No. 5779215, Trooper, Cyril John HEMPSTEAD
Aged 30

53rd Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps
Died on Monday, 1st March 1943

there is no evidence available for his medal entitlement but he must have been
awarded at least the Defence and the War Medal

Cyril Hempstead was born in Cambridge on 2nd December 1912(Cambridge Q1-1913 3B:769) son of Samuel George and Mary Selina HEMPSTEAD (née LANDER)

In Cambridge in Q4-1937 he married Lille O. PATTLE. In 1939 they were at 1 Smiths Path, Chesterton. Cyril's date of birth is given as 2nd December 1912 (general labourer) and Lille O born 28 February 1916.

He died in Uckfield, Sussex (Uckfield Q1-1943 2b:248)
According to www.roll-of-honour.com he was accidentally killed in a tank accident on March 1 1943 Husband of Mrs Lille Hempstead and son of Samuel George and Mary Selina Hempstead of Cambridge. Before joining the services he was living in Smith's Path, Cottenham and worked on the Oakington aerodrome. CWGC has his wife's as from Freckenham.

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Cyril Hempstead is on the front left here

Cyril Hempstead is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery grave 6440
and also commemorated on Cottenham War Memorial.

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