RAFVR Casualty & Spilsbury Cemetery, Yorks - Help Required

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  1. ClankyPencil

    ClankyPencil Senior Member

    Can anyone provide any help/details regarding the below casualty, and also anything regarding Spilsbury Cemetery, Yorks ?

    CWGC casualty details as follows:

    WRIGHT, THOMAS

    Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class
    Service No: 1026044
    Date of Death: 10/04/1944
    Age: 37
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Panel Reference: Panel 243.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information: Son of Fred and Eliza Wright; husband of Rhoda Wright, of Levenshulme, Manchester.

    Basically, i came across a grave in my local cemetery (Philips Park, Manchester), with an inscription to the memory of the above casualty (See attached photo). At the bottom of the inscription it has 'Interred at Spilsbury Cemetery, Yorks.

    From the CWGC details, it doesn't reference him having a grave, only being commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial :confused: .

    Also, I have done a google search etc for Spilsbury Cemetery, and i can't find any reference to it at all :confused:

    Any help/advice would be appreciated

    Thanks in Advance

    Scott
     

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  2. snailer

    snailer Country Member

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Panel from Runnymede attached.
    The body was not found so the commemoration is placed on Runnymede memorial.

    It is quite common for a casualty to be remembered by the family within the family plot.


    WRIGHT, THOMAS

    Rank:

    Aircraftman 1st Class

    Service No:

    1026044

    Date of Death:

    10/04/1944

    Age:

    37

    Regiment/Service:

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Panel Reference

    Panel 243.

    Memorial

    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    Additional Information:
    Son of Fred and Eliza Wright; husband of Rhoda Wright, of Levenshulme, Manchester.
     

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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    There is a Spilsby near the border of Yorkshire not Spilsbury
    below from CWGC
    However he is commemorated at Runnymede due to the body not being found.





    Cemetery or Memorial Country Locality Number of casualties SPILSBY BURIAL GROUND United Kingdom Lincolnshire 6 SPILSBY CEMETERY United Kingdom Lincolnshire 2 SPILSBY, RURAL DISTRICT Civilian War Dead Lincolnshire 11


    Airfield incidents[SIZE=small][[/SIZE]edit]
    On Easter Monday 10 April 1944, during the preparation for an operation, a major incident occurred in a fusing shed while a 1,000 lb (450 kg) bomb was being disarmed. It exploded causing the death of 10 Squadron armourers, three of whom were never found and therefore have no known grave. The force of the explosion also caused damage to some of the Airfield's buildings and even some slight damage in the nearby community.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Spilsby

    the other two casualties Remembered at Runnymede

    ROURKE, EDWARD Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class Service No: 1699385 Date of Death: 10/04/1944 Age: 23 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 207 Sqdn. Panel Reference Panel 243. Memorial RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Additional Information:
    Son of Francis and Mary Rourke, of Dundee.

    JONES, IDRIS EURFYL Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class Service No: 1661195 Date of Death: 10/04/1944 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 207 Sqdn. Panel Reference Panel 243. Memorial RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Additional Information:
    Son of Arthur and Annie Jones, of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire.
     

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  5. ClankyPencil

    ClankyPencil Senior Member

    Thanks Pete and Clive for the information and photo.

    Cheers

    Scott
     

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