Image from the Evening Star – 13th August 1943.


Born: 1922, Ipswich.

Died: 8th August 1943; age: 20; Died at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmund’s, Suffolk following a road accident.


 Two Others Injured by Tank.

Evening Star newspaper report.

A party of R.A.F. men were waiting to cross to the church in an East Anglian village on Sunday morning when a Polish Army tank crashed into them. A.-C. 2 R. Rogers, whose home is at 74, Lattice Avenue, Ipswich, was badly injured and died during Sunday night in hospital.

Two companions of Rogers were also taken to hospital, A.-C. G. Wilkinson, with cuts and bruises, and A.-C. Orme with a fractured thigh.

Residence: 74, Lattice Avenue, Ipswich.

Employed: at the Danish Bacon Company.


Joined the Air Force in March 1942.


Rank: Aircraftman First Class; Service Number: 1724911.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 214 Squadron.


Funeral service held on Thursday, 12th August 1943, at St.-Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, with an R.A.F guard of honour.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Father: Reginald George Leighton Rogers, born January 1893, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. A Cinema Manager, at The Hippodrome, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

Mother: Elsie Emma Rogers (nee Adams), born June 1898, Ipswich.


From the age of 9, Reginald was a chorister at St.-Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich. He also enjoyed sports, with a special interest in swimming.


In January 1943, Ipswich, Reginald married, Audrey Joan Prime, born 1922, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter.


Evening Star – 13th August 1943


The funeral of Aircraftman Reginald A.C. Rogers, R.A.F. only son of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Rogers, of 74, Lattice Avenue, took place at Ipswich on Thursday, the first portion of the service being conducted at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, where, from the age of nine he had been a chorister.

Aircraftman Rogers died in the West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St. Edmund’s, on Sunday, following an accident whilst on active service. Before he joined the Air Force, in March 1942, he was on the staff of the Danish Bacon Company, and was well known in Ipswich sporting circles taking a special interest in swimming. He was married in January of this year.

Chief mourners were the widow, Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Rogers (father and mother), Mr. and Mrs. J. Prime (father-in-law and mother-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. Aldridge (grandparents), Mr. C.H. Rogers and Mr. V.H. Rogers (uncles), Mr. Eric Stacey (a life long friend), Mr. and Mrs. Bampton, Mrs. Nunn, Mr. and Mrs. John Tibbenham, Mr. Raymond Tibbenham, AC1 Ivan Jaggs, Mrs. Jaggs and Mrs. John Sutcliffe.

The choral service was conducted by the Vicar (the Rev. R.H. Babington), with Mr. Jonathan Job, F.R.C.O., at the organ. The coffin was covered with a Union Jack, and there was an R.A.F. guard of honour.

Among the large congregation were representatives of the Ipswich N.F.S., of which Aircraftman Rogers’ widow is a member; Mr. E.S. Leske and Mr. W.P. Grace (representing the Danish Bacon Co.), Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Stammers, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Lambley, Mrs. J. Job, Mrs. R. Adams, Mrs. H. Skinner, Mr. A. Butler and Mr. J.H. Barker (representing the Ipswich Theatre Managers’ Association).

Among the floral tributes were those from the officer commanding and the officers at Aircraftman Rogers’ station; from the airmen of his squadron ; from “The Boys of A Flight,” and the Warrant Officers, Flight Sergeants and Sergeants; the National Fire Service, Bond Street; the staff of Poole’s Roxy, Edinburgh); the Hippodrome, Gloucester; the Synod Hall, Edinburgh; the Ipswich Theatre Managers’ Association; the Danish Bacon Company, and neighbours in Lattice Avenue, Ipswich.

Funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. E.S. Singleton Ltd., Ipswich.

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