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Robert Hardwick Prest

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Class II Robert Hardwick Prest

October 14, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

R/99704

Age:

26

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

404 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Thomas Linwood Prest and Helen Irene Prest, of Goderich, Ontario, Canada; husband of Betty Kathleen Prest, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 204 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 180.

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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  • Photo of Robert Prest– Prest, Robert Hardwick - Warrant Officer, Class II. Born 4th October, 1917, at Goderich, Ont. Entered the service of the Bank 11th February, 1938.  Served at branches in Ontario. Enlisted 15th May, 1941, from Auburn in R.C.A.F. Sergeant Observer in May, 1942; subsequently Warrant Officer, Class II. Trained at Toronto, London, Ont., and Pennfield Ridge, N.B. Overseas in June, 1942. Attached R.A.F. Served with 404 Squadron.  Reported missing after air operations on 14th October, 1943. Officially presumed dead (27th April, 1944).  Warrant Officer Prest was a son of Mr. T. L. Prest, formerly Manager of the Bank at Brussels, Ontario. 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

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