Rifleman 6914457 EDWARD BERTRAM HOCKLEY of the 1st Battalion The Rifle Brigade died on 28 May 1940, aged 21. Given the date of his death it seems likely that Edward Hockley died as a prisoner of war.
The 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade landed in Calais during the afternoon of 23 May 1940 and took up positions defending the eastern perimeter. Following the German breakthrough during the afternoon of 25 May they fought their way street by street back through the old town towards the harbour. The formal surrender of the garrison took place at 3pm on 26 May.
He is buried in Calais Southern Cemetery.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered in the Brockley County School Book of Remembrance.
He was the son of Edward and Florence Hockley of New Cross.
Contributed By: Andy Pepper
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