Born: 16th August 1916, Ipswich.
Died: 7th September 1945; Age: 29; Aircraft Accident.
Residence: Walberswick, Suffolk.
Rank: Captain; Service Number: 243574.
Regiment: Royal Engineers. Unit Force 136 Special Operations Executive.
Spec. Mem. 4.
CWGC – Please note that this casualty is currently commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial. However, recent research has shown that they were buried within the monastery grounds at Mewaing village, but as these graves cannot be maintained, the commission is in the process of commemorating them by special memorial plaques in this cemetery. Please contact the commission before planning a visit for more information.
Father: Donald Chambers Goldsmith, born 1883, Sapiston, Suffolk, a Motor Engineer of Boreham & Goldsmith.
Mother: Janet Gwendoline Goldsmith (nee Curry), born December 1883, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Alan attended Ipswich School.
On the 15th April 1944, at St. Joseph’s Church, Pontefract, Yorkshire West Riding, Alan married Monica Mary Vaughan, born September 1920, Carlton Lodge, Pontefract. Eldest daughter of George Campbell Vaughan C.B.E. – Chief Constable of West Riding Constabulary.
Probate to George Campbell Vaughan, attorney of Monica Mary le Seelleur (wife of Alfred John le Seelleur).
Alan is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.
7th September 1945
Alan was 1 of 12 passengers on a Dakota, serial number KN 584, with 4 crew members from 357 Squadron Burma 16. The aircraft went missing on a day sortie. The tail unit was found and identified a week later. The cause of loss was not established. One theory was that a ‘wind shear’ knocked the aircraft out of the sky by a sudden gust of wind whist flying through mountains. A second is that the aircraft hit the side of the mountain 6000ft above sea level. 16 bodies were found and buried in a communal grave in the village of Mewaing, Burma.