Operational Casualties – U

See Commemorating Royal Signals’ War Dead.

DEARLY LOVED IN LIFE, AND ALWAYS IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO WILL NEVER FORGET
The epitaph for Signalman E. W. Upton.

2345165 Signalman ERIC FRANK UNDERHILL, 4th Air Formation Signals (North Somerset Yeomanry).
-Died on 20 July 1943 of anterior poliomyelitis in 64th General Hospital, Alexandria.
-Hadra War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt. “I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH”
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2579940 Signalman FRANK HENRY UNDERWOOD, 2nd Anti-Aircraft Divisional Signals.
-Killed on 4 September 1939 in a road traffic accident between RAF Digby and Scopwick in Lincolnshire when his motorcycle hit a lorry; neither vehicle was using lights. He was the first Royal Signals casualty of the Second World War.
-Nottingham Southern Cemetery. TO HAVE, TO LOVE, TO LOSE AND WHEN GOD WILLS, TO FIND
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2327670 Corporal GEORGE WILLIAM UNDERWOOD, 1st Armoured Divisional Signals.
Died of wounds on 9 April 1943 during the Tunisian Campaign in the Allied advance to Tunis.
-Medjez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

224593 Lieutenant WILLIAM JAMES UNDERWOOD Mention in Despatches (Posthumous), 6th Armoured Division Signals.
-Wounded in action near Cassino during the Italian Campaign, he died of wounds in hospital in Caserta on 28 February 1944.
-Originally buried in a civilian cemetery in Caserta, his remains were reinterred in Caserta War Cemetery on 15 November 1944. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes
-Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Roll of Honour: Yes

2352149 Lance Corporal CHARLES WILLIAM UPTON, Prisoner of War (formerly No. 6 Army Air Support Control Signal Section, 3rd Indian Corps Signals).
-Captured during the Battle of Singapore. Transported to work on the Thai-Burma Railway in November 1942 and later returned to Singapore. Killed in action at sea on route from the Philippines to Japan when SS Hofuku Maru was sunk 80 miles north of Corregidor by aircraft flying off United States Navy carriers on 21 September 1944. Fifty-four other Royal Signals soldiers were lost.
-Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes

2343310 Signalman ERIC WILLIAM UPTON, Prisoner of War (formerly Malaya Command Signals).
-Captured during the Battle of Singapore. Transported to work on the Thai-Burma Railway in November 1942. Died as a prisoner of war on 20 September 1943.
-Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. DEARLY LOVED IN LIFE, AND ALWAYS IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO WILL NEVER FORGET
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Yes
-Royal Signals Roll of Honour (Second World War): Yes