Poynor, Harry Edward


War Service:
Lieutenant HARRY EDWARD POYNOR of the Hallamshire battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment was killed in action on 10 July 1944. The battalion had landed in Normandy on 9 June. He is buried in St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux. The inscription on his grave reads: ‘ In proud and loving memory of dear Ted’.

In his book Normandy to Arnhem Lt Col Trevor Hart Dyke wrote : “ …bilingual Canadian officer Lieutenant Poynor was killed outright by artillery fire. He had been enormously useful in gathering intelligence from local French people about the enemy's tactics and positions.”

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at Christ Church, Forest Hill..

He was 30 years old, the son of George and Elsie Poynor and husband of Isobel Poynor of Dulwich. They married in Lewisham in the spring of 1944. He was educated at Alleyn's school in Dulwich from 1923 -1932 (Cribb's House) and his name appears on the school's Honours Board.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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