Ronald Todd (1923 - 1944)

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Ronald Todd
1923 - 1944
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c. 1923
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August 8, 1944
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Ronald Todd was born c. 1923. He died on August 8, 1944 at 21 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 7945367 Rank: Trooper Regiment: Royal Armoured Corps Unit/ship/squadron: 148th (9th Bn. The Loyal Regt. [north Lancashire]) Regt.
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Ronald Todd passed away on August 8, 1944 at age 21. He was buried in Banneville-la-campagne War Cemetery V. B. 21., France. He was born c. 1923. We have no information about Ronald's surviving family.

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In 1923, in the year that Ronald Todd was born, on September 1, an earthquake - the Great Kanto earthquake - destroyed one-third of Tokyo. Measuring 7.9 and with a reported duration of between 4 and 10 minutes, casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.

In 1930, at the age of just 7 years old, Ronald was alive when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1932, by the time he was just 9 years old, on February 27th, actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London. Her parents were Americans living in London and when she was 7, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her first small part in a movie was in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942 but her first starring role was in National Velvet in 1944. She became as famous for her 8 marriages (to 7 people) as she was for her beauty and films.

In 1944, in the year of Ronald Todd's passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

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