75263 Major Edward Vernon Molyneux Favell (Teddy Favell) of the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2nd (Airborne) Battalion was killed in action on Monday, 19th June 1944. He was part of the airborne forces that led the initail D Day assault, capturing bridges on the River Orne and the Caen Canal. He was 22.
Teddy was the son of Richard Vernon Favell and Alice Molyneux Favell, of Penberth, Cornwall. He is buried in the Ranville Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, not far from the famous Pegasus Bridge.
The assault on the Caen Bridges was famously led by Major John Howard DSO, who commanded D Company of the 2nd Battalion Ox & Bucks. The assault was the subject of the classic 1961 war film "The Longest Day" in which John Howard was played by the actor Richard Todd. Major John Howards diaries were published from his private papers in 2006 entitled "The Pegasus Diaries" in which he records Teddy's death.
“There was a three day period of very stormy weather and all of us were soaked to the skin by heavy rain, having no way of drying our clothes, which added to the discomfort. Sometime on 19 June, the Leader of B Company decided to move towards enemy positions in the nearby wood to carry out a ‘feint attack’, theoretically in order to discover the enemy positions by drawing their fire. B Company’s OC ‘Flap’ Edmunds was wounded in the attack and repatriated. The OC of S Company, Teddy Favell was told to take charge of B Company and as he made his rounds, introducing himself to his new company, he too was hit by enemy mortar fire and killed.”
Edward attended Winchester College where he is commemorated in the War Cloisters. The Wykehamist War Service Record and Roll of Honour recalls his time at the school: -
“Edward Vernon Molyneux Favell (c, 1931-36), son of the late R. Vernon Favell, of Penbarth, St Buryan, Cornwall, born November 6, 1917, came from Lockers Park to Du Boulay’s in May 1931. He took a cheerful part in all school games, and in addition to his success in running and on the river, was a beautiful gymnast, winning the Bronze Medal. Leaving, a school Prefect, in May 1936, he went to learn languages in Germany and France, and in October to Trinity College Cambridge. Gazetted to the Oxford and Bucks L.I. in June 1939, he served with the 43rd in India. Returning to England in 1940, he joined the 6th Airborne Division, and went out with them in the invasion of Normandy, and was killed in Action on June 19, 1944. Teddy was loved by his friends for his childlike charm and simplicity of character, qualities which derived in part from his devotion to the country and its simple pleasures: dogs, sailing a boat and fishing. The rocks of his beautiful home in Cornwall were a never-failing source of joy to him. He faced life trustfully and serenely.”