DONALD MACHELL BOZER

Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

 

Born: 11th May 1916, Huntingville, Ascot Township, Quebec, Canada.

Baptised: 3rd September 1916, at St. Barnabas Church, Milby, Quebec. Parents: Marguerite Edith Machell & Thomas Bozer, a Blacksmith

Died: 3rd September 1941; age: 25.

Residence: Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada.

Occupation: Wool Grader (1934 – 1940) – Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers, Lennoxville, Quebec.

Enlistment Details: Location: Mobile Unit Sherbroke; Date: 19th July 1940; age 24; Occupation: Wool Grader; Religion: Protestant Episcopal. Next of Kin: father – Thomas D. Bozer – Police Town Superintendent. Spoke English and some French. Height: 5ft 10 1/2ins, fair complexion, hazel eyes and fair hair. Scar back of head. Hobbies and Pastimes: Football, Hockey, Basketball, Baseball and Softball extensively.

Ability to drive all kinds of motor vehicles.

Character & Ability References:

Mayor H.W.S. Downs – President – Union Screen Plate Co. Lennoxville, Quebec,

L.V. Parent, Manager – Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers, Lennoxville, Quebec.

Howard Aikman, – School Principal, Lennoxville, Quebec.

Healthy strong athletic type. Domineering. Captain of School Football & Basketball. Also captain of three amateur hockey teams. Quick although quiet. Will learn rapidly.

Initial Training Remark: Solid type, hard to ruffle should be good if you could get him mad.

 

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: R/62712.

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force, 102 (R.A.F) Squadron.

 

Medals Awarded: Flying Badge – 21st February 1941.

 

Grave Reference:

C.31.22.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas Dibble Bozer & of Margaret Edith Bozer (nee Machell), of Lennoxville, Providence of Quebec, Canada.

 

CENSUS

 

1921   Huntingville, Ascot Township, Quebec, Canada.

 

Donald was 5 years old he was living with his parents & sister.

Thomas Dibb Bozer, 39, a Blacksmith – own shop, born Hemmingsford, Quebec.

Marguerite Edith Margaret Bozer (nee Machell), 37, born Inverness, Quebec.

Ursula Agnes Bozer, 10, born Quebec.

 

Donald attended:

Ascot Consolidated School – 1924 – 1932

Lennoxville High School – 1932 – 1934.

International Correspondence – Radio Servicing.

 

Donald’s father received the Memorial Cross – 23rd September 1941 (was engraved 17th September 1941).

The Royal Message sent from overseas arrived 25th October 1941.

 

3rd September 1941

 

Aircraft: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley; Serial Number: Z6946, took off at 20:56 from R.A.F. Topcliffe, North Yorkshire on the 3rd September 1941 bound for Frankfurt, Germany. On the return journey from the bombing operation, the aircraft caught electric cables and crashed at 03:45 in to two houses in Rectory Lane, Kirton, Suffolk, bringing down the overhead cables and fracturing a water main. The aircraft bounced off ‘June Cottage’ (slightly injuring a 4 year old girl), and ‘The Haven’ and landed in the garden, bursting into flames on impact and trapping the men inside.

CREW:

Seward Terry Modeland; Flight Sergeant/Pilot; age 19; R.C.A.F.

Jackson Corwin Nixon; Pilot Officer/Air Observer; age 23; R.C.A.F.

Alexander Frederick Jaggers; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Lawrence Milbert Bowen; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 26; R.C.A.F.

 

The Canadian crew members, Donald Bozer, Lawrence Bowen, Jackson Nixon and Seward Modeland were laid to rest at the Field of Honour, Ipswich Old Cemetery. Alexander Jaggers was laid to rest at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.

 

In thankful remembrance five pews to each of the five crewman were installed at St. Mary & St. Martin Church, Kirton, Suffolk. The pews were made from English oak and designed by Mr. Allan Woolnough. A Dedication Service was held on the 4th June 1950, at 3pm. Officiating Ministers, Archdeacon of Ipswich The Venerable T.R.Browne, The Reverend W.J.S. Weir, Rector of Kirton & Falkenham and Pastor F.J. Burton, Congregational Minister.

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