Image from the Evening Star – 3rd June 1942.

Born: 1919, Ipswich.

Died: 30th May 1942; age: 22; death by accidental drowning.

Residence: The Mitre Tavern, 28, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Apprenticed to Messrs. Gower and Howlett, in whose service he remained until joining the R.A.F.


Based: at Freetown, Sierra Leone. The 296 (Signals) Wing unit were involved in experimental radar station trials in Sierra Leone


Rank: Leading Aircraftman; Service Number: 940419.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 296 (Signals) Wing.



Grave Reference:


Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery,

Free Town,

Sierra Leone.


Relatives Notified & Address: Second son of Henry Frederick & Luciola West, of Ipswich.


Father: Henry Frederick West, born 1879, Ipswich – November 1934, Ipswich, at the East Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich – of The Mitre Tavern, 28, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich. A Publican.

Mother: Luciola Mariquinha West (nee Joslin), born June 1885, Ipswich.



Allan was living with his widowed mother & brother at their family home – The Mitre Tavern, 28, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich.

Luciola, Licensed Victualler.

Philip H.L. West, born 1929, Ipswich.

and barmaid – Mary J. Ellis, born September 1916.


Allan’s mother, Luciola became the first licensed victualler in Ipswich, when she became the landlady of The Mitre Tavern, after her father, Thomas James Joslin died in 1922.


Allan was educated at Northgate School, Ipswich.


On the 27th October 1937, the divorce case of Wallis Simpson and Ernest Simpson, was heard at Ipswich Assizes at the County Hall, Ipswich. Allan and his family were able to watch the comings and goings of the people and cars from the flat roof of  The Mitre Tavern which overlooked the County Hall.


Probate to Luciola West – mother.

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