Hoy, Edmund John (No.67572)

Hoy, Edmund John

Sub-Lieutenant (A)

No. 67572, South African Naval Forces

Killed in an aircraft accident on Tuesday 10 April 1945 (aged 27)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Section D Grave 103)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Edmund John Hoy was a son of Alfred E. Hoy and Catherina M. Hoy of 42 Musgrave Road, Durban, Natal in South Africa and during the Second World War he served with the South African Naval Forces.

On 10 April 1945 he was the pilot aboard a Grumman Hellcat (JW879) aircraft of 892 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based at RNAS Eglinton that took off from RAF Sydenham.  Immediately after take-off the aircraft made a steep turn and dived into the ground at Gillespie’s Plant Nursery, killing a child who had been playing there.  Sub-Lieutenant (A) Edmund John Hoy was taken to Campbell College Military Hospital, Belfast where he died later that day as a result of his multiple injuries.  He was buried on 14 April 1945 in the Glenalina Extension of Belfast City Cemetery and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

MANY A LONELY HEARTACHE

OFTEN A SILENT TEAR

ALWAYS A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY

OF ONE WE LOVED SO DEAR

Sub-Lieutenant (A) Edmund John Hoy (No. 67572) was 27 and unmarried when he died.