Bernard Hunsley

Winteringham Local History and Genealogy

Bernard Hunsley

Bernard Hunsley 400w

Bernard Hunsley

Bernard was raised in West View, a house in Marsh Lane in Winteringham, having been born in 1920.

Group at Flixborough 400w

Always ready for a joke and a laugh, Bernard was a popular young man, a loyal friend, a responsible brother and son and later, a loving husband. He played harmonica and had an interest in astronomy.

The photo, above, is thought to have been taken at Flixborough, with Bernard on the extreme right.  The other men are unknown.


When the Second World War came, he joined the Lincolnshire Regiment, but was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment to help bring its numbers up to requirements.

On 19th December 1942, married the love of his life, Joan at Addiscombe Church in Surrey.

Bernard - Joan Wedding - Couple - 400w

 

Bernard and Joan 400w

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard - Joan Wedding - 400w

Towards the end of 1943, the Warwickshires were in intense training for the coming liberation of Europe, first near the village of Lochmaben, just west of Lockerbie in South-west Scotland, where Bernard and his colleagues spent Christmas; then in January 1944 to a camp in Southend, Essex, (from where he could take a train to see Joan more frequently if he had sufficient leave), and finally back to Scotland where the Warwickshires trained near Huntly, in Aberdeenshire.  By this time, Joan and Bernard were looking forward to becoming parents in the summer.

His letters to his wife Joan, inform us how very much he was looking forward to having a family of his own, and how much he was missing her.

On 9th June, Bernard wrote to Joan again, simply telling her that she would have heard the news.  This referred to Bernard having taken part in D-Day 3 days earlier, when the Warwickshires landed on Queen Beach, a sub-division of Sword Beach, which was the most eastern beach of the D-Day Landings.

The troops landing on Sword Beach were intended to take Caen in a matter of days, being a city a few miles inland, but it was very heavily defended by crack German troops, and Panzer divisions, and the Warwickshires and other regiments were involved in exceptionally heavy fighting north of the city.  The final push (which was to be successful) was to start on 8th July, but it was during this day that Bernard was killed by a mortar round.  His daughter was born about 3 weeks later.

Bernard was laid to rest in the cemetery at Douvres-La Delivrande alongside 926 other British combatants, 15 other Allies, 180 Germans and an unknown soldier.

Grave - Initial Cross 400w

The initial marker of Bernard’s grave at Douvres la Deliverande, Normandy, France.

The modern replacement can be seen on the “We will remember” page.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Major T Bundock 16-Jul-1944 800w

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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