Born: 6th January 1921, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Died: 6th July 1941; age: 20; Flying accident at Ilchester, Somerset. – fractured skull & multiple injuries.

Family residence: 6, Grove Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire, later of ‘Hepburn’ 1, Donmouth Terrace, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.

Rank: Probationary/Temporary – Sub-Lieutenant (A).

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. ‘Heron’ Fleet Air Arm, 759 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

Plot M. Grave 6.

St. Bartholomew Churchyard,



Father: Thomas Duncan, born September 1898, 67, Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, A Congregational Minister. During the Second World War he was Chaplain to the R.A.F. stationed at Blackpool, Lancashire, and Minister at Victoria Congregational Church, Blackpool, Lancashire.

Mother: Helena Robertson Duncan, born February 1895.

On the 24th May 1927, the Duncan family arrived at the Port of London, they had sailed from Calcutta, India 2nd Class, on board the S.S.’Matiana,’ of the British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. The family intended to stay in Scotland.

Thomas Duncan, 28, a Minister of Religion.

Helena Robertson Duncan, 32.

Thomas Duncan, 6.

Mary Patricia Duncan, 3.

Helena Margaret Duncan, 1.

On the 17th December 1927, Thomas, his mother & sisters departed from the Port of London, on board the S.S.’Mulberra,’ of the British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Master W.R. Steadman. The family travelled 2nd Class, and were bound for Calcutta, India. They had stayed at 67, Dunbar Street, Aberdeen, Scotland and were now returning to their permanant residence in India.

Helena Robertson Duncan, 32.

Thomas Duncan, 6.

Mary Patricia Duncan, 4.

Helena Margaret Duncan, 2.

67, Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland was the family home of Thomas’s paternal grandparents – James Duncan, a Brewery Horseman, born 1865, Aberdeen & Margaret Duncan, born 1870, Aberdeen.


Thomas was a Bank Clerk, he was living with his parents & sister at their family home – 6, Grove Avenue, Gosport, Hampshire.

Thomas, a Congregational Minister.

Helena, unpaid Domestic Duties.

1 sister.

During the First World War, Thomas’s paternal uncle James Duncan was KiA, 7th February 1918, aged 24. James was ranked a Private, 31634, for the Scottish Horse, Black Watch, 13th Battalion. He was laid to rest at Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.

Probate to Thomas Duncan – father, Chaplain, to the R.A.F.

Thomas is also remembered on the Memorial Lectern Plaque, at Victoria Congregational Church, Blackpool, Lancashire, and the Fleet Air Arm Roll of Honour at the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset.

6th July 1941

Aircraft. Base: H.M.S. Heron, Royal Naval Air Station. Flying accident during exercises.

Crew: Bertram Ewart Randle; Air Mechanic (o) 2c; age 21; R.N.V.R.

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