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Sub Lt. D. Hockenhull

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Rank & Name
Sub Lieutenant (A) Derrick Hockenhull
Unit
Observer, 823 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Daedalus Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
How & When Died
Killed when his aircraft crashed into the Solent, 18 April 1942
Age, if known
20 years
Next of Kin details
Son of Hugh Lupus, and Elsie Hockenhull, of Leeds Road, Scholes, Leeds.
Commemoration Details
Buried in the Churchyard of All Saints Church, Barwick in Elmet, Leeds. Section K, Grave 9
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A short biography of Derrick Hockenhull
 
Derrick Hockenhull was educated at Leeds Grammar School and before the joining the RNVR worked on the staff of the Motor Union Insurance Company. He had served in the ranks for two years before being commissioned. He was based at Royal Naval Air Station Lee on Solent.
 
Derrick Hockenhull died as a result of injuries sustained when his aircraft accidentally crashed into the water of the Solent. His pilot, Sub Lt William Jeffrey Coward, also from 823 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, but serving with HMS Landrail was killed in the crash. Sub Lt Coward was the son of William Henry and Beatrice Coward of Sunderland. In a sense, both families were more fortunate than most who lost a loved one during wartime, as they were both able to bury their sons in cemeteries local to their homes rather than abroad. William Cowar is buried Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, Sunerland. This is a large cemetery which has over 400 Commonwealth War Graves Commission burials in it.
 
Derrick Hockenhull's father's given names are unusual, but this combination of Hugh Lupus was the same as the 1st Duke of Westminster of the Grosvenor family who have estates and a country seat at Ecclestone near Chester in Cheshire. Hugh Lupus Hockenhull was born at Chester in 1885 where the Grosvenor family own much land and property. It is likely that his father (a brewers agent) named his son Hugh Lupus as a mark of his respect for the Duke of Westminster.

Remembering the Fallen of Two Villages on the Eastern Fringes of Leeds.

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