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Cartwright, Louis Richard Conway

Richard Cartwright was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1911. He was educated in Canada and at King’s College, London. After taking his degree in London he returned to Canada, where he became in 1934 private secretary to the Prime Minister of British Columbia. In 1935 he went to South Africa, where he worked for a time as reporter and sub-editor on the Rand  Daily Mail. He returned to this country and served until the outbreak of this war on the Radio Advertising Executive of the International Broadcasting Company. With the coming of the war he joined the R.A.F., and after service in this country was posted to India, where he lost his life in an aeroplane accident last August. Richard Cartwright was not an easy man to know. There was much of himself that he held deliberately in reserve, but his occasional impression of aloofness was deceptive. He was in anything he undertook immensely thorough. He had a mind well balanced, just and wise. He was generous and effortlessly honest. Above all he had courage, humour and gentleness. It is hard to accept the apparent pointlessness and cruelty which takes away so full a promise. After the war he would have been a maker and builder of that new commonwealth about which he thought and to which he looked forward with so steady and undeviating a determination. His Canadian background gave him a freshness of outlook and a directness of approach which in New Delhi were both startling and welcome; his mind had been disciplined and roughened by experience. He was reaching out to a maturity of action in his chosen field which was not to be granted to him. But if he had to die, perhaps that quick and clean way on active service is what he would have asked. Press cutting in King’s College Archives, unattributed and undated. 




First name(s)Louis Richard Conway
Date of birth14 January 1911
Family detailsSon of Dr. Conway Caartwright, M.D., and Annie Dora Cartwright, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Previous educationCalifornia, US; Royal Military School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1930-32
Dept / courseJournalism
Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 194 Sqdn.
Service number85185
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death27/08/1943
Age at death33
Rank at deathSquadron Leader
Cause of deathKilled in flying accident
Burial placeDelhi War Cemetery.
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Canada at War Virtual Memorial
Notes10 Killed in Air Crash in India: Army and R.A.F. Officers: New Delhi, Aug. 30, 1943: High Army Officers were among the 10 persons killed and two injured when an R.A.F. transport aeroplane crashed in India on Friday. The names of those killed are given here officially today as:- Major General T. G. G. Heywood, C.B., O.B.E., Brigadier H. P. Radley, C.I.E., M.C., Squadron Leader R. C. Cartwright R.A.F., Squadron Leader C. Metcalf R.A.D., Pilot Officer K. Brookman R.A.F., Flight Sergeant William Clayton Walsh, R.C.A.F., Sergeant Leonard Yealland R.A.F., Mr. Robert Trend of the United States Office of War Information in Calcutta and two Indians. Those injured were Flight Lieutenant R. D. Williamson R.A.A.F, and Flying Officer G. L. Bruce R.A.F.. The Times 1 August 1943.
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission: The Times

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