On this day in 1945, Trevor Walter Groves (1907-1945) was killed in a rocket attack in Holland in the Second World War.
A 38-year-old gunner in the Royal Artillery, he was one of two men killed when the vehicle they were in was hit by enemy shellfire.
Trevor, who went to war in 1941, served in 468 Battery of the 94th Dorset and Hampshire Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery.
He was initially buried in a temporary grave in the front garden of a house at Hordenslag, Zuid-Holland – close to where he died.
He was reburied on June 23, 1947 at Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen, south of Arnhem.
An inscription on his grave reads: ‘Thy will be done. In loving memory till we meet again – Winnie and Joan’ (his wife and daughter).
He is also remembered on the Roll of Honour Memorial Walls at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd.
Born on March 4, 1907 in Pontypridd, Wales, Trevor, a popular sportsman, was the son of coal haulier William John Barratt Groves (1863-1943) and Mary Bowers (1868-1956).
Trevor married Winifred ‘Winnie’ Margaret Elston (1908-1950) in 1935 in Edmonton, London. Winnie was the daughter of John Francis Elston (1874-1960) and Maria Mildred (1873-1966). John was the son of John Elston (1841-1917) and Sarah Ann Jones (1853-1917). John was the son of William Elston (1813-1885) and Loveday Roberts (1819-1909). Loveday was the daughter of William Roberts (1791-1875) and Frances Hodge (1796-1873). William was the son of John Roberts (1766-1834) and Elizabeth James (1767-1861). John was the son of William Roberts (1738-), my great-great-great-great great-grandfather.
Winnie, born on June 2, 1908 in Islington, died in 1950 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, aged 42.
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Trevor Walter Groves and his grave at Jonkerbos War Cemetery. Pictures supplied by WarCemetery.eu