Month: April 2018

Guy Richard Brown, DFC

Major Ingpen's notes in Wiltshire Museum archive
Major Ingpen’s notes in Wiltshire Museum archive

The whole country celebrated with George V for his Silver Jubilee.  On 6th May 1935 Miss Ann Brown, assisted by her sister and brothers, planted a pink horse chestnut by the pond in Aldbourne.  As I type this, the ‘candlesticks’ that will become blossoms are just starting to appear.

The last Aldbourne fatal casualty of the war was Ann’s brother, Flight Lieutenant Guy Richard Brown, DFC RAF who died, aged 24, on 6th September 1945, three weeks after the Japanese surrender and is buried in Heliopolis War Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt. He was awarded the DFC for his service in 50 operational missions over Egypt and Libya leading to the capture of Tripoli. After then he seems to have flown for a electronic countermeasures unit in Britain against Germany. At the time of his death he was serving in an air ferry unit. The bus shelter was built as a memorial to him, just yards away from the tree he helped to plant in 1935.

With thanks to William and Ann Brown.

Additional information sourced from http://www.theobservationpost.com ‘Aldbourne’s War Dead and Easy Company’s Band of Brothers’ (June 2017)

Our Anniversary Day R C Barrett #RAF100

Ronald Charles Barrett

Sergeant 106 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died 9th July 1943 aged 21

From a collection of poems written between 1935, when the author was 12 years old, and 1941.  Commissioned by the Aldbourne Memorial Hall Management Committee as a Tribute to the Service Men of this village who died in the 1939-45 War, and reproduced by Aldbourne Business Services, with the kind permission of Mr & Mrs L Mildenhall

Ronald Charles Barrett

Percy Veitch – RFC/RAF

As the RAF celebrates it’s 100th birthday I thought you would like to know that Aldbourne was part of it.  My Uncle Percy was transferred from the RFC (which he joined in 1913, an “Old Contemptible”) to the newly formed RAF.  His complete service number was 635 (ie the 635th person to be enlisted in the RAF). Attached record shows the date of transfer 17/03/18 from RFC to RAF The date 1/3/13 was his last promotion Pay 6 shillings a day. OE is the term of enlistment which I assume means “Open ended”
John Brown March 2018
It was an absolute delight to hear from John Brown in the days leading up to #RAF100 with details of his uncle Percy.  Photos from www.pastcaring.com a family history prepared by John’s son, Paul.  Percy’s father and brother, both John, are remembered on the Aldbourne War Memorial Hall.
 

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Royal Flying Corps/RAF

With my thanks to Phil Comley for providing names for this list.  Any and all information about those named very welcome!

Daniel Edgar Cook – born in 1900 and believed to be with the training wing in Crystal Palace when the war ended.
William Culley –  2nd class aircraft mechanic.  Served in 211 and 92 Sqn.
Lt Col Spencer Bertram Horne – 85 and 60 Sqn. Lived in Beech Knoll. Died 1969.
George Gulliver Jerram – 1st class aircraft mechanic. 25 Sqn. He was a carpenter by trade so he was almost certainly a ‘rigger’ who built the wooden frames. He was serving when it was the RFC
Reginald Mildenhall – another ‘Rigger’.
Richard Alexander Moulding – 1st class aircraft mechanic. 102 Sqn.
Frederick Henry Sheppard – ‘Rigger’ who walked to Marlborough to enlist.
Harold Smith – no service details.
George Lambert Usher – born in Plymouth, buried in Aldbourne Churchyard.