Megarry, Herbert Reginald (Herbert)
No. 745111, No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in an aircraft accident on Saturday 18 May 1940 (aged 20)
Bangor Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 4 V. Grave 175)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)
Herbert Reginald Megarry was born on 4 May 1920 in Belfast and he was the second son of James Herbert and Harriett Megarry (nee Bailie) who were married on 12 August 1914 in Belfast (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Church.
James Herbert Megarry worked as a stationer, he and Harriett lived at 74 Ravenhill Avenue, Belfast and they had two children:
Harold Charles (born 15 June 1915 at 74 Ravenhill Avenue, Belfast; died 1998 in South East Surrey)
Herbert Reginald (birth registered in the second quarter of 1920 in Belfast)
Harriett Megarry was 40 when she died on 3 December 1923 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast after she contracted pneumonia following an ectopic pregnancy.
James Herbert Megarry and Sarah Todd Gilmore were married on 20 November 1930 in St. James’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast and they lived at 1 Brunswick Road, Bangor.
Before joining the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Herbert Reginald Megarry worked in the Engineering Department of Messrs Gallagher Ltd., and his father worked for W. and G. Baird Ltd. While he was on a training flight in a North American Harvard aircraft (P5842), Sergeant Pilot Herbert Reginald Megarry (No. 745111) was killed in a flying accident in Oxfordshire on 18 May 1940. The aircraft spun to the ground after the engine stalled following a steep turn and his death was registered in Ploughley, Oxfordshire.
Sergeant Herbert Megarry’s Group Captain said that Herbert was showing excellent promise as a pilot and that he had passed all his ground examinations with good results.
Sergeant Herbert Megarry’s funeral took place on 25 May 1940 from his parents’ residence to Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor. The service was conducted by the Rev James Hamilton, Bangor Abbey. Amongst the mourners were his father Herbert, his only brother Harold (who was serving with the Royal Air Force), and his uncle and step-uncles Thomas Megarry, Robert Gilmore, and Edward Gilmore. One of the tributes paid by his family was:
As long as we are blest with a memory,
we shall remember him
Sergeant Pilot Herbert Reginald Megarry (No. 745111) was 20 when he died, and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s). There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
WHAT PEACEFUL HOURS
WE ONCE ENJOYED
THEIR MEMORY STILL