Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Henry Albert Partridge

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Henry Albert Partridge

March 5, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/16966

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

83 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Franklin Stratton Partridge and Ellie May Partridge, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 201 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 177.

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 Henry Partridge– Partridge, Henry Albert - Pilot Officer. Born 19th March, 1920, at Humboldt, Sask. Educated at Norquay, Sask., and Rossburn, Man. Entered the service of the Bank 2nd August, 1939. Served at Watson, Sask. Enlisted 7th April, 1941, from that branch in R.C.A.F. Sergeant Pilot in January, 1942; Flight Sergeant 1st February, 1943; Pilot Officer 26th February, 1943. Trained at Brandon, Man., Edmonton, Alta., Boundary Bay, B.C., and Claresholm, Alta. Overseas in January, 1942. Attached to 83 Squadron, R.A.F. Made 26 operational sorties over enemy-occupied territory, including Bremen, Essen, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Turin, Lorient and St. Nazaire. Awarded Permanent Pathfinder Force Badge by 83 Squadron.  Missing after air operations on 5th March, 1943, when the Lancaster bomber of which he was pilot failed to return from a raid on Essen. Officially presumed dead 19th February, 1944. From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.
  • 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
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Henry Albert Partridge is 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– Pilot Officer Henry Albert Partridge is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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