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