Guardsman 2615082 Charles Stanley Kiddy was killed during the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force from Belgium towards Dunkirk in 1940.
He was with the GHQ Company of the Grenadier Guards, serving as an officer’s valet, and died between 31st May and 1st June 1940, in or around the village of De Panne, where 2 battalions of the regiment were helping cover the retreat. He was 22 years old, and had been with the regiment for 3 years and 7 months.
Charles had been born in Risbridge, Suffolk in 1918, the eldest son of Charles and Ethel (nee Crissall) Kiddy. When the family moved to Thame, they lived in Thame Lodge, Thame Park, where his father was a gamekeeper.
Charles went to Thame Church of England School, then under the headmastership of Mr F Mitchell. He was very popular with his school fellows, and was a valuable member of the first football XI. After leaving Thame, he went to Surrey as an under-keeper, until November 1936 when he joined up.
Charles Kiddy is buried in De Panne Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His name is also commemorated on two church memorials in the Isle of Wight where his parents had moved to before the war. He is not yet commemorated in Thame.