Category Archives: D-Day 80

Driver James William Orton

Our main D-Day 80 page Driver. Royal Army Service Corps. 398 (Airborne) Composite Company. No. T/4623236. [caption id="attachment_12302" align="alignleft" width="202"] Driver James William Orton[/caption] Early life: James William Orton was born on 10th April 1912 in Middlesborough, to James William Orton and Elizabeth Orton nee Waterfield who had married the previous year. They do not…
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Jack Hepworth

Our main D-Day 80 page 223 Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps. [caption id="attachment_12288" align="alignleft" width="180"] Jack Hepworth.[/caption] Jack's D-Day experiences: (written by his comrade, Jim Wisewell) Preparation and training: Jack was a member of the 223 Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. which he had joined in the winter of 1940-1, when it was building up it's…
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Cook William Ratcliffe

Our main D-Day 80 page [caption id="attachment_12280" align="alignleft" width="184"] Cook William Ratcliffe.[/caption] Early Life: William was one of three children born to Thomas and Merenia Ratcliffe (nee Astle). The youngest child and only boy, he was born in 1924 with two older sisters Eva Alice(born 1919) and Elsie May(born 1921). Educated at Holycroft Council School…
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