Cameron, Cyril Charles (Cyril)
Aircraftman 2nd Class (Pilot U/T)
No. 3225065, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died as a result of an accident on Sunday 22 October 1944 (aged 19)
Bangor Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 4.V. Grave 86)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor
Bangor Grammar School
The youngest of four brothers, Cyril Charles Cameron was born on 4 July 1925 and he was a son of Hugh and Alice Eleanor Cameron (nee Dodd) of 22 Donaghadee Road, Bangor. Hugh Cameron from Belfast was a warehouseman and he and Alice Eleanor Dodd from Bangor were married on 20 February 1918 in Broadway Presbyterian Church, Belfast. After attending Bangor Central Public Elementary School, Cyril Cameron attended Bangor Grammar School from 1938 until 1943. In his final year he won the special prize awarded annually by Lord Bangor, Chairman of the Board of Governors, to the best all-round boy in character, work and games. He was a fine athlete and captained the 1st XV rugby team. He was a member of 4th Bangor (Trinity) Boy’s Brigade and he was a member of the Bangor Flight ATC where his prowess in the art of gliding won him the distinction of being the first ATC cadet in Northern Ireland to get his wings as a glider pilot.
Cyril Cameron joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve straight from school in September 1943 and he was undergoing training in England when he was killed. He was 19 when he died in Grimsby Hospital on 22 October 1944 from injuries sustained in the accidental explosion of an incendiary bomb. At the inquest a verdict of death due to misadventure was recorded. Giving evidence, Air Cadet Ladzris said that he (Ladzris) had picked up an incendiary bomb in the bombing dump, intending to put it on the stock. It slipped and, when it hit the ground, ignited. Cadet Ladzris picked up the bomb, carried it out of the hut, placed it on the road and placed a container over it. The container ignited and, not being aware that the bomb was explosive, Cyril Cameron used a stick to turn over the container and rake the burning bomb into it – with the intention of moving the bomb into the field. He had just lifted the container when the bomb exploded and he was blown bodily into the air. A doctor pronounced the cause of death to be ‘shock due to the injuries received’.
Aircraftman 2nd Class Cyril Charles Cameron (No. 3225065) was buried in Bangor Cemetery and the mourners at his funeral included RAF personnel, teaching staff and boys from Bangor Grammar School, his brothers Hugh, W. and S.E. Cameron, his uncles S. and C. Cameron and his cousin W.G. Wilson. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF CYRIL.
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Aircraftman 2nd Class Cyril Cameron (No. 3225065) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor and in Bangor Grammar School. His brother Hugh was serving with the RAFVR in England.