Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Donald Fullerton Neilson

In memory of:

Flying Officer Donald Fullerton Neilson

June 17, 1944

Veenendal, Netherlands

Military Service


Service Number:

J/24170

Age:

27

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

550 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45, Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 26 April 1947.

Additional Information


Born:

May 17, 1917
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Enlistment:

January 27, 1942
Calgary, Alberta

Son of Neil Hingle Neilson and Ellen Maud (nee Edwards) Neilson, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Commemorated on Page 403 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 247.

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.

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  • Memorial – Flying Officer Donald Fullerton Neilson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Donald Fullerton Neilson is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription – Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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