Old soldiers’ families sought for book

The men of HMS Hunter

Revealed: The harrowing wartime ordeal of HMS Hunter’s men

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Ian Taylor of Eastleigh has dropped me a line asking me to ask if you have any information about the subject of a book he is researching.

Portsmouth’s Territorial Battalion was the 6th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment who were converted to 59 & 69 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery with the proud subsidiary The Duke of Connaught’s Own.

In 1945 in north-west Europe, 59 Regiment served alongside 7th Hampshires providing additional gun support.

Leslie Daniels was a Stamshaw boy who lived with his parents Alfred and Ellen. He was killed in one of the battalion’s first actions in Normandy.

Another Stamshaw boy involved was Edward Searle, who lies in a British war cemetery in Reichswald with several of his comrades.

Ian also wants to make contact with any family members of the following. They were all Portsmouth men or married Portsmouth girls.

l P R Hayter who left a widow, Alice, in Southsea.

l E L Cane, who left a widow in Wymering. He came from Jersey and on his grave is the badge of the Royal Militia Island of Jersey.

l W Jenkins, who was promoted Second Lieutenant in the field. He left a widow, Iris, in Southsea.

l Frank Hutchings, son of John and Annie who lost his life after being wounded in action.

l Gosport men Harry Oughton, the son of Harry and Lily, and E A Pease, who lies in the same cemetery in Holland as Harry and left a widow, Gertrude.

l Lastly, buried in St Anne’s Cemetery in Gosport is W C Barnes, who died of his wounds and was buried by his family in the cemetery on July 21, 1944.

If you have any information whatsoever on these brave men, please let me know on either of my e-mail addresses or by letter.

Thank you.