Born: 22nd November 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 14th September 1942; age: 27; killed in an aircraft crashed on Drigmorn Hill.

Occupation: an Insurance Agent.


Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1310500.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 1653 Air Construction Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Percy Crisp Boar & Ada Maud Boar, of Ipswich; husband of Kathy May Boar, of Ealing, Middlesex.


Father: Percy Crisp Boar, born July 1886, Ipswich. A Foreman – Brewery Company.

Mother: Ada Maud Boar (nee Hadgraft), born 1882, Ipswich.


On Wednesday, 12th August 1936, Geoffrey’s brother Douglas William Boar, born 1912, Ipswich died suddenly whilst swimming in the sea.

Portsmouth Evening News – 14th August 1936 – BEACH DEATH AT SANDOWN – BROTHER’S COLLASPE – FIANCEE’S ORDEAL DESCRIBEDThe tragic death on Sandown beach of Douglas William Boar, 24, a visitor of Broomhill Road, Ipswich, which occurred on the day of Sandown rejoicings, was investigated by Mr. F.A. Joyce, Deputy Coroner for the island, at Sandown Town Hall today.

Geoffrey C. Boar, brother, stated that four years ago, when in the swimming pool at Ipswich, after being in the water ten minutes his brother said he felt very ill and was going to die. On that occasion he was restored and was eventually able to dress himself. He did not swim for a year or two after that, but latterly and at intervals he had been sea-bathing at Felixstowe.

Hilda May Croft, a shop assistant, of Norwich Road, Ipswich, stated that she was engaged to Douglas Boar, came to the Island on Sunday last for a fortnight’s holiday, and was staying at the Claremont Private Hotel. They had bathed several times at Sandown, and her young man had never complained. After bathing and playing ball in the sea on Wednesday evening Douglas said he “felt queer,” and she assisted him to a chair on the beach. There he partially collapsed and said: “I cannot get my breath.” She rubbed him, and covered him up, and was assisted by others on the beach. A doctor visitor came to their assistance, but soon after she was told that her young man was dead.

William Hoy, of Wembley, one of the bathing party, said that Douglas foamed at the mouth, and complained of pains in the lower part of the stomach.


Dr. Alec Barber said that as a result of a post-mortem examination he found that death was due to natural causes.

The Coroner returned a verdict according to this evidence, and expressed his sympathy with the young lady and the other relatives, and thanked Dr. Hilton, of Cricklewood, and others who had rendered assistance on the beach.

Mr. Arthur Robert Croft, the father of the young man’s fiancée, thanked the Coroner, and added his appreciation of all that had been done for the young fellow.


In 1938, Ipswich, Geoffrey married Kathy May Harvey Anguish, born September 1917, Steyning, Sussex – daughter of May Alice Susannah Elizabeth Harvey & stepdaughter of Percy George Anguish, an ice cream depot manager, of Kewland Hall, Henley, Suffolk.

They had 1 daughter.



Geoffrey, an Insurance Agent was living at Lynn Vale, Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, with Kathy and their daughter.


14th September 1942

Aircraft: Liberator Mk II; Serial number: AL624; Based at R.A.F. Burn, Yorkshire. The aircraft took off at 11:00hrs with three other Liberators to carry out a cross country navigation exercise. Communication with the aircraft was lost. The wreck was later found by a shepherd on Drigmorn Hill. It was thought due to cloud cover AL624 had flown into the mountain.

An R.A.F. investigation concluded that the aircraft had first struck the hill with its port wing at cruising speed, slewed round and broken up before catching fire.


Ivan Harold Betts; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 31; R.A.F.V.R.

Derek Eaton Warner; Sergeant/Co-Pilot; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

John Churley Freestone; Sergeant/Observer; age 29; R.A.F.V.R.

George Douglas Calder; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 24; R.A.A.F.

Victor Frederick Talley; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

John Edwin Charles Averell Steele-Nicholson; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

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