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Tank Driver in London Yeomanry

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posted on 2024-06-05, 16:48 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My father's brother (John Cadwaladr Trevor Roper) was the youngest of five children and lived in Hampstead, London. He was a Lance-Corporal in the 4th County of London Yeomanry (not sure if he was a volunteer or called up) in 1939/40. He was sent to Egypt with the Desert Rats in the Western Desert (1941-43) and then to Italy (1943-44). He was recalled to England and landed with his unit in Glasgow in January 1944. He landed in Normandy overnight on the 6-7 June on D-Day. He was killed on the 13th of June 1944 when 20 of his regiment's tanks were ambushed by German Tiger tanks at Villiers-Bocage. He was driving a Cromwell tank.

I have brought in his diary, and we are in the process of transcribing it. His diary runs from January 1944 when he pulled into the Clyde and runs up to his death on 13th June 1944. The entries talk about his movements, his firing practice, and doing a route-march. Not sure where he was based during this time. He talks about visiting the Odeon in Leicester Square.

I have brought in a photo of the Cromwell tanks (not taken by us, but we know that's what he was driving). We have a photo of the entries of people lost at that time - possibly from a newspaper. We have a photo of his gravestone and his name on a memorial in Northern France.


Item list and details

1. Photos relating to John Cadwaladr Trevor Roper 2. Extracts from diary

Person the story/items relate to

John Cadwaladr Trevor Roper

Person who shared the story/items

Anthony Henderson

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor


Type of submission

Shared at Great Missenden Library, Buckinghamshire on 30 September 2023.

Record ID

95086 | GRE012A