Gordon George Ronald Upton

2072973, Lance Corporal, 228th Field Company. Royal Engineers.

Missing In Action on the 22nd May 1940 aged 19.

Gordon, who lived at 8 Bridge Road, was the elder son of Archibald & Dora Upton. He was known by his friends as "Curly" and was educated at Alleynes School. After leaving school Gordon was employed by the British Tabulating Machine Company, now ICL, at their Sheffield branch. He joined the Territorial Army in June 1939 when he was 18 years old.

On the 22nd May 1940 his unit was involved in mining bridges at Arcques during the BEF retreat. Whilst the bridge was being prepared for demolition a premature explosion took place, which killed three men and wounded another four. One of those killed was Gordon Upton.

His body was never found and he has no known grave. His name is recorded on the Dunkirk Memorial, France. (Column 23)


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