Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Alexander Colborne Colville

In memory of
Flying Officer
Alexander Colborne Colville
March 16, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
J/21864
Age:
28
Force:
Air Force
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Division:
408 Sqdn.

Additional Information:

Born:
September 19, 1915 Bowmanville, Ontario
Enlistment:
September 9, 1940 Toronto, Ontario

Son of Alexander and Annie Josephine Colville (1966 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Bowmanville, Ontario.

Brother of John and William Colville. John died on August 18, 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force and William died on May 6, 1942 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Commemorated on Page 277 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL ; Surrey, United Kingdom
Grave Reference:
Panel 245.
Location:
During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Alexander Colborne Colville
  • Newspaper Clipping – Provided by John Stephens
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Photo of ALEXANDER COLBORNE COLVILLE – Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Biography – Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me

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