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Corporal Dennis Ernest Browne

Born in 1925, in Greenwich.

His father William John Browne, had served with the RAF during World War 1. (From the Royal Air Force Muster Roll 1918, his service number was 107218)

In the 1939 Register he lived with his parents William John Browne, born 13th January 1883, a printer, lived at 81 Gorringe Park Avenue, with his wife Caroline Alice, born 4th February 1888, and his brother William J.T., born 13th December 1915, a commercial traveller.

He served with the 1/6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey), service number 14654147.

He died on 8th August 1944, aged 19.

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 6th October 1944, page 1:

How Cpl. Dennis Browne
Met His Death

Was promoted on field

News of the gallant deed that resulted in the death of Corpl. Dennis Browne, youngest son of Mr and Mrs WJ Browne, Gorringe Park Avenue, Mitcham, whose death in action in Normandy was reported in the “Mercury” in August, comes this week from his company officer.

On August 8th April Browne’s company was ordered to attack an objective. The enemy withheld his fire until the Britishers were 15 yards away and then opened out with machine-gun fire.

“I saw Corpl. Browne run forward alone in an attempt to take the position single-handed. He fell two yards from the position,” writes his officer.

His officer, who recovered Corpl. Browne’s body, add “I trust that the manner of his passing will consolation be of some consideration to his parents, as one and all, from C.O. downwards paid tribute to a very gallant deed.”

Was promoted two days before

This incident occurred two days after Corpl. Browne had been promoted in the field. He had always been keen on soldiering. At 15 he joined the King’s Rifle Cadets, 16 he became a Home Guard and joined the Army before he was 18.

In civil life he was in the wire room of the “Daily Express.”

He was educated at Gorringe Park School, and was a member of Mitcham Boy Scouts.

He is commemorated at Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France.

Commonwealth War Grave Commission casualty record

Coporal Peter Pushman

Corporal Peter Pushman, service no. 1454610. Photo from the Mitcham News & Mercury, 17th November, 1944.

Peter Pushman joined the Army before the war and was a gunner in 265 Battery of the 67th Field regiment of the Royal Artillery. He was a corporal in the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, when he died at the Battle of Arnhem on 22nd September 1944.

He was 28, and was married to Sarah Charlotte (maiden name Todd), of Sandford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. They lived at 17B Council Houses, Bullingdon Rural District, Oxfordshire, and were married in the first quarter of 1939. At no. 17 Council Houses was George R. Todd, born 1870, and likely Sarah’s father, a retired builder’s labourer. The Bullingdon rural district is now part of the South Oxfordshire District.

His parents were Bert and Elizabeth Pushman who lived in Love Lane, Mitcham. His father was a chimney sweep.

Sources

Casualty entry on Commonwealth War Grave Commission website.

The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register, Reference: RG 101/2

General Register Office; United Kingdom; Volume: 3a; Page: 2147.

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bullingdon in South Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.

His death as reported in a local newspaper article


His grave is in the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, reference 22. A. 19. in Holland. Photo taken 17th September, 2019.

Mitcham News & Mercury 20th October, 1944, page 1

DIED IN EPIC OF ARNHEM
Corporal Victim of Mortar Bomb

THE Arnhem epic has taken its toll of Mitcham’s gallant sons. The latest name on the Roll of Honour is that of Cpl. Peter Pushman, second son of Mr. and Mrs B. Pushman. Mr. Pushman is the old-established chimney sweep in Love-lane. Mitcham.

Cpl. Pushman, who was in the South Staffordshire Regt., was killed instantly by a mortar bomb. In a letter to his parents, the adjutant of his unit writes:—

“Cpl. Pushman died whilst giving his all, and his leadership and cheerfulness were an example to all those around him.”

Cpl. Pushman, who was in the Terriers before the war, went through Dunkirk and had returned to this country from Italy shortly before last Christmas. He was a bricklayer in civil life, and leaves a widow and one daughter. He was educated at Gorringe Park School.

Three serving brothers will mourn his death. Bert, the eldest, is serving with the Queen’s Royal Regt. in India. Frank is with the Royal Engineers on the Western Front, and Jim has recently been released from the R.A.F. to work in an aircraft factory.

From the 1939 Register on Ancestry, the occupants at 113 Love Lane were:

Bertie Pushman, married, aged 89, born 8 July 1889, chimney sweep (own account)
James A. Pushman, single, 20, born 2 Jan 1920, electric meter assembler
Daisy T. Pushman, single, 20, born 2 Jan 1920, electric meter assembler
Sidney Pushman, single, 18, born 2 Feb 1922, shop assistant
Frank Pushman, single, 23, born 31 July 1923, sheet metal driller
Joyce Pushman, single, 25, born 30 June 1925, cardboard box maker

This OS map of 1954 shows number 113 as on the west side of Love Lane, the second house north of the corner with Pear Tree Close. It was built by Mitcham Borough Council as part of the Pear Tree Close development in 1934, and still exists in 2019.

1954 OS Map showing 113 Love Lane


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.