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Hermanus Herman Bertrum De Leur

Served with Southend Borough Constabulary from Sep 1, 1938 and died on Sep 20, 1944.

Police Constable Hermanus 'Herman' Bertram De Leur was born on 4th October 1914 at Strood in Kent and educated at Colchester. He served with the Grenadier Guards from 24th August 1934 to 23rd August 1938. A week after leaving the army he joined the Southend-on-Sea County Borough Constabulary.

His service record described him as - 5 feet 11 inches tall, fair-haired, with blue eyes and a fresh complexion. While training he married Eva Lillian at St. Andrews Church in Westcliff-on-Sea on 12th October 1939. Shortly afterwards, on 30th November 1939, he was stationed at the Westcliff section.

No sooner had he got there then he was recalled to the army - being mobilised on 1st December 1939. His daughter Pauline was born in October 1940. He is believed to have died on or shortly after Wednesday, 20th September 1944 during the Battle of Arnhem (Operation Market Garden) while serving as Sergeant 2614295 with the 11th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.

He was aged 29. Herman was buried in grave 18. A.15. at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery in The Netherlands.

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