- Surnames starting with the letter B. 

John Ellis Morton (Jackie) Burgess

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Name of Rgt or Ship:Command Unknown
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Allemont (Le Rivier) Communal Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Attended Seamons Moss School.    Employed at George Richards, Broadheath.

Volunteered for the RAF in 1931.   Served in Malta from 1940 throughout the
Seige and with the 8th Army in Italy.   He returned to the UK in June

Corporal Burgess was attached as a Fitter in the same aircraft that Sir
Leigh-Mallory and his wife Doris Jean Mallory died in, buried in the town
where the wreckage of the aircraft was eventually found on 15/06/1945.   
Treated as an aircraft accident.

See also Sir Leigh Mallory.

See the 07/03/1996 edition of the Sale & Altrincham Express Advertiser -
Page 15.   Also the 05/01/1945 edition.

A memorial ceremony was held in Le Rivier d'Allemont on Friday 14th
November 2014, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the crash there of
Air Chief Marshall Sir Trafford LEIGH-MALLORY's Avro York MW 126 on the
14th November 1944.  Seven serving RAF officers attended the event. 
Leaving Le Rivier about 0800 hrs, they walked up to the crash site with the
Village Mayor and a few inhabitants, arriving back in Le Rivier at 12.30
hrs.  After a buffet lunch the party proceeded to the Village Cemetery
where at 15.00 hrs wreaths were laid on all ten CWGC graves.

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