Edwards, Gordon Charles (No. 777621)

Edwards, Gordon Charles

Flight Sergeant (Observer)

No. 777621, 153 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Tuesday 26 May 1942 (aged 25; CWGC)

Buried:

Harbledown (St. Michael) Churchyard, Kent, England (North of Church)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Marandellas War Memorial in Southern Rhodesia (now Marondera, Zimbabwe)

BIOGRAPHY

Flight Sergeant (Observer) Gordon Charles Edwards (No. 777621) was based at RAF Ballyhalbert and he was killed when his Bristol Beaufighter aircraft (X7573) crashed in the townland of Moneyneagh near Loughguile in County Antrim on 26 May 1942 during a training flight.  He was unmarried and his death was registered in Ballymoney (on his death certificate his age was recorded as 27).  All three crew members on board were killed.

The pilot was Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Stanley Donald Wills (aged 20; Royal Australian Air Force) who was buried in Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Ballyeasborough, Co. Down.  The other Sergeant Observer aboard was Sergeant (Observer/Radar) William Richard Willis (aged 22; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) who was buried in Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph’s) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Co. Down.

Flight Sergeant Gordon Charles Edwards (No. 777621) was buried in Harbledown (St. Michael) Churchyard, Kent, England and he is commemorated on the Marandellas War Memorial in Southern Rhodesia (now Marondera, Zimbabwe).

It is likely that Gordon Charles Edwards had farmed in Southern Rhodesia for a time.