Lieutenant John A Pankhurst

14 Jun 1944

John Anthony Pankhurst was the son of Cecil John and Alice Ethel May Pankhurst, of Birmingham, he was granted a commission and volunteered for airborne forces.

Lieutenant Pankhurst successfully completed glider training and was posted to 2nd (Airborne) Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Lt Pankhurst was killed in action on 14 June 1944, age 20, and was given a field burial near Breville and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 25 October 1945.

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By Rod Gibson

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