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Scull S.M. (See S. M. Cull)


Source :Surrey History Centre ref 6128/1/89

* This Banstead Urban District Council file holds documents relating to the upkeep of the Banstead War Memorial.

In a letter addressed to Reverend F. Schofield, at The Vicarage, Garratts Lane, dated 24 November 1965 the Clerk of the Council writes that "a Commander Wemyss-Gorman of the British Legion has received a complaint from the father of a person whose name appears on the War Memorial. Apparently the name of the deceased is shown as S SCULL, in fact his name was S. CULL. He tells me that the mistake was noticed many years ago and was put right but repairs are again necessary. I have informed Commander Wemyss-Gorman that the matter has been referred to you."

Reverend Schofield replied on the 26th November 1965 - "The alteration to the name on the War Memorial shall be attended to."

There is no further correspondence on the matter but sadly the memorial still clearly shows the incorrect name as S M SCULL.

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SEAL, LEON HAROLD

Sergeant 1325688

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 78 Sqdn.


Died 20-June-1942 aged 27

Son of William Thomas Seal and Minnie Seal, of Kingswood, Surrey. Prior to this, the family lived at 102 Wilmot Way Banstead.

In the Summer of 1937, No 78 squadron began converting to Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys, and following the outbreak of World War II, was tasked with the training of newly formed crews prior to posting on to operational squadrons. The unit joined the front line bomber force in July of 1940, taking up night bomber duties until re-equipping with Halifaxes in March 1942 based at RAF Croft in Co Durham and from there in June to RAF Middleton St George also in Co Durham.

It was with these new aircraft that the Squadron participated in the historic 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne on the night of May 30/31st 1942.

Barely three weeks later on the night of June 20th/21st 1942, Halifax MkII, BB200, EY-? Took off from Middleton St George at 23.43hrs for a raid on Emden. Leon Seal was part of the crew on this last ill-fated flight.

The aircraft never returned and the cause of its loss has never been established. What is known is that it crashed into the North Sea, probably SW of Denmark. Two bodies were washed ashore; Sgt Morgan was buried on Sept 5th 1942 at Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, while Sgt Frankland is buried in Kiel War Cemetery. The others have no known graves. At 41, Sgt Smith was well above the average age for operational aircrew. He had served in the RAF since the early 1920's.

The full crew were F/S M.M.Crowe KIA, Sgt D.Smith BEM KIA, Sgt R.K.Frankland KIA, Sgt R.W.Morgan KIA, Sgt E.K.Davies KIA, Sgt L.H.Seal KIA, Sgt J.R.Williams KIA.

Although Leon Seal is remembered on the Runnymede memorial, there is a memorial to the aircrew of No. 78 Sqn who lost their lives in WW2 in the churchyard at Bubwith, near RAF Breighton, which is where the Squadron were based for most of the war.

Memorial Reference: Panel 93.

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Englefield Green, Surrey, England

Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
RAF history by Mark Stanley
Bomber Squadrons of the RAF - Philip Moyes 1964
Bases of Bomber Command – Roger A Freeman - 2001
www.raf.mod.uk
www.lostbombers.co.uk
www.oldairfields.fotopic.net
Old Banstead address from London L-Z directory for 1945
Last update 4 Nov 2007 - Banstead address found.
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Last update 12 Jan 2007 (RAF history)
Runnymede memorial,by permission of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Runnymede memorial
Panel 93
Bubwith Church memorial to No. 78 Squadron

Bubwith Church

Memorial to

Group 4

No. 78 Squadron
STANLEY, LESLIE ALBERT

Private 6092173

Royal Pioneer Corps


Died 8-May-1947 aged 28

Son of Albert Edward and Selina E. K. Stanley, of 19a Nork Way, Nork, Banstead.

Memorial Reference: N.W. Corner.

BANSTEAD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD

Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
All Saints Church, Banstead, Surrey.
Publication - 'The War Memorial, St Paul’s Church, Nork, Banstead'.
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Enquiry sent to http://www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/contact.htm 16 March 2007
Leslie Alfred Stanley,All Saints Banstead
Stemp A.E.

NOTE FROM WEBMASTER : This individual has been difficult to identify as there is no record of anyone with a matching name on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. The following paragraphs document the research so far, and clearly show where we have made an assumption. If you know this to be incorrect, or can add to the information on A E Stemp, especially his service record, please mail the Webmaster.


Probably Stemp Albert Edward.

Albert Edward Stemp was born between April and June 1901 and was just three weeks old when the census was taken that year. His parents were Jesse and Eliza E Hurlock married in 1888, and in 1901 they were recorded as living in Winkworth Cottage located at the western end of Banstead High Street.

The two postcards below show the exterior and interior of Winworth Cottage at around 1935.

Winkworth Cottage Banstead from Lewis Wood collection Winkworth Cottage Banstead from Lewis Wood collection
Winkworth Cottage was taken down in 1936 or 1937 and the Electoral roll for 1938 shows the Stemp family including Albert living at Wilmot Cottage in Park Road. We presume that shortly afterwards, Albert was called up, or volunteered to fight in WWll

This particular story ends here as the only mention of him after WWll is when his name appears on the Banstead War Memorial. It is inscribed as the tenth name of fourteen on Bottom Panel two, suggesting that it was added with all the rest in 1946 or 1947.

The death of an Albert Edward Stemp aged 46 was recorded on the 26th June 1947 at 302 High Street Sutton. The informant was E H Stemp widow of the deceased who died of Pernicious Anemia. This all seems to fit the A E Stemp born 1901 above but there seems to be no reason why he should be recorded on the memorial. To date, no other A E Stemp death has been found during the war years and no record of the marriage to Mrs E H ???????. The hunt continues.
Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission No matching entry.
Jean Wheaton,who has completed much research on Stemp family members
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SUTEHALL, PETER

Flight Lieutenant 100076
Mentioned in Dispatches in 1942.

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 236 Sqdn.


Died 17-January-1945 aged 23.

Son of Mr and Mrs A. Sutehall of 11 Green Curve, Banstead.

Peter attended Sutton County School between 1930 and 1936. He left the school to join the labs of the Distillers Company. Geoffrey Robinson, a local Nork resident recalls the last time he saw Peter. "He was speeding on his motorcycle up Warren Road, hotly pursued by a police motorcyclist."

Peter joined the RAF in October 1940 and passed out as Pilot Officer in July 1941.

Squadron 236, following a period as a cadre unit, became operational again on 15 March 1942 with Beaufighters, which it used for escort and shipping reconnaissance missions. In July 1942 it began taking part in attacks on enemy shipping off the Dutch coast, while detachments flew patrols over the Bay of Biscay to protect Coastal's anti-submarine aircraft from enemy fighters.

The January 1943 issue of THE SUTTONIAN reported the following:

HONOURS

Peter Sutehall
Flying Officer RAF
Mentioned in Despatches
Brief news has just reached us of the mention in despatches of Peter Sutehall(1930-36)for rescue of members of the crew from a blazing plane, and we extend to him the congratulations of the Association on such a noble job of work.

In April 1943, a strike wing was formed at North Coates. No.236 Squadron joined it and remained an anti-shipping unit until the end of the war disbanding on 25 May 1945.

Sutton County Grammer SchoolPeter Sutehall was reported “lost at sea” on the 17th of January 1945 after flying a Beaufighter Fighter/Bomber on a daylight anti shipping raid at Den Helder.

Memorial Reference: Panel 266.

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Publication - 'The War Memorial, St Paul’s Church,Nork, Banstead'.
The Suttonian magazine from Sutton Grammer School's archives.
Related link : RAF History of No. 236 squadron.
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Runnymede memorial, by permission of Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Runnymede Memorial
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