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Bomb disposal memorial appeal
A campaign to commemorate those who died clearing landmines from beaches wants to trace relatives of 25 bomb disposal unit members who lost their lives.

A memorial is being planned at Mundesley, Norfolk, to those killed from early 1944 to May 1953 whilst clearing British World War II landmines from Norfolk cliffs and beaches.

The mines were put on the beaches in 1939 to 1940 when Britain faced the threat of a German invasion.

List of Norfolk mine clearance casualties
Sapper Ernest Laud
Lance Sergeant John Richards
Lieutenant Kenneth Perry
Lieutenant Charles Leonard Shrimpton MBE
Corporal Edward James Griffiths
Sapper A W Howsham
Corporal Frank A Violet BEM
Corporal Thomas Campbell
Lance Corporal Albert H Harrison
Corporal Samuel Dougherty
Corporal George Jones
Sapper Stanley James Sullivan
Sapper Walter Kenneth Gilbert
Corporal William Vaughan BEM
Lance Sergeant Leslie G Holbrook
Lance Corporal George W Sweetman
Lance Corporal Vincent Reginald Goddard
Sapper William Palin
Sergeant Robert O'Doherty
Corporal Kenneth Braddock
Lance Sergeant Thomas O'Donoghue
Lance Sergeant Thomas O'Donoghue
Sapper Francis McMeechan
Corporal Amos Henshall
Sapper Josiah W Potter
The memorial will be 10 feet high and composed of a casing of a 500 kg German bomb, which is being supplied with a granite base by the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Unit at Wimbish, in Essex.

Former World War II bomb disposal officer Lieutenant Noel Cashford, 80, of the Norfolk Landmine Memorial Committee, said he wanted "to contact any next of kin to inform them of our intentions".

He said: "Bearing in mind these deaths were nearly 60 years ago it will obviously be descendants but we must make the effort to find them."

He said the list of causalities, all from the Royal Engineers, included people from Great Yarmouth, Norwich, King's Lynn, Highgate, Islington, Hammersmith, Brighton, Abercarn, Irlam, Hull and Chester.

Anyone who recognises a name is asked to contact Lieutenant Cashford on 01629 823179 or email him at BCashford@aol.com.

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