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Victor Herbert Stacey

Private 144022160 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died Monday 28 August 1944 aged 20
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Ash Cemetery (J671 and J643)

Victor was the only son of Herbert and Annie Louise Stacey of Anglesey, White Lane, Ash Green.

Victor Stacey (date of birth 7 February 1924) was admitted to Ash Walsh School 8 April 1929 and left for Farnham Grammar School 8 April 1936.

Victor's battalion took part in the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 and the ensuing Battle for Caen. The Battalion War Diaries record heavy shelling for two hours on 20 July which caused considerable casualties, and that shelling continued throughout the night. Ten officers were wounded, and of the other ranks 18 were killed and 211 wounded. In September the Surrey Advertiser reported Victor's death, saying that he was wounded on 21 July 1944.

Mrs Stacey wrote to Ash Parish Council asking for his name to be added to the Ash War Memorial. She informed them that he was wounded in the Battle for Caen and that he had died in Bath Hospital.

Victor's headstone is inscribed
"IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DARLING VICTOR
ONLY SON OF HERBERT AND ANNIE STACEY.
DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN NORMANDY
AUG 28TH 1944, AGED 20
GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS".
His parents were buried with him in 1947 and 1975.

Ash Second World War Roll of Honour


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