Laid to rest at the Field of Honour
Born: 14th December 1921, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Died: 3rd September 1941; age: 19 years, 8 months & 19 days; aircraft accident at Kirton, Suffolk.
Residence: 4853, Patricia Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Enlistment Details: Location: Montreal; Date: 26th June 1940; age: 18; Occupation: Student; Religion: United Church. Spoke English & French. Next of Kin: mother – Jean Modeland, of 4853, Patricia Avenue, Montreal. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Height: 5ft 10 ins, fair complexion, grey eyes & brown hair. Smoked 8-10 cigarettes per day.Hobbies & Pastimes: Rugby, Hockey, Baseball, basketball, swimming, riding & stamp collecting.
School summer holiday & spare time Employment:
McColl Frontenac Oil Company – Service Station Attendant.
Cutfield & Co. – Office Clerk.
O’Keefe’s Soft Drink Co. – Truck Driver.
A.G. Snell – 2248, Clifton Avenue, Montreal, Quebec – Accountant.
C.H. Clow – 4685, Grand Boulevard, Montreal – Inspector.
Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: R56234.
Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force, 102 (R.A.F.) Squadron.
Medals Awarded: Pilots Flying Badge – 14th February 1941.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Seward Gordon and Bertha Jane Modeland, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.
Father: Seward Gordon Modeland, born July 1899, Toronto, Ontario, a Banker/Secretary.
Mother: Jean Bertha Modeland (nee Cunningham), born September 1894, Millbrooke, Ontario.
Kennsington School – Grades 1 – 5.
Stanstead College, Quebec – Grade 10 – Matriculation.
Beacon Study – Grade 11 – Matriculation.
While at Stanstead Seward was a member of the Eastern Township Championship Football Team 1938.
Seward’s mother, Jean Modeland received the Royal Message – 25th October 1941. The Memorial Cross which was engraved on the 17th September 1941 and received on the 23rd September 1941.
Seward is also remembered on his parents headstones at Chateauguay Protestant Cemetery, Quebec.
Seward was the great nephew of the newspaper editor-in-chief of the Gazette, Montreal.
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 03:55 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.
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.
Donald Machell Bozer; Sergeant/2nd Pilot; age 25; R.C.A.F.
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.