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.


Memorial Reference:

Column 243.

Alamein Memorial,

El Alamein,




Father: Tom Rowbotham, born 1885, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire. A Sales Manager.

Mother: Alice Maud Rowbotham (nee Sims), 1885, Ipswich.


William attended Ipswich School.



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.

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