Sgt Gordon Sharrocks 1125640 78 Squadron

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by David Winterbottom, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. David Winterbottom

    David Winterbottom Junior Member

    Hi all

    I have been approached by a member of my local church who was carrying out an inventory and an item of the church was donated by the parents of the above who died on operations on October 7th 1944 whilst serving with 78 Squadron, according to CWGC he is interred at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

    He was KIA with his crew whilst on their first operation to Kleve in Germany on 7 October 1944 serving as mid upper gunner on a Halifax with 78 Squadron at RAF Breighton.

    I know there are many excellent sleuthing members on this board and hope some may be able to help with more information perhaps as to his joining up and training etc, any further info would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

  2. CL1

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

  3. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    "Son of William and Sarah Jane Sharrocks, of Shaw, Lancashire".

    Fern Leigh, Rochdale Road, Crompton U.D., Lancashire
    William Sharrocks 29 Nov 1891 Cotton Spinner (Retired)
    Sarah Jane Sharrocks 07 Feb 1891 Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Irene Dunne (Sharrocks) 09 Jun 1920 Confectioner Improver
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
    Alice Margaret Powell (Sharrocks) 07 Jun 1925 Seeking Work Not Yet Employed
    Kenneth Sharrocks 19 Sep 1930 At School
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Allied Losses and Incidents: All Commands

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2005
    Name: Gordon Sharrocks
    Mother's Maiden Surname: Hill
    Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1921
    Registration district: Oldham
    Inferred County: Lancashire
    Volume Number: 8d
    Page Number: 1294

  5. David Winterbottom

    David Winterbottom Junior Member

    Many thanks all. Your efforts much appreciated and his home address and family were hitherto unknown therefore another piece of the jigsaw completed. Anyone any idea where his training as a gunner may have been?
  6. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

  7. snailer

    snailer Country Member

  8. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Good eye. However I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the minimal role authors have in designing the covers of their books. So I wouldn't be in a hurry to condemn the author and their work for something that was in the hands of design department. I've learned from my time in the book business that "don't judge a book by its cover" is frequently a truism in history publishing.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2018
  9. Tony H

    Tony H Junior Member

    For info - I have the following info on him;

    He was Mid-Upper Gunner on Halifax LV796 EY-K "Rothman K-King" that had departed Breighton as 1132 on 07/10/44 for Ops Kleve

    It is believed to have been engaged by Flak, hit and shot down. The aircraft crashed into a house at No 60 Spyck Strasse, Kleve with the loss of all seven crew who were all on their 1st Op

    Following their initial burial, they were all subsequently reburied in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, however with the exception of F/O Hill, all are now commemorated on special memorials, as the precise location of their graves within the cemetery is now unknown

    For this reason, they are also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey


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