CWGC Cemeteries **updated 08/01**

Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 02/08**

Postby AlexC on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 12:19 pm

The three head-stones virtually touching means that the individual bodies could not be identified and therefore they are buried in one grave. That's what happened to my second cousin and two of his crew. Incidentally I worked for the Louis de Soissons Partnership in the 70's, although Louis was no longer around by then.
Pte. Aubrey Gerald Harmer, R. Suss. R. (att. to the Sherwood Foresters) KIA 26/9/1917 Polygon Wood, aged 19, NKG. RIP
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 30/10**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 30 Oct 2018, 2:56 pm

I recently headed down to London to watch Ipswich get a tonking at Millwall (the less said about the football, the better!),but I was able to visit some sites across the outer suburbs of North East London on route. I was a bit pressed for time so it was an early start to get to St. Andrew Churchyard in North Weald Bassett just after sunrise. The church is located just a stones throw away from the airfield with most of those buried here having served from RAF North Weald and it's satellite field RAF Stapleford Tawney.

The main plot is divided into WW2 and pre & post WW2 war graves

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CWGC North Weald Bassett (St. Andrew) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Thomas Geoffrey Pike, GCB, CBE, DFC & Bar, DL was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He served in the Second World War as a night fighter squadron commander and then as a station commander. He was Chief of the Air Staff in the early 1960s and, in that role, deployed British air power as part of the British response to the Brunei Revolt. Also, in the face of escalating costs, he implemented the cancellation of the British Blue Streak ballistic missile system but then found the RAF was without any such capability when the Americans cancelled their own Skybolt ballistic missile system. He went on to be Deputy Supreme Commander Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in the mid-1960s.

Pike served in the Second World War, initially on the air staff within the Directorate of Organisation at the Air Ministry, and was promoted to the temporary rank of wing commander on 1 March 1940 (made permanent in April 1942). He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 219 Squadron flying Bristol Beaufighters from RAF Tangmere in February 1941 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 13 May 1941 for showing great skill in intercepting enemy aircraft at night, destroying a raiding aircraft on his first night patrol. He was awarded a bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross on 30 May 1941 for engaging attackers at night when the aerodrome was illuminated by the glare from a large number of incendiary bombs.

Pike was given command of the Night Fighters of No. 11 Group in September 1941 and then went on to be Station Commander at RAF North Weald in February 1942. Promoted to the temporary rank of group captain on 27 March 1942, he became Officer Commanding No. 1 Mobile Operations Room Unit during the Allied Landings in Italy in May 1943 for which role he was mentioned in despatches in June 1943. He went on to be Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Desert Air Force in February 1944. Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1944 Birthday Honours, he became Commandant of the Officers' Advanced Training School in June 1945. He was also awarded the American Officer of the Legion of Merit on 16 October 1945.

Pike was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1946 New Year Honours. After the war he stayed in the RAF and became Director of Operational Requirements at the Air Ministry in October 1946 being promoted to air commodore on 1 July 1947. Then, after attending the Imperial Defence College in 1949, he was made Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group in January 1950. He was given the acting rank of air vice marshal on 9 January 1950. He became Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) at HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe in July 1951, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Policy) in June 1953 and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff with the acting rank of air marshal on 9 November 1953. He was confirmed in the rank of air marshal on 1 January 1955. Advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1955 Birthday Honours, he went on to be Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Fighter Command in August 1956. He was promoted to air chief marshal on 1 November 1957.

Pike became Chief of the Air Staff on 1 January 1960. In that role he deployed British air power as part of the British response to the Brunei Revolt. Also, in the face of escalating costs, he implemented the cancellation of the British Blue Streak ballistic missile system but then found the RAF was without any such capability when the Americans cancelled their own Skybolt ballistic missile system. He was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1961 New Year Honours and promoted to Marshal of the Royal Air Force on 6 April 1962. Pike was then Deputy Supreme Commander Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe from January 1964 until his retirement in March 1967.

Following his retirement, Pike lived in Hastingwood in Essex and was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex in February 1973 he continued in the post until December 1981. He was President of the Royal Air Forces Association from 1969 to 1979 and his interests included local history and arranging engineering apprenticeships for local teenagers in Essex. He died at RAF Halton on 1 June 1983 and, due to his time spent at North Weald, he was buried in the military section of St. Andrew’s churchyard, North Weald Bassett.

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In early June 1939, Hawker Hurricane I L1598, piloted by 23 year old Pilot Officer Peter Phillip Charlton was in formation with L1611 flown by Pilot Officer Montague Leslie Hulton-Harrap and another Hurricane flown by P/0 Derrick MacLoad Down.

During formation flying two aircraft collided, Charlton having accidentally approached Hulton-Harrap’s machine from the rear blind spot. Charlton and his aircraft spun into the
ground near the airfield, whilst that of the more senior pilot was able to return safely the land.
The site of the crash of L1598 was given as Epping Forest, close to the Essex Yeomanry Camp. This is believed to be Wintry Wood, where a Hurricane, otherwise unidentified, is known to have come to grief.

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Norman Douglas Edmond was born in Winnipeg, Canada and brought up in Calgary. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in November 1938. He was posted from RAF Grangemouth to 6 OTU, Sutton Bridge on 5th September 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he joined 615 Squadron at Prestwick on the 24th.

Edmond was shot down and wounded on 29th October. He did not return to 615 but joined 242 Squadron at Duxford on 22nd November. The squadron took off for a patrol over the Channel on 20th April 1941. Close to North Foreland the CO, S/Ldr. WPF Treacy, sighted some aircraft and began a steep turn towards them. In doing so he collided with two other Hurricanes, Edmond in Z2632 and F/O Hugh Ian Lang in Z2634. All three pilots were killed. Treacy was posted as Missing but the bodies of the other two were recovered.

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Peter Ethelbert Merrick Robinson was born in Harrow on 13th April 1914 and educated at Harrow County School. He went to work for Vesty's Blue Star Shipping Line, doing office work. He later began studying for the Chartered Institute of Secretaries examination. Robinson joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot and was called up at the outbreak of war.

After completing his flying training he joined 56 Squadron at North Weald on 25th July 1940. He destroyed a Me110 on 18th August. It crashed and burned out at Pluckley. He also claimed four German bombers damaged during August and September.

Commissioned in June 1941, Robinson was still with 56 Squadron. On the 17th of the month the squadron escorted bombers over the Channel on a daylight raid (Circus 14). They were attacked from above by Me109's and Robinson was shot down in Hurricane IIA Z2812. He reported that he was alright and baled out. When his body was taken from the sea four days later by a Dover fishing trawler it was riddled with bullets and it would seem that Robinson was killed as he floated down.

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Richard Edward Ney Elias Wynn was born on 7th January 1917, the son of Group Captain AHWE Wynn OBE. He was at Wellington College from 1930 to 1934 but left early to spend a year at the Taft School, Connecticut USA under a scholarship scheme.

In early 1939 he joined the RAFVR as an Airman u/t Pilot and was called up on 1st September. He completed his training at 5FTS Sealand and was commissioned, going then to 6 OTU on 6th July 1940 to convert to Hurricanes. He joined 249 Squadron at Church Fenton on 4th August 1940. Wynn made a forced-landing near Whitchurch on the 31st, in Hurricane L2067, after engine failure during a routine patrol, he was unhurt. After a combat with enemy fighters over Rochester on 2nd September Wynn crash-landed near Chartham, in Hurricane V7352, wounded.

After three months in hospital he rejoined 249 at North Weald but was killed on 7th April 1941, crashing at Langford Bridge Farm, Ongar, Essex. His Hurricane IIa Z2663 is thought to have entered a spin when returning to North Weald after a convoy patrol.

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CWGC North Weald Bassett (St. Andrew) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

William Blair Pattullo was born in the province of Antofagasta in Chile on 7th March 1919. His Scottish father, a mechanical engineer, was working for a nitrate mining company there. William did not arrive in the UK till he was eight, he was enrolled at a boarding school in Dundee and went on to Dundee High School, staying there till he was sixteen.

His further education was curtailed by a financial crisis in Chile which prevented his father transferring funds out of the country and Pattullo had to return there. He was then eligible for national service and chose to serve his time in the fire brigade. He was then employed by the British American Tobacco Company but on recognising the growing threat from Nazi Germany he travelled to the UK and volunteered for the RAF, he was granted a short service commission in April 1940.

After training at 2 FTS from 28th April until 23rd July and then converting to Hurricanes at an OTU, he was posted to 46 Squadron at Digby in late July 1940. 46 had lost nearly all its pilots when HMS 'Glorious' was sunk on 8th June 1940. 46 was due to relieve 151 Squadron at Stapleford Tawney at the end of August but 151 were so short of pilots that Pattullo and others were sent ahead on 26th August.

On the 30th he claimed a Do17 probably destroyed and destroyed another, this time confirmed, on the 31st. On 10th September Pattullo was posted to 249 Squadron at North Weald on a five-day loan and on the 11th he shared in destroying a He111. He moved back to 46 Squadron, then at Stapleford Tawney, on 15th September and on that day claimed a Do17 destroyed. On the 27th he claimed a Me110 destroyed, shared a Me109 and probably destroyed a Ju88. In the last action he was injured by return fire and rested till he recovered enough to rejoin 46 in early October.

On 25th October 1940 46 and 249 Squadrons mounted a joint patrol north of Biggin Hill and Pattullo damaged a Me109. A second patrol in the same area led to the three 'weavers' being bounced and Sgt. Bentley Beard, Adj. Bouquillard and Pattullo were all shot down, the first two baling out wounded. It is believed that Pattullo was attempting a forced landing at Maylands Golf Course near Romford but in the event his Hurricane V6804 crashed onto No. 1 Woodstock Avenue, Harold Park on the (A12) Colchester Road. He was rescued from the wreckage and admitted to Oldchurch Hospital, where he died from his injuries the next day, aged 21.

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Pilot Officer Montague Hulton-Harrop :

At 6:15 a.m. on 6 September 1939, a radar fault led to a false alarm that unidentified aircraft were approaching from the east at high altitude over West Mersea, on the Essex coast. No. 11 Group ordered six Hurricanes to be scrambled from 56 Squadron, based at North Weald Airfield in Essex. The sector controller, Group Captain David Frederick Lucking, sent up the entire unit of 14 aircraft. Unbeknown to the rest of the pilots, two Pilot Officers took up a pair of reserve aircraft and followed at a distance.

Hurricanes from 151 Squadron (also from North Weald), and Spitfires from 54, 65 and 74 Squadrons based at Hornchurch Airfield scrambled. None of the Royal Air Force pilots had been in action and few had seen a German aircraft. Communication between the pilots and command centres was poor and there was no procedure for pilots to distinguish between British and Luftwaffe aircraft. Identification friend or foe (IFF) sets were still being developed and had not been installed in many RAF aircraft.

With everyone in the air expecting to see enemy aircraft and no experience of having done so, 'A' Flight of 74 Squadron saw what they believed were German aeroplanes and their commander, Adolph "Sailor" Malan, allegedly gave a clear and definite order to engage. Two of the three, Flying Officer Vincent 'Paddy' Byrne and Pilot Officer John Freeborn, opened fire. Malan later claimed to have given a last minute call of "friendly aircraft – break away!" but if this was true, it was not heard by Byrne and Freeborn. Richard Hough and Denis Richards wrote that further losses were prevented by the 151 Squadron commanding officer, Squadron Leader Edward Donaldson, who alerted his pilots that the attacking aircraft were British and gave the order not to retaliate.

Frank Rose and Pilot Officer Montague Hulton-Harrop were shot down and Hulton-Harrop was killed. Fired upon by John Freeborn, he had been hit in the back of the head and was dead before his Hurricane crashed at Manor Farm, Hintlesham, Suffolk, about 5 miles west of Ipswich. Hulton-Harrop was the first British pilot killed in the war and his Hurricane was the first aircraft shot down by a Spitfire. A Spitfire was shot down by British anti-aircraft fire.

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Pilot Officer John Samuel Bryson, called "Butch", was a Canadian fighter pilot who flew with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain.

Bryson, the son John T. Bryson and Marion Elphinstone Bryson, was born in Westmount an enclave of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Prior to the war he was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but bought his way out in order to serve in defense of Britain.

In January 1939 he joined the Royal Air Force on a short service commission. Upon completion of his flying training at No. 13 Flying Training school at RAF Drem, he was posted to No. 92 Squadron RAF. He joined the squadron at RAF Tangmere on 10 October 1939. He had one 'kill', an He 111 over Dunkirk on 2 June 1940, and shared a kill on 24 July 1940 of a Junkers Ju 88 over the Bristol Channel. Flying with the 92d out of Biggin Hill, joining two other squadrons in a Big Wing group, on 24 September 1940, in response to a ten Ju 88 medium bomber attack, defended by over one-hundred 109s, Bryson was "last seen making a solo attack on a large formation of Me 109s". He was shot down and killed, his Spitfire, X4037, crashing and burning out near North Weald. Butch Bryson was 27 years old.

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The first major raids on RAF North Weald took place on the afternoon of the 24th August 1940, when more than 200 bombs fell on the airfield. At around 4.30pm German bombers and fighters, harassed by the defending RAF Hurricanes, headed for the airfield at around 15,000 feet and proceeded to drop bombs "in a straight line through the western part of the village across the Epping to Ongar road" before hitting the airfield itself.

The Officers Mess, the Officers and Airman's Married Quarters, a powerhouse and other facilities were damaged. Nine young members of the Essex Regiment, who were attached to the airfield for ground defence, were among those killed that day. In North Weald High Road, the old Post Office, a cottage opposite the Kings Head and the Woolpack Pub were wrecked. Thise nine teenage members are buried together here.

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CWGC North Weald Bassett (St. Andrew) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC North Weald Bassett (St. Andrew) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 23rd January 1945, a V2 rocket landed on RAF Stapleford Tawney, killing 17 personnel and injuring 50.

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CWGC North Weald Bassett (St. Andrew) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr


Following on from North Weald was a short drive to another Battle of Britain location, Hornchurch. There are 105 graves there with one main plot located in the middle of the cemetery.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flying Officer Raimund Sanders Draper, known as "Smudge" was an American volunteer World War II Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot of No. 64 Squadron. He deliberately crashed his Spitfire aircraft, to avoid hitting a school, after losing control on take-off from RAF Hornchurch, and was killed.

The plane's engine cut out at an estimated altitude of 200 feet and the plane went into a spin. As the plane headed for Suttons School, just 530 yards from the airfield perimeter, Draper put the nose down and forced the aircraft into the ground short of the main building. The aircraft bounced and a wing stuck the building.

Only one student, 13-year-old Richard Barton was injured, with 5 other students treated for minor shock.

One of the students who witnessed the accident recalled :

"At 10.45 am an aircraft crashed on the playing field, the main parts being ricocheted onto the drive, fragments breaking a total of 9 windows in three classrooms. Splinters from the 'plane scored the wall and injured the playing field and shrubbery. Richard Burton received a cut on the leg from flying glass needing medical attention and five boys were treated from primary shock. The boy with the injured leg was conveyed to his home by ambulance, under Dr. Heath's orders. School was evacuated to shelter for 15 minutes owing to probability of danger from fire and exploding ammunition. By 11.15 am the school had resumed normal work."


In 1973, the school was renamed The Sanders Draper School and Specialist Science College in his honour and then changed in 2014 to Sanders School. A plaque on the building marks the point of impact and the school's badge incorporates a Spitfire.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Claude Waller Goldsmith, from Dersley in the Transvaal, South Africa was educated in England at Cheltenham College and Imperial College, London where he studied Mining at the School of Mines. He was a member of the London University Air Squadron in 1936 and commissioned in the RAFVR in March 1938. Called to full-time service on 10th October 1939, Goldsmith was serving with 603 Squadron at Dyce in early July 1940 before being posted to 54 Squadron at Hornchurch on 3rd September. He rejoined 603 there on the 28th.

Goldsmith was shot down by Me109's south of Maidstone on 27th October 1940. His Spitfire, P7439, crashed near Waltham, between Ashford and Canterbury. He died of his injuries next day, aged 23.

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John William Broadhurst was born in Plumstead, south east London on 31st March 1917. He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his training on 6th February 1939. He did his initial training course at 11 E&RFTS Perth and in April he went to 2 FTS Brize Norton.

He was posted to 222 Squadron at its reformation at Duxford on 5th October 1939. Initially equipped with Blenheims, the squadron received Spitfires in March 1940. On 29th May, after a patrol over Dunkirk, Broadhurst failed to find Hornchurch in bad visibility, ran out of fuel and crash-landed.

On 31st August Broadhurst claimed a Me109 destroyed and another damaged, on 4th September a Me109 destroyed and another damaged, on the 7th a Me109 destroyed, on the 9th a Me109 damaged, on the 11th a Ju88 probably destroyed, on the 15th a Me110 damaged and on the 27th a Me109 destroyed.

He was shot down on 7th October 1940 during an attack on enemy bombers. He baled out but fell dead at Longhurst. His Spitfire, P9469, crashed and burned out at Baileys Reed Farm, Hurst Green, Salehurst.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Thomas Wilton Smiths was born in Rosario, Santa Fé, Argentina around 1919.

As a ten month-old infant he traveled from La Plata in Argentina to London on S.S. Highland Glen, arriving in the capital on 29th June 1920, He was accompanied by his parents and sister whose home was in Uruguay.

On 14th May 1921 Thomas, accompanied by his mother and two siblings, sailed from Liverpool to Montevideo in Uragauy on S.S. La Rosarina.

Aged 21, he returned to England from Buenos Aires on S.S. Highland Brigade, arriving in Liverpool on 24th September 1940. Thomas subequently joined the Royal Air Force and served a Warrant Officer (Pilot) 1379718 in 129 Squadron.

He died in the Chelmsford & Essex Hospital in Chelmsford on 22nd December 1943 as a result of injuries sustained in an aircraft accident, aged 24, flying from Hornchurch with 129 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

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Robert Basil Dewey, from Portsmouth, was born in 1921 in Barnet, London and joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939. He completed his flying training and arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 18th May 1940. After converting to Spitfires, he was posted to 611 Squadron at Digby on 9th June 1940.

Dewey moved to 603 Squadron at Homchurch on 27th September. He claimed a Me109 destroyed on the 30th. This may be the one that crashed and burned out at Kentwyns, Nutfield. On 20th October he claimed another Me109 destroyed.

On 27th October 1940 Dewey was shot down in a surprise attack by Me109's south of Maidstone. His Spitfire, P7365, crashed into a tree at Apple Tree Comer, Chartham Hatch and he was killed.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

I found the note on this headstone very poignant

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

No. 313 Squadron was the last RAF squadron to be formed mostly of escaped Czechoslovak pilots. The squadron moved to RAF Hornchurch in December 1941 before moving to RAF Church Stanton in June the following year.

Sgt Josef Valenta died on the 11th January 1942 when his Spitfire lost speed in bad weather and crashed near RAF Hornchurch.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sgt Blazej Konvalina was killed on the 22nd January 1942 during a combat training accident.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sg Frantisek Bohnisch was killed when his aircraft came down in the Thames Estuary, near Southend, on an operational flight.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 24th April 1942, Prokop Brazda was flying Spitfire Vb BM357 on Circus 132, escorting Boston bombers on a raid on Vissingen, Holland. On the return journey, his aircraft was damaged during an attack by a group of Fw 190’s. With the aid of fellow 313 Sqn pilot Václav Jícha, he chased away the attackers.

About 35 miles from Ostend another group of 5 Fw190’s attcked his Spitfire and again, with Jicha’s assistance, they fought-off the attack. With Jícha as escort, Brázda’s Spitfire back across the Channel towards Martlesham Heath. About two miles from the English coast the engine on Brázda’s Spitfire began to smoke and cut out. Brázda attempted to make a forced landing near Alderton, Essex, but was killed in the crash.

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CWGC Hornchurch (St. Andrews) Churchyard - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr


The City of London Cemetery & Crematorium is the largest such municipal facility in the UK. There are at least 150,000 graves and just under a million interments. To say it's massive is a huge understatement. There are 728 commonwealth burials within the cemetery with most of these scattered across the site. The vast majority of these died at the Bethnal Green Military Hospital.

There is a small plot in the south east corner which is unlike any other site I have visited, with a mixture of civilian family & military graves together.

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The small wall surrounding this area lists those who died in the first world war but are buried at other locations throughout the cemetery.

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Nearby is a memorial to those who lost their lives in the second world war who are buried across the cemetery, with these names listed on the wall.

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On a small side note, a short walk from this memorial is the grave of Mary Ann Nichols, who was the first victim of "Jack the Ripper". In 1996 the cemetery authorities marked her grave with this plaque. After a bit of hunting around online, the only reason i can find for the coins placed on her grave is that she lacked the fourpence to stay in a bed on the night of her murder, and hence was earning money on the streets when she was attacked. It's seen as a mark of respect that she now has the money to rest in peace.

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City of London Cemetery & Crematorium - Manor Park, Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The final location of the morning was the St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery at Leyton. Anyone who has been on the Central Line would have noticed how packed the cemetery is when passing by it, but the CWGC plot is well maintained as any other site I have been to.

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CWGC Leytonstone (St. Patricks) Roman Catholic Cemetery - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Leytonstone (St. Patricks) Roman Catholic Cemetery - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Leytonstone (St. Patricks) Roman Catholic Cemetery - Saturday 27th October 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The night of 23rd/24th November turned into tragedy for No 4 Groups No.1658 Heavy Conversion Unit .

Six Handley Page Halifax's took off from Ricall on a cross country training exercise, the weather was poor to begin with ,and rapidly deteriorated and only two aircraft from this flight completed the task and returned to Ricall, one landed at another airfield and three crashed.

The crew of JB926 which crashed consisted of :

Pilot Sgt. R.E.C. Bacon
Flt Eng Sgt G.H. Manley
Flt Eng Sgt. J. Titterington
Nav F/O H. McCarthy
BA F/Sgt J.J. MacGillivray (RCAF)
WO Sgt B.F. Taylor
AG Sgt, A.J. Winton

All 8 were killed.

JB926 was reportedly heard to circle before going into a steep dive. Icing up of the flying surfaces is thought to be the cause. The crash was at high speed and the aircraft burned on impact.

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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 30/10**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 11 Dec 2018, 11:21 pm

On the Saturday before Remembrance Day, I made my way down to Reading for yet another poor away day watching Ipswich try to play football! I made a small detour to visit the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, which is the largest CWGC cemetery in the United Kingdom.

Located just outside the military cemetery is a plot for ex-WW2 Czech servicemen.

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Ex-WW2 service Czechoslovakia Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The military cemetery is split into different country plots with French, Polish, Czechoslovakian & Belgian plots located to the south of it.

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Belgian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Belgian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Polish Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Czechoslovakia Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Free French Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Albert Berthaud of the French Resistance was killed when the Westland Lysander, V9674, that he was a passenger in, crashed in fog near RAF Ford, Sussex on the 18th December 1943. The pilot and another member of the Resistance were also killed in the crash.
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Free French Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On 30th April 1940 the Maille Brez was anchored in the upper Firth of Clyde when a torpedo tube malfunction launched a live torpedo onto her deck creating extensive damage. The crew abandoned ship except for those trapped in the galley. Although port firecrews controlled the blaze she sank before all hands could be rescued. Six were killed, 47 wounded and 21 unaccounted as missing.
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Free French Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

There is a large Royal Air Forces section in the South East corner of the cemetery which also contains the graves of overseas airmen who served with the Royal Air Force in the Second World War.

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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 15th August 1940, Flying Officer Stanley Powell Swensen and his crew took off from RAF Dishforth at 2000 hrs to bomb an oil storage depot at Beg D'Ambes. Flying at 1,500 feet on the return flight the bomber flew into balloon barrage cables near Langley, Buckinghamshire and crashed. All 5 crew members were killed.
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Squadron Leader Stanley Thomas Meares commanded 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF. On the 15th November 1941 whilst flying Spitfire W3963, he collided with another Spitfire, W3527, flown by Pilot Officer Ross over Scarborough. Both aircraft and both pilots lost their lives.
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Wing Commander Josep Ocelka was killed on the 21st July 1942 at RAF Brize Norton. During a test flight on Bristol Beaufort II, DD938, the aircraft struck the hangar roof soon after take off. He and two civilian staff on board were killed.
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

In February 1945, several Dakota transport aircraft from RAF Broadwell, Oxfordshire were involved in moving men and equipment of 140 Wing RAF from Thorney Island, Hampshire to a new forward base in France. On the morning of 6th February it was cloudy and overcast, but the relocation from Thorney Island, Hampshire to Rosieres-en-Santerre Airfield in France, was already behind schedule due to bad weather.
At about 9.30am two Dakotas took off from Thorney Island loaded with RAF, RNZAF, RAAF and RCAF personnel and equipment. At 10.05am, Dakota KG630 crashed on the South Downs, about 5 miles north of Beachy Head in low cloud.

First Pilot was Warrant Officer Peter Matthew Oleinikoff RAAF.
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

And those who lost their lives in the crash are buried side by side
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Warrant Officer Douglas Hamilton Styles took part in 99 operational sorties. In May 1941, he was the navigator of an aircraft which, whilst operating off the West Coast of Ireland, attacked and damaged a Junkers 88. From September 1941, he participated in a large number of intruder operations over enemy occupied territories.

Styles, flying as a Radar Operator, was killed on the 12th June 1943 in a flying accident near to RAF Ford together with his Battle of Britain pilot Fl. Lt. James Hayward Little, DFC. Their Mosquito suffered an engine failure on take-off and, having failed to gain height, they hit a tree.
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The 1942 Ruislip Wellington accident occurred on 18 October 1942 when a Vickers Wellington IC medium bomber of No. 311 Squadron RAF crashed near South Ruislip station, Middlesex, on approach to RAF Northolt. The crash killed all 15 people aboard the aircraft, including Pilot Officr G Strauss-Leemans, and six civilians on the ground including four children.

311 Squadron was a Coastal Command unit based at RAF Talbenny in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Almost all of its personnel were Free Czechoslovaks serving in the RAF Volunteer Reserve. After successful operation by the squadron they were invited to London for a de-brief. On 18 October 1942 Wellington serial number T2564, code letters KX-T, was flown by P/O František Bulis with a crew of six and nine passengers. Everyone aboard was Czechoslovak, apart from one Belgian technician.

On approach to RAF Northolt at 16:08 the Wellington crashed near South Ruislip station and burst into flames. All the crew and passengers were killed, along with six people on the ground: two women each with two children.

The civilians were three local residents and three visiting relatives
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 25th September 1941, Vickers Wellington R1237 of 21 OTU hit trees on approach to RAF Moreton-in-Marsh. Sgt J G Fitzgerald was killed. Sgt R J Clarke RNZAF, Sgt Wishart and P/O Sweeney were injured.

His brother, Leslie Fitzgerald, lost his life 2 years later.
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Airmen Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

North of the RAF plot are First & Second World War graves from the Empire including Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, New Foundland as well as a Muslim plot.
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South African Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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South African Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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New Zealand Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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New Zealand Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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New Zealand Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Muslim Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Muslim Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Muslim Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Newfoundland Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On 11 May 1915, Roger Douglas enlisted in Brisbane as a private in the Australian Imperial Force, embarking late in June as a machine-gunner in the 25th Battalion. The 25th saw action on Gallipoli from 11th July 1915 until the evacuation; Douglas was promoted corporal, then sergeant in October.

In March 1916 the battalion was shipped to France and Douglas transferred to the 7th Machine-Gun Company. In an action at Pozières in early August, he rallied part of the infantry and guided them over the captured positions under heavy fire when they were without leaders and dis-organised. His bravery was rewarded with a second lieutenant's commission and a Distinguished Conduct Medal. On 25th November 1916 he was promoted lieutenant.

On 28 December 1917, Douglas was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of his gallantry at Polygon Wood. He had left the Machine-Gun Company to join the Australian Flying Corps. He began his training at Reading, England, in March 1918 and graduated as a pilot on 5 May. He never flew in combat but was appointed an instructor with the 5th Australian Training Squadron in England.

Douglas was still in England when the Australian government announced in March 1919 that it would award a £10,000 prize to the first Australian aviator to fly from Britain to Australia. He resolved to enter the contest. Lieutenant J. S. L. Ross from Moruya, New South Wales, was to be navigator and co-pilot of their 450 h.p. Alliance aircraft named 'Endeavour'. On 30th October, the day they hoped to set off, the plane suffered a minor crash which necessitated repairs to the chassis and body.

On the 13th November, they finally took off from Hounslow near London, at 11.30am after bad weather had delayed the departure. The plane had flown only six miles when it appeared to fall out of a cloud over Surbiton in a spin. The aircraft crashed into an orchard and exploded. Both men were killed.
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Australian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Australian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Australian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

There is also a small German plot for aircrew killed over the UK in the Second World War.

On the 16th May 1944, Junkers Ju 88A-4, 550581, of 9 Staffel./Kampfgeschwader 54 crewed by Pilot Unteroffizier Karl Hansen, Observer Unteroffizier Heinrich Meyer, Radio Operator Obergefreiter Heinrich Zimmer & Gunner Gefreiter Herbert Steinbrecher took off on a mine laying mission off Portsmouth.

Over the target area, their aircraft was held by searchlights at a height of around 10,000 feet and damaged by AA fire. They were then attacked and shot down by Flying Officer O D. W. Arnold and Flying Officer J. B. Stickley in de Havilland Mosquito NF XVII (HK297) of No.456 Squadron.

The aircraft entered a vertical dive and exploded on impact, scattering fragments of wreckage over a wide area.
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German Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 4th September 1940, 13 Bf-110 fighter/bombers of Erprobungsgruppe 210 attacked the Vickers aircraft factory at Brooklands. Soon after, Hurricanes of 253 Squadron were ordered to take off from RAF Kenley and patrol above the airfield and over nearby Croydon airfield.

Flight Lieutenant William Cambridge shot down Bf-110 flown by Feldwebel Karl Rohring over Ockham cricket ground. His rear gunner, Unteroffizier Joachim Jackel, baled out wounded and parachuted down. He was taken prisoner by members of the Home Guard who were gathering in the harvest. Karl Rohring, was killed in the crash where the aircraft burned and exploded.

Another Bf-110 was lost to 253 Squadron over West Horsley, on the North Downs. The pilot, Oberleutnant Michel Junge, and his gunner, Unteroffizier Karl Bremser, were both killed in the crash. The three dead German airmen were buried with military honours together at Brookwood Military Cemetery. Flight Lieutenant Cambridge was killed two days later when his parachute failed as he baled out over Kent.
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German Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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German Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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British Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The British First World war plot is small in area but contains numerous graves including Private W.E. Long, who died on Armistice Day.
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British Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

And 2nd Air Mechanic F.E Flanagan, who died 100 years to the day of my visit.
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British Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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British Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial contains the graves of 468 American servicemen. It is one of only 2 American military cemeteries in the UK.
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Brookwood American Cemetery - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The chapel located in the middle of the cemetery lists the names of 563 missing American servicemen who served in the UK or surrounding waters during World War One.
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Chapel Memorial - Brookwood American Cemetery, CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Osmond Kelly Ingram was a sailor in the United States Navy during World War I.

Ingram entered the Navy on the 24th November 1903. His ship, USS Cassin, was attacked by the German submarine U-61 off Ireland on the 15th October 1917. Gunner's Mate First Class Ingram spotted the approaching torpedo, realized it would strike close by the ship's depth charges and rushed to jettison the ammunition. He was blown overboard when the torpedo struck, thus becoming the United States' Navy's first enlisted man killed in action in World War I. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day.
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Chapel Memorial - Brookwood American Cemetery, CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Chapel Memorial - Brookwood American Cemetery, CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Gustav Adolf Sundquist was an ordinary seaman serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War.

He received the Medal of Honor for heroism in action on board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11th May 1898. He retired from the navy in 1900, but rejoined it in 1918 and participated in World War I. He drowned on August 25, 1918.
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Chapel Memorial - Brookwood American Cemetery, CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The USCGC Tampa was a Miami-Class cutter that initially served in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, followed by service in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy.

During the late afternoon of the 26th September 1918, Tampa parted company with convoy HG-107, which she had just escorted into the Irish Sea from Gibraltar. Ordered to put into Milford Haven, Wales, she proceeded independently toward her destination. At 1930 that evening, as she transited the Bristol Channel, the warship was spotted by UB-91.

According to the submarine war diary entry, the U-boat dived and maneuvered into an attack position, firing one torpedo out of the stern tube at 2015 from a range of about 550 meters. Minutes later, the torpedo hit Tampa and exploded portside amidships, throwing up a huge, luminous column of water.

The cutter sank with all hands; 111 Coast Guardsmen, 4 U.S. Navy personnel, and 16 passengers consisting of 11 British Navy personnel and 5 civilians. She sunk in the Bristol Channel.
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Chapel Memorial - Brookwood American Cemetery, CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Brookwood American Cemetery - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial was created in 2004. It currently commemorates around 300 Commonwealth casualties who died in the United Kingdom during the First World War but for whom no graves could be found.
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1914-1918 Brookwood Memorial - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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1914-1918 Brookwood Memorial - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Brookwood Memorial commemorates nearly 3,500 men and women of the land forces of the Commonwealth who died during the Second World War and have no known grave, the circumstances of their death being such that they could not appropriately be commemorated on any of the campaign memorials in the various theatres of war.

They died in the campaign in Norway in 1940, or in the various raids on enemy occupied territory in Europe such as Dieppe and St Nazaire. Others were special agents who died as prisoners or while working with Allied underground movements. Some died at sea, in hospital ships and troop transports, in waters not associated with the major campaigns, and a few were killed in flying accidents or in aerial combat.

The Memorial was designed by Ralph Hobday and unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 25 October 1958.
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Brookwood Memorial - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Brookwood Memorial - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Brookwood Memorial - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Brookwood Memorial - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Brookwood Memorial - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Chelsea Pensioners plot.
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The Royal Hospital Burial Ground - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

A plot in the west corner of the cemetery contains approximately 2,400 Canadian graves of the Second World War.
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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

19 Canadians soldiers who lost their lives during the Dieppe Raid are buried alongside each other.
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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Canadian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

A fairly large Italian plot is also maintained by the CWGC.
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Italian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Italian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Italian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Italian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Italian Plot - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

When I was driving through the civilian cemetery I noticed a raised bank running through the middle of it. This is the embankment of what was the Brookwood Cemetery Railway.

Brookwood Cemetery was conceived by the London Necropolis Company in 1849 for London's deceased, at a time when the capital was finding it difficult to accommodate its increasing population and was designed to be large enough to accommodate all the deaths in London for centuries to come.

The London Necropolis Railway was a railway line opened in November 1854 by the London Necropolis Company to carry bodies and mourners between London and Brookwood. On reaching the cemetery, the trains reversed down a dedicated branch line to two stations in the cemetery, one for the burial of Anglicans and one for Nonconformists (non-Anglicans) or those who did not want a Church of England funeral.

The company failed to gain a monopoly of the burial industry, and the scheme was not as successful as its promoters had hoped. While they had planned to carry between 10,000 and 50,000 bodies per year, in 1941 after 87 years of operation, only slightly over 200,000 burials had been conducted in Brookwood Cemetery, equaling roughly 2,300 bodies per year.
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Trackbed of the old Cemetery Railway - CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 30/10**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 11 Dec 2018, 11:31 pm

On the drive from Brookwood to Reading i stopped by St. Sebastian Churchyard in Wokingham. The weather had now turned to a torrential downpour so i didn't get much of a chance to hang around.

Most of those buried here are servicemen who died at the nearby London Open Air Sanatorium, which was used to treat victims of gas warfare during World War One.
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CWGC St. Sebastian Churchyard - Wokingham, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Sebastian Churchyard) - Wokingham, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Rev Vincent Boddongton was the Senior Chaplain to the 18th Division on the Western Front when he was temporarily transferred on the 25th September 1916 to the 55th Field Ambulance, Main Dressing Station, at Clairfay Farm.

When the Battle of Thiepval Ridge commenced the following day they took charge of arrangements for giving refreshments to the walking wounded, as well as giving spiritual and
physical support in whatever way they could. Not surprisingly, one of their duties was to take burials at the Varennes cemetery.

At some point in 1916, Vincent succumbed to tuberculosis, forcing him to relinquish his commission on grounds of ill health on the 1st December 1916 13. He died on the 13th March 1917.
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CWGC St. Sebastian Churchyard - Wokingham, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Sebastian Churchyard - Wokingham, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Sebastian Churchyard) - Wokingham, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Sebastian Churchyard) - Wokingham, Saturday 10th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 13/12**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 10:43 pm

A few days after Remembrance Day, myself and the better half spent a couple of days in Brugge followed by another 2 days in Ypres. We visited a few sites around the Ypres Salient including the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke, which is a must visit if you're in the area.

The weather on the 1st day was very, very foggy which made the CWGC sites even more atmospheric then they usually are. I've covered Tyne Cot in a previous post, but here's a few more from the hugely thought provoking site.

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CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery - Passchendale, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

James Peter Robertson VC was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross. Robertson enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in June 1915. He became a private in the 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. In the Battle of Passchendaele, performed the following act for which he was awarded the VC.

"For most conspicuous bravery and outstanding devotion to duty in attack. When his platoon was held up by uncut wire and a machine gun causing many casualties, Pte. Robertson dashed to an opening on the flank, rushed the machine gun and, after a desperate struggle with the crew, killed four and then turned the gun on the remainder, who, overcome by the fierceness of his onslaught, were running towards their own lines. His gallant work enabled the platoon to advance. He inflicted many more casualties among the enemy, and then carrying the captured machine gun, he led his platoon to the final objective. He there selected an excellent position and got the gun into action, firing on the retreating enemy who by this time were quite demoralised by the fire brought to bear on them. During the consolidation Pte. Robertson’s most determined use of the machine gun kept down the fire of the enemy snipers; his courage and his coolness cheered his comrades and inspired them to the finest efforts. Later, when two of our snipers were badly wounded in front of our trench, he went out and carried one of them in under very severe fire."

He was killed just as he returned with the second man.

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CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery - Passchendale, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery - Passchendale, Friday 16th November 2018 by
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CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery - Passchendale, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery - Passchendale, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery - Passchendale, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Battle of Polygon Wood took place from 26 September to 3 October 1917, during the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. Much of the woodland had been destroyed by the huge quantity of shellfire from both sides since the 16th July and the area had changed hands several times.

The British & Australians attacks were led by lines of skirmishers, followed by small infantry columns organised in depth with a vastly increased amount of artillery support, the infantry advancing behind five layers of creeping barrage on the Second Army front.

German methodical counter-attacks from the 27th September to 3rd October failed and German defensive arrangements were changed hastily after the battle to try to counter British offensive superiority.

On the German front line was the Butte de Polygone, a large mound in Polygon Wood which housed large numbers of dugouts and foxholes built in it.

The Butte is still prominent and mounted on top of it is the 5th Australian Divisional memorial.
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5th Australian Divisional Memorial - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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5th Australian Divisional Memorial - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The memorial overlooks CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery that contains 2,108 graves, of which 1,677 are unknown.
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CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Buttes New British Cemetery - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Also on the edge of the wood is the much smaller CWGC Polygon Wood Cemetery. The area was originally a German cemetery with over 340 burials. The British established the Polygon Wood Cemetery in August 1917 as a frontline cemetery until it was lost to the Germans in April 1918. It received further interments in September 1918, once it was back in British hands.

The cemetery contains the remains of 57 New Zealand, 32 British, and 28 unidentified soldiers. A sole German is also buried in the cemetery, the rest having been relocated.
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CWGC Polygon Wood Cemetery - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Polygon Wood Cemetery - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Polygon Wood Cemetery - Polygon Wood, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

CWGC Strand Military Cemetery is located at Ploegsteert, about half way between Messines and Ypres. There are 1,143 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 354 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to six casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to 13 whose graves in four of the concentrated cemeteries were destroyed by shell fire. The eight Second World War burials all date from May 1940 and the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary force to Dunkirk ahead of the German advance.
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CWGC Strand Military Cemetery - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Strand Military Cemetery - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

German and Commonwealth soldiers are buried side by side here
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CWGC Strand Military Cemetery - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Strand Military Cemetery - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Strand Military Cemetery - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Strand Military Cemetery - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Less then a mile up the road to towards Ypres is the small CWGC Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery. This cemetery was originally set up by 1st and 4th Royal Berkshire Regiment troops in April 1915. The cemetery later expanded across the road, where the Berks Cemetery Extension was built and which now also houses the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing.
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CWGC Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing lists the 11,367 missing Commonwealth soldiers who fought outside the Ypres Salient in the area around Ploegsteert whose graves are unknown.
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CWGC Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

CWGC Berks Cemetery Extension was originally set up by Commonwealth troops in June 1916 as an extension to Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery across the road and the cemetery extension was significantly enlarged in 1930.

880 casualties from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and 4 German are buried here.
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CWGC Berks Cemetery Extension - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Berks Cemetery Extension - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Berks Cemetery Extension - Ploegsteert, Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Menin Gate was packed, as usual, for the last post and poppy reefs were still present from remembrance day a few days before.
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CWGC Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Friday 16th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 13/12**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Fri 14 Dec 2018, 1:17 pm

Day 2 in Ypres and the fog lifted with wall to wall sunshine. We took a walk back up to the Menin Gate as it was a lot quieter to have a look around compared to the crowds the previous night.

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CWGC Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Located on the northern suburbs of Ypres is CWGC Essex Farm Cemetery. The cemetery was established next to a dressing station established by the Canadian Field Artillery during the Second Battle of Ypres, on farmland which was unnamed on pre-war maps; the dressing station was operational from early 1915 until 1918. The name "Essex Farm" commemorates the Essex Regiment, perhaps because a soldier of the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment was an early internment there in June 1915.

The 49th Infantry Division Memorial overlooks the cemetery
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CWGC Essex Farm Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Essex Farm Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Private Valentine Joe Strudwick of the 8th Rifle Brigade, joined up in January 1915 and at the time of his death on the 14th January 1916, he was 15 years old, having been born on St. Valentine’s Day, 1900.

Within a short time after arriving in France he lost two of his friends who were standing next to him by a shell. After being badly gassed he was sent home and was for three months was in hospital at Sheerness. On recovering he rejoined his regiment in France and was soon killed in action. His mother received the following letter from his commanding officer, dated Jan.15th:

‘I am very sorry indeed to have to inform you that your son was killed by a shell on Jan. 14th. His death was quite instantaneous and painless and his body was carried by his comrades to a little cemetery behind the lines, where it was reverently buried this morning. A cross is being made and will shortly be erected on his grave. Rifleman Strudwick had earned the goodwill and respect of his comrades and his officers, and we are very sorry indeed to lose so good a soldier. On their behalf as well as my own I offer you sincere sympathy.’
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CWGC Essex Farm Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Thomas Barratt VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross.

He was 22 years old and a private in the 7th Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War when he performed the act for which he was awarded the VC and which led to his death on 27 July 1917 north of Ypres.

"For most conspicuous bravery when as Scout to a patrol he worked his way towards the enemy line with the greatest gallantry and determination, in spite of continuous fire from hostile snipers at close range. These snipers he stalked and killed. Later his patrol was similarly held up, and again he disposed of the snipers. When during the subsequent withdrawal of the patrol it was observed that a party of the enemy were endeavouring to outflank them, Pte. Barratt at once volunteered to cover the retirement, and this he succeeded in accomplishing. His accurate shooting caused many casualties to the enemy, and prevented their advance. Throughout the enterprise he was under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and his splendid example of coolness and daring was beyond all praise. After safely regaining our lines, this very gallant soldier was killed by a shell."
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CWGC Essex Farm Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Essex Farm Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Essex Farm Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The village of Brandhoek is located half way between Ypres and Poperinghe and contains 3 large CWGC cemeteries. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery has 558 burials which also includes 28 German.

The cemetery was begun by the British in July 1917 to replace the nearby Brandhoek Military Cemetery, which closed with the arrival of the 32nd, 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations as part of the preparations for the Battle of Passchendaele. The cemetery closed a month later and Brandhoek New Military No 3 Cemetery opened to replace it.
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CWGC Brandhoek New Military Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Brandhoek New Military Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC & Bar, MC was a British medical doctor, Olympic athlete, and British Army officer from the Chavasse family. He is one of only three people to be awarded a Victoria Cross twice.

The Battle of Guillemont was to see acts of heroism by Captain Chavasse, the only man to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. In 1916, Chavasse was hit by shell splinters while rescuing men in no-man's land. It is said he got as close as 25 yards to the German line, where he found three men and continued throughout the night under a constant rain of sniper bullets and bombing. He performed similar heroics in the early stages of the offensive at Passchendaele in August 1917 to gain a second VC and become the most highly decorated British officer of the First World War. Although operated upon, he was to die of his wounds two days later.
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CWGC Brandhoek New Military Cemetery - Ypres, Saturday 17th 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 13/12**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Fri 14 Dec 2018, 4:34 pm

The church of St. Nicholas is located in Feltwell, Norfolk, and is believed to date from the foundation of the first church in 600 A.D. The Norman church was damaged by fire and the repair was granted in 1494. Traces of the pre-Norman church can be found in the base of the tower, which collapsed while being repaired in 1898. In 1973, the church was declared redundant.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

During the early months of World War Two, the Parochial Church Council set aside ground for the burial of airmen from nearby RAF Feltwell and this is now the War Graves Plot. There are the graves of 39 servicemen who died during the the conflict buried within this plot. The total is made up of 6 soldiers and 19 airmen belonging to the forces of the United Kingdom, 11 airmen of the Royal Canadian Air Force 2 airmen of the Royal Australian Air Force and 10 belonging to the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 10th January 1941, Vickers Welington T2550 crashed into a hilltop at Heath Farm near Stapleford, 4 miles south of Cambridge in bad weather during a flight from RAF Feltwell to RAF Bassingbourn to pick up a pilot. The crew are buried together here.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sergeant W.J.H Hoskins was 2nd Pilot of 57 Sq in Vickers Wellington R1589 when it crashed at Larmans Fen shortly after taking off from RAF Feltwell for an operation to Essen on the 4th July 1941.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 15 July 1941 Wellington N2784 DX N took off from RAF Feltwell Norfolk as part of an operation to disrupt the German transportation system. The railway marshalling guards at Duisburg was the nominated target and a full bomb load of 4.500 pounds of explosives and incendiaries were carried in the bomb bay.

After dropping the bomb load the aircraft attempted the return journey to Feltwell but was caught in the German searchlights and suffered extensive damage by anti-aircraft fire. The port engine was out of action making the return flight extremely hazardous.

As they were on final approach to RAF Feltwell the remaining good engine started to fail causing sudden loss of height. At this stage the plane was out of control and was unable to reach the airfield and crashed into the tree line and burst into flames.

Sergeant S.R Rishworth and his crew were all killed in crash.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The plot also contains the grave of the wife of an airman who was serving at the airfield.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Vickers Wellington IC took off from RAF Feltwell at 05:20 hrs on the 6th January 1942 to bomb Brest. It crashed at Holmebrink Farm near Methwold. The aircraft was totally destroyed after a fire broke out on impact. The farmer Mr Thorpe, despite the danger, dragged Plt Off S G Cater from the flames and wreckage with the help of others. The rest of the crew were killed

Flt Lt Douglas Roy Richardson RCAF - Feltwell (St Nicholas) Churchyard
Sgt Robert Louis Nathaniel Simmons - Feltwell (St Nicholas) Churchyard
Sgt Eric Ewings - Feltwell (St Nicholas) Churchyard .
Sgt Victor Haig Mountstephens - Twickenham Cemetery
Sgt Lawrence Joseph Row - Coalville (Whitwick) Cemetery
Plt Off S G Carter - Injured
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sergeant D.A. Watson was the pilot of 57 squadron (RCAF) Vickers Wellington T2959 when it crashed at Roudham, Norfolk on an operation to Le Harve.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On Sunday, 26 October 1941, Pilot Officer J A Watson RCAF and his crew took of in Vickers Wellington R1722 for a raid on Hamburg. Upon returning to RAF Feltwell, their aircraft came down due to fuel starvation.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

When attacking Maupertuis airfield near Cherbourg on 22nd January 1943, Lockheed Ventura AE899 of 489 Swaudron was hit by heavy German flak. On the return journey to RAF Feltwell, Flying Officer Perryman ditched in the Channel. He escaped but two of his crew were lost in the aircraft and are still listed as missing to this day. Flying Officer K.W. Johns, the aircraft’s observer, was picked up alive from the sea but died of his injuries later that day. Of the six aircraft from No.487 Squadron that attacked this target, only one managed to return to the station.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

In late February / early March 1943 the Ventura Squadrons at RAF Feltwell were taken off bombing operations to take part in "Operation Spartan", a major training exercise for the invasion of Europe. The Feltwell Units were to make mock attacks on "enemy" positions within the UK. It was during this exercise that one of 487 Squadrons aircraft crashed at RAF Lakenheath.

Sgt Bernard O’Donnell, 22, a young Canadian pilot flying Ventura AE 680 was on the downward leg of the Lakenheath circuit on the evening of 2nd March when the aircraft caught the top of some trees at the edge of the village and crashed alongside "The Row", near Sharps Corner, Lakenheath. Unfortunately no one survived the crash.

The cause of the accident was never really ascertained. It was assumed that the O’Donnell may have allowed his attention to wander from both the runway lighting and his blind flying panel whilst making his approach.

Sgt O’Donnell (Pilot), F/Sgt McCormick (Navigator) and F/Sgt Billing (Wireless Op. Air Gunner) were the last wartime airmen to be buried at Feltwell.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot II R.E.D. Kelly was flying Harvard KF984 of No.3 SFTS when it dived into the ground during aerobatics at RAF Feltwell in September 1948.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

January 1943 found the Lockheed Ventura units at RAF Feltwell carrying out low-level training exercises. Exercises planned for the 20th January were to be a mock attack on the Steelworks at Corby. Flying Officer Frederick Drake, a 25 year old Canadian, approached the Kings Forest Lodge, near West Stow, Suffolk, in Ventura AJ171. The aircraft caught the top of some trees on slightly rising ground and crashed near the gateway of the Lodge. Drake and his crew were all killed.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the morning of Thursday 10th December Ventura AE759 (Coded YH-H) of 21 Sq. arrived at Feltwell from Methwold for servicing. The aircraft’s pilot was F/Sgt Garnet H. Turcotte, a young American who had crossed over the Canadian border in 1940 and enlisted in the RCAF. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Turcotte was a quiet-spoken, exceptional pilot. He had taken part in the Phillips raid, in Ventura YH-H and as a result had just been promoted to Warrant Officer. In the late morning, it was expected that he would take his aircraft back to Methwold and a number of ground crew were offered a lift back to the station.

Two men who declined the offer were Corporal Ralph Ram and LAC "Paddy" Woods. They did not accept a lift because it was uncertain what time the aircraft would be leaving, and the bike ride back to the camp, along the Old Methwold Road, was not a difficult journey.

Just before noon, Turcotte, his crew and LAC. Rutterford and Sgt O.W. Woodhead, both fitter/mechanics from "A" Flight 21 Sq., took off from Feltwell. What happened next has never been satisfactorily explained. Corporal Ram, who by this time had arrived at the Watch Office at Methwold, was standing with F/Sgt Lucas when he heard the Ventura approaching. Turning to look they saw it suddenly start diving towards the ground. Ralph asked, "What is he doing?" Suddenly, the aircraft disappeared behind some rising ground and there was the sound of an explosion and a ball of fire rose into the air. Chiefy Lucas said, "Its lucky that there’s only one person on board," but Ralph replied, "No! Its full". Just then the phone rang in the Watch Office and flying control at Feltwell confirmed that the aircraft contained 6 people.

The following day, Corporal Ram went over to the crash site at Methwold Hythe with the Station M.O. They had the unenviable task of retrieving the remains of the crew. When they arrived they found that the aircraft and the men inside had been smashed to pieces. LAC "Jock" Rutterford, who had been given a lift on the Ventura, had only gone over to Feltwell on that fateful day to draw some new boots from the stores. The boots were found intact in the wreckage.

To this day the cause of the accident remains a mystery. A number of people who lived at Methwold Hythe reported seeing the aircraft on fire in the air just before it crashed. The official report said;

"Aircraft flew into the ground after a shallow dive. The cause is unknown and must be classed as either an error by the pilot, or left unclassified. Reports that the aircraft was on fire in the air are not proven. Possibly the Pilot closed the throttles suddenly; in which case a considerable amount of flame would have issued from the exhaust. Only theory is that the aircraft was trimmed slightly nose heavy and as the Pilot gained speed, in a shallow dive, he was unable to pull out".
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The 4th November 1942 brought 464 Squadron its first fatal loss. The weather, which had been too bad for flying during the morning, cleared about noon, enabling the unit to carry out a low level flying exercise. At 14:45 hours. Ventura AE 737 piloted by F/LT Maurice Dore of "A" Flight, was returning to Feltwell. Suddenly the aircraft dived into the ground near First Drove, Lakenheath Fen. The machine exploded on impact and burnt out, killing the crew of five. Alva Rolph, who was in the Lakenheath Home Guard, was in charge of a POW work detail on First Drove, said, "The aircraft had been past us once at low level and then came back around again. It was flying very low and suddenly it just rolled over in the air and crashed into a dyke. There was the sound of an explosion and then a ball of flame". The cause of this crash, as with the loss of Williams’s aircraft in October, largely remain undetermined.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Office C.W. Eames was an Air Gunner on 57 Sq. Wellington when he sustained mortal injuries on a raid to Saarbruken.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

SergeantR.J. Grenfell of Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealandwas killed when his 75 (NZ) Squadron Royal Air Force Vickers Wellington III, Z1616, crashed soon after taking off from RAF Feltwell near Red House Farm, Methwold and burst into flames. Eyewitnesses stated that the aircraft was seen circling and on fire before diving into the ground.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sergeant A.N. Yeaman of Dalkeith, Western Australia, was killed when his Airspeed Oxford, AT724 of 1519 BAT Flight dived into the ground on approach to RAF Mildenhall in June 1942.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The crew of Vickers Wellington III X3487, No. 75 (NZ) Squadron were returning back to RAF Feltwell when they were attacked by a night fighter.

The rear gunner, Sergeant, R.J Harris was killed and the navigator, wireless operator and 2nd pilot were wounded. The pilot and front gunner escaped injury and a successful crash landing was accomplished back at base. However the 2nd pilot died later that morning.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sergeant A.S. Cassells was an Air Gunner on a 57 Sq Vickers Wellington when he was hit by a cannon shell on a raid to Hanover and subsequently died on the return trip.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The crew of Vickers Wellington R1589,57 squadron, took off on the July 4th 1941 to attack the airfield at Gilze Rijen in Holland. Less than five miles away from RAF Feltwell, the plane came crashing down and exploded in Larmans Fen, Southery – killing all crew members except for the rear gunner.

It was believed that the pilot may have had trouble with the air speed indicator coupled with bad weather and radio failure.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Outside the War Graves Plot but still in the churchyard are various burials for servicemen killed in accidents before and after the Second World War.

Pilot Officer J.R. Green & Pilot Officer R.V. Brooks were killed on the 17th October 1952 when their North American Harvard IIb, KF138, of No. 3 FTS, crashed into The Wash 12 miles north of Kings Lynn.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flight Lieutenant E. Martin DFC lost his life on the 15th August 1952 when his North American Harvard IIb, FT336, of No. 3 FTS, crashed while performing aerobatics over RAF Feltwell.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Officer R.T. Gipson was killed on the 5th July 1954 when his Percival Prentice T1, VS258 of No. 3FTS stalled and crashed at Hilgay Fen.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 29th April 1937, Handley Page Harrow I K6945 of 214 Squadron, RAF Feltwell, collided with Harrow K6950 during aformation turn & crashed near Methwold, Suffolk. Three aircraft were flying in formation when one of the rear planes sliced the tail of the leading plane with the prop.

K6945 was recovered from the River Wissey and in this plane were the bodies of Thomas Garside and one other. A dredger from the Great Ouse Catchment was used to recover the wreck from the river.

A total of five people were killed - three on board Harrow K6945, and two on board Harrow K6950.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flying Officer John McCarthy was piloting K6945.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Officer A.G. Gillespie & Aircraftman 1 C.C.M. Suthers were killed on the 7th August 1938 when their Handley Page Harrow I of 37 Squadron crashed at Vicarage Farm, Great Barton, Suffolk, whilst returning to RAF Feltwell from a night flying exercise.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Squadron Leader W.I. Collett of 75 Squadron was killed on the 4th August 1940 when his Vickers Wellington IC force landed at Barton Mills, Suffolk, suffering with engine failure after being diverted to RAF Mildenhall due to bad weather.
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Pilot Officer W.L. Colmer & Flying Officer R.A. Russell-Forbes were killed on the 13th December in Vickers Wellington, R269, when it crashed between Methwold Hythe & Feltwell.
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CWGC St. Nicholas Churchyard - Feltwell, Norfolk, Sunday 25th November 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 14/12**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 08 Jan 2019, 6:43 pm

I was able to visit a few sites in the heart of Norfolk last month when heading up to visit the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. The first destination was St Mary's Churchyard in Watton. Most of those buried here are RAF personnel from the former RAF Watton, which is now slowly being turned into a housing estate and it's satellite airfield, RAF Bodney.

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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Squadron Leader Arthur Henry Allen was killed along with his crew when their Bristol Blenheim R3636 crashed near Thetford, 25 minutes after taking off from RAF Watton to raid Wilhelmshaven.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Officer Ian Stapledon, Leading Aircraftman John Brayfield Ball & Sergeant Walter Jonathan Wetton of 21 Squadron were killed on the the 6th April 1940 when their Bristol Blenhiem IV L8740 crashed soon after taking off from RAF Watton at 04.00hrs to take part on an anti-submarine patrol.

Walter Jonathan Wetton is buried in his home town of Heckington, Lincolnshire.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Officer Peter Harry Moller, Sergeant Arthur John Norman & Sergeant Frederick Herbert Harry Taylor were killed on the22nd January 1941 when their Bristol Blenheim IV N3553 crashed amongst trees and then hit a brick wall almost immediately after taking off from RAF Bodney, 4 miles west of Watton.

Pilot Officer Peter Harry Moller is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 10th October 1942, Short Stirling BF348 took off from RAF Lakenheath to lay mines off the mouth of the Gironde. Shortly after becoming airborne, a serious technical problem developed and the pilot tried to land at RAF Watton. In the attempt the Stirling hit some trees and crashed at Great Cressingham, 5 miles South East of Swaffham. The RNZAF members of the crew are buried here at Watton and the RAF members were buried in there own home towns.

One crew member, Sgt H.R.Batrick, survived.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sgt. F.B.G. Heron, Flt. Sgt. G.D. Maluish & Sgt. G.E. Step crew were killed in a flying accident in Bristol Blenheim V5851 of 21 Squadron on the 7th July 1942.

Having been decimated in Malta, 21 Squadron was officially disbanded in North Africa on 14 March 1942, and reformed at RAF Bodney, that same day. 21 Squadron reformed with Blenheim Mk I’s and IV’s, left behind by 82 Squadron which had departed. At the time of this crash only about three war weary Blenheims were on charge and these were used as ‘squadron hacks’ to move between Watton, Bodney and other airfields.

Eye witnesses stated that the Blenheim was flying at very low level about 2-3 miles south of the RAF Watton, over the village of Stow Bedon. The land there forms a deep valley and as the aircraft flew up the side of the hill towards the airfield it's said that the aircraft’s tail hit a tree and was ripped off.

The aircraft then pitched up before diving into the ground behind a house in Stow Bedon.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Officer Bottrill was one of three airmen who lost their lives whilst on a training flight in Bristol Blenheim 1V V6454 UX-2 of No. 82 RAF Squadron when their aircraft struck the ground and burst into flames near Swaffham.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 26th January 1942, Bristol Blenheim IV V5769 took off for a training flight from RAF Bodney. Whilst gaining height it flew into trees on the edge of the airfield.

Sergeant Joseph Alban Eckersley & Sergeant Alfred Ronald Cheadle were killed in the crash with the Wireless Operator/Air Gunner suffering minor injuries.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The crew of Bristol Blenheim IV V6426 took off from RAF Bodney at 10:15 on the 4th July 1941, along with another Blenheim of 82 squadron, to ferry a crew to St Eval to pick up a faulty Blenheim and return it to RAF Bodney for repair.

At 10:45 they collided in mid air. Only the pilot survived and Pilot Officer Nicholas Aitken Cooper and Sergeant Owen Hall are buried here.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

During the afternoon of the 23rd April 1944 the crew of Handley Page Halifax LV916 of 78 Squadron took off from RAF Breighton in Yorkshire to undertake an air test. The aircraft had not been in the air long when it entered a shallow dive and crashed just south of the village of Sutton upon Derwent.

All but the rear gunner were killed in the crash, including Air Bomber F/O Horace Raymond Goddard.
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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Mary Churchyard - Watton, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

It was then a short drive to All Saints Churchyard at Swanton Morley. RAF Swanton Morley was a new station planned under the RAF expansion scheme but not completed to the same standard before the start of the Second World War.

On 4 July 1942, American and British airmen took off from this station as part of the first combined bombing raid of World War II. No 226 Squadron had been tutoring the US 15 Bombardment Squadron. Both Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower were at RAF Swanton Morley for this mission, which saw six crews from 15th Bombardment Squadron fly a raid with six crews from the RAF, using Boston's belonging to No. 226 Squadron. The raid was made at low level against German airfields in the Netherlands. During World War II the station was home to the Bomber Support Development Unit (BSDU) of No. 100 Group RAF.

From June 1953 the station was also used by 611 Volunteer Gliding School until it closed on the 6th September 1995. It was transferred to the British Army and the station was renamed Robertson Barracks.

The churchyard is located on the edge of the Wensum Valley, giving great views across the Norfolk countryside. It was a bitterly cold day so sadly i didn't spend as long here as i would have liked.

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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 24th of November 1949, a Percival Proctor from RAF Swanton Morley and Gloster Meteor from RAF Horsham St. Faith collided over the village of Kimberley, central Norfolk. Both aircraft were on training flights.

The pilot of the Proctor Pilot Officer A.B.Davies and his passenger Signaller (4) A.H.Chew were both killed in the crash, along with the pilot of the Meteor, Flight-Lieutenant Colin Murfitt.

Eye witness reports stated the Proctor was coming slowly from the south and the Meteor – coming at a moderate pace for a jet fighter – from the east. They were about 400 or 500 feet up.

Sqdn-Ldr.H.C. Randall, O.C. of the Meteor squadron to which Murfitt was attached said the pilot had been detailed to carry out single engine practice. He expressed the view that neither pilot could have seen the other. Strictly, according to the rules of the air, the Meteor should have given way to the Proctor on the starboard side, but in such a case, where planes are approaching one another almost head-on, both pilots would normally give way. Assuming that it would be possible for each pilot to see the other plane two miles away, Sqdn-Ldr. Randall said it would only take about 25 seconds for them to meet. It was possible that the pilots were simultaneously engaged in map-reading or were otherwise occupied at the moment.
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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Sergeant Pilot Everard Howard Hawken of the 1515 Blind Approach Training Flight, RAF Swanton Morley was killed on the 24th March 1942 at Foxley Wood, Bawdeswell when his Airspeed Oxford V4063 collided with another Oxford, V4137, on a beam approach training flight. All four aircrew were killed.

Sergeant Pilot Stephen Harry Robinson was in V4137 at the time of the collision.
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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

These three crew members of Bristol Blenheim IV, L9020, No 88 Sqn, were killed on the 20th October 1941 when their aircraft crashed at Weston Longville, near RAF Attlebridge, Norfolk, during a training sortie.
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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flying Officer J Rogers and 2 of his 3 man crew were killed on the 6th June 1943 when their 21 Squadron North American Mitchell III FV907 collided with a Lockheed Ventura AE856 on takeoff at RAF Oulton.
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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flying Officer Douglas Bernhardt Mollgaard of 226 Squadron (RNZAF) died age 21 on the 9th June 1943.

He took off from RAF Swanton Morley for a training flight in North American Mitchell II FL203 but 65 minutes later an engine failed and caught fire. The fire quickly spread and control was lost while attempting an emergency landing. The plane crashed at Kimberley, 8 miles SSE of Swanton Morley. At the time of his death Mollgaard had completed 479 flying hours (11 of these solo on board a Mitchell) and 5 or 6 operations.
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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC All Saints Churchyard - Swanton Morley, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The last location was Scottow Cemetery, located directly under the flightpath of runway 22 of the former RAF Coltishall site. Despite it's proximity to the disused airfield, it's quite a remote location. It was used only in the war years until September 1943, when growing shortage of space and the great expansion of the R.A.F. Station made it necessary for the new cemetery at North Walsham to be used. Post war graves though are located here.

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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Vaclav Brejcha was born in Zivotice, Czechoslovakia on 13th April 1915. He was in the Czech Air Force before the war and escaped to Poland after the Germans took over the country in March 1939. After Poland fell, he escaped to France, joining the Armee de l’Air and flying MB152 aircraft with GC III/10 and Curtiss Hawk 75’s with GC I/4.

After the fall of France he made his way to England, arriving at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge from RAF Cosford on 1st September to convert to Hurricanes. On 2nd October he made a forced-landing in Hurricane L1581 following engine failure. On 5th October Brejcha joined 43 Squadron at Usworth. He went to 257 Squadron at Coltishall on 27th November 1940.

On 4th February 1941, in Hurricane P3705, he shot down Do17 U5+LM (1132) of 4/KG2. It had been damaged by anti-aircraft fire and also by P/O Barnes of 257. It crashed offshore near Corton, Lowestoft. Fw H Ablonski and Gefr. F Muller both baled too low and were killed. Fw. W Blaschyk was captured along with Lt. F Heilman but the latter died of wounds the same day.

Brejcha was killed on 19th June 1941 whilst flying in Tiger Moth II N6835 of RAF Coltishall Station Flight, which spun into the sea off Southwold in Suffolk. He is buried in Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Otto Walter Kanturek was born in Czechoslovakia in 1897 and was one of the most renowned film makers at the time of his death in 1941. A Czech citizen, he made feature films in Germany and Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s.

He was at RAF Coltishall making a film with another filmmaker, Jack Parr, called a "Yank in the RAF." David Wade. Aeroplane archaeologist. It was planned to have two Hawker Hurricanes fly pass his cameraship, Avro Anson N9732. Jack Parry and Otto would take it in turns to film the Hurricanes.

Just before midday on the 26th June, 1941, Jack Parry, Otto Kanturek and their pilot clambered into the aircraft and took off. During the flight one of the Hurricanes collided with the camera plane. The Hurricane pilot bailed out and survived by everyone on board the Anson were killed.

Credits as a cinematographer include:

Night Train to Munich (1940)
Shipyard Sally (1939)
Girl in the News (1940)
Pagliacci (1936)
Blossom Time (1934)

Camera operator on A Yank in the RAF (1941).

Directorial work:

The Student's Romance - a musical (1935)
In the Little House Below Emausy (1933)
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the night of the 13th March 1941, aircraft of th Stab./Kampfgeschwader 2 were on route to attack Hull. Do 17Z-2, Werknummer—factory number 4248 code 'U5+DA', was shot down by fighter Ace John Randall Daniel "Bob" Braham, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Two Bars, AFC, CD in his Bristol Beaufighter and crashed six miles off Wells-next-the-Sea. Oberleutnant H von Keiser, Leutnant B Meyer, and Feldwebel's Heinz Genahr and Rucker were all killed—the latter's body washed ashore in June 1941.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

He 111H-5, Werknummer 4019, code 1G+MK, belonging to 2./ Kampfgeschwader 27 was shot down near Richmond, Wimbledon Common on the night of the 9th May 1941. Leutnant D Stähle, Obergefreiter F. Senft, H. Berner, and A. Weitz were all killed. John Randall Daniel "Bob" Braham, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Two Bars, AFC, CD had the confirmed kill.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Ju88A-4 1384 4D+DA Crashed in the sea off Mundesley, Norfolk on the 4th March 1942.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Vickers Wellington X3220 was one of two 40 Sqdn Wellingtons lost on the 16th July 1941. Taking off from RAF Alconbury, it crashed at 23:30 near West Caister, 3 miles from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. It is believed the crash was caused by the pilot being dazzled by searchlights. At the time of the accident, the Wellington was flying at 500 feet.

S/L R.G.Weighill KIA

Sgt R.D.Hesketh KIA

Sgt W.E.Gibb RCAF KIA

Sgt D.A.Price KIA

Sgt V.H.Leng KIA

P/O A.W.Wilkinson KIA
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Peter Alan Dale was born on 29th April 1917 in Scarborough and joined the RAF as an Aircrafthand about July 1935. He later applied for pilot training and was selected. With his training completed, he arrived at 11 Group Pool, St. Athan in October 1939.

After converting to Hurricanes, he was posted to 111 Squadron at Acklington on 17th November 1939. He was next posted to 141 Squadron in early 1940 and on 14th March he crashed through a barbed wire fence at Grangemouth, slightly damaging his Blenheim.

Dale flew 18 operational sorties with 141, including 13 in the Battle of Britain period, these mostly with Sgt. JSA Hodge as his gunner. On 15th December 1940 Dale was posted to 255 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey.

Commissioned in April 1941, Dale, in Hurricane V7222, shot down a He111 in the early hours of 9th May during a freelance patrol over Hull. The Heinkel A1+FM (4006) of 4/KG53 came down at Sunk Island Road, Patrington. Uffz. F Magie baled out and was captured. Uffz. G Reinelt, Uffz. J Kalle and Obergefr. R Lorenz were killed. Gefr. H Wulf was Missing.

On 13th December 1941 Dale was killed when his Beaufighter, R2309, hit some trees coming in to land at Coltishall. His radar operator, P/O H Friend was severely injured.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 22nd September 1941, Pilot Randle Feilden, Observer Fred Harvey Brown and Gunner / Wireless Operator Samuel Stephen John Collier of 114 Squadron were flying Bristol Blenheim IV V5490 on a practice bombing run off the coast at Cromer. They struck the mast of the target ship and crashed, killing all 3 crew. Samuel Stephen John Collieris is buried at Manor Park Cemetery, London.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Officer Charles Wilbert De-Shane of 137 Squadron, RAF Matlaske, Norfolk, was killed on the 9th March 1942 when his Westland Whirlwind P7036 entered an uncontrollable spin and crashed at White Horse Common, North Walsham.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Squadron Leader Geoffrey James Ian Clennell of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 255 Squadron was killed when his Bristol Beaufighter crashed due to engine failure five miles short of RAF Coltishall after a night flight reconnaissance mission over the North Sea on the 21st February 1942. A forced landing was attempted but the aircraft struck tree a tree in impact.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

JU88d-1 1342 8H-KL crashed into the sea 20 miles north of Cromer, Norfolk on the 19th October 1942. The body of Lt. Wolfgang Lauth was found on the 17th November 1942 and buried here.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Fw Hans Trökes of KG30 was in Ju88A-4 1384 4D+DA when it crashed in sea off Mundesley, Norfolk. He was born on Sunday December 20th 1914 in Duisburg-Hamborn.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flying Officer František Glauder 120078 aged 32 was killed when the Beaufighter IF X7703 he was flying hit the perimeter fence at Coltishall - his navigator, Sgt. Vašata was also killed

Both crew members were serving with 68 Squadron.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Karel Richter & Observer Jaroslav Kovanda were killed on the 5th September 1942 when a fire broke out in one of the wings of their 68 Squadron Bristol Beaufighter IF X7842, believed to be due to trapped fuel vapors, soon after taking off on a night training exercise from RAF Coltishall. They crashed into in the grounds of Poultry Farm, Spixwith Road, Norwich.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Petr Haas was a Sergeant/Navigator under training on the 23rd October 1942 when he and 3 crew members were killed when Avro Anson I DG787 of the Air Navigation & Bombing School crashed on Corserine in the Rhinns of Kells, at the time in Kirkcudbrightshire but now in Dumfries & Galloway. The aircraft was on a night navigation exercise from Jurby on the Isle of Man and was reported missing. It wasn't until two days later that a member of the Home Guard reported the wreckage to the RAF Mountain Rescue Team at Wigtown. The bodies were recovered on 26th October.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 26th January 1943, the No. 23 Operational Training Unit crew of Vickers Wellington III Z1695 took off from RAF Pershore in Worcestershire at 17:55 for a navigational training exercise known as "Bullseye". This exercise was to train inexperienced navigators to locate dummy targets, usually cites in the British Isles.

At 21:30 the aircraft was plotted by the Royal Observer Corps at 10,000 feet over Great Yarmouth. It was then seen to drop to 500 feet when it was picked up by a searchlight and shortly after the aircraft was noted as being fire. Several explosions followed and the aircraft broke up in mid air. At the time there was no AA gun fire of hostile & friendly aircraft noted in the vicinity.

The RAF investigation concluded that the pilot must have been temporarily blinded by the smoke and losing control of the aircraft. As he tried to pull up the tail failed and broke away. The origin of the fire was not determined.

4 of the 6 man crew are buried here.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Josef Mensik & Navigator Rudolf Sliva of 86 Squadron took off from RAF Coltishall 20.30hrs in Bristol Beaufighter VIF V8567 on the 22nd April 1943 for a training flight.

Several witnesses saw pieces of the aircraft fall away before it crashed near Swanton Morley, around 20 miles from Coltishall.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 5th April 1943 Flying Officer Donald Lloyd Kennedy of 426 Squadron and his crew in Vickers Wellington III X3699 took off from RAF Disforth to raid Kiel.

They were hit by flak just before the target, the rear turret was damaged. They then turned for home and found that a light was on that could not be turned off. This attracted a JU-88 which attacked the Wellington. The hydraulics were damaged and the bomb doors opened. About five minutes from the coast, both engines quit and they ditched hard into the North Sea and the aircraft broke up. P/O D Laskey RCAF, the wireless operator and Segeant L Anderson (RCAF), the bomb aimer, were able to get to the dinghy but were not able to turn it over. They tried to paddle it over to where P\O K Walley, the navigator and Sergeant Beaton RCAF, the rear gunner, were calling. After about four and a half hours, a destroyer was able to pick them up. Sadly the pilot, navigator and rear gunner perished.

Sgt Anderson was awarded a DFM in conjunction with the DFC for P/O D.Aaskey.
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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Scottow Cemetery - Coltishall, Norfolk, Saturday 15th December 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

There was a fatal crash on 2nd January 1956 when a Venom NF3 WX879 crashed killing Flying Officers Jarvis and Parsons. The aircraft dived into the ground three miles NE of North Walsham, Norfolk
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