Ernest William Timbrell was the son of Edward and Bessie Timbrell and the husband of Irene Timbrell, of Exe Island, Exeter.
He enlisted in the Somerset Light Infantry and volunteered for airborne forces. Private Timbrell successfully completed his parachute training on course number 60 at RAF Ringway which lasted from 12 to 29 April 1943. His course report stated "Very satisfactory has worked well". He was posted to 6 Platoon, S Company, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. He took part in operations in Italy and Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).
Pte Timbrell was killed in action on 18 September 1944, aged 29, and was given a field burial in the Arnhem Communal Roman Catholic Cemetery, and was reinterred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 27 August 1945.
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