Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Alexander Ian Murray

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Alexander Ian Murray

January 19, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

R/69654

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

409 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Alexander Archibald and Gwendoline Rosa May Murray, of Simcoe, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 102 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

SCOPWICK CHURCH BURIAL GROUND
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Row 3. Grave 31.

Location:

Digby aerodrome was built towards the end of the First World War and after the war it functioned as a permanent unit of the Royal Air Force. In 1937 it became a member of No 12 Fighter Group in which it remained until the end of the Second World War.

Digby was one of the original sectors of Fighter Command and in the early days of the Second World War was very active in the defence of northern England. No 42 (Fighter) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force (known as the Red Indian Squadron from the emblem which it carried) was formed there in April 1942. On September 16, 1942, the sector was taken over by the RCAF and until the end of the war was known as Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Digby.

The 37 Canadian airmen buried at Scopwick lost their lives while stationed at Digby. They include an American airman who served with the RCAF, P/O J G Magee, and author of the poem 'High Flight'.

Scopwick Church Burial Ground contains 50 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and five German war graves. The graves form a plot in the top half of the burial ground. The Cross of Sacrifice in the corner of the plot was unveiled by the Air Member, Canadian Joint Staff on June 1, 1950.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Alexander Ian Murray– In Memory of the men from Norfolk County who gave their lives in World War 11.

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of Alexander Ian Murray– In Memory of the members of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) who went to war and did not return. 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
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Board– In Memory of the men from Norfolk County who gave their lives in World War 11.

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Scopwick Church Burial Ground
  • Grave Marker– Marker stone to Flt Sgt A. I. Murray in Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Lincolnshire, England.  Personal inscription reads:  Beloved son of Alexander A. and Gwendoline R. M. Murray, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

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