Image from 4th May 1944 Evening Star newspaper.
Born: 1924, Ipswich.
Died: 5th March 1944; age: 19; aircraft crash.
Residence: 70, Rosebery Road, Ipswich.
Employed: by Messrs. Gotelee and Goldsmith, of Ipswich, and by the Suffolk Territorial Army Association.
Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 139064.
Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Funeral service held on the 2nd May 1944, at Ipswich Cemetery
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Frank & Edith May Prentice, of Ipswich.
Father: Charles Frank Prentice, born May 1889, Ipswich.
Mother: Edith may Prentice (nee Ellis), born September 1895, 5, Chalon Street, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Charles was living with his parents & sisters at their family home – 70, Rosebery Road, Ipswich.
Charles, a Storekeeper & Ledger Clerk – Territorial Army.
Edith, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Dorothy Valentine Ellis Prentice, a Check Clerk & Cashier, born Valentine’s Day, 1918, Ipswich.
Thelma Maud B. Prentice, born April 1929, Ipswich.
Vera J. Prentice, born 1921, Ipswich.
5th March 1944
Charles was reported missing believed killed after a collision between the aircraft Anson EG592 and the aircraft Anson EG231 over the Irish Sea. His body was recovered and subsequently sent to his next of kin for a private interment.
Evening Star 4th May 1944
FUNERAL OF IPSWICH AIRMAN
The funeral of Sergt.-Pilot Charles Frank Prentice, R.A.F.V.R., only son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Prentice, of 70, Rosebery Road, Ipswich, took place at Ipswich Cemetery on May 2nd. The coffin, covered by the Union Jack, was borne to the grave from the church by six members of the R.A.F. Before joining the R.A.F. in 1942, the deceased was employed by Messrs. Gotelee and Goldsmith, of Ipswich, and by the Suffolk Territorial Army Association.
The immediate mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Prentice (father and mother), Mrs. Maskell, Mrs. Harding (A.T.S.), Mrs. Saunders amd Miss T. Prentice (sisters0, Mrs. J. Fitt, Mrs. H. Burrows and Mrs. H. Woolnough (aunts), Mr. D. Prentice (cousin), Mr. and Mrs. Sizzey (uncle and aunt), L.-Cpl. H. Sizzey (cousin).
Among the congregation were: Major R.E. Partridge and Capt. Hinton (representing the Suffolk T.A.A.), Major Terry, and Mr. H.W.P. Cutting (Messrs. Gotelee and Goldsmith).