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Edward Gerard Gilmore

In memory of:

Squadron Leader Edward Gerard Gilmore

April 5, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

C/1036

Age:

29

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Sqdn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information


Born:

August 16, 1913
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Francis and Florence Gilmore of Toronto, Ontario.

Brother of Francis Ormond Gilmore who was killed in action on August 3, 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Commemorated on Page 163 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 172.

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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  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Squadron Leader Edward Gerard Gilmore is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Squadron Leader Edward Gerard Gilmore 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 March 1940. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 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 April 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Inscription– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Stone of Remembrance– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– Panels - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Entrance– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch West– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of "S/L E.G.J. GILMORE D.F.C.  R.C.A.F.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 24 reads: S/L Edward Gerald Joseph GILMORE, DFC, RCAF, 408 Sqn RAF. St Michael’s College, 1930-31.  Graduate Optometry, 1933.  Killed in an air operation over Kiel, Germany, 5 April 1943. Name inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial, Cooper’s Hill, Egham, Surrey, England.
  • St. Michael’s College Memorial– St. Michael’s College Memorial – The memorial slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorates the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Inscription– St. Michael’s College Memorial Intro – Inscriptions in the stone walls of the slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorate the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Inscription– Detail of St. Michael’s College Memorial – Showing some of the Second World War names including that of Edward J. Gilmore.

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