EDE – Herman Francis Grant

Herman Francis Grant  EDE – F/O
Service No: 33307  Service: RAF
Trade/Branch:   Pilot   263 Sqn Gladiator
Station/Unit/Ship: HMS Glorious
Command:   Fighter
Nationality: Bermuda
Awards/Decorations: DFC
Disposal:   KIA   Age  23  yrs   Date Died:    9 Jun 1940

Equipped with Gladiators and sent to Norway in April 1940 in an attempt to give air cover for British and Norwegian forces. Operations from the frozen Lake Lesjaskag ended when Luftwaffe bombers destroyed the aircraft on the ground and returned to the UK to re-equip. In May, the squadron arrived back in Norway, this time further north and flew patrols until the Allied forces were withdrawn from Narvik. They fought continuously until 7 June, claiming 26 confirmed victories. 10 Gladiator aircraft of 263 Sqn were flown on board HMS Glorious in the early hours of 8 June for transport to the UK. Shortly after 1600hrs on 8 Jun 1940, Gneisenau and Scharnhorst were sighted. “Glorious” received her first hit from Scharnhorst at 1638hrs and sank at about 1810hrs. Also sunk were HMS Ardent & HMS Acasta. Total losses of over 1500 officers & men of the RN, RM and RAF.

Buried At: Runnymede Memorial Grave/Memorial : Panel 5
Next of Kin: Son of Ernest Grant Ede and Winifred Louise Ede, of Pembroke, Bermuda.

[Sources: CWGC – www.warship.orgMOD]

MACAULAY – Frank Alfred Conway

Aircrew  FS  Frank Alfred Conway,  MACAULEY
Service No: R65534  Service: RCAF
Trade/Branch:   W.Op/ Air Gnr.
Nationality: Bahamas
Disposal:   KIA   Age  22  yrs   Date Died:    16 Sep 1942

Buried At: Bexhill Cemetery
Grave/Memorial : Div. Q. Sec. E. Row A. Grave 1.
Next of Kin: Son of Timothy A. Macauley, and Margaret C. Macauley, of Nassau, Bahamas.

[Source: CWGC]

MOSELEY – George Winthrop Sargent

George Winthrop Sargent, MOSELEY – F/L
Service No: 114927  Service: RAF Pilot, 305 (Polish) Sq
Nationality: Bahamas
Disposal:  KIA – Age 25 yrs – Date Died: 26 Nov 1944

Buried At: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
Grave/Memorial : Joint grave 12. D. 13-14.
Next of Kin: Son of Daniel Sargent Darling Moseley and Myrtle Howard Moseley, of Nassau, Bahamas.

[Source: CWGC]

Read more on www.outislandboy.com

Pictures below taken from  www.outislandboy.com

[Lads going to WWII. Front L-R: Hartis Thompson and Philip Farrington.
Back: L-R Garth Johnson, George Moseley, and Warren Lightbourn. Source: Bahamas Handbook]

Five recruits from the Bahamas






GWS Moseley grave

DuBOULAY – Denis Claude Desmond

Pilot Officer – Air gunner – RCAF – KIA at 20 in 1943 – buried at Commonwealth War Cemetary in Berlin, Germany

[Source: St. Lucia website]

Denis Claude Desmond DuBoulay (known as Desmond)  Service no. J/26607  Royal Canadian Air Force  426 Sqn.

Desmond Duboulay Royal Canadian Airforce


DULIEU – Henry Eugene Middleton

Flight Sergeant – RAF – Navigator – died at 34 in 1943 – Buried at Commonwealth War Cemetery in Berin, Germany

[Source: St. Lucia website]


RAF – died at 19 in 1943 – buried Cheltenham Cemetery, UK

[Source: St. Lucia website]

FONSECA – Donald Everton

Name: FONSECA, Donald Everton
Initials: D E
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Pilot Officer (Nav.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit: 207 Sqn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 21/04/1944
Service No: J/85529
Additional information: Son of Rupert Everton Fonseca and Bertha Ann Catherine Fonseca, of Crossroads, Jamaica.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 16. Row 8. Grave 5.

Lancaster ND564 Mission to La Chapelle

T/O 22.12 Spilsby to bomb railway yards. All but F/Sgt Moss were killed

P/O J T Burgess RAAF
Sgt J E N Smith
WO2 D E Fonseca RCAF
F/Sgt H W Moss Evd
Sgt R C Robinson
P/O D R Dearman DFC
Sgt M O’Connor

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

Service Book (click to enlarge)

[Pictures taken from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial]

ROBERTSON – James Duncan Alexander

Initials: J D A
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unitt: 160 Sqn
Age: 22
Date of Death: 01/05/1945
Service No: J/29252
Awards: D F C
Additional information: Son of Frederick Henry Robertson and Madge Robertson,(nee Goodey) of St Andrew, Jamaica.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 456.

Liberator GR.V BZ868 Ran out of fuel and ditched 100 mi SE of Trincomalee, Ceylon May 1, 1945.

S/L D G M Joy
F/O F L Newby
F/O J D A Robertson
F/O R L Freeman
W/O P R Arscott
W/O C N Fisher
F/S J L MacDonald
F/S G P Brown

From the Squadron ORB:

Three American Mk. 36 mines were dropped between positions 011342N 1033330(?)E and 011330N 1033620(?)E. On return journey when in position 0710(?) 830?E all engines failed and captain glided aircraft from ???? feet to sea level, levelled out and ditched. The crew got out with the exception of J29???F/O D. J. A. Robertson (Nav) who was not again seen. The Captain Can C12?? S/Ldr D. G. M. Joy suffered from sever head injuries in the ditching and died in the water. Aus. 414878(?) W/O P. D? Arscott (Wop/AG) was drowned. The remainder of the crew were in the water approx. 8 hrs until being picked up by HSL after sighting A/C.


[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

LAWRENCE – Arthur Henry

Initials: A H
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Air Obs.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit: 144 Sqn
Age: 33
Date of Death: 08/12/1941
Service No: R/69780
Additional information: Son of Ambrose Finlason Lawrence and Louise Beatrice Lawrence, of Halfway Tree, Jamaica.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 3. F. 15-18.

Hampden AD791 Mission to Aachen. All crew killed

Sgt F K Calcutt
Sgt A H Lawrence RCAF
Sgt R E Hirons
Sgt G Barnes

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

JOHNSON – John Rudolph

Name: JOHNSON, JOHN RUDOLPH Initials: J R Nationality: Canadian Rank: Sergeant Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Unit: 76 Sqn. Date of Death: 31/10/1941 Service No: R/56089 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 61. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL Halifax L9602 NP-N Mission to Dunkirk, believed to have ditched in sea. All crew killed Sgt C S O’Brien RCAF P/O N F McLean RNZAF Sgt J R Johnson RCAF F/Sgt J Flannigan P/O F C Brooks RCAF Sgt C E Wood Sgt J Mycock

[Source: www.WW2chat.com, RCAF casuality list]

[Clipping: courtesy Alieneyes]

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