3rd circuit of the aerodrome in poor visibilty but the airspeed
dropped and the aircraft sank into the ground in a semi-stalled
condition at Plungar. The difficulties for the pilot were aggravated by
failure of the port inner engine and failure in communication between
the aircraft and the ground. All the crew were killed.
|F/S 99993 Gerald Russell Avey RCAF pilot, buried Long Bennington
(St Swithin) Churchyard, |
|Sgt 1176108 Benjamin Thomas Hallett, age 23 RAFVR F/Eng, buried
Portsmouth Cemetery, |
|Sgt 1535230 Alan Havelock Spence age 32 RAFVR Nav, buried North
Sunderland Cemetery, |
|Sgt 1383404 Grey Doyle Cumberbatch
age 21 RAFVR Air Bomber, who came from Barbados is buried in Long
Bennington (St Swithin) Churchyard |
|Sgt 1024294 John Robinson age 34 W.Op/Rear Gnr buried
Thornton-le Fylde Churchyard, |
|F/S R/100254 Rene Rodger Landry age 23 Air Gnr RCAF, buried Long
Bennington (St Swithin) Churchyard. |
|Sgt D S Davies was injured. |
This was the first mission by 100 Sqn after they had received
Source: Tony Glover from his forthcoming book.
Notes: ED549 is specific to a particular
Lancaster much the same as a car number plate. HW relates to a
particular squadron in this case 100 Squadron, although a squadron may
have more than one -S relates to a specific Lancaster within that