Mathers, John Richard
HMS Daedalus, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 25 November 1942 (aged 21)
Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Section D Joint Grave 22)
John Richard Mathers was born in 1921 in Cadder, Lancashire and he was a son of John Alfred Mathers and Maude Machill Mathers (nee Garth). John Alfred Mathers was an electrical engineer and he and Maude Machill Garth were married on 28 June 1913 in the United Free Church, Pollockshields East, Glasgow. In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that John Alfred Mathers and Maude Machill Mathers lived in Orpington in Kent. Their address was 6 The Drive, Orpington.
During the Second World War, Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Richard Mathers served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and in November 1942 he was based at RAF Kirkistown, Co. Down. On 24 November 1942, a Fairey Fulmar aircraft (BP821) of 887 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm (based at Kirkistown) made a steep turn when approaching Kirkistown airfield, went out of control and spun to the ground near the airfield. Both crew members were killed. They were the Pilot, Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Richard Mathers who died the following day in Bangor Military Hospital and his Observer, Sub Lieutenant (A) William Foster who died on the day of the crash.
On 28 November 1942, both men were buried together in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Section D Joint Grave 22). There is an inscription on their CWGC headstone:
BECAUSE OF YOU
WE WILL BE GLAD AND GAY