Private Herbert Philburn

09 Jun 1944

Herbert Philburn was the son of Harry and Annie Philburn; husband of Florence Aileen Philburn, of Byker, Newcastle-on-Tyne, he enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Philburn successfully completed a parachute course at RAF Ringway on course number 89 from 28 October to 9 November 1943. His course report stated “Cheerful, good average parachutist”. He was posted to 12th (10th Battalion, The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regiment]) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and took part in operation Overlord (Normandy).

Pte Philburn was killed in action on 9 June 1944, age 24, and was given a field burial near Longueval and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 12 June 1945.

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