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Pvt Oliver Joseph Simoneau

Pvt Oliver Joseph Simoneau

Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 3 Jul 1944 (aged 28–29)
Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Plot C Row 5 Grave 20
Memorial ID 56294381 · View Source
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Pvt Oliver Joseph Simoneau died in Greater London, Chelsea, England in WWII on July 3, 1944. He was born in Claremont, NH in 1915; the son of Arthur and Delvina (Cyr) Simoneau.

He married Bertha Arel on April 23, 1938 in Claremont.


On July 3, 1944, a V-1 flying bomb decimated the 130th Chemical Processing Company of the United States Army, which was stationed at Sloane Court in London. The incident marked the greatest loss of life by American servicemen due to an attack by a V-1 Flying Bomb.[also known as "doodlebug", or "buzz bomb,"]

The men of the 130th Chemical Processing Company had only arrived in London two months earlier.Their mission was to be trained in dealing with the aftermath of a possible chemical warfare attack , as had occurred in World War I. In particular, their job was to make ready special clothing impregnated with chlorine compounds, and to distribute it in case of such an attack. A plaque at the corner of Sloane Court East and Turk's Row commemorates the tragedy:

"In memory of the 74 American military personnel of the United States Army and three civilians who were killed on the 3rd July 1944 by a ‘V1' Flying Bomb in Sloane Court East. We will remember them."

The numbers stated are not correct. The number of American military killed was 63 and the civilian casualty count was 9. 63 American servicemen from the 130th Chemical Processing Company are recorded as having died in the blast.

He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by a stillborn son on June 18, 1940.

He is survived by his wife and parents.

Burial will be in Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Hampshire.




  • Maintained by: Janice Prichard
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56294381
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Oliver Joseph Simoneau (1915–3 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56294381, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Janice Prichard (contributor 46984070) .