Carnduff, Thomas (No. 1021210)

Carnduff, Thomas

Sergeant

No. 1021210, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died as a result of an accident on Friday 13 October 1944 (aged 22)

Buried:

Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza) (Grave 5. H. 13)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Cairnduff.

The death of Sergeant Thomas Carnduff (No. 1021210) was reported in the 21 October 1944 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and there were three Died on Active Service notices in the 28 October 1944 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle:

One from his parents, brothers and sisters at 90 East Street, Newtownards with the line:  His smile we shall always remember

One from his brother and sister-in-law John and Ellie Carnduff of 24 South Street, Newtownards and his friend Jeanne, with the line:  Until we meet again

One from the members of Lord Londonderry’s Own CLB Flute Band, Newtownards.

In subsequent years there were In Memoriam notices in the Newtownards Chronicle with the following lines:

In the Garden of Memory we meet every day

Deep in our hearts your memory is kept

We will always remember him smiling

Memories gate will never close

They shall not grow old

We.re just a sunset nearer each time the daylight fades

Most dear to memory, thoughts return

Thomas Carnduff was born on 18 October 1921 and he was the second son of Thomas and Elizabeth Carnduff (nee Cummings, sometimes Cumming) of 90 East Street, Newtownards.  Thomas Carnduff worked as a gardener and he and Elizabeth Cummings were married on 16 March 1912 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).  Thomas Carnduff Senior was on active service throughout the Great War and he and Elizabeth had at least two children:

William John (born 25 August 1912 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Thomas (born 18 October 1921)

During the Second World War Thomas Carnduff served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was home on leave in July 1944.  He died of injuries on 13 October 1944 in Ramleh, Israel just five days before his 23rd birthday.  He had five years’ service, almost two of which were spent in India.

Sergeant Thomas Carnduff (No. 1021210) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).