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Remembering Father's Service and Other Relatives Killed in Action

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posted on 2024-06-05, 20:02 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

The the contributor shared the story of their father, William Henry Lamb, who was a driver in the RASC T/191956. They shared that William served for 6 years in the Middle East. He was in the Eighth Army and did not speak about his wartime experiences until years after his wife passed away when he would attend the funerals of comrades. The contributor shared that William was only married to his wife, Florence Lamb, for a short while before leaving to serve in the Second World War. The pair was expecting their first child when William left, and he did not meet his daughter until she was 5 years old. While William was away at war, Florence moved back home with her mother and stepfather. The contributor added that their maternal grandfather died in service during the First World War, and his brother married his widow and adopted his children.

The contributor also spoke about their paternal uncle, Harold Lamb, who was a seaman in the Merchant Navy in the North Russian convoy. Harold died on HMS Niger 6 July 1942 when it was mistakenly torpedoed by Allied ships. The contributor noted that Harold was unmarried, as he was very young. The contributor also mentioned their maternal uncle, John Deakin, who was killed in action 28 March 28 1944 while serving with the platoon King's Regiment.


Item list and details

1. Genealogy of William Lamb. 2. Photo and history of Harold Lamb. 3. Grave and details of John Deakin

Person the story/items relate to

William Henry Lamb, Harold Lamb, Florence Lamb (née Deakin), John Deakin

Person who shared the story/items

Desley Catesby

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

William Henry Lamb was the contributor's father, Harold Lamb was the contributor's paternal uncle, Florence Lamb (née Deakin) was the contributor's mother, and John Deakin was the contributor's maternal uncle.

Type of submission

Shared at Liverpool Central Library, Merseyside on 2 March 2024.

Record ID

121153 | LIV008