Ansty Village, Warwickshire
Commemorated on the memorial in the Village of Ansty
are six Royal Air Force trainee pilots as well as
PTE R Nason, killed in action in Italy.
Taken on Remembrance Sunday, 9th November, 2014
If you have a moment, let me show you how I
came to be at this memorial last Sunday.
The story goes a little bit like this:
During the summer, Mr LOL and I went for a walk outside
Coombe Country Park to find an airfield next to
Rolls Royce engine works. It was a beautiful day.
Almost directly behind where we are standing now is the
former site of the Royal Air Force Station, Ansty.
With a little help from my phone, we
were able to navigate our way through the fields
to see what was left of the airfield.
Not a lot. A shame that some of this has not been preserved.
RAF Ansty opened in 1936 and closed in 1953. It was used mainly for
training new recruits in navigation skills and flying
using a variety of planes like the Tiger Moth.
The blue dot is where I am standing
to take some of these shots.
In the photo below you can see a buildings belonging to Rolls Royce.
When I got home, I looked at my photos (as we all do) and
then started doing a little research. It was then that I remembered
seeing some graves of airmen at St James Church, Ansty.
I went back last week to take some more photos.
St James Parish Churchyard, Ansty, England
From left to right:
Flight Lieutenant R G Burke, AFC, Pilot Instructor, Royal Air Force, 20th April, 1941, Age 33
Pilot Officer D N McCarthy, Pilot Instructor, Royal Air Force, 20th April, 1941, Age 24
Leading Aircraftman J Scholes, U/T Pilot, Royal Air Force, 20th April, 1941, Age 26
Pilot Officer C C Brackenbury, Pilot Instructor, Royal Air Force, 16th May, 1941, Age 24
Leading Aircraftman I S Forbes, U/T Pilot, Royal Air Force, 7th July, 1941, Age 24
Leading Aircraftman R A A Miskimmin, U/T Pilot, Royal Air Force, 27th July, 1941 (No age)
View just over the hedge:
The photo I used for November's City Daily Photo Theme Day,
Three Spires of Coventry.
Today all around the world tributes are being paid to servicemen and women
who died in service to their country since the start of World War I,
100 years ago.