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Kenneth William Branston

Servicenumber : 1878189
Rank : Lance Corporal
Regiment : Royal Engineers
Unit : 591 Parachute Squadron
Date of Death : 06-06-1944
Age : 20
Grave : Plot IVA. Row D. Grave 20.
Kenneth William Branston was a son of William Pettifer Branston and Louie Branston, of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.
On the night of 5-6 june 1944 he flew to Normandy onboard Short Stirling EF-295. The aircraft was hit and crash landed near Grangues. Four men died as a result of the crash, but seven survived. They were disarmed and taken prisoner by German forces in the area. Although the circumstances are unclear, at some stage during the night Lance Corporal Branston, along with, Sapper Wheeler, Corporal Kelly, Lance-Corporal Fraser, Sapper Wolfe and Driver Thomson, all of 591 Parachute Squadron, were shot. Sapper Guard, part of the Royal Engineers of HQ 6th Airborne Division, and glider pilot Duncan Wright were also killed.
Branstons body was given a field burial a Chateau de Grangues. After a war crimes investigation his body was reinterred in Ranville War Cemetery.
Picture: 03-05-2016
To those
Who loved and lost you
Your memory
Will never grow old
 
Sources: Website CWGC and website https://paradata.org.uk 

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