Herbert Francombe

Service:       Royal Navy        

Rank:           Stoker 1st Class  

Service No: D/KX 133078     

Unit:           H.M.S.Sphinx     

Herbert Owen Francombe (Frankham) was born at Crews Hole, St George, Bristol in 1904. He was the 3rd child of Wyndham Frankham & Elizabeth Frankham (nee Pugh). Wyndham was a fireman at the tar works who died in 1930.

HMS Sphinx was the name given to a naval accommodation camp in Alexandria, Egypt, from April 1941.

During the Second World War, Alexandria was again an important hospital centre, taking casualties from campaigns in the Western Desert, Greece, Crete, the Aegean Islands and the Mediterranean. Rest camps and hostels were also established there together with a powerful anti-aircraft base. Alexandria was also the communications centre for the middle and near east and became the headquarters of the Military Police. The cemetery at Hadra was extended for Second World War burials and was used from 1941.

Herbert died on 19th June 1943 and is buried and remembered with honour at the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Grave reference 4.L.22. 

Image courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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