Monday, 27 April 2015

Duckett, Roland - Inspector

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Grimsby Special Constabulary
Died 15 June 1943
age 37

Mr Roland Duckett was an Inspector in the Special Constables at Grimsby,
Lincolnshire. On 13 June 1943 he was out on duty with a police sergeant during an airraid. Both were riding motor-cycles when a land-mine exploded nearby. Both men were blown off their motor-cycles by the blast. The police sergeant was killed instantly and Roland died in hospital from his injuries.

Roland was aged 37. He was married with one child. He was a native of Haslingden and before he left the town he attended Manchester Road Methodist Church and Sunday School. He worked for the Haslingden Union Gas Company and trained in gas distribution. In 1930 he took up a position with the Grimsby Gas Company. In Grimsby, Roland was a valued member of George Street Methodist Church.

Roland was buried on Saturday 19 June in Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby.He lies in Section 94, Row G, Grave 29. Roland's name is on the Roll of Honour of the 60,000 civilians, killed in the United Kingdom during the 1939-1945 War, which is kept in Westminster Abbey.