Private DEREK PATRICK BILLETT

Serviceman Headstone image Serviceman thumbnail gravemarker serviceman image
Rank Private
Forenames DEREK PATRICK
Surname BILLETT
Initials D P
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Wednesday, 14 June 1944
Age 19
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From BRIGHTON, SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 14416985
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Durham Light Infantry
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 9 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry (50th Northumbrian Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location XI. L. 21.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph TELL ENGLAND YE WHO PASS HIS MONUMENT HE DIED FOR ENGLAND AND HERE HE RESTS CONTENT
Family Details SON OF LEONARD ERNEST AND OLGA BILLETT, OF BRIGHTON, SUSSEX.

Additional Information

 

 

Ken Smith, 5 Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Normandy veteran,
paying his respects to his fallen friend Private DEREK PATRICK BILLET in 2010.1

 

 

Photograph of Ken Smith, friend of Private DEREK PATRICK BILLET, in 1944.

 

 

Photographs of Private DEREK PATRICK BILLET's original grave cross marker and Bayeux War Cemetery,
taken in 1948 by Normandy veteran Ken Smith while cycling around the Normandy battlefields.
This was the first time, since the end of the Second World War that Ken Smith had visited his friend's grave.

 

 

Present day headstone for Private DEREK PATRICK BILLET.
Taken for Ken Smith during his visit to pay his respects on 6th June 2010.

 

 

References
1. Photographs and additional information kindly provided by Normandy Veteran Ken Smith, friend of Private DEREK PATRICK BILLET, who served 5 Battalion, Duke of Corwall's Light Infantry.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph:  
Cross marker photograph: Ken Smith, 5 Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry veteran.
Individual photograph:  
Additional photographs provided by: Ken Smith, 5 Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry veteran.
Additional information provided by: Ken Smith, 5 Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry veteran. Carl Shilleto

 

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