Bulloch, Anthony Alexander Talbot (No. 33224)

Bulloch, Anthony Alexander Talbot (Anthony)

Flying Officer 

No. 33224, 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Killed in action on Wednesday 24 April 1940 (aged 23)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 5)

Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church, Craigavad


In some records his surname is spelt Bullock.

Anthony Alexander Talbot Bulloch was born on 25 August 1916 at Glencar, Balmoral Avenue, Belfast and he was a son of John Lytle Bulloch and Agnes Marion Evelyn Bulloch (nee Forde) who moved from Belfast to Orchard Hill, Craigavad.  They were married on 31 December 1912 in St. Columba’s Church of Ireland Church, Knock, Belfast.  John Lytle Bulloch, a linen merchant, from Glencar, Balmoral Avenue, Belfast was a son of Alexander Bulloch, a merchant, manufacturer and consul.  Agnes Marion Evelyn Forde from Shandon Park, Knock, Belfast was a daughter of R.T. Forde, a bank official.

John Lytle Bulloch and Agnes Marion Evelyn Bulloch (nee Forde) had at least two children:

Mary Evelyn Reford (Peggy, born 17 July 1914 at Glencar, Balmoral Avenue, Belfast; married District Inspector Robert Edward Graham Shillington, Royal Ulster Constabulary, later Chief Constable Sir Graham Shillington, in 1935)

Anthony Alexander Talbot (born 25 August 1916 at Glencar, Balmoral Avenue, Belfast)

Anthony Bulloch was 18 when he joined the Royal Air Force in 1935 and during the Second World War he served in Coastal Command.  On 24 April 1940 he was one of a crew of four aboard a Lockheed Hudson Mark I aircraft (N7283).  They took off from RAF Leuchars in Scotland at 5.04 am on an anti-submarine patrol and at 7.30 am they were shot down off Haakonshellen in Norway.  The other crew members who died that morning were:

  • Pilot Officer Robert George Meadows Harmston (aged 19); his was the only body to be recovered and he was buried in Bergen (Mollendal) Church Cemetery, Norway
  • Leading Aircraftman Alfred William Hallam
  • Leading Aircraftman Stanley Lane

Flying Officer Anthony Alexander Talbot Bulloch (No. 33224) was 23 when he died on 24 April 1940 and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey and in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church, Craigavad.  He was related to Trooper Thomas Shillington and also to Flying Officer Hugh Larmor McLearn Bulloch (No. 37788) who attended Inchmarlo Preparatory School and who is commemorated in RBAI.  Flying Officer H.L.M. Bulloch served with 149 Squadron and was killed on 2 January 1940; he too is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.