Surnames G - H

 

 

Private 5891807 Gilbert Samuel Gadsby

 5th Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment

Died on 28th November 1942, Aged 19.

Buried Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia, IV. A. 12. 

 

H. Garner

 

 

 

Private 101353 Herbert Douglas Gibbons

 

40 Coy., Aux. Mil., Pioneer Corps

Died on 29th May 1940, Aged 31.

Commemorated Dunkirk Memorial, Column 151. 

 

A local boxer, Private Herbert Douglas Gibbons, has been officially posted as missing. Private Gibbons voluntarily joined the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps in September.  He is 31 years of age, and with his wife and five children lived at 55, Wellington Street, Loughborough.  His mother resides at Quorn. Prior to joining up Gibbons was employed at the Empress Works.  At one time he was a well-known boxer, and was winning distinction in the lightweight division.

 

Warrant Officer Class III 4854472. John H. William Gilbert

 

1st Bn., Leicestershire Regiment

Died on 16th August 1944, Aged 35.

Buried Ranville War Cemetery, France, V. F. 6.

 

SGT. MAJ. J. W. GILBERT. (MISSING).

Mrs, A. K.  Gilbert, who with her mother in law, lives at 32, Tuckers Road, Loughborough, has been notified that her husband, Platoon Sergeant Major, John William Gilbert, is missing in France in August.

For 12 years a member of the Territorials before the war--- he was then the drum major--- he was called up two weeks before its outbreak. He served in the Norwegian campaign with the Leicestershire Regiment.  It is a month since his wife heard from him. A younger brother, Edward, is also serving in France and is at present at a "snipers school". 

Writing to his sister in law, he gave her the first news that her husband missing and said it was probable he had been taken prisoner while on patrol. Sergeant Major Gilbert's wife is a conductress with Allen's buses.  

Mrs. A K Gilbert, 32, Tucker's Road, Loughborough, has now received news from the War Office that her husband, Platoon Sergeant Major John William Gilbert, who was previously reported missing, must now be presumed killed.

P.S.M. Gilbert, who was 35 years of age, served in the Leicestershire Territorials prior to the war and was drum major in the Territorial band. He joined the Leicestershire Regiment at the outbreak of war and served in Norway. Following this, he went to Ireland and then over to France a few days after D-Day, and was reported missing after the Battle of Caen.

Prior to joining the Forces he was employed at Tuckers' Brickyard. His mother is at present living at 32, Tucker's Road.

Trooper 7927248 Harry Gledhill

 

F Sqn. 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps

Died on 20th December 1941, Age 29.

Buried Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt, 19. G. 2. 

 

Friends of Trooper Harry Gledhill, of the Green Man Hotel, Loughborough, will regret to hear that he has been reported as killed in the Middle East.  The official notification received by his wife stated that he was " killed during an air raid whilst a prisoner of war." Trooper Gledhill, who was 29 years of age, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Halliwell Gledhill who resides at the Green Man Hotel.  Trooper Gledhill's wife was formerly Miss Joan Bramley, a Loughborough Carnival Queen. Trooper Gledhill was educated at Loughborough Grammar School.  Before joining the army he was a member of the Home Guard.  He was, prior to joining the Army, for some time a builder on his own account.

 

Captain Noel Herbert Godkin M.B.E.

No. 48 R.M. Commando., Royal Marines

Died on 4th November 1944, Aged 32.                                                                                  

Buried Oostende New Communal Cemetery,  9/ 7/5. 

 
Captain Godkin, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Godkin of Park Road, Loughborough. Mr. Herbert Godkin was head of the firm of Messrs, Herbert Godkin and Co, accountants, Baxter gate, Loughborough. Capt, Godkin was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and went to London for five years, where he was articled. Capt Godkin had many friends in Loughborough who will regret the passing of this gallant soldier. He joined up as a private in 1941, and later obtained his commission. At the date of his death he was an administrative officer in the Royal Marine Commando. He was in the thick of the fighting on many occasions and was in the landings at Sicily, Italy and Normandy. Before joining the Royal Marines Capt, Godkin, who was a chartered accountant, was a partner in the firm with his father and uncle. He took a great interest in literature, art, and music, and was a fluent French speaker. He was a popular member of the Loughborough Rugby Club. Quiet and unassuming. Capt, Godkin elected to join some of the toughest fighters in the world, the Royal Marines. He acquitted himself with great credit, and his many friends will remember him with respect, whilst sympathizing with his family. He was engaged to Sister A. Collins, of Loughborough Hospital.
 
 
48 Royal Marine Commando officers
Noel Godkin back row on far left

Private10630532  Lewis Granger

 

Army Catering Corps

Died on 6th October 1945, Aged 29.

Buried Coleorton (St. John's) Churchyard

 

Sergeant 1877215 Richard Thomas Grapes

 

192 Sqdn., Royal Air Force

Died on 4th March 1945, Aged 34.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, 346/13. 

 

 

Private S/14014647 Alfred G. Green

Royal Army Service Corps.

Died on 9th August 1946, Aged 25.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, Comp. 398. Grave A/27/402.
Alfred was the husband of Georgina Margaret Green, of Loughborough, and the son of Arthur and Ethel Mary Green, also of Loughborough. Alfred and Georgina (née Naylor) had only been married just over a year when Alfred died.

 

Trooper 14425722  Jack Green

 

Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps

Died on 25th June 1944, Aged 24.                                                                                                             

Commemorated Bayeux Memorial, Panel 10, Column 2. 

 

Trooper Jack Green, was the son of Mrs Alice Maud Green, 124, Ratcliffe Road Loughborough, and of the late Mr. Walter Green, Jack was killed in action in Normandy. Trooper Green, was in the Royal Tank Corps and went to Normandy with the invasion forces. Prior to joining the Army he worked for Messrs. Clemersons, Ltd. As a boy he went to Church Gate Schools and Limehurst Senior Schools. Mrs. Green had two more sons in the Army, Leo & Fred. Sergt, Major Bowles, who married one of her daughters served in Italy.

 

Sergeant 6093136 Leonard Green

 

1/6th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

Died on 18th August 1944, Aged 26.

Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery,  III. B. 18.                                                                                       

 

 

KILLED IN ACTION LOUGHBOROUGH SERGEANT. 

The death was announced of Sergeant Leonard Green, who was killed in France, during August 1944. He had served at Dunkirk, North Africa and Italy, and was the son of Mrs., and the late Mr. H, Green, of Burleigh Road Loughborough. Before joining the army he worked for Messrs, Palfreyman, of Loughborough, as a Slater.

 

 

W. Green

 

 

J. E. M. Guy

 

Died on 17th December 1941, Aged 28.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, ? 

 

T .Haines

 

News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. S, Haines, of 48, Cobden Street, Loughborough, that their son, Officer's Steward Thomas Haines, has been killed while on active service.  He was 26 years of age and was a popular young Loughborough man.  As a boy he went to Cobden Street, and Church Gate schools.  He joined the Navy three years ago, prior to that being employed by Messrs, Hall and Earl's in Baxter Gate. A/C 2 Ron Haines, his younger brother, is in the R.A.F, and P.C. J. Haines, his elder brother, is in the Police Force in Worcestershire.

 

 

Pilot Officer 199321 Charles Eric Hall

 

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died on 14th September 1945.                                                                                    

Buried Karachi War Cemetery India, 1. D. 15.             

 

Mr. and Mrs. Hall, 33, Kings - avenue, Loughborough, received official news that their only son, Pilot Officer Charles Eric Hall, R.A.F.V.R, Transport Command, was killed on September 14th, when his plane crashed near Karachi, India, due to mechanical trouble. He was a keen flier, having gained his pilot's "Wings" after 10 months training in Canada. He was educated at Loughborough Grammar School. Before joining the R.A.F. he was employed at the Brush E.E. Co, Ltd, as a transformer designer. His many friends will mourn his loss, both in Shepshed and Loughborough. He was a grandson of Mr., and Mrs., George Tivey, Forest-street, Shepshed.

 

  

Corporal 1889118 Jeffrey Hallam

560th Field Company, 18th Division, Royal Engineers

Died in Loughborough on 8th January 1948, Aged 29.

                                                                                       

Jeffrey Hallam, known as 'Jeff' to his family and friends, was born in the Barrow on Soar registration area on 3rd October 1918. He was the only child of Charles Wilfred Hallam and his wife Gertrude (née Smith) and attended Rosebery Street and Limehurst schools in Loughborough. After a period working at Messrs. Herbert Morris Ltd. Jeff joined his father who ran a haulage contracting business. In 1911 the Hallam family lived at 6 Station Street, Loughborough.

Jeff enlisted on 18th October 1939 and joined the 560th Field Company, part of the 18th Division of the Royal Engineers. Posted to the Far East he sailed to Bombay and there boarded the US Navy troop carrier West Point (the peacetime liner SS America). The West Point travelled in convoy with HQ 18th Division Royal Engineers on USS Wakefield (SS Manhattan) and arrived in Singapore on 29th January 1942 during the last weeks of the Malayan Campaign.

After the fall of Singapore on 15th February 1942 Jeff was one of 877 ordinary ranks captured and sent to the India Lines at Changi prison camp on the eastern tip of Singapore island. Immediately upon arrival at Changi, the Royal Engineers played a full part in providing essential sanitary facilities etc for the greatly overcrowded barrack area. Soon, however, the Japanese authorities demanded working parties for clearing, building and cargo handling duties in the city.

Between June and November 1942 a succession of rail transports took prisoners of war from Singapore to Ban Pong to work on the 'death railway' between Thailand and Burma. Jeff was one of those transported. From January to March 1943 he was based in Tarsao under Lt. Colonel Knights. He was in Wampo under Lt. Colonel Lilley until September 1943 when he moved to Chungkai under Colonel Outram. From March 1944 he was at Tamuang with Lt. Colonel Knights until May 1945 when he moved to Nakom Nyok.

After the fall of Singapore Jeff's parents did not hear from him for nineteen months until they received a postcard in September 1943 informing them that he was a prisoner of war in Japanese hands.

Jeff survived captivity and returned home in October 1945. He married Margaret Florence Fickling between April and June 1946 in Sheffield and the couple set up home at 257 Derby Road, Loughborough. Jeff died at his parents' home less than two years later on 8th January 1948, aged only 29, six weeks after having an operation at Loughborough Hospital. As the report on Jeff's funeral noted 'the privations which he suffered [as a POW] were largely responsible for the failure of his health'.

A description of Jeff's funeral followed:

'The funeral took place on Monday at the Congregational Church, Loughborough, the minister, the Revd. Ransom Dow officiating. The coffin was draped by a Union Jack and the bearers were Messrs. S. Hopewell, E. Eaton and J. Hallam (uncles) and C. Tipping a fellow prisoner of war.

'The principal mourners were: Mrs. M. Hallam (widow), Mr. and Mrs C. Hallam (father and mother), Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Eaton (aunts), Miss D. Kilby, Leicester (cousin), Mr. and Mrs. E Fickling, Sheffield (father-in-law and mother-in-law), Mr. A. Clarke, Sheffield (uncle). Others present were Mr. Z. Onions, Mr. J. Rodgers, Mr. Horace Hallam (uncle), Mrs. J. Hallam (aunt), Mrs. Clarke (aunt), Miss Clarke (cousin), Mrs. Tebbutt (cousin) and Mr. Hoyle, Shepshed (also a fellow prisoner of war).'

 

  

Gunner 2046937 Louis William Hancock

 

27 Searchlight Regt., Royal Artillery

Died on 24th August 1945, Aged 23.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, 394/9 B. 

 

Flight Lieutenant  Raymund Joseph Hannan D.F.C.

Pilot 207 Sqdn. Royal Air Force

Died on 25th November 1942, Aged 25.

Buried Bottesford (St. Mary) Churchyard                 

Sergeant 1818459  William Ernest Harbidge

15 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died on 26th February 1944, Aged 19.                                                                    

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, 346/11 

Sergeant Air Gunner W. Ernest Harbidge (19), son of Mr. J. W. Harbidge, 73, Leopold Street, Loughborough, and the late Mrs, Harbidge, has been reported as killed following an operational flight. Sergeant. Harbidge has been a year in the R.A.F. As a boy he attended Rosebery street and Limehurst Schools and was a member of the old St. Peter's Scout Troop before the war. He was also a member of the 132 Squadron, Loughborough A.T.C, in which he did his pre service training. Prior to joining the R.A.F. he was apprentice to plumbing at Messrs, T. Barker and Sons, Ltd, of Loughborough.

Two brothers older than Ernest, are also serving with the R.A.F. Herbert has just been awarded his "Wings" in America and has obtained his commission as pilot officer. He has served for four years, starting as a teleprinter operator. After experiencing some rather heavy bombing whilst stationed in England, he decided to try and get his "Wings." A year last Christmas he was sent to America for training and he is now in Canada awaiting orders. Cpl. J. A. Harbidge, R.A.F. is in the Middle East. Both brothers worked at the Electricity Offices before joining up. St, Peter's Church, where he was a regular attendee, held a large congregation of friends at the funeral service yesterday afternoon.

The family mourners were Mr. J. W. Harbidge. (Father) Mrs, Gibson, (sister). Mr. Cripps (brother-in-law), Mrs.J.A. Harbidge (sister-in-law), Mr. Gibson (brother-in-law), Mrs, Basford (aunt). Many others, including neighbors and friends, were present, including Mr. F. Barker, a member of the firm Messrs, T. Barker and Sons, Ltd, Flt. Lieut, W, F, Mayoss, O.C. of 132 Squadron, A.T.C. of which Sergt, Harbidge, was a member before he joined the R.A.F. and several members of 132 Squadron, A, T.C. There were many wreaths from relatives, Friends and colleagues, and the coffin was draped with the Union Jack. The service at St. Peter's and the interment at the cemetery were taken by Reverend A. M. Samson.

 

Gunner 2063179 Cecil Hemslie Harding

 241 Bty., 77 H.A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery

Died on 29th November 1943, Aged 23. 

Commemorated Singapore Memorial, Column 20.                                                                               

Mr. and Mrs. Harding, Burder Street, Loughborough, heard on the radio that their son, Driver C, H, Harding, is a prisoner of war in Java.  Driver Harding had been missing for months.  He is 23 years of age, and went to Limehurst Senior School as a boy. He joined the Territorials, and was called up at the outbreak of war.  

Mr. and Mrs., Samuel Harding, 155, Burder Street, Loughborough, have just received the first postcard for two years from their son, Gunner Cecil Harding (23), R.A., who is now known to be in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Java.

Writing to his parents, he says, " I am constantly thinking of you. It will be wonderful when we meet again. "Our camp is well equipped and the accommodation is comfortable. Our daily life is pleasant." Before joining the Royal Artillery 12 months before the outbreak of war he worked for Mr., F, Stenson, brewer, Swan Street, Loughborough.

Lieutenant 304217 John Robert Harvey

 

Leicestershire Regiment

Died on 23rd March 1945, Aged 28.

Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar, 25. C. 16. 

 

News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. H Harvey, "Letham," Beacon Road, Loughborough, that their eldest son, Lieutenant J Robert Harvey, was killed in action in Burma in March. Lieutenant Harvey joined the Army in January 1940, and went to Burma in 1944.  Prior to that he had served for two and a half years in Iceland. Before the war he worked at Messrs, Woolsey, Ltd, Leicester. He was 28 years of age and was educated at the Loughborough Grammar School.
 He leaves a wife, whom he married two years ago. His brother, Lance Corporal, B, Harvey, has been a prisoner of war in Germany for five years.
 

Sergeant 580542  Victor Harvey

18 Sqdn., Royal Air Force

Died on 27th December 1939, Aged 19.                                                                                         

Buried Le Quesnel Comm. Cemetery Ext.  Row B. 10. 

LOUGHBORO'S First R.A.F. Casualty 

Sergt. V. Harvey 

On the day that he was to have returned home on leave, news reached Mr S. Harvey Of 6 Albert Street, Loughborough, that his son 19 year old son, Victor Harvey, of the Royal Air Force had been killed. Victor was Loughborough's first R.A.F. hero and casualty of the present war. He was the son of Mr and the late Mrs Harvey, and was known in Loughborough for the brilliance that he showed at Loughborough Grammar School and has a clerk in the solicitor's office of Messrs Moss, Deane and Moss. Victor was educated at the Emmanuel Church School before going to the Grammar School, where he matriculated at the age of 15. A keen and able sportsman, he excelled at swimming and cricket and also assisted the Old Loughburians Football Club. He was associated with Emmanuel Church. 

Promising Career 

Victor interrupted a very promising career to join the R.A.F. shortly after the September crisis of 1938, but he was quick to apply himself to his new task, and his ability earned speedy recognition. At the time of his death he had for over six months held the rank of Sergeant, and he his thought to have been one of the youngest sergeants in the service. He celebrated his 19 birthday last march. Notification was received by his Father who was a special constable in Loughborough. 

       

 
 
 No 18 Squadron, North France, November 1939,
Vic in centre row Left of Centre.
 
 
Vic third from left with other Blenhein bomber crew members.
 

 

 Vic and his three crew members, (LAC John Job, AC. William Martin & Ft. Lt. James Sabin) were shot down on a leaflet - dropping mission.

 

The Four crew were buried with full military honours

in the British Cemetery at Le Quintex, France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sergeant 1578211 Albert Henry Hawes 

51 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died on 26th June 1943, Aged 21.

Buried Eindhoven Cemetery, Holland, EE.  23.                                                               

Mrs. E. A. Hawes, of 325, Park Road, Loughborough, has received news that her son, Flight Sergeant, A, H. Hawes, has been reported missing following an operational flight.  Mrs. Hawes, who is a widow, has her daughter living with her. Sergeant Hawes has been for 15 months in the R.A.F, he was in the sorting office at the Loughborough Post Office.  He was home on leave a week before he was reported missing. Sergeant Hawes, who was 21 years of age, served in the Loughborough Home Guard. 

Sergeant 1578071 John Bernard Hebditch

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died on 1st December 1943, Aged 24.

Buried North Curry (Ss. Peter and Paul) Churchyard                                                                        

Much sympathy has been expressed with Mrs. Hebditch, of 57, Albert- promenade, Loughborough, on the death of her husband, Sergeant Pilot John Bernard Hebeditch, R.A.F, who was killed on active service in December. He was the eldest son of Mr., and Mrs., B, S, Hebditch, Lillesdon Court, North Curry, near Taunton, and he was a married in July of this year to Miss Phyllis Moss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs., H, A, Moss, 57, Albert- promenade. Sergeant Pilot Hebditch, who was 24 years of age, was educated at the Huish's school, Taunton and Taunton school.  After leaving school he was apprenticed to the engineering trade with Messrs, Petters, of Yeovil.  Later for some time, he was with the Brush Electrical Engineering Co, at Loughborough.  He joined the Royal  Air Force about two years ago and obtained his Wings in Canada.  He was a keen dirt track rider and the winner of several cups.  At one time he was a member of the Leicester Query Club.

The funeral at North Curry Parish Church on Monday afternoon was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev, H, Jocelyn Davies.

The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and deceased's. A. F. cap rested on the top.  An officer from the Royal Air Force was present, representing the commanding officer and officers of his unit and the bearers were non commissioned officers of the R. A. F.  The interment was in a grave beside that of the deceased's youngest brother, George, who was killed in a motor accident in 1931.

 

 

 

T. Highton

 

 

 

Corporal 4860087  Leonard Raymond Hilsdon

 

1st Bn., Leicestershire Regiment

Died on 1st September 1943, Aged 24.

Buried Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand, 2. N. 36. 

 

Mrs. E, Hilsdon, 78, King George Road, Loughborough, received official news that her husband, Sergeant Leonard Raymond Hilsdon, died in a prisoner of war camp in Thailand in September, 1943. Sergeant Hilsdon was called up at the outbreak of war and was captured at Singapore. He was formerly employed by Messrs, Wm, Lowe and Sons, Church Gate, Loughborough.

 

Able Seaman D/SSX 14259 Arthur Leslie Holland

Royal Navy, H.M.S. Jaguar

Died on 29th May 1940, Aged 28.

Buried Dover (St. James's) Cemetery, Row F. Joint grave 14. 

 

 

Lance Sergeant 4862259 Arnold Edward Howlett

 

1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment

Died on 23rd August 1944, Aged 28.

Buried St. Desire War Cemetery France, I. B. 2.

 

Mrs. Joan Howlett, 73, Cossington-road, Sileby, has just received official intimation that her husband, Sergeant A. Howlett, aged 28, has been killed in action in France. He has been in the army for four and a half years, and prior to the war was employed at Messrs, Newbold and Burton, Ltd. Sileby.  Sergeant Howlett was born at Quorn and received his education there.  His mother Mrs., S. J. Howlett, lives at 100a, Nottingham Road, Loughborough.  Sergeant Howlett was a keen sportsman, playing for Quorn Methodists football team, and was a well-known sprinter at school.

 

 

 

 

Sergeant 1197623 Donald Frank Hubbard

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died on 28th July 1942, Aged 20.

Buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Plot F. Coll. grave 8.  

Gunner 11403154  Jack Hubbard

52 Lt. A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery

Died on 30th September 1944, Aged 29.

Buried Ancona War Cemetery, Italy, II. L. 4.                                                                                                                 

Dispatch Rider Jock Hubbard a native of Wymeswould, has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Italy.  His wife, Mrs. J. Hubbard and their two children live at Number 35, Derby-Square Loughborough. Jock had been in the army for three years and served throughout the whole of the North African Campaign, and in the advance on Rome.  He was one of the original "Dessert Rats" with the 8th Army. Before joining the Army Jock was employed at Messrs. M. Wright & Sons, Ltd, Loughborough.  He received his education at Wymeswold and only eight years ago moved to Loughborough.  Mrs. Hubbard has received a letter of sympathy from his padre.

 

 

C. Hudson

                                                                                                                                                                    

An official notification states that Lance/Corpl, Cyril Hudson, paratrooper, of 48, Russell Street, Loughborough, is reported missing.  L/Cpl. Hudson landed on D. Day in France.  Communications were regularly received from him in Loughborough for some weeks, but since the correspondence to him has been returned. He had made many descents by parachute before the invasion of Normandy. Until soon after the war began he was employed at the Loughborough Brush Works, in the Stores department. After enlisting in the Forces he joined the Commandos, later transferring to the Paratroops.  He had resided in Loughborough with his Aunt, Mrs., Winson, 48, Russell Street.  An Uncle is Mr., Leonard Hudson, Cobden Street, Loughborough, who was formerly a member of the Leicestershire Territorials band.

 

 

 

Lance Corporal 4866439 Stephen Hudson

7th Bn., Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Died on 17th August 1944, Aged 21.

Buried Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, France, V. D. 16. 

 

Corporal 4861143  John Hull

 2/5th Bn., Leicestershire Regiment

Died on6th February 1944, Aged 27.

Buried Minturno War Cemetery, Italy, I, A, 4.                                                                                                  

Mr and Mrs Hull of 24 Ashleigh Drive Loughborough received official intimation that their son Corporal John Hull, aged 27, had been wounded and has died of wounds whilst he was serving with the Central Mediterranean Forces. Prior to joining the Army, he was employed in the Coachworks Department of the Brush Electrical Engineering Co, Ltd. Mr and Mrs Hull, have another son, Sergeant E. Hull, serving in the Army.

 

Craftsman 7637060 Thomas Leslie Hurst

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Died on 6th October 1944, Aged 29.

Buried Mierlo War Cemetery, Holland, I. A. 6. 

Pilot Officer 176159 Geoffrey Hutt

 

434 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve                                                   

Died on 18th March 1944, Aged 21.

Buried Thorpe Acre (All Saints) Churchyard

 

The parents of the late Sergt. Engineer Geoffrey Hutt, R.A.F, Residing at 23, Clifford Road, Loughborough, was notified by the Air Ministry that their son was appointed to a commission in the Royal Air Force with the rank of pilot officer on probation eight days prior to his death on operations.

A Loughborough boy, Sergeant, Geoffrey Hutt, flight engineer, R.A.F,. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A, Hutt, 23, Clifford Road, has been killed whilst on operations. His parents received a letter from him written on the morning of the day on which he was killed. Sergeant Hutt, who was 21 years of age, joined the R.A.F. in July 1942, his first operational flight being over Berlin on November 22ndlast year. Before his death he had completed eleven operations. Educated at Limehurst School he was employed by the building and contracting firm of Messrs Thos. Barker and sons, Ltd, Loughborough, where he had been apprenticed since leaving school. The funeral was at Thorpe Acre Church.