On Tuesday 3rd November 2009, an event took place at South Kyme Golf Club commemorating Aircrew from a WWII Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron. The aircraft crashed in November 1943 in an isolated field, which now forms part of South Kyme Golf Club in Lincolnshire , UK . On discovering from a local farmer that this event took place, members of our Golf Club raised funds to erect a suitable memorial at the crash site on the 66 th anniversary of the event.
The aircraft, a Halifax Bomber (LK954 NA/E) of 428 “Ghost” Squadron, RCAF crashed on route whilst returning to its base in the north of England, having suffered damage from enemy gunfire whilst on a raid over the German City of Dusseldorf.
Officiating at the ceremony was the Reverend (Squadron Leader) Stephen Radley, Chaplain of a nearby Royal Air Force Base, who formally dedicated the memorial to the 8 aircrew who died. A Canadian Maple tree was planted for each of the 5 Canadians and an English Oak for the 3 British crew members. As well as many members from the Golf Club, the congregation included World War II veterans and visitors from around our County of Lincolnshire . The Royal Air Force Association was represented by their Standard and a member of the Golf Club played the Last Post and Reveille. In all, it was a very poignant event that celebrated the lives of those brave young men to whom we owe so much.
In future years South Kyme Golf Club intend to hold a golf competition to mark the anniversary of the crash, which will ensure that the memories of those brave men remain. Should anyone, particularly our Canadian friends, wish to visit the memorial at South Kyme Golf Club to pay respects, or indeed have a game of golf at the same time, they would be most welcome. Our contact details are below and we would be delighted to hear from anyone interested.
Tel: 01526 861113 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian crew members:
Flying Officer Lester Lyle WHITHAM (Navigator) Age 23. He was the son of Harry and Agnes Catherine Whitham (nee Huffman) of North Bay , Ontario, Canada .
Pilot Officer Alan Edward MacKENZIE (Air Gunner) Age 18 (one of the youngest Canadians to be killed on bomber operations) He was the son of Kenneth Bruce and Margaret MacKenzie of Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada .
Flying Officer Robert George EATON (Pilot) Aged 31. He was the son of Bertram Holtby and Florence Myers Eaton and the husband of Elizabeth Ramsden Eaton of Thornhill , Ontario , Canada
Flying Officer Allen Keith HODGKINSON, (Pilot).
Flying Officer Bruce Alan ELMORE (Air Bomber).
The British crew members:
Sergeant Harry Bernard SHIMWELL (Air Gunner) Age 19. He was the son of Humphrey and Ada Matilda Shimwell of Balby, Doncaster S.Yorkshire.
Sergeant Albert Edward MOSS (Flight Engineer) Aged 23. He was the son of Thomas and Margaret Moss from Seaham, Tyne and Wear.
Sergeant Allan Desmond WEIGH (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) Son of Edwin McRobie and Nellie Weigh of Chester
The Halifax Memorial will take place on the 13th of November 2011 following the Halifax Trophy Day. The order of proceedings is as follows:-
08.30 Golf Competition (Shot gun start)
13.00 Competitors return to Clubhouse.
13.30 Announce results and Presentation of Trophies (Pete C and Club Captain Bob)
13.40 Lunch for Invited Guests and Veterans
14.45 To Memorial for Service (Past Captains in Jackets please) Standard Bearers transport??
14.55 Short Introduction of Veterans and address by Chairman SKGC
15.00 Service Commences. Officiated by the Rev. Molly Langridge.
15.10 Wreath Laying by Bob Palmer, Club Captain SKGC, Craig Midgely, Chairman South Kyme Parish Council, Arnold Moore (ex Lancaster Pilot) on behalf of the veterans.
15.12 Last Post, 2 minutes silence and Reveille (John Pearson
15.20 Return to Clubhouse.
All members are invited to attend.
The Halifax Memorial took place Sunday the 13th of November at 15:00 hrs. Some Sixty people attended the Memorial service. Thank’s to all those that attended.
The proceedings was marshaled by the club chairman Mr Paul Hocking. The service was taken by the Rev Molly Langridge. The last post and Reveille was beautifully played by John Pearson. Wreaths were laid by the Veterans, Parish council, Club Captain (Bob Palmer), Seniors Captain (John Swift) and for the Ladies (Joy Butler).
The afternoon turned out to be a beautiful autumn day warm and sunny. Good weather for the older ones like me. The service was poignant and brought a tear to a few eyes. Following the service we retired to the club house for coffee and beer and a good old chat.
A special thanks must go to Paul Hocking for his hard work in arranging proceedings.
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REMEBERANCE SUNDAY 2012
Halifax memorial South Kyme Golf Club
To all those interested in the memorial service held this year.
The following link is to a youtube video
produce by Pete Bettis