An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Edward Derek THACKERAY

No. 177385 Lieutenant, 76th Anti-Tank Regiment,
Royal Regiment of Artillery.

Died 3 November 1942, aged 24 years.

Commemorated on the Land Forces Panels of the
Alamein Memorial, Egypt, Column 31.

Lieutenant Thackeray died in the closing stages of the Second Battle of El Alamein, when Montgomery’s Eighth Army defeated Rommel’s German and Italian forces in North Africa. Prime Minister Winston Churchill said of the victory, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

The Land Forces Panels of the Alamein Memorial record the names of over 8,500 British and Commonwealth soldiers, Lieutenant Thackeray among them, who lost their lives in the North African campaign and who have no known grave.

Edward Derek Thackeray was the son of Percy and Grace Thackeray. He came to Coatham School in January 1931 as a boarder, in School House, staying for two terms. In March 1941 he married Barbara Marjory Havercroft of Dorset and they were living in Puddletown, Dorset, at the time of his death. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1944.