Born: 1923, Wrexham, Merionethshire, Wales.

Died: 14th April 1944; age: 20; at Screveton, Nottinghamshire as a result of a mid-air collision.

Residence: 34, Westbury Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator; Service Number: 1800248

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 5 Lancaster Finishing School.


Grave Reference:

Section.7. Grave 11.

Laxfield Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Eldest son of Robert Thomas Aspinall & Ruby Anna Aspinall, of Ipswich.


Father: Robert Thomas Aspinall, born April 1896, Leigh, Lancashire. A Civil Servant – Inland Revenue Tax Office.

Mother: Ruby Anna Aspinall (nee Felgate), born 1898, Laxfield, Suffolk.


Glyn’s maternal uncle, 29 year old, Harry Chandler Felgate was killed in action, on the 15th December 1917. Harry was ranked a Company Sergeant Major, service number 241325 for the 1st/5th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. He was laid to rest at Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel & Palestine (including Gaza).


Glyn’s grandparents were proprietors of the ‘King’s Head Inn’ at Laxfield, Suffolk for 60 years.

Maternal Grandfather: Arthur George Felgate, born Janaury 1860, Laxfield, Suffolk – died May 1943, Ipswich.

Maternal Grandmother: Anna Felgate (nee Chandler), born April 1863, Laxfield, Suffolk – October 1951, King’s Head Inn, Laxfield.


Diss Express newspaper, 29th December 1944: Sgt. G.R. Aspinall,  grandson of Mrs Felgate, King’s Head Inn, Laxfield, killed in an air accident.

Diss Express 28th April 1944.


Death of Sergt. G. R. Aspinall

It is of deepest regret that people of Laxfield heard of the death, as a result of an air accident over England, of Sgt (Wireless operator) G.R. Aspinall, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Aspinall of Westbury Road, Ipswich, and grandson of Mrs. Felgate of the King’s Head Inn, Laxfield. Sgt. Aspinall, who was in his 20th year was well known in the village, having frequently spent holidays at the “Kings Head.” He had been in the R.A.F. for just over 2 years. Prior to joining up he was one of the original members of 188 Squadron A.T.C. at Ipswich, gaining his Sergeant’s stripes, and he was also a member of the Home Guard. While in the R.A.F. he had taken part in active operations over enemy territory, his death, at so early age, and with so bright a future in front of him, is indeed a sad loss to the Country as well as home, and very deep and sincere sympathy is accorded his sorrowing parents, brother, sisters and relatives. The funeral was at Laxfield Church on Wednesday week, the Vicar Rev. T.G Evans conducted the service. The surpliced choir was in attendance with Mrs. T.G. Gorman at the organ. The Airman’s hymn “O God of Mercy” and “Forever with the Lord” were sung, and as the coffin draped with the Union Jack left the church, the Choir sang “Nunc Dimitts” Flight Officer Powell , a colleague of Sgt. Aspinall, represented the Squadron to which he was attached, and a Sergeant was present representing the R.A.F. Mr. Aspinall, Mr. M. Felgate and Mr. S. Felgate were in Home Guard uniform.

The family mourners were Mr and Mrs. Aspinall (father and mother) Master G Aspinall (brother), Mrs. Felgate (grandmother) Mr. and Mrs. S Ayers, Mr. and Mrs. G Easey, Mrs. J. Cullingford. Mrs. Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. M. Felgate, Miss Felgate, Mr. S. Felgate, Mrs. H. Smith, Mrs. B. Ringer, Mrs. T. Felgate (uncles and aunts), Mr. O. Felgate (great uncle) Mr. W. Cornelius, Mr. G. Ayers, Miss Ayers (cousins).

Others present to pay homage to the gallant airman were Mr.T. J. Goram, Mr. T. M. Scoggings, J.P., C.C., Mr. Selsby, Mrs. Rawlings, Miss Rawlings, Mr. and Mrs. S. Warren, Mrs. W. Mutimer, Mrs. G. Freeman, Mrs. Tacon, Mrs. R. Scoggings, Capt. Pearl. Mrs.W. Emery, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Gower.

The beautiful floral tributes were from Father and Mother: Grandmother: Gerald, Pamela, Brian and Beryl. Mr. and Mrs. Cotterell: Kenneth and Norman: All at the Maltings: 34-46 Westbury Road: Uncle and Aunt G. and M. Easy: Cousin Harry, Hilda and family: Marjorie, Benny and Clive: With deepest sympathy of the Station Commander and Officers of the R.A.F.: Uncle Sidney , Aunt Elsie, Gordon and Muriel: Mr. and Mrs. Shirady (Ipswich) All at Providence Street, Ipswich: Maurice and Olive: Mr. and Mrs. Charlton and the boys: Billy and Auntie May: Auntie Iris, Uncle Henry, Auntie Winnie and Uncle Lando.

The bearers of the coffin were Messrs I. Smith, L. Garod. T. Revell, and F. Thirkettle. Mr. B. Quinton carried out the funeral arrangements.

14th April 1944


Aircraft: Avro Lancaster; Serial number: W4 103; Operation: Training. Forty minutes into a daytime dual flying exercise, the Lancaster collided in mid-air with a beam approach training Airspeed Oxford, LB415 from 1521 Flight . Which had taken off at 15;35 hrs at Wymeswold airfield. The collision at 16:30 hrs was at an altitude of 1000ft over the village of Screveton, Nottinghamshire. Witnesses stated that both pilots tried to steer their damaged aircraft away from the village. The Lancaster came down in a field near Flintham Road. The Oxford at Lodge Lane.

Lancaster fellow Crew:

Henry Holmes Richardson DFM; Flight Officer/Pupil Instructor; age 28; R.C.A.F.


Patrick William Laidler; Pilot Officer/Pupil Pilot; age 28; R.A.A.F.

Henry Ernest Herbert; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; Henry Ernest Herbert; age: 19; R.A.F.V.R.

Peter William Raymond Holes; Flight Officer/Navigator; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.


David Winchester McRver; Flight Officer/Air Bomber; age 22; R.A.F.V.R. – photograph courtesy of George Watson’s College Edinburgh 

Victor Charles William Arras Gouldstone; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 27; R.A.F.V.R.

Sidney Stokoe; Pilot Under Training/Aircraftman Class 2; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.

Frederick William Edwards; Air Gunner/Sergeant; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.


Oxford Crew:

James Addison Hawkins; Pilot Instructor/ Flight Lieutenant; age 22; R.A.F.V.R. – injured.

Bryan Hedley Dennis; Pilot Under Training/Flight Officer; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.


James Hawkins was thrown from the aircraft and descended down by parachute. He sadly died later that day at the RAF Hospital, Quarrington, Sleaford, Lincolnshire.


Richardson Creek, which flows into Nejanilini Lake, Manitoba, Canada is named after Henry Holmes Richardson as part of the Aircrew Canadian Commemorative Geographical Feature Naming Program.


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