2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment

Army Service No. 14565374


Attended Wheatley Street School in Coventry.


Pre-war Occupation:
Baginton airport Coventry.


S.S. Cars, Ltd Coventry.


Joined the Armed Forces in March 1943.


2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire.
D Company.


Eric Boardman married Marjorie Holmes on the 19th
February 1944 at St Nicholas Church, Radford in Coventry.


Killed In Action:
Private Eric James Boardman was killed in action on the
7 January 1945. Notification of his death was sent to his wife on the 23 January 1945.

To read Army Form B. 104-82 - click here


King George VI Telegram:

......The Queen and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow.
......We pray that your country’s gratitude for a life so nobly given in its service may bring you some measure of consolation.

George R.I


Letter from Captain Roy Milton to Mrs Boardman:

Mrs Boardman,
93, Hewitt Avenue,

30th December, 1945.

Dear Mrs Boardman
......I have received your letter of the 12th December, 1945.
......The following are the details of your late husband’s death:-

......He was killed during an attack by “D” Company of this Battalion at the Cross-roads Kin-U in Northern Burma on the 7th January, 1945.
......Your husband, who was with the leading assault troops was cut down by Small Arms fire from the Japanese position. He did an excellent job, one of which we are all proud.
......If you need assistance in any direction you may contact the Regimental Secretary at Brock Barracks, Reading, or myself.

................................Roy Milton

Captain Roy Milton,
2nd Bn The Royal Berkshire Regiment
South East Asia Command.


Newspaper Cutting:
Possibly from the Coventry Evening Telegraph:

Roll Of Honour:
......Mrs, M. Boardman, 93, Hewitt Avenue, Coventry, has received news that her husband. Pte. Eric J. Boardman, Royal Berkshire Regiment, has been killed in action in Burma. Pte. Boardman, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Boardman, 70, Vine Street, Coventry, attended Wheatley Street School, and was employed at Baginton airport, afterwards at S.S. Cars, Ltd. He joined the Forces in March, 1943.


The information, documents and photographs were kindly donated by Michael Saunders son of Marjorie Saunders, (nee - Holmes).

Foot Note:
Pte. Eric James Boardman 14565374 appears on the Roll of Honour of the book The history of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), 1920-1947.


Pte. Erice Boardman
Pte. Eric Boardman

Pte. Erice Boardman
Pte. Eric Boardman

Wedding day photograph
Wedding day photograph

Army Form B. 104-82
Army Form B. 104-82

Newspaper anouncment
Newspaper announcement

Letter from Captain Roy Milton
Letter from Captain Roy Milton

Pte. Erice Boardman field marker
Pte. Eric Boardman's field marker


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