Photographs courtesy of Mrs. L. Nunn  

Born: 4th September 1914, Bosmere, Suffolk.

Died 4th/5th April 1943; Age: 29; aircraft crash at Sarlhusen. Philip’s 12th mission.

Residence: 22, Edward Close, Ipswich.

Occupation: Driver Salesman – Wholesale Fruit & Potato Merchants.


Rank: Sergeant/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1159783.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 156 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Kiel War Cemetery,

Kieler Stadtkneis,



Father: Raymond Victor Grimwood, born April 1892, Coddenham, Suffolk. A Butcher – Co-operative Butchery Department.

Mother: Gertrude Elisabeth Grimwood (nee Brown), born March 1888, Creeting St. Mary,Suffolk.

Family home – 32, Croft Street, Ipswich.

Philip, Raymond, Don Grimwood

seated Gertrude.

In 1939, Ipswich, Philip married Josephine Violet Leggett, born November 1913, Ipswich.



Philip was a Driver Salesman for a Wholesale Fruit & Potato Merchants. He and Josephine were living with her sister and brother-in-law at their home – 259, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Harold Jack Button, a Butcher, born 1906.

Bertha May Button (nee Leggett), born 1906.


Probate to Josephine Violet Grimwood – widow.


4th/5th April 1943


Aircraft: Avro Lancaster I; serial number: W4850 Took off 20:42hrs from heavy bomber RAF station at Warboys, Huntingdonshire. Crashed at Sarlhusen, Germany.


Albert Ronald Baker; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 18; R.A.F.V.R.

Edward Thomas McHugh; Flight Sergeant/Navigator/Bomber; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Kenneth William Taylor; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; R.A.F.

Alfred Rixon; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.

Jack Arthur Holderness; Flight Sergeant/Navigator; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Cecil Harold Davies; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 29; R.A.F.V.R.

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