The WW2 Roll of Honour:
Surnames I - J

Private 4852508 Maurice Frank Ireland


1/5th Bn., Leicestershire Regiment

Died on 1st April 1942, Aged 37.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, 346/7


Private M. Frank, Ireland (37) formerly a bricklayer's laborer was serving overseas when on April 1st he met his death by accident.  The body was brought home and the funeral took place on Tuesday. A service was conducted at the Parish Church by Archdeacon W, J. Lyon.  The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and in addition to six soldier bearers the deceased's officer and one private representing the battalion, walked behind the hearse.  The deceased had an association with the Leicestershire Regiment extending over 20 years. Two of his brothers, Joseph Thomas and George Alfred, were killed in the last war. The mourners were; Mrs., Ireland (widow), Marjorie Betty (daughter), Mr., and Mrs., Joseph Ireland (father and mother), Mr., Cradock Ireland, of Tamworth (brother), Mr., Jack Ireland, Long Eaton (brother), Mr., Kenneth Ireland (brother), Mrs., Edith Springthorpe, Coalville (sister), Mrs., Connie Brewin (sister), Mrs., May Rennocks (sister), Mrs., Dorothy McClelland, Leicester (sister), Mrs., Eva Osborn, Hugglescote (sister in law), Mr., Issac Tyler (brother in law), Mr., Eddie McClelland (brother in law), Mrs., Cradock Ireland (sister in law), Mrs., Jack Ireland  (sister in law), Mrs., Kenneth Ireland (sister in law), Mr., George West and Master Fred Springthorpe (nephew). There were a large number of tributes, including four from his regiment- Commanding Officer, Officer's Mess, 14th Platoon and All ranks. 


Leading Aircraftman 551331 Stanley James


823 Sqdn., Royal Air Force

Died on 8th June 1940, Aged 19.

Commemorated Runnymede Memorial                                                                                                  


News has been received that Leading A/C. Stanley James, only son of Mrs. James, 45, Knighthorpe Road, Loughborough, is now presumed killed. He was attached to the Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. "Glorious," which was sunk last June. He was educated at the Barrow Grammar School and went straight from school into the R.A.F.

Private10705104  John Jennison


Pioneer Corps

Died on 1st December 1945, Age 44.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, 294/19




R. John





W. R. Johns




Flying Officer 108410 George Herbert Johnson

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died on 11th November 1944, Age 41.

Buried Eindhoven (Woensel) Cemetery Grave 216.                                                                                         

Flying Officer George Herbert Johnson, whose death on active service has been reported, was born in 1903 and was educated at Carre's Grammar School, Sleaford, and University College, Nottingham, where he played center forward in the first eleven. He taught for seven years in a Nottinghamshire elementary school, and after taking the teachers training certificate at Nottingham, joined the staff of the Loughborough Grammar School, where he took charge of the Preparatory Department. His vivid and forceful personality made him an effective teacher and later, when the school gymnasium was built, he took charge of the physical training and athletic coaching, in which his vitality and energy inspired all who came under his instruction. He was a natural athlete and he played all games with zest. For a number of years he played football with the Leicester Nomads in the Midland Amateur Alliance and many cricketers will recall his lively running between wickets and his tireless wicket keeping in matches on the school field. Just after the outbreak of war he married Miss Kathleen Smith, of Wymeswold, who was then on the staff at Rosebery Street School, and when he volunteered for service with the R.A.F. Mrs., Johnson took over the post in the Preparatory Department, where she has done equally effective work, and like her husband, has gained the affection of all her pupils. Since the invasion of Normandy, Flying Officer Johnson had been abroad with his unit, where he was organizing rest centers for the welfare of the members of the Air Force. His death in a road accident on November 11this a grievous loss to the teaching profession and will be deplored by his colleagues and by all his old pupils.

Leslie Ralph Johnson


Mr. and Mrs. S, Johnson, of 26, Glebe Street, Loughborough, received official intimation that their eldest son, Private Leslie Ralph Johnson, of the Army Air Corps, has been killed in action in North West Europe during September. Private Johnson, who was a well-known and popular boy in Loughborough, would have been 21 years of age in November. He had been in the Army for two years, first joining the Royal Artillery, transferring to the Gordon Highlanders, and then volunteering for the paratroops last February. He had done three trips over France, including D-Day. Before joining the Army he had served for two years in the Loughborough Home Guard. As a boy he went to Rendell Street and Limehurst Schools, and later worked as a molder at the Star Foundry. He was on leave a few weeks ago. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have four sons and two daughters. Mr. Johnson served in France in the last war and was so badly wounded that his right leg had to be amputated. He served in the Royal Fusiliers and now works at the Brush Company.