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Charles Geoffrey Sharpe

Conflict Commemorated:WW2

Address:St Mary

Parish:Swineshead

Type of Memorial:Board/Plaque/Tablet

Materials Used:Wood

Description:Small paddle shaped flat wooden board placed in front of church war memorials but not attached to them. Tthere is a sheet of white paper attached to the board with printed lettering in black. It is erected on the south wall of nave.

Inscription:CHARLES GEOFFREY SHARPE/ 31.03.1913 - 29.12.1943/ Geoffrey was born in the market place where/ St. Mary's Church now stands./ He was the youngest of six children of Stephen and/ Elizabeth Sharpe nee Warsop./ He joined the army at the outbreak of war in1939/ and was attached to the war office in London./ In 1941 he was on the dangerously ill list with/ duodenal ulcers and these eventually led to his/ discharge from the army in 1942/ In the spring of 1943 he joined the YMCA and/ sailed on a troopship from Liverpool to Alexandria,/ Egypt. His duties were to manage the field kitchens/ to feed the troops; this he continued to do through/ the Middle East into Syria and Lebanon./ He contracted a tropical illness in October 1943 and/ was admitted to hospital in Beirut where he passed/ away after much suffering./ He is buried in the British Military Cemetry,/ Beirut with a CWGC headstone whith the YMCA/ badge inscribed upon it./ Asleep in God's Keeping

Notes on Condition:UKNIWM Ref: 62070

Surveyor/ Supplier of Information:Michael Peck, CJ Anderson

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