Lest We Forget
Hebden and World War 2
World War 2 Role of Honour
There are two identical hand-written framed Roles of Honour recording the names of those associated with Hebden who served in World War 2. One is on the north wall of St. Peter's Church and the other is on the wall in the Ibbotson Institute - the village hall. The three men who died are listed above the others. The names below are transcribed in the order they appear on the Role of Honour.
|Name (with links to CWGC)||Rank||Regiment||Date Died||Notes|
|Harker, John Hammond||Sergeant||Royal Air Force||10/02/1942||Son of Richard & Elizabeth Harker, husband of Muriel Harker (née Whitehead).|
|Longthorne, Fred||Driver||Royal Army Service Corps||26/08/1943||Son of Sam & Maud Annie Longthorne of Ferndene; husband of Sarah Maud Longthorne (née Kayley )|
|Sturgeon, John Brian (DSC)||Lieutenant||Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve||03/04/1944||Son of Robert & Dorothy Sturgeon of Hole Bottom; husband of Esme V M Sturgeon (née Byas).|
Bowdin, Richard D
Hargreaves, R Adrian
Herd, John H
Pickles, David J
Richards, Gordon S
Simpson, Richard N
Sturgeon, E Lawrence H
Whyte, George D
World War 2 Commonwealth War Grave
There is one Commonwealth war grave in St. Peter's graveyard - that of Sergeant John Hammond Harker of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force who died during a night flying exercise at Brayspool, Ponterbryd, in Cardiganshire on 10th February 1942, aged 27. See here for details of the Commonwealth war grave, and here for further details of the flying incident. His wife Muriel, who died in 1998, is commemorated on the stone below.
Sergeant Harker is also commemorated on the Wall of Names at the International Bomber Command Centre near Lincoln, and on the war memorial in Linton.