Walker, George William Thomas (No. 1876569)

Walker, George William Thomas

Sergeant (Air Gunner)

No. 1876569, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 20 August 1944 (aged 19)

Buried:

Ardglass (St. Nicholas) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Down (Grave 2)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

George William Thomas Walker’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1924 in Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk and he was a son of Walter William Walker and Elizabeth Walker (nee Church) of Weasenham, Norfolk.  During the Second World War he served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

On 20 August 1944, an Avro Anson aircraft (LT658) from No. 12 Air Gunners School based at Bishops Court was on an air gunnery exercise when it broke up in mid-air as the result of a structural failure.  Wreckage fell to the ground over a wide area centred on Ballygalget Roman Catholic Church and all five crew members on board were killed:

Flying Officer (Pilot) Raymond Hodgson

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Kennedy Boyd Black

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Frank Bennett Bloor

Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Thomas Charles Crisp

Sergeant (Air Gunner) George William Thomas Walker

All five deaths were registered in Downpatrick.

Sergeant George William Thomas Walker (No. 1876569) was 19 when he died, and he was buried in Ardglass (St. Nicholas’s) Church of Ireland Churchyard.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

WE THANK OUR GOD

FOR EVERY REMEMBRANCE

OF THEE