WHITTINGTON, JACK VICTOR

Age
24
Parents
Son of William and Annie Whittington of Bognor Regis, Sussex, United Kingdom
Service number
2000717
Date of death
1944-10-20
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Royal Engineers
Cemetery reference
Plot 6 | Row C | Grave 5
Grave Adopted
Unknown
Military grave
Additional info

British Royal Engineers were refuelling their ‘Congas’ (a modified Bren gun carrier with the engine removed and a storage tank to hold Liquid Nitro Glycerine in its place) - these were used in a system for clearing mines. The LNG would be pumped into a pipe or a hose and detonated to explode any mines either side of it.

At approximately 1300 hrs there was a massive explosion, which was devastating. The entire farm (Fam. Dedobbelaere) and Military equipement was destroyed by the blast. The farm located about 3 miles South of IJzendijke, Netherlands. A high casualty list of 41 British and Canadians killed in action and 51 wounded. Several reported 'missing in action'.  

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