Diaper, Frederick Thomas William

Frederick Thomas William 


1919 - 1940
Rank Private
Service no.4860266
Born January 27, 1919
DiedMay 26, 1940


Frederick Thomas William

Gateway School 1929-34

Son of Frederick and Coyler Diaper. Husband of Nellie E. Diaper (nee Granger).

Private Diaper’s battalion was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). By the 25th May 1940 it was one of the units defending the crossing points on the Canal de la Haute Deûle, in the areas of Pont-a-Vendin, Carvin and Oignies, south-west of Lille. Private Diaper was killed when the British defensive positions were overwhelmed by the German advance.

He is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, France, Column 49.


  • Dunkirk Memorial stands at the entrance to the British War Graves Section of Dunkirk Town Cemetery in France

  • It commemorates those of the British Expeditionary Force who died or were captured there and have no known grave

  • It was unveiled on 29 June 1957 by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

  • The memorial was designed by Philip Hepworth and takes the form of an avenue of pylons on which the names are engraved

  • The great engraved window, depicting the evacuation, was designed and engraved by New Zealand-born John Hutton
  • The memorial was completed some 17 years after the events it marks
  • Canal de la Haute Deûle