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An important part of the archive are the details behind personnel who died or are buried in the county, and the following (summarised) information on the twenty-five RAF and two naval airmen buried at Kempston Rural Cemetery serves to illustrate how this could be of use to relations, local historians or anyone interested in remembering them.
The headstones are four rows. In date order they are:
GATES, AC1. THOMAS
RUSSELL, 633735. RAF. 9th May
1941. Age 19. Son of Thomas Russell Gates and Sarah Gates, of Coatbridge,
PHITIDIS, Sgt. (Pilot) GEORGE
RAFVR. 12th October 1941. Son of Constantine Haralambou Phitidis and
Alexandra Gabriel Phitidis, of Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa.
CUKE, Sgt. (Pilot) MARK
17th November 1941. Age 23. Son of the Hon. H. Archibald Cuke, MLC., and
Isabella M Cuke, of St Michael, Barbados. Diploma Imperial College of
BELOE, Flying Offr. (Pilot) CHARLES
RAF. 5th December 1941. Age 21. Son of Gerald Harry and Margaret Elizabeth
Colston Beloe, of Clifton, Bristol.
NESBITT, Sgt. (Pilot) THOMAS
RAF(VR). 5th December 1941. Age 30.
WRIGHT, Sgt. (Pilot)
HARRY, 1380378. RAF(VR). 5th
December 1941. Age 30. Son of John Charles Wilson Wright and Evelyn
Wright; nephew od Esther A Wright, of Brighton, Sussex.
(Obs) HERBERT SAMUEL, 1377212. RAFVR.
5th December 1941. Age 20. Son of George Herbert and Hannah Rebecca
Loader, of Plaistow, Essex.
MARCUS, Sgt. (W Op/Air Gnr) DEREK
RAFVR. 5th December 1941. Age 25. Son of Rudolph Benjamin Marcus and of
Lottie May Marcus (née Miller); husband of Regina Amelia Marcus (née
Fooks), of Maida Vale, London.
MATTINGLEY, Sgt. (W Op/Air
Gnr) JAMES HENRY,
1057674. RAFVR. 5th December 1941. Age 21. Son of John Henry and
Kathleen Mattingley, of Hackney, London.
JOHNSTON, Sgt. (W Op/Air
Gnr) ARTHUR GERALD,
591395. RAF. 5th December 1941. Age 20. Son of William and Anne Johnston,
of St John’s, Woking, Surrey.
PARROTT, Sgt. (W Op/Air Gnr) SYDNEY
RAFVR. 5th December 1941. Age 21.
FREDA, 450985. WAAF. 13th February
1942. Age 21. Daughter of B R Tory and of Ethel Tory, of St Mary Cray,
MAXWELL, Flt.Sgt. (Pilot) ARNOLD
RCAF. 6th May, 1942. Age 20. Son of Thomas Edward and Mary Irene Maxwell,
of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.
HANCOCK, Flt.Sgt (Air Obs.) JOHN PATRICK, R/76975.
RCAF. 6th May 1942. Age 20. Son of Charles .F Hancock and Esther A.
Hancock, of Strome, Alberta, Canada.
Flt.Sgt. (W.Op/Air Gnr.) DONALD KEMPTON,
R/76409. RCAF. 6th May 1942. Age 32. Son of Edward Kempton O’Brien and
Elizabeth Marie O’Brien, of Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada.
BROWN, Sgt. (W.Op./Air Gnr.) THOMAS
RCAF. 6th May, 1942. Age 24. Son of John S. Brown and Eliza J. Brown of
Wolseley, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Flt. Sgt. (Pilot) ROSS MACKENZIE, R/79369.
RCAF. 19th August 1942. Age 21. Son of William and Maggie Gilmour; husband
of Robina McNeill Gilmour, of Verdun, Province of Quebec, Canada.
Flying Offr. (Pilot) PETER FRANCIS, 123022. RAFVR. 25th October 1942. Son of Frederick and Ida Kathleen Smith, of
Northwood, Middlesex. His brother, Derek Christopher Horace, also died on
Sgt. (Pilot) LEONARD JAMES, 414957. RNZAF.
28th November 1942. Age 21. Son of Joseph Michael Casey and Frances Delia
Casey (née Kavanagh), of Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.
Sgt. (Radio/Obs) RANDAL GEORGE, 1339699. RAFVR. 23rd December 1942. Age 20. Son of Randal and Florence Pearson,
of Fulwood, Sheffield.
MILLER, Sgt. (Pilot) GORDON CHRISTIAN
416521. RNZAF. 6th May 1943. Age 22. Son of Leonard Henry Miller, and of
Thora Miller, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
HINTON, Pilot Offr. (Pilot) ALLAN
J/23231. RCAF. 4th June 1943. Age 21. Son of Allan Thompson Hinton, and of
Martena Hinton, of East Orange, New Jersey, USA.
LAC. (Drogue Op) ALFRED CHARLES MICHAEL,
1385664. RAFVR. 3rd March 1944. Age 21. Son of Bertie Frederic and
Anorah Mary Green; husband of Esther Atkinson Green, of Kempston.
WHITBREAD, Sgt. (Flt Engr) DENNIS
LAWSON, 1624919. RAFVR 433 (RCAF) Sqdn. 5th August 1944. Age 22. Son of Arthur Charles
and Daisy Beatrice Whitbread; husband of Lilian May Whitbread, of Kempston.
FAIRLIE, LAC. JOHN
CAVANAGH. 990379. RAFVR. 21st
June 1945. Age 24. Son of John and Teresa Fairlie; husband of Doreen
Deborah Fairlie, of Hornsey, Middlesex.
Alongside these RAF graves are two Naval burials - one of whom is known to have been an aviator.
Sub-Lieut. (A) DOUGLAS GEORGE. RNR. HMS Daedalus. 14th January
1942. Age 23. Son of Arthur James Tompkins and Hilda Elizabeth Tompkins; Husband
of Margaret Joyce Tompkins.
The other naval headstone bears the
/ W A OWEN / Royal Naval Vol. Reserve / 27th May 1945 / Age 19 / A bitter grief
/ a shock severe / to part with one / we loved so dear
|Supplementary list for a further eleven RAF burials at Cranfield (SS Peter & Paul) Churchyard|
|A similar much larger archive has been compiled by Geoff Negus. Begun in 1984 the British, Commonwealth & Polish Air Services Personnel Archive currently contains details of more than 90,000 air force fatalaties (see 'Sample Archives' page for contact details)|
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