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Sapper Frederick Jack Windley, 38 Field Company, Royal Engineers.

Son of James William and Lyzzie Winifred Windley, husband of Doris Blanche Windley of Dover.

Died on Friday 31st May 1940, aged 32 at Dunkirk.

Frederick Jack Windley was the first Bata fellow-worker to be killed in action. He died of wounds sustained when three bombs exploded where he was assisting to erect a pontoon bridge near Dunkirk.

He was a member of the local branch of the British Legion and took a keen interest in the Bata Sports and Social Club, for several seasons he was trainer to the first football eleven. He also played regularly for the Bata Cricket Team.

He had been with the Company since June 1936, at the outbreak of war he worked in the rubber manipulation factory. He had been in the Army prior to working at East Tilbury and was still on the Reserve.