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Harry Mathew Champion

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Harry Mathew Champion

March 2, 1943
Germany

Military Service


Service Number:

J/17069

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

61 Sqn. (R.A.F.)

Citation(s):

1939-1945 Star, Europe Star, Defense Medal, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, Operational Wings.

Additional Information


Born:

August 7, 1919
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

May 20, 1941
Hamilton, Ontario

Son of James and Gertrude Champion, of Toronto, Ontario.

Soldier at the 10th Regional Training Center – NPAM – in Kitchener, Ontario, registration number A-600013, from March 20 to May 18, 1941, i.e. for 62 days.

Served in Canada and Great Britain. He had 645 days of service with the air force, including 349 overseas.

Commemorated on Page 145 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 175.

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 kilometers 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– Pilot Officer Harry Mathew Champion is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Harry Mathew Champion 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
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star January 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star November 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram March 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram April 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram January 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram April 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram May 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
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