World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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Joseph James Caterer

Service: Army
Regiment: Royal Artillery 440 (4th Battalion The Queen's Royal Regiment [West Surrey]); Battery 127 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service number: 6088157

Joseph was born in Newton Mearns on 4 December 1920, son of Joseph James Caterer and Annie Caterer of Newton Mearns. Joseph was educated in Oban and at Purley Grammar School in Croydon. In 1939 Joseph’s parents were living at 363 Stafford Road, Caterham, Surrey and his father was employed as a chauffeur mechanic and had served in the Royal Artillery for 20 years. Before enlistment Joseph jnr. was employed as a costing clerk at Trojan Limited, the car manufacturer in Purley Way, Croydon.

His regiment was deployed during Operation Mulberry* and he was listed as 'missing believed drowned' on 12 June 1944 when crossing the English Channel. He was 23 years of age. He is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial - Panel 11 Column 3, in The Croydon Roll of Honour (p. 384) and on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.

* This was a pair of temporary harbours created off the Normandy assault beaches to facilitate the offloading of Allied cargo onto the beach in an area where there were no existing ports for the Allies to capture.

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