Image from the Evening Star – 18th December 1941.
Born: 14th April 1920, Ipswich.
Died: 10th December 1941; age; 21; accidentally killed when the aircraft of which he was one of the crew crashed out of control, at Mount Farm, Dorchester, Oxfordshire.
Inquest held: 30th December 1941.
Residence: 11a, Melbourne Road, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.
Occupation: Messenger/Postman and mail driver – joined the Post Office on the 24th September 1937.
Kenneth volunteered for the R.A.F. Reserve.
Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1252680.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Squadron 15 Operational Training Unit, Group 6.
Ipswich New Cemetery,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest Harry & Hilda May Squirrell, of Ipswich.
Father: Ernest Harry Squirrell, born 1897, Camberwell, London.
Mother: Hilda May Squirrell (nee Hipgrave), born 1901, Ipswich.
Kenneth was educated at Springfield Boys’ School, Ipswich.
Kenneth was a good musician and a member of the 11th Ipswich Boy Scouts. Since boyhood Kenneth had been a member of the choir at St. Thomas’s Church. Kenneth was recorded in the Diss Express – 30th July 1937, as passing his “Grammar of Music – Grade IV,” address: 383 Bramford Road, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Kenneth was living with his parents & siblings at their family home – 13, Melbourne Road, Ipswich.
Ernest, a Motor Bus Driver.
Hilda, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Jean M. Squirrell, born 1923, Ipswich.
Pearl Rose Squirrell, born July 1934, Ipswich.
Shirley M. Squirrell, born 1934, Ipswich.
1 other – Lawrence Taylor, at School, born May 1926.
Probate to Ernest Harry Squirrell – father.
Kenneth is also remembered on the war memorial at the Royal Mail Centre, Commercial Road, Ipswich.
SGT. K.W. SQUIRRELL,
Funeral at Ipswich.
The funeral took place at St. Thomas’s Church, Ipswich, on Tuesday, of Sergt. K.W. Squirrell, of 11a, Melbourne Road, Ipswich. Sergt. Squirrell, who was killed on active service, was educated at Springfield Boys’ School. He was employed by the Post Office as a messenger and later as a postman and mail driver, until he volunteered for the R.A.F. Reserve. He had been a member of the 11th Ipswich Boy Scouts and he was a good musician.
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. H.B. Smith, the lesson being read by Mr. T.W. Arch. The choir of which Sergt. Squirrell had been a member since boyhood, sang the hymns “Fight the good fight” and “The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,” these being his favourite hymns. Mr. Stiff was at the organ.
Family mourners present included: Mr. and Mrs. Squirrell (parents), Jean and Don (sister and brother), Mr. and Mrs. Squirrell (grandfather and grandmother), Mr. and Mrs. Hipgrave, Mrs. Hawes (aunt), Mrs. Squirrell (aunt), Miss Catling, Mr. and Mrs. Nunn, and Mrs. Randell.
Ipswich G.P.O. was represented by Mr. Setterfield, the R.A.F. by a flight-sergeant, the Boy Scouts by Mr. Bruce Gant. The churchwardens of St. Thomas’s were also represented.
Among those who sent wreaths were: Father, mother and family, grandfather and grandmother, 383, Bramford Road, grandfather and grandmother and Uncle Bob, Aunt Alice, Uncle George and family. Uncle Wall and family, all at 57, Kensington Road, Aunt Rore, Edna and Doris. Mrs. Sherman and family, Sirdar Road; Mrs. Sharman and Sands, Dovercourt; Uncle Dick and Elsie; Phil and Queenie; Miss Catling and all at Park View; Head Postmaster and staff at Ipswich G.P.O.; the post office telegraph staff; Commanding Officer and Officers, R.A.F.; senior N.C.O.s, R.A.F.; corporals and airmen, R.A.F.; 11th Ipswich Boy Scouts, Mr. Bruce Gant and family; Mr. and Mrs. Nunn and Alec: Miss Pegg, Stowmarket; Mr. and Mrs. Maise Bayley, Mrs. Keeler, Mrs. Randell, Mrs. Fisher and Freda; Mr. and Mrs. E. Rainbird and Marjorie, Cromer Road, Mr. and Mrs. Rainbird, 99, Kensington Road, Mrs. Clements and Mrs. Peck, Mrs. Steed, Mrs. Sole and family, Mr. and Mrs. Markwell, Mrs. Balls and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leathers, Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl, Mr. and Mrs. Barnard and Cissie, Mrs. Bannister and daughter.