Lavender, Anthony Wilson (No. 1157375)

Lavender, Anthony Wilson (Anthony)

Sergeant

No. 1157375, 25 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 11 February 1942 (aged 25)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 87)

BIOGRAPHY

Anthony Wilson Lavender was born on 17 August 1916 and his birth was registered in West Bromwich, Staffordshire.  He was a son of Thomas Walter Lavender and Gertrude May Lavender (nee Wilson) of 31 Lower High Street, Wednesbury, Staffordshire who were married on 30 October 1915 in West Bromwich.  At that time, Thomas Lavender was a grocer’s assistant and Gertrude Wilson was an assistant school teacher.

Thomas Lavender enlisted for service during the First World War and his attestation was on 13 January 1916.  He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery (No. 158737) until he was discharged on 8 November 1918 because of valvular heart disease.  Thomas and Gertrude Lavender had at least three children:

Anthony Wilson (born 17 August 1916)

John A. (born 1920)

Tom B. (born 1924)

Anthony Wilson Lavender’s father Thomas died in 1928 (aged 39) and his mother Gertrude, who was born on 17 February 1888, died in 1988 just a few days short of her 100th birthday.

On 12 February 1942 Sergeant Nagu Ranganatha and Sergeant Anthony Wilson Lavender of 25 Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert were flying a Bristol Beaufighter aircraft (X7625) which failed to return from a night sector reconnaissance operation.  Both Sergeant Nagu Ranganatha and Sergeant Anthony Wilson Lavender were declared missing, their bodies were never recovered, and they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

Anthony Lavender’s estate amounted to some £609 and probate was granted to his widowed mother Gertrude.  His last home address was recorded as Wharfedale House, Wharfedale Street, Wednesbury, Staffordshire.