Born: 18th August 1921, Nursing Home, 7, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, family home 22, Alpe Street, Ipswich.
Died: 28th August 1943; age: 22.
Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1335502.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 76 Squadron.
Originally laid to rest at Lonnerstadt Village Cemetery. Body later exhumed, identified and reburied 18th June 1948 at Durnbach War Cemetery.
Father: Walter Read Ward, born 1883, Orford, Suffolk – died 3rd February 1921, Stowmarket, Suffolk – a Bombardier, 340387, for the Royal Garrison Artillery, Essex and Suffolk. Enlisted 11th December 1915, served overseas. Discharged 21st June 1919. Awarded the Victory and British War plus the Silver War Badge – issue number – B/236208. A Hotel Keeper and Licensed Victualler.
Mother: Mary Evelyn Ward (nee Stroud), born 8th January 1888, Rawalpindi, Bengal. Mary’s father William Farr Stroud lost his life as a result of the First World War.
Sister: Lilian Florence Ward, born 13th April 1916, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
Walter was educated at Ipswich School.
In 1943, Ipswich, Walter married Eileen E.A. Dallaston, born May 1921, Ipswich – daughter of Ernest James Brown Dallaston, a builder’s clerk and Ethel Emily Dallaston (nee Gillingwater), of 18, Elmhurst Drave, Ipswich.
Walter is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.
27th/28th August 1943
Aircraft: Handley Page Halifax; Serial Number: DK269; Code: MP-J. Took off at 20:46hrs from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire on a bombing mission to Nuremberg, Germany. Crashed at Fetzelhofen – all the crew killed.
Image of John Morton courtesy of his proud grandson.
John Edward Hipwell Morton; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.
Peter Carling; Flight Officer/Air Bomber; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
John Edward Cameron; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 21; R.C.A.F.
George Reginald Elks; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.
Edward Hyett; Flight Officer/Air Gunner; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.
Gerald Pearson; Flight Sergeant/Navigator; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.
The bodies of George Elks, Edward Hyett and Gerald Pearson were laid to rest in a collective grave.
Image courtesy of Kevin Pugsley, grandson to John Edward Hipwell Morton.