2720228 3rd Battalion Irish Guards
Douglas Stock was born on 21st November 1919. He was the foster son of Mr. and Mrs. F Rudd. The family lived at 17a East Street, Sudbury. Douglas attended Sudbury Grammar School. His first employment on leaving school in 1936 was as a newspaper reporter with the Suffolk and Essex Free Press, where he worked until he was called up in 1940. On 3rd November 1941 Douglas married Eileen Florence Messant from Bulmer, Essex.
Douglas was a keen sportsman and his last letter home from France described a football match he had taken part in.
In the autumn of 1943 the 3rd Battalion joined the Guards Armoured Division and in June 1944 they landed in Normandy.
Douglas died aged 24 on 19th July 1944. His unit came under attack from the Germans and Douglas was killed instantly when a mortar landed right beside him. He lies buried in Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Normandy,
A year after his death his widow placed the following in his memory in the Suffolk and Essex Free Press:
‘We loved him, yes, no-one can tell.
How deep, how deeply and how well;
Proudly he answered his country’s call
And gave his life to save us all.’
His loving wife Eileen and Doll, Liz and Fred.
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