Name: Ronald Frank Marchant
Died on: Thursday, 11th March 1943
Died at: 35 Adelaide Road, St Leonards
Additional Information: Ronald Marchant, aged 27, was killed when several Focke Wulf 190s and Messerschmitt Bf 109s strafed with machine gun fire and dropped 25 HE Bombs on Silverhill Junction, St Matthew’s Schools, Strood Road, Alma Terrace, Alma Villas, Perth Road, Adelaide Road, Battle Road, Aldborough Road, Clarence Road, Salisbury Road, King Edward Avenue, Salisbury Road, Bohemia Road, Springfield Road, Combermere Road, Burry Road, Blomfield Road, Holmesdale Gardens and St Helens Road. One of the worse attacks on the town during the war, 37 other people died and 90 more were injured, 39 seriously.
Ronald was the son of Edith Marchant and married to J R Marchant. His son, Deryck Raymond Marchant, also died in the same attack. They lived at 35 Adelaide Road, St Leonards. Ronald was in the Home Guard.
I was unable to locate Ronald’s grave marker in the main area of WW2 war graves, so he is likely buried else where on site. I will look to find it when I revisit Hastings Cemetery.
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