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Private Wanstall was the son of Arthur and Emily Wanstall of St. Michael’s Cottages, Hernhill. He had been a pupil at Boughton and Hernhill Schools.
Private Wanstall is remembered with honour at the Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, in Tunisia, where his grave reference number is 4.E.6. He is also remembered with honour on the War Memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Hernhill.
In May 1943, the war in North Africa came to an end in Tunisia with the defeat of the Axis powers by a combined Allied force. The campaign began on 8 November 1942, when Commonwealth and American troops made a series of landings in Algeria and Morocco. By mid April 1943, the combined Axis force was hemmed into a small corner of north-eastern Tunisia and the Allies were grouped for their final offensive.
Medjez-el-Bab was at the limit of the Allied advance in December 1942 and remained on the front line until the decisive Allied advances of April and May 1943.
There are 2,903 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery. 385 of the burials are unidentified.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
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