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Dye, William Frederick Leslie (Engels)

  • Born 11-12-1908 in Croydon, Surrey.
  • Deceased 26-04-1945 in Ootmarsum – 36 years.
  • Parents Henry and Esther Dye nee Melbourne from Croydon, Surrey, England.
  • Married in 1929 with Elizabeth Rebecca Dye nee Abbett from Lambeth, Surrey.

British sapper in the Royal Engineers 571 Army Field Company – Service nr. 682709

William grew up in a reconstituted family wirh ten children in Croydon. He was the only child from this marriage. His father was a widower with three children and his mother already had six kids. His oldest brother Henry Lawrence Dye was killed in the First World War. His mother died in 1924. William was a mason.

He came into service in 1924 with the Mountbatten Royal Air Force and from 1927 with the Queens Royal Regiment. He married in 1929 with Elizabeth Rebecca Abbett, after which they settled in Lambeth. Together they had seven children.

During the war he was a mine clearer with the Royal Engineers. He was wounded and died in the Canadian Military Hospital in Ootmarsum.

Temporary grave at the Kuiperberg Ootmarsum until March 1947.

Burial: Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen, Section 6, Row D No. 3.

War Memorial in Croydon.

Awarded with the War Medal and the 1939-1945 Star.

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