Corry, George Stanley (No. 49879)

Corry, George Stanley (Stanley)

Flying Officer

No. 49879, 225 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Killed on active service on Wednesday 26 July 1944 (aged 23)

Buried:

Florence War Cemetery, Italy (Grave XII. E. 4)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery

BIOGRAPHY

George Stanley Corry was born on 6 May 1921 and he was the elder son of Herbert Finlay Corry and Isobella (Isabel) Corry (nee Kirkland) of 22 Cardigan Drive, Belfast, then 113 Wandsworth Road, Knock and later 27 Bryansburn Road, Bangor.  Herbert Finlay Corry was a linen merchant and he and Isobella Kirkland were married on 25 February 1920 in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Herbert Finlay Corry from Bryansburn Road, Bangor was a son of Thomas Henry Corry, a merchant.  Isobella Kirkland from Belfast was a daughter of James Kirkland, a warehouse manager.

George Stanley Corry was educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1933 until 1940 and he was a member of the Queen’s University OTC.  He played rugby at RBAI and won prizes for swimming and lifesaving.  He was 19 when he joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1940 and in April 1941 he received a cadetship to Sandhurst.  In July 1941 he was commissioned in the North Irish Horse and in 1942 was transferred to the Royal Air Force.  He trained in Southern Rhodesia, got his wings and was promoted to the rank of Flying Officer in June 1943.

At the evening service in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor on Sunday 30 July 1944 the Revd W.G. Wimperis informed the congregation that Flying Officer George Stanley Corry (No. 49879) had been killed on active service in Italy.  He was 23 and the congregation paid tribute by standing in silence.  A short time before Stanley died his younger brother Geoffrey, then aged 18, joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Flying Officer George Stanley Corry (No. 49879) was buried in Florence War Cemetery, Italy and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

Flying Officer George Stanley Corry (No. 49879) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in RBAI; in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.