William Charles Welch

Stevenage man killed in service in World War II

By Owen Welch

William Charles Welch
The notification that my father had been reported as missing, 29 June 1942
The official notification of death, 13 September 1942
The simple wooden cross that marked his grave in Benghazi Military Cemetery
The permanent headstone that stands there today

My father William Charles Welch was a Stevenage man who served in the Royal Artillery as a Gunner during World War II.

My mother got a message to say he had gone out on patrol and had been taken prisoner in North Africa in 1942. She was officially notified that he was missing on 29th June and was then notified of his death in an Italian Hospital on 13th September 1942, which would have been just before El Alamain. We will never know excatly what happened to him or how he died.

The notifications from the War Office are shown below. (Click on the image to view the full size document.)

He was buried at the Benghazi Military Cemetery – these photos show the original wooden cross and the permanent headstsone that now marks his grave.

This page was added on 16/10/2010.

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  • No 921149 Rank Gunner Name William Charles Welch Regt R A Date of Birth 19 Dec 1913 Joined R A 28 Apr 1939 Service U K 28 Apr 1939 – 27 Aug 1941 Iraq 28 Aug 1941 – 13 Sep 1942 Missing Egypt 29 Jun 1942 P O W Camp unknown (Italian Hands) Died in Field Hospital 13 Sep 1942 Originally buried in Benghazi Civil Cemetery, Military Extension, reburied 23 Aug 1944 Benghazi War Cemetery Plot 7 Row C Grave No 7 He ended up in thew 97 (Kent Yeomanry) Field Regiment because after Dunkirk there was an exchange of troops with fighting experience for those with none. This was arranged between pairs opf similar units so 135 (Hertford shire Yeomanry), who hadn’t served abroad, was paired with the Kent Regt who had served in France

    By Owen Welch (13/07/2012)