Gilmour, William Des Brisay (No. 1073643)

Gilmour, William Des Brisay

Sergeant (Pilot)

No. 1073643, 504 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Thursday 23 October 1941 (aged 20)


Cappagh (St. Eugenius) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Tyrone


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


William Des Brisay Gilmour’s birth was registered in the first quarter of 1921 in Brentford, Oxfordshire and he was a son of Dr George Van Barneveld Gilmour from London and Sara Johnston Gilmour (nee Kyle) whose family home was Knockmoyle House, Omagh, Co. Tyrone.  They were married on 6 June 1916 in Cappagh (St. Eugenius) Parish Church of Ireland Church, Co. Tyrone and they lived at 25 Ormond Road, Rathmines, Dublin.

During the Second World War Sergeant William Des Brisay Gilmour (No. 1073643) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was with 504 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert when he died.  On 23 October 1941 he was flying a Hawker Hurricane aircraft (Z5204) when he crashed in the townland of Knockmoyle, three miles north of Omagh.  At the time he was carrying out low flying aerobatics in the vicinity of his maternal grandmother’s house.  Sergeant (Pilot) William Des Brisay Gilmour was 20 when he died and he was buried in the Kyle family plot in Cappagh (St. Eugenius) Church of Ireland Churchyard.  The others commemorated there are:

William Hazlett Kyle died 26 January 1913 (aged 53)

His wife Sara died 13 April 1945 (aged 80)

Robert Hazlett Kyle died 15 January 1927 (aged 31)

Jane, wife of Robert Hazlett Kyle, died 24 September 1963 (aged 68)

William Hazlett, son of Robert Hazlett and Jane Kyle, died 21 July 1966 (aged 46)

Marion Elizabeth Kyle died 23 January 1980 (aged 87)

William Des Brisay Gilmour’s father, George Van Barneveld Gilmour, died in Dublin on 22 August 1962.