Werts, George Leslie

Werts, George Leslie

Lieutenant (A)

HMS Daedalus, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Saturday 12 June 1943 (aged 37)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Section D. Grave 24)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

George Leslie Werts was a son of Charles Jerome Werts and Gertrude Sarah Werts (nee Juby) and his birth was registered in the third quarter of 1905 in Ipswich, Suffolk.  His parents’ marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1903, also in Ipswich.  Charles Jerome Werts worked as a motor car engineer and he and Gertrude had at least one other child – Reginald Charles Werts (born 1904).

The marriage of George Leslie Werts and Winifred Edith Miles of Ealing, Middlesex was registered in the second quarter of 1935 in Brentford, Middlesex.  During the Second World War George Leslie Werts served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

In the GRO War Death Naval Officers Indices Lieutenant (A) George Leslie Werts is recorded as serving with HMS Caroline whilst in the CWGC Debt of Honour he is recorded as serving with HMS Daedalus.

From 1939 HMS Daedalus (previously RNAS Lee-on-Solent) was under the control of the Fleet Air Arm; Fleet Air Arm personnel based at RAF Sydenham, Belfast came under HMS Caroline.

On 12 June 1943, a de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft (X5045) of Queen’s University Air Squadron based at RAF Sydenham crashed in the grounds of the Stormont Estate close to the Massey Avenue entrance, killing the two airmen on board.  They were Flying Officer Douglas Williams from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and his passenger, Lieutenant (A) George Leslie Werts from Middlesex.  Flying Officer Williams from 410 Squadron was on attachment to RAF Belfast (Sydenham) from 1480 Flight based at Newtownards.  He was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension) and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HIS NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE