Operational Casualties – I

See Commemorating Royal Signals’ War Dead.

A FOREIGN GRAVE IS A PAINFUL THING
From the epitaph for Driver G. E. Isaac.

2321335 Serjeant GEORGE EDWARD IDE, No. 5 Commando.
Killed in action on 28 March 1942 during Operation Chariot, the raid at St. Nazaire.
-Escoublac-La-Baule War Cemetery, France. TIME IS PASSING SWIFTLY BY BUT LOVE AND MEMORIES NEVER DIE
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2356979 Signalman CHARLES RAYMOND IKIN, 36th Indian Divisional Signals.
-Died on 27 April 1944 (cause not known).
-Kirkee War Cemetery, India.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2572755 Driver ARTHUR MORTIMER ILES, 5th Cavalry Brigade Signal Troop.
-In an unrecorded accident of some kind, Signalman Iles of (Middlesex Yeomanry) broke his leg and was lying in the road at Ben Shemen, east of Tel Aviv. Captain G. O. Brooks, Royal Army Medical Corps, the Medical Officer of the Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Rangers) Yeomanry, was treating him when down the road came over 100 stampeding horses. Unable to move Iles in time, Captain Brooks shielded him with his body. Although Brooks suffered broken bones in the incident he went on to treat Iles and 30 other men injured by the horses. Signalman Iles had suffered broken tibia and fibula and spent three-and-a-half months in hospital. For his bravery Captain Brooks was awarded the George Medal. Signalman Isles was be killed in action on 11 June 1942 during the Battle of Gazala. Although recorded as serving with 5th Cavalry Brigade Signal Troop. The brigade had ceased to exist by this time and in all likelihood Signalman Iles was serving elsewhere, possibly with 22nd Armoured Brigade Signals.
-Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2580937 Signalman S. ILES, No. 3 Signal Equipment Section.
-Died on 28 August 1945 (cause not known).
-Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium. TOO DEARLY BELOVED TO BE FORGOTTEN. “THE SUPREME SACRIFICE”
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

7588884 Driver STEPHEN ILES, 1st Independent Brigade Group (Guards) Signal Section.
-Died on 24 April 1942 (cause not known).
-Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool. SILENT THOUGHTS TRUE AND TENDER OF STEVE WE LOVED AND ALWAYS REMEMBER
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2338460 Driver LAWRENCE ILLINGWORTH, 2nd Air Formation Signals.
-Died as a result of an accident on 23 September 1944.
-Originally buried in Loretto Military Cemetery, his remains were reinterred on 18 December 1944 at Ancona War Cemetery, Italy. WORTHY OF EVERLASTING LOVE AND REMEMBRANCE
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2582698 Lance Corporal WILLIAM RUSSELL ILLINGWORTH, 46th (North Midland and West Riding) Divisional Signals.
-Died on 5 November 1940 in Scotland from a gunshot wound.
-St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Adel, West Yorkshire.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2330125 Corporal ERNEST NORMAN INCE, No. 17 Line of Communication Signals.
Killed in action on 23 February 1945 with 11 other men from the unit during the Allied invasion of Germany.
-Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium. HE STANDS BY OUR SIDE AND WHISPERS, DON’T GRIEVE, DEATH CANNOT DIVIDE. MOTHER
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

3526861 Lance Serjeant JOHN LESLIE INCE, No. 72 Construction Section.
Killed in action by shellfire on 29 November 1944 during the operations in North Brabant in the Netherlands. 14512763 Signalman H. Burton was wounded in the same action.
-Gilzerbaan General Cemetery, Tilburg, Netherlands.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2341571 Signalman HECTOR INGLIS, Prisoner of War (formerly 11th Indian Divisional Signals).
-Captured during the Battle of Singapore. Died as a prisoner of war 4 on June 1942.
-Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. IN EVER PROUD AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF A DEAR SON
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2209561 Serjeant GEORGE INNES
-Died on 22 August 1947 (cause not known).
-Avonview Cemetery, Bristol. IN MEMORY’S LANE LIGHT IS NEVER DIM, TILL STARS FORGET TO SHINE WE WILL REMEMBER HIM
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): No

2341232 Signalman WILLIAM GEORGE IRWIN, Penang Signal Section.
Killed in action at sea on 14 February 1942 during the evacuation from Singapore when the SS Vyner Brooke was bombed and sunk off Bangka Island. Three other Royal Signals soldiers were lost (Serjeant P. McDonald, Serjeant A. R. Stokes, and Corporal D. I. Westmaas). The sinking preceded the Bangka Island massacre of many of the survivors, including 21 nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service.
-Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2381338 Driver GEORGE ERNEST ISAAC, 10th Corps Signals.
-Died on 28 December 1944 as a result of a battle accident in Athens. He had been wounded previously in Italy.
-Originally buried in the Old Palace Cemetery in Athens, his remains were reinterred on 15 January 1945 at Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece. A FOREIGN GRAVE IS A PAINFUL THING WHERE LOVING HANDS NO FLOWERS CAN BRING
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

6474343 Signalman BERNARD WEYMOUTH ISLES, ‘L’ Company.
-Died on 15 February 1943 (cause not known).
-Kanatte General Cemetery, Colombo, Sri Lanka. DEARLY BELOVED SON OF ALFRED AND MARY ISLES. “WE WILL MEET AGAIN”
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

4686893 Signalman GEORGE ARTHUR CAMPBELL IVINSON, Unit Not Known.
-Died on 29 May 1943 (cause not known).
-Cleckheaton New Cemetery.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): No