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HMS Emperor

St Regis House, Chesterton Road

History of St Regis, Chesterton Road

1939 St Regis Flats


Martha Jane Bowman


Norman Fowler


William J R Humphries


Eric Cyril Thompson, b 1907, signalman in A A Div Sigs,

Gwendoline M, b 1913, shop assistant ladies outfitters

Gertrude Alice, b 1882

Ralph Leonard, b 1920, rating clerk




These flats were requisitioned early in WWII to be Region 4 Headquarters. For the army, Cambridge was a District, an Area and a sub-Area centre. The Area HQ was in Herschel Road.

1944 UK Roll of Honour

Ralph Leonard Thompson: Sub-Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Emperor., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who died on Monday 8 May 1944. Age 23. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL Hampshire, United Kingdom. Son of Thomas Cadwallader Thompson and Gertrude Alice Thompson.

Hellcats on HMS Emperor in 1944

Pilot of Hellcat I from HMS Emperor. Shot Down By Flighters 7 Miles Off Smolen Island, Norway, Swam Away From the Aircraft But Drowned

June 1944: Fleet Air Arm Hellcats.

See Historic England: Civil Defence.


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