Kingsley George Mogridge

Memorial: Patchway

Regiment: Royal Artillery

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Lance Bombardier

Parents: George Leworthy and Florence Lucy Mogridge

Marital status: Married

Home address: Parents: 18 St Branock’s Road Ilfracombe Kingsley and Margaret: 3 Ravenscourt Road Patchway

Pre-war occupation: Insurance inspector

Date of birth: 19/12/1911

Date of death: 08/06/1945

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Udine War Cemetery Italy. Commemorated on Patchway War Memorial

Age: 33

Further information:

3 Survey Regiment Royal Artillery.

Kingsley was an only child and the son of a butcher. He married Margaret Cox in 1939. After joining up and whilst he was on leave in Ilfracombe in 1941, Kingsley who was not a strong swimmer made a heroic but unsuccessful attempt to save a woman holiday maker from drowning.

Like all the survey regiments Kingsley would have trained at Larkhill School of Survey on the Salisbury plain, and known as soldier scientists his role was one of flash spotting, sound ranging and surveying gun lines in order to determine the location of gun emplacements. Kingsley’s work would have taken him frequently to the front line but he survived the conflict and at the time of his death the war in Italy and Europe had been over for 4 weeks. Sadly, Kingsley had little time to enjoy the victory as he died as a result of an unspecified accident.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
30 June 1941 - Birmingham Daily Gazette
North Devon Journal 28 June 1945