An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Maurice Mitford BOAGEY

No. 4393081 Private, 6th Battalion, Green Howards
(Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment).

Died 28 September 1944, aged 27 years.

Buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Arnhem,
Netherlands, Grave 13.B.7.

Died in the aftermath of Operation Market Garden (17-25 September 1944), the ambitious but unsuccessful Allied operation to capture the Rhine bridge at Arnhem (‘A Bridge Too Far’). In the fifteen weeks after D-Day on 6 June that year, 6th Battalion Green Howards, as part of the Allied invasion forces, had fought its way from the Normandy beaches, across France and Belgium, and was battling into Holland.

Maurice Mitford Boagey was the son of Christopher Charles Boagey and Alice Maud Boagey. He entered Coatham Grammar School in September 1925, as an under-age fee-paying day boy. He would have been eight or nine years old and he joined the preparatory class. He was in Pearson’s House and remained in school until 1932. The school magazine for December of that year lists him as a member of the Old Coathamians Association, living at 44 Queen Street, Redcar. At the time of his war service he was married. His widowed mother lived at 26, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, while War Graves records note that his wife Grace was living in Kirklington, Yorkshire, at the time of his death. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1945.