Boris Bernard Catsell
Second Lieutenant, Pioneer Corps
Service no: 303594
Died 12 Jun 1944
Buried Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, France
‘IN LOVING MEMORY OF BERNARD. HIS AIM, LOVING KINDNESS’
Bernard was born on 18 May 1918 in Brighton, Sussex to Ukrainian born father Selman and Marion nee Cohen and he had a sister Barbara. Their father Selman worked as a shipbroker and chartering agent in Leadenhall Street, London. At the age of twenty-one, Bernard was working with his father as a shipbroker and was living at Fitzjohn’s Avenue in Hampstead and was an activist in Jewish defence organisations. In 1939, Bernard married German born Herta Kern, who worked as a staff nurse at the Royal Northern Hospital in Islington. Their son Anthony was born in 1942.
Bernard was killed on D-Day in Normandy, France and his obituary states that he died as a result of an accident whilst performing his duty.