The names of the men who died in WW2 are recorded on a plaque in the Lady Chapel of Penn Church, with more details in the pages of the Book of Remembrance displayed in the cabinet under the plaque.
Holy Trinity Penn, WW2 Book of Remembrance
Pilot Officer Harry Andrews, 1105965, Royal Air Force
William Henry Thomson Andrews (Harry), Son-in-law of
Mr Harry Lucas Webb (died 1940), and Mrs Florence Julia Webb of Hutchins Barn, Knotty Green, and husband of their daughter Sybil: educated at Trinity College, Glen Almond, Scotland.
Enlisted August 1940 – gained his commission in 1941 – was attached to 49 Squadron. On March 10th 1942 he was pilot of a Hampden Bomber in a raid over Essen and reported missing. Aged 32. Later the plane was found at the little village of Selm, 13 miles north of Dortmund, Germany. All four members of the crew were buried by the church of Selm.
Mrs. Webb lost not only her son-in-law, but also her son, Hugh Langdon Webb, also named on the Penn War Memorial (details below).
Lance Corporal Albert Henry Brooks, 5393375, 2nd. Bn.
The Hampshire Regiment
Son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H.Brooks of Widmere Cottage, Tyler’s Green;
educated at Penn Church School. Aged 23 years.
Enlisted on April 16th 1942 and went abroad on November 18th 1942.
He served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, taking part in the battles of Tunis, Salerno and the Gothic Line where he was wounded in August 1944, and was buried in Montecchio British Cemetery, II. H. 1 ,Italy.
Driver Ernest James Busby, T/234546, Royal Army Service Corps.
Husband of Agnes Busby of The Lodge, Stampwell House, Penn,
educated at Penn Church School. Aged 30 years.
Enlisted on November 28th, 1940 and went overseas in July 1941.
He served in the Middle East, attached to 22nd Armoured Brigade and was captured in the Western Desert. Officially presumed lost at sea on November 14th, 1942 whilst being transported to Italy in th S.S.Scillon. Alamein Memorial Column 74.
Sergeant Maurice Thomas Dilworth, 1334863, Air Gunner,
Royal Air Force V.R.
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. M.T.Dilworth of Beauchamp Cottage, Penn;
educated at Penn Church School. Aged 19 years.
Enlisted in May 1941 and went overseas on March 11th 1943 and served as an air Gunner in 150 Squadron B.N.A.F. Whilst returning from operations on April 30th 1943 in conditions of low cloud and poor visibility the aircraft crashed.
The whole crew were buried at Al Alea outside Algiers.
El Alia Cemetery Coll. grave 12. H. 28.
Second Lieutenant George Edmund Grove, 116275,
Royal Army Service Corps
Parents: Julius Charles Grove and Edith Mary Grove;
Husband of Florence Mary Grove of Stone House, Penn;
educated at Harrow School. Aged 50 years.
Enlisted on September 3rd 1939 and was commissioned in April 1940.
He died on June 18th 1940 of illness caused by extreme exposure on duties connected with the campaign in Norway.
Buried at Aberdeen, Allenvale Cemetery, Sec. 3. Grave 231.
Sergeant Merrick Hubert Eric Hine, 745148, Pilot,
Royal Air Force V.R.
Only son of Mr. and Mrs. H.Hine, of Forty Green;
educated at Penn Church School and the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. Aged 24 years.
Enlisted immediately on the outbreak of war in September 1939. Soon qualified as a fighter pilot and eventually served in 65 Squadron. He was killed in action in a single seater fighter over the English Channel, on December 12th 1940, having previously fought in the epic Battle of Britain.
Runnymede Memorial, Panel 15
Pilot Officer Basil Holland, 104337, Navigator, Royal Air Force V.R.
Basil Leonard Alfred Francis Holland
Elder son of Sir Alfred and Lady Holland, formerly of Nightingales, Penn;
educated at Lancing College. Aged 24 years.
Enlisted in 1939 while a law student. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in Coastal Command 233 Squadron. He was killed in action over the English Channel on March 15th 1942. later his body was found on the beach at St. Mawes and he was buried in the family grave at Seaford Cemetery Sec. C. Grave 2114.
Flight Officer Ian MaClean D.F.C., 125300, Navigator, Royal Air Force
Son of Sir Donald and Lady Maclean of Beacon Hill, Penn,
and husband of Mrs. Maclean of Cruckton Hall, Shrewsbury. Educated at Gresham’s School, Holt and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Aged 34 years.
Enlisted on July 23rd 1940 and was Commissioned April 26th 1941. Distinguished Fly Cross on October 15th 1943, having lost his life as a result of air operations on the night of September 14th/15th 1943, when the aircraft in which he was Navigator crashed over Denmark.
Buried at Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery A. 8. 1. Denmark.
Note: Ian Maclean was the elder brother of Donald Maclean, British diplomat and member of the Cambridge Five who acted as spies for the Soviet Union. Donald Maclean’s ashes are buried in his parents’ grave in Penn churchyard.
Captain John Hedworth McCulloch, 73180, Seaforth Highlanders
Only son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W.McCulloch of The Crest, Penn;
educated at Eton College. Aged 26 years.
Entered Sandhurst in 1935 and two years later was Commissioned in the Seaforth Highlanders. In 1942, his Battalion, which formed part of the 51st Highland Division, joined the Eighth Army in Egypt, and fought at the crucial battle of Al Alamein, where he was killed in action November 2nd 1942, and buried in the British Military Cemetery there.
El Alamein War Cemetery XXVI. E. 11.
Major David Iltid Nicholl, 94242, Royal Artillery,
London Scottish, 97 Anti Aircraft Regiment, General Staff, War Office
Only son of Lieutenant H. Iltid Nichol D.S.O. and Mrs. Nicholl of Little Orchard, Knotty Green; educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. Aged 36 years.
Enlisted May 1939 in the London Scottish Regiment and after several months gained his Commission from the ranks. Soon afterwards he served on the General Staff at the War Office as G.S.O.3 and later, as a liaison officer; he was torpedoed at sea in the SS “Ceramic”. Officially reported as presumed killed in action at sea, 7th December 1942.
Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial Panel 2. Column 1. He is also commemorated on his parents’ grave stone in the new cemetery at Penn.
2nd Lieutenant Martin Sansome Preston, 90905,
Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Son of Judge and Mrs. A.S.Preston of Cairo Egypt, and nephew of Mr. and Mrs. C.S.Preston of Knotty Green; educated at Marlborough College. Aged 21 years.
Enlisted on July 1st 1939 and Commissioned at once. During the retreat upon Dunkirk he was killed in action on the night of May 27th 1940 in the town of Hazebrouk, France. Whilst covering the withdrawal of other troops he ordered an N.C.O. to go back with the rest of the covering party and himself manned the machine gun post. When last seen he was rapidly being surrounded.
Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Plot 4. Row B. Grave 14.
Flying Officer Charles Gordon Richards, 119264, Pilot, Royal Air Force
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Richards of Penbury Haven, Penn;
educated at Marlborough College, Aged 23 years.
Enlisted in December 1939 and was soon Commissioned. Served in 182 Squadron in France as a pilot. Killed in action December 15th 1943 flying a single seater Typhoon. His mission was to bomb V2 sites situated in the neighbourhood of Dieppe. He did not return.
Runnymede Memorial, Panel 129.
The window above the WW2 plaque is dedicated as a memorial to F/O Charles Gordon Richards.
Sergeant, 1333459, Ronald James Roberts, Air Gunner,
Royal Air Force
educated at Penn School. Aged 19 years.
Only son of Elijah James Roberts and Ethel Mary Roberts, of Stampwell Cottage, Penn.
Enlisted on July 17th 1942 and served with the No.10 Operational Training Unit as an Air Gunner. He was killed as a result of an aircraft accident on March 27th 1943 near West Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, and is buried in Penn Churchyard Plot F. Row 3. Grave 52.
Flight Lieutenant Hugh Julian Langdon Webb, 103010,
Pilot, Royal Air Force
Son of Mr. Harry Lucas Webb (died 1940) and
Mrs Florence Julia Webb of Hutchins Barn, Knotty Green;
educated at Malvern College and Clare College, Cambridge. Aged 23 years.
Enlisted on October 2nd 1940 and was Commissioned on July 19th 1941. As pilot of a Lancaster bomber on March 31st,1944, he was engaged in an important Pathfinding mission over Nuremberg, and on his way back was shot down near Coblenz. All seven of the crew were killed – and later buried in the British Military cemetery: Rheinberg War Cemetery 10. B. 13.
Mrs. Webb also lost her son-in-law, Harry Andrews, also named on the Penn War Memorial.
In the churchyard, there is a headstone to:
Warrant Officer 336376 Thomas Church, Royal Air Force
18th June 1942, aged 44. Wycombe District.
Also his wife Violet May, 29 May 1983, aged 79.
Son of Frederick and Louisa Church;
husband of Violet May Church, née Stevens, of Louth, Lincolnshire.