England, Reginald Charles

Personal Information

Rank Sgt
Forename(s) Reginald Charles
Surname England
Gender M
Age 29
Date of Death 29-10-1941
Next of Kin Son of Herbert Percy and Florence Dorothy England, of Wallasey.

Aircraft Information

Serial Number

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Birkenhead (Landican) Crematorium
Grave Reference

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 161

Enlistment Information

Service Number 980443
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 3
Squadron 218 (Gold Coast)
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin United Kingdom

Miscellaneous Information

Newcastle Journal- 8th December 1941: Army Driver Fined. On October 29th Sergeant Reginald Charles England, R.A.F., of Wallasey was motor-cycling on his way to Carlisle to see his fiancée when near Clifton, about four miles south of Penrith, he came into collision with an Army vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, and received injuries from which he died The sequel was heard at Hackthorp (near Penrith) Police Court, when Corporal William Parker, of the Royal Tank Corps, was charged with driving in a manner dangerous to the public. For the prosecution, it was stated that Parker took over the driving of the vehicle from the regular driver, and that he overtook a private car about the time when Sergeant England was approaching, and that Parker ought to have seen the motor-cyclist if he had been keeping a reasonable look-out. The defence was that Parker did not know there had been accident. Parker was fined £10. plus 7s. 10d. costs, and an offer to pay 10s. a week was accepted. 
Liverpool Daily Post 8th December 1941: SEQUEL TO WALLASEY AIRMAN’S DEATH On October 29 Sergeant Reginald Charles England, of the R.A.F., of Wallasey, was motor-cycling to Carlisle, when he came into collision with an Army vehicles and received injuries from which he died. The sequel was heard at Hackthorpe (near Penrith) Police Court, when Corporal William Parker, of the Royal Tank Corps, was charged with driving the Army truck in a manner dangerous to the public. For the prosecution it was stated that Parker took over the driving of the vehicle from the regular driver, and that overtook a private car about the time when Sergeant England was approaching and that Parker ought to have seen the motor-cyclist if he had been keeping reasonable look-out. The defence was that Parker did not know there had been an accident, though he and two others who were in the truck at the time admitted that the question of having “had a bump” was discussed when the truck was stopped at a neighbouring village. , Parker was fined £10. plus £4 7s 10d costs. A charge of failing to stop after an accident was withdrawn. 

Last Operation Information

Start Date 30-11--0001
End Date 30-11--0001
Takeoff Station
Day/Night Raid
Reason for Loss Killed in a motorcycle accident.

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