Edward Stanley Locke

Memorial: Alveston - St Helen's Church

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Rank and number: Sergeant (Pilot)

Parents: Edward Meadows and Katherine Ruth Locke

Home address: Oxton, Birkenhead

Date of birth: 16/01/1922

Date of death: 30/09/1941

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried in St Helen’s Churchyard Alveston and commemorated on Alveston War Memorial

Age: 19

Further information:

Edward was the third generation of Lockes to attend Birkenhead school near Liverpool. He was a keen sportsman in athletics and rugby and excelled in boxing and cricket. Edward was also a school prefect, a member of the dramatic society and in the Officer Training Corps. He left school and entered Barclays bank in 1940 but volunteered for the RAF later that same year. Edward did his basic training in the UK and his pilot training in Ontario Canada, gaining his pilot’s wings in July 1941. He was promoted to sergeant pilot and returned to England to train on Hurricanes. Edward was stationed at 55 operational training unit at Aston Down near Stroud awaiting posting to an operational squadron. On the day of his death, he was piloting Hurricane V6605, when the plane went into a spin from which it failed to recover. The Hurricane crashed at Bushey Grove, Elberton and Edward was killed.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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