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Gerrard Lightowler

Rank:Ldg AcmNumber:976566
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Royal Air Force
Name of Rgt or Ship:Command Unknown
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:Singapore
Cemetery or Memorial:Singapore Memorial
Town Memorial:Sale
Extra Information:
Born during the March quarter 1916 in the Bury R.D. -m ref: 8c/911, the son
of Alfred & Madge Lightowler (nee McDermott).

Died during the Battle for Singapore 8th - 15th February 1942.

After being on the missing list since the fall of Singapore, it was
confirmed in the 1945 local newspaper that he had been lost    He was
stationed at the Butterworth Aerodrome, Kuala Lumpur.

His death was reported in the 09/11/1945 edition of the Sale & Altrincham

Commemorated on the family gravestone in Sale Cemetery - K701.

Gerrard's niece - Glenda, has kindly submitted the following information:-
According to a letter from Ministry of Defence Air Historical Branch (RAF)
dated 07/11/09, which states that "LAC Lightowler left Singapore as part of
the evacuation on the night of 13/02/1942.  The convoy was bombed about
mid-day on the following day and the ship on which he was travelling
received two direct hits.  It was understood at the time that the majority
of the personnel on board was lost.  A nominal roll was held at the time
but only 32 men of those on board arrived in Ceylon and sadly LAC
Lightowler was not amongst them."

His name is inscribed in the RAF Book of Remembrance in the RAF's Church in
St Clement Danes in the Strand, London.

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