In Memory of Old Verulamians

Private
BODEN, MICHAEL HENRY STANBRIDGE

Service Number 14262232 Died 16/10/1944

1st Battalion, the Hertfordshire Regiment

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

Son of Edward Henry S. and Ethel Amy Boden, of Redbourn, Hertfordshire.
Private Michael Boden was born on 11th July 1924. He was one of the first intake at St. Albans Modern School, which opened for the Easter term in 1938, being No. 5 on the school roll. After joining up, he served in Gibraltar and Sicily, before fighting in Italy. The German army held up the Allied advance there for 7 months by building and defending the ‘Gothic Line’; it was finally broken in April 1945. This action was also important as it tied down 25 German Divisions that could have opposed the Allied advance in France. It was during this dreadful battle that Private Boden was killed. He is buried at Faenza War Cemetery. He is survived by John Boden, Vice-Chairman of the OV Association, who provided the details of his brother’s contribution to the outcome of World War 2.

“HE DIED TO MAKE US FREE,
HOW NEAR TO US, HOW DEAR TO US, THIS LAD WILL ALWAYS BE”

 

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) NETTLETON, KENNETH WILLIAM

Service Number 1876635 Died 14/10/1944 Aged 20

550 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Son of William Henry and Maud Lydia Nettleton, of King’s Cross, London.
Sgt. Kenneth Nettleton served in the RAF as a Flight Engineer. He died in action on a bombing raid. His ‘Lancaster heavy bomber took part in a daylight attack on the Thyssen steelworks at Duisberg, which is in Germany on 14th October 1944. His aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire; Sgt Nettleton and 5 other crew members were killed. This was their 18th operation. He is buried with the rest of the crew in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany’. These details were provided by Collin Gaskin, a member of the OVs. Should anyone know more of the life of Sgt Nettleton, they are invited to contact the Old Verulamian Association.

“TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WE LOVE IS NOT TO DIE”

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