DOE, Richard John

No.278759, Lieutenant, Richard John DOE
Aged 25

Royal Engineers
attached to 61 Field Coy., Queen Victoria's Own Madras Sappers and Miners
Killed in Action on Monday, 21st August 1944

Richard John Doe was born on 1919 (Newmarket Q2-1919 3B:617) the son of Arthur and Elizabeth May DOE (née VAISSIERE), of Burwell
His father "Mate" was a well known local character. Richard attended the County School in Cambridge and was a keen tennis player. They lived on Ness Road, opposite to the King William IV pub (corner of Ness Road and The Causeway).

The 1939 register has his father [6-1-1874] a newsagent; his mother [15-5-1884] and grandmother Eliza DOE 21-6-1845] a widowed pensioner, living at Crown Cottage, Burwell.

His unit was part of 10th Indian Infantry Division, arriving in Italy in March 1944.

As yet, that is all I have found out. Although no reference has been found regarding service in the Artillery, that collar badge does appear to be Royal Artillery.
The location of his original burial is not public knowledge but he was re-interred in Arezzo on 5th June 1945. Many concentrations of burials for WW2 were recorded only on Grave Registration Unit records, many of which are considered too harrowing to be made public.

Richard Doe is buried in Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy, grave 4:C:15

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