Photographs courtesy of John

Born: 16th December 1922, Ipswich.

Died: 27th November 1944; age: 21; killed in a flying accident.

Residence: 90, London Road, Ipswich.

Employed: with artesian well borers – Messrs. J.J. Gosling and Co., Ipswich.


Rank: Flying Officer/Pilot: Service Number: 159401.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves.


Grave Reference:


Bulawayo (Athlone) General Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of Herbert William & Annette May Laughlin.


Father: Herbert William Laughlin, born October 1896, Ipswich.

Mother: Annette May Laughlin (nee Calvesbert), born May 1896, Ipswich.


Kenneth attended Bramford Road School, Ipswich.




Kenneth was a Newsagent’s Assistant for his father. He was living with his parents & sisters at their family home – 84, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Herbert, a Newsagents – own account.

Annette, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Freda Ellen May Laughlin, a Grocer’s Assistant, born January 1924, Ipswich.


Probate to Herbert William Laughlin – father, a Newsagent.


27th November 1944


Aircraft – Oxford I; Serial number: HN518. Based at Heaney, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.


James Douglas Tait; Aircraftman Second Class/Pilot under training; age 19; R.A.F., of Balangai, Tanganyika.

The Laughlin family taken in 1941.

Kenneth with his parents, Herbert & Annette, and his sisters Freda (1924), Margaret (1925) & Edna (1933).

Image from the 30th November 1944, Evening Star Newspaper.



























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