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Carpenter, Sydney James


First name(s)Sydney James
Date of birth20 January 1918
Place of birthIsle of Wight
Family detailsSon of James William and Dorothy Selina Carpenter, of Sandown, Isle of Wight.
Previous educationSandown County Secondary School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1936-39
Dept / courseGeography
Military unitRoyal Naval Volunteer. H.M.S. Condor; Fleet Air Arm. Sept 1940 went to Canada and qualified as a pilot
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death20/10/1941
Age at death23
Rank at deathSub Lieutenant
Place of deathArbroath
Cause of deathKilled in a flying accident
Burial placeArbroath Western Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Lake War Memorial, Sandown, Isle of Wight.

Letter from his mother to King’s College dated 15 March 1947

Thank you for your letter re the death of our son, Sydney James. His rank was Sub Lieut., Fleet Air Arm and he met his end in a flying accident at Arbroath (Angus) on the 20th October 1941. In Sept. 1940 he joined the above, proceeded to Canada & qualified as an Air Pilot. We thank you for your letter of sympathy, it was indeed a great blow to us, & he had made such splendid progress whilst at King’s College. But he like many others gave their lives that we might live & we are indeed very grateful to them.

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission;

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