Born: 21st May 1910, Married Quarters, at Robinson Deep Gold Mine Co. Ltd., Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Died: 23rd August 1942; age: 32; an aircraft accident, Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales.

Residence: 210, Whittington Road, Bowes Park, London, N.22.

Occupation: Joined the Metro-Vicker’s Company as a Saleman in August 1937, employed in the Lamp Sales Department, Manchester.


Joined the R.A.F.V.R. ranked a Sergeant – mobilised in September 1939.


Rank: Warrant Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 741070.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 3 School of General Reconnaissance – Coastal Command.


Grave Reference:


New Southgate Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Charles & Clara Martha Pendal; husband of Doris Marie Pendal, of  Bowles Park, Middlesex.


Father: William Charles Pendal, born April 1874, Stadbroke, Suffolk – died September, 1911, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa. A Gold Mine Captain.

Mother: Clara Martha Pendal (nee Williams), born 1886, Maesmynis, Breconshire, Wales.


William was a Freemason and a member of the 247 Lodge at Johannesburg, from the  3rd February 1908 until his death in September 1911.


On the 25th May 1912, 2 year old Herford and his widowed, 25 year old mother, Clara, arrived at the Port of Southampton. They had embarked at Cape Town, South Africa, and sailed on the ‘Kinfauns Castle’ of the Union Castle Mail Steamship Company Limited. They were to make England their home.


In 1934, Edmonton, Middlesex, Herford married Doris Marie Tankard, born August 1906, Hackney, London.

They had 1 daughter.


Doris’s father was Victor Tankard, a Music Hall Artist & Comedian.



Herford was a Lamp Salesman. He was living with his wife at their family home – 33 Heyes Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire. Herford’s mother-in-law & sister-in-law were visitors.

Doris, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Alice Maud Marion Tankard (nee Jacques),  born: June 1884, Finsbury Park, London.

Joan Irene Tankard, born March 1917, Edmonton.

2 others.


In 1939, Herford’s mother, Clara was living at 39, Westerfield Road, Ipswich, with her husband John Robert Pendal (Herford’s paternal uncle), a retired Coal Merchant, born September 1866, Stadbroke, Suffolk.


Probate to Harry Tankard, Doris’s paternal uncle, an engineer.


Herford is also remembered in the Stretford WW2 Book, Trafford, Great Manchester, Lancashire and at on the war memorial at Woodbridge School, Birkett Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk.


23rd August 1942.


Aircraft: Blackburn Botha Mk. I; Serial number: L6318; Based at RAF Squires Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire. The aircraft took off for a navigation exercise. Whilst flying over the north Wales coast, the aircraft entered low cloud and struck the north eastern slopes of Tal-y-Fan above the Conwy valley.  All five of the crew were killed.   Asearch party from No.9 AOS at RAF Penrhos eventually found the aircraft and recovered the bodies the next day.


Robert Wilmore Patrick; Sergeant/Navigator/Bomb Aimer; age 26; R.N.Z.A.F

John Bernard Wood; Sergeant/Navigator/Bomb Aimer; age 26; R.N.Z.A.F.

Ronald Ibbetson; Aircraftman 1st Class/Wireless Operator; age: 22; R.A.F.V.F.

Andrew Smyth; Aircraftman 1st Class/Wireless Operator; age: 29; R.A.F.V.F.




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One Comment

  • Information taken from the 1939 Register has been inaccurately interpreted here – Herford and Doris were renting the house in Timperley themselves , and all other individuals listed on the register were simply visitors to the home (they had lots of family and friends visit/holiday there during their tenancy in Timperly. Please also note Herford’s mother Clara was married to (and had been for c. 20 years) to John Robert Pendal (her late husband’s brother), not just ‘living with’. Herford is also remembered on the Woodbridge School War Memorial.


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