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Sgt. D. Froggatt

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SERGEANT DOUGLAS EDWARD FROGGATT

No. 1213956, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Presumed Killed in Action, 7 July 1944

23 years

Son of Mr and Mrs Froggatt, of Main Street, Scholes, Leeds

No known grave, therefore, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Egham, Surrey. Panel 229

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The Runnymede Memorial

 

Douglas Froggatt was twice mentioned in the Yorkshire Evening Post. The first article was a notice that he was missing from recent operations, and appeared on Friday 9 June 1944. It was accompanied by a photograph. The second appeared on Friday 27 April 1945 and told how Sgt Froggatt was now presumed killed on active service.

The Runnymede Memorial is a memorial to Aircrew who have no known grave, and this means that Sgt Froggatts body was either never recovered or was unidentifiable. It is puzzling therefore that the Commonwealth War graves commission can give 7 July 1944 as a definite date, as this was some weeks after he was posted missing. The only way such a definite date could be arrived at would be if he had been captured and hospitalised by the Germans and subsequently identified, in which case he would have a recorded and identified grave, thereby not qualifying for inclusion on the Runnymede Memorial.

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Douglas Froggatt's name on the Runnymede Memorial

 

Douglas Froggatt's Father was the proprietor of the 'Bottom Shop', a general grocer which was situated in the shop that became Mrs Cardwell's shop and later Dr Mukherjee's surgery, next to the Barleycorn Pub. Mr Froggatt snr was also Properties Master for the Scholes Village Players amateur dramatics group.

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

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