Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.


Born: 1921, New Zealand.

Died: 24th October 1942; age:21; Killed as a result of a flying accident.

Residence: 10, Corson Avenue, Beckenham, Christchurch, New Zealand.


Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 41329.

Regiment: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 218  R.A.F. (Gold Coast)) Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Clarence William Frederick & Anita Pearl Helen Higgott, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.


Father: Clarence William Frederick Higgott, born 1894, Auckland, new Zealand, a Commercial Traveller.

Mother: Anita Pearl Helen Hinemoa Mararoa Higgott (nee Parkin), born 1897, Belfast, Christchurch, New Zealand, a Milliner.


24th October 1942


Aircraft: Short Stirling type 1; serial number: R9241; code: HA-L. Mission to Milan, Italy. R9241 took off from R.A.F. Downham Market, Norfolk at 18:50hrs. 35 minutes into the flight a fire broke out in the port engine and rapidly spread. Control was lost of the aircraft and it’s bomb load was jettisoned, before it broke up and crashed at 19:27 hrs into marshland at Cattawade, 1 mile north of Manningtree, Essex. 7  crew members were killed. Sergeant George Hinshelwood baled out very low and was injured when he landed on a bridge over the River Stour.


Walter McNaught Thompson; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 23; R.C.A.F.

Bertram Scott Watt Grieve; Sergeant; age 35; R.A.F.V.R.

Alan Mahoney; Sergeant/Observer; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Norman Holland Simms; Sergeant/Bomb Aimer/Observer.

Leslie Nockels; Sergeant/ Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 29; R.A.F.V.R.

Wilfred John Ferris ‘Tink’; Sergeant/ Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

George Allan Hinshelwood; Sergeant; R.A.F. Survived. Killed a year later – 4th May 1943, Netherlands; age 23.

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