Are you related to lost family of Mansfield soldier blown up in tank days before Second World War ended?

A German researcher is hoping to trace the long lost family of a Mansfield soldier who died in a tank explosion just days before the end of the Second World War.

Anthony Granville Frank Walter Taylor-Hurst was aged just 19 when he and four other soldiers were killed.

They had been in Kutenholz, in Germany on, May 1, 1945, when the tank they were in exploded as it drove over a mine.

Lance Sergeant John Thomas Green, 25 and Guardsmen Ronald Gilbert Moore, 21, Stanley Somerset, 19, and Frank Lock, 27, were among 14 British soldiers who died.

Are you related to Mansfield tank tragedy soldier? This grave stone image posted on Debbie Bülau's Facebook page in a bid to find his family.

The men have since been commemorated by the German people with gravestone memorials.

Amateur historian Debbie Bülau has been researching the soldiers’ deaths and is keen to trace any remaining family members of Taylor-Hurst or Hurst-Taylor who may still have connections to Mansfield.

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Debbie Bülau is searching for the family od a Mansfield soldier killed there shortly before the end of the Second World War.

Posting on a Mansfield Facebook page, Debbie said: "I am looking for help.

“I am from Germany, and I am trying to find the family from Guardsman Anthony Granville Frank Walter Taylor-Hurst or maybe Hurst-Taylor, son of Harry Hurst-Taylor and Rose Taylor, of Mansfield Woodhouse.

"He died on May 1, 1945, at the age of 19, together with four comrades.”

“We are searching for the families to let them know what happened to their loved ones.

“I don’t know if there is still family from Anthony Taylor-Hurst, but we are pretty sure, because he was not an only child.

"There was Harry G Travers who had two children, Jennifer and Michael, Jennifer married a Mark William Smith. Does anyone know this family and can they help with my search?

Debbie added in her post: “I have already found every family that lost a loved one in this tank. The other families and I are hoping we can find this family too.

“From the 14 soldiers, we have connected with seven families. Please help.”

She also said he and other soldiers that had died and were buried in the area were all remembered in her community.

Contact Debbie Bülau at

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