Image from 5th June 1944 Evening Star.

Born: 21st July 1923; Ipswich.

Died: 28th May 1944; age: 20; Edgar was a passenger when he was killed in a flying accident – Mull of Kintyre, Argyll & Bute.

Residence: 3, Geneva Road, Ipswich.

Employed: with W.S. Cowell, Ltd., Ipswich.


Base: Machrihanish, Argyll.


Rank: Air Mechanic 1st Class; Service Number: 98157.

Regiment: Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, H.M.S. ‘Landrail’.

Formerly a Corporal with No. 262 Squadron, Air Training Corps.


Funeral held Friday, 2nd June 1944, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich – conducted by the Rev. C.R.J. Day.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edgar W. & Elizabeth Gallant, of Ipswich.


Father: Edgar William Gallant, born November 1889, Ipswich.

Mother: Elizabeth Gallant (nee Cowen), born March 1891, St. Anthony’s, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.


Edgar was a chorister at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, and a Scout patrol-leader with the 24th Ipswich (St. Matthew’s) Boy Scout Group.



Edgar was living with his parents at their family home – 3, Geneva Road, Ipswich.

Edgar, a Lithographic Plate Grainer.

Elizabeth, unpaid Domestic Duties.


28th May 1944


Aircraft: Grummen Avenger; Serial number: FN 8676. Crashed whilst using bombing range at Skipness – left of forest track from Auchensavil to summit of Croc nan Gabhar. (Carn/Croc)


Alan Glenister Winder; Leading Airman; age 21; Royal Navy, F.A.A. H.M.S. ‘Landrail’

Eric Reginald Lord; Sub Lieutenant/acting; age 26; R.N.V.R. H.M.S. ‘Nabob’

Ronald Thomas John Thwaites; Sub Lieutenant/acting; age 22; R.N.V.R. H.M.S. ‘Nabob’




Evening Star – 5th June 1944.


Funeral of Young Naval Airman


Six members of No. 262 Squadron, A.T.C., in which he was a corporal before joining the Fleet Air Arm were bearers at the funeral on Friday of 20 years old Edgar William Gallant, of 3, Geneva Road, Ipswich, who was killed on active service.


The choral service at St. Matthew’s Church where he was a chorister and a Scout patrol-leader, was conducted by the Rector (the Rev. C.R.J. Day), assisted by the Rev. L.E.H. Caller, Mrs. F.J.V. Robinson was at the organ.


The mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gallant (father and mother), Miss Muriel Copeland (fiancee), Mr. and Mrs. A. Gallant, Mr. and Mrs. Steady, Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Hunter (Newcastle), uncles and aunts: Miss E. Gallant and Mr. J. Wright (cousins), Mr. Dedman, Mrs. C. Bailey, Mrs. Norman, Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. A. Wright.


Representing W.S. Cowell Ltd., where he had been employed, were Mr. R.G. Smith (director), Mr. F.G. Hall (letterpress department), Mr. F.J. Thompson (warehouse), Mr. E. Calver and Mr. T.E. Smith (Typographical Association), Church bodies represented included the 24th Ipswich (St. Matthew’s), Boy Scout Group (G.-S.-M. W.M. Morfey), Young Men’s Fellowship (Miss Seager), Mothers’ Union (Mrs. C.R.J. Day). The A.T.C. bearers were W./O. Phillips, Flight-Sergt. Hawkins, Flight-Sergt. Connell, Sergt. King, Corpl. Dodson and Cadet Toppell. Miss Erith and Miss Howard represented Arcade Youth Centre.


Others present were Mr. C. Hayward (Badley), Mrs. A.T.B. Walker, Mrs. E. Calver, Mr. L.H. Hazell, Mrs. Ellis, Miss Ellis, Mrs. Eley, Mrs. Ranson, Mr. and Mrs. Emsden, Mrs. G. Ransby, Corpl. L. Emsden, Mrs. Prentice, Mrs. Finch, Mrs. Harrington, Mrs. J. Haines, Mr. and Mrs. Leaning, Mr. Sharman, Mrs. Lanham, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Scofield, Mrs. Hawes, Mr. D. McLaughlin, Mr. S. Howe, Mr. K. Falkner, Mr. G. Moore, Miss Barber, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Stopher, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Berrisford, Mr. Tricker, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Watson, Mrs. Pickering, Mrs. Lewis, M.H. Gallant (cousin), Miss G. Salmon, Miss Dansie, Mrs. Barley, Mrs. Wilkins, Miss Hazell, Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Wilfred Last, Mrs. Richards, Mrs. Neobard, Mrs. Chisholme, Mrs. Eade, Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. Green.


Wreaths including those from Commanding Officer; officers and ship’s company of R.N.A. Station; C.O. and ratings of his squadron; officers and Cadets 262 Squadron, A.T.C.; Typographical Association; directors W.S. Cowell, Ltd.; Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Smith; fellow-workers at W.S.Cowell Ltd.; the organist, choir and clergy of St. Matthew’s Church; teachers and scholars of St. Matthew’s Sunday School; and neighbours.


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