Born: 17th March 1922, Ipswich.
Died on or since: 1st December 1941; age: 19. Failed to return from a lone Mediterranean reconnaissance.
Residence: ‘Sunbank’ 87, Grove Lane, Ipswich.
Employed: as a Clerk at the Ipswich office of Employers’ Liability Assurance Corporation Ltd.
Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1160291.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 39 Squadron. Coastal Command.
Father: Tom Rowbotham, born 1885, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire. A Sales Manager.
Mother: Alice Maud Rowbotham (nee Sims), 1885, Ipswich.
William attended Ipswich School.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
William was a Clerk – Insurance Office. He was living with his parents & sister at their family home – 87, Grove Lane, Ipswich.
Tom, a Buyer – Wholesale Confectionery.
Alice, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Pearl A. Rowbotham, at School, born April 1928, Ipswich.
Probate to Thomas Rowbotham – father, a Sales Manager.
William is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.
30th December 1941 – 1st December 1941
Aircraft – Beaufort I, Serial number: W6496. 1. Missing from Plug Patrol over Western Desert, Lybia – 30th November 1941. or 2. Shot down in the sea off Crete on a night patrol – 1st November 1941.
Norman Frederick Sewell; Sergeant; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.
Philip Alan Goodley; Sergeant; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
James Herbert Killick; Sergeant; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.