Trooper Frederick Thomas Rueben Hannis No 7958715 Royal Armoured Corps,

He was killed in action in Tunisia on 24th April 1943 during World War 2 and has a headstone in Massicault War Cemetery which is 15 miles south of Tunis, as well as being remembered on Eydon’s War Memorial KL102a.

Fred was just over 20 years old when he died participating in the Allies final push in Tunisia in April 1943 which resulted in the defeat of the Germans in May bringing their occupation of North Africa to an end. He was born in Eydon on 20th February 1923, the son of Frederick Charles Hannis and Harriet Barnes Hannis (nee Cleaver) and baptised in St Nicholas Church at Eydon on 18th March that same year.

The family at the time were living at “The Cottage” Barnetts Hill, Eydon (SV023) but moved into the village shortly afterwards to a property in the High Street known later on and variously as “The Homestead”, “Dodd’s Close” and “Dodd’s Manor Farm” (22 High Street) (DK159)

Photographer unknown professional.

Image lent by Ms Judith Oulare

Connected photos  KL102a I SV023 I DK159 I DK165

Trooper Fred Hannis, RAC, WW2

SKU: DK163

Eydon Village Photo Archive