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Arnold, Edward Rolfe

Biographical

Surname(s)Arnold
First name(s)Edward Rolfe
Date of birth07 August 1915
Family detailsSon of Edward & Nellie Martha Arnold, of Leatherhead
Previous educationLeatherhead C of E; Leatherheard Council Sutton County
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1934-1938
Dept / courseFaculty of Arts
Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; 35 Sqdn (Pathfinder Force)
Date enlistedSep. 1939
Service number77908
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death10/03/1941
Age at death25
Rank at deathPilot Officer (Obs.)
Cause of deathKilled in action, Le Havre
Burial placeLeatherhead (SS. Mary & Nicholas) Church
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel, Leatherhead War Memorial
Notes

Two letters from his father to King’s College in October 1945 give the following information:-
4 Highlands Avenue, Leatherhead


My son Edward Rolfe Arnold was a Pilot Officer in the R.A.F.V.R. and was killed in action on the night of March 10th 1943. He was the Observer on a Halifax on a raid on Le Havre. His body was brought home and he is buried in our Churchyard here.


He joined the R.A.F.V.R. in Feb. 1939 and was called up in Sept. 1939. Rec’d his Commission in March 1940. He took part in in 22 raids or night operations over Germany, France and Italy and was Navigator in the first flight of Catalinas from Bermuda to Scotland 25.11.1942.

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Photo with permission from Gravestone Photographic Resources

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