Born: 24th September 1922, Ipswich.

Died: 8th December 1941; age: 18; killed in a flying accident near Arbroath, Angus.


Rank: Leading Airman; Service Number: FAA/FX 84984

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Conder.’ Training camp


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur Maxwell & Marjorie Nella Bayley, of 61, Princes Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Father: Arthur Maxwell Bayley, born, December 1893, Hornsey, London. An Agricultural and Mechanical Engineer Draughtsman.

Mother: Marjorie Nella Strutt, born April 1894, Framlinham, Suffolk. A School Teacher.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at Felixstowe seafront, Suffolk.


8th December 1941

Aircraft: Supermarine Walrus The three airmen were killed flying with the Fleet Air Arm over the North Sea, while operating from H.M.S. ‘Condor.’ The aircraft crashed four miles east of Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.


Thomas Herbert Beveridge Oates; Lieutenant; age 31; Royal Navy. M.P.K.

Anthony Charles Edward Ayre; Acting Lieutenant; age 23; Royal Navy. Killed.


Thomas had served as a third officer aboard Discovery II in the 1932-1937 Antarctic expedition, for which he received the Polar Medal. His letters of  to Elizabeth Eadie are now published – Bearing The Heart of a Sailor: letters from the Antarctic and other faraway places.

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