Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Athol Lorne Lunan

In memory of:

Sergeant Athol Lorne Lunan

April 23, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/144320

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Born:

May 16, 1920

Son of Mr. J. A. Lunan of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 369 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY
Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Sec. B. Row A. Grave 19.

Location:

The town cemetery is on the south east side of Harrogate, Yorkshire. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's plot is in the southern part of the cemetery. To reach the cemetery from Harrogate, go along the Harrogate/Wetherby road (A661) to the junction with the A59. The cemetery is signposted at this junction. This cemetery contains war graves of both world wars. The large majority of the war burials occurred during the 1939-45 War. Nearly all are airmen, two-thirds of them belonging to the Canadian forces. Many of these men died in the Military Wing of Harrogate General Hospital. Of the many airfields established in Yorkshire during the War, a number were situated in the vicinity of Harrogate. Such were the R.A.F. station at Harrogate itself, and those at Linton-on-Ouse, Tockwith, Rufforth and Marston Moor. Nearly all the Canadians buried here belonged to No. 6 (R.C.A.F.) Bomber Group, whose headquarters were at Allerton Park. All the stations controlled by this Group were in the area north of Harrogate in the Vale of York, the largest base having its headquarters at Linton-on-Ouse. During the early months of the war a piece of land was set aside by the local authorities for service war burials near the north-west corner of the cemetery. This group of war graves is in Sections 20E and 21E within the northern boundary. In July 1943 the Air Forces Section was opened at the north-eastern corner of the cemetery, where men from airfields in Yorkshire and the north-eastern counties were brought, most of whom died in the great bomber offensive on targets in Germany.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Sergeant Athol Lorne Lunan is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Sergeant Athol Lorne Lunan is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Athol Lorne Lunan– R144320 Sergeant Athol Lorne Lunan
Former student of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Toronto)
  • Document– Registration card filled in on the first day of highschool at Lawrence Park Collegiate.  He only remained in the school until 1937.
  • Document (Page 1)– Sgt. Lunan was killed in a training accident.  This is a copy of the investigation into the accident. Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Document (Page 2)
  • Document (Page 3)
  • Document (Page 4)
  • Document (2)– This is a copy of the immediate report of the accident to RCAF and RAF HQ.  This is the first official recognition of the event.  Not the mention of a fire in the engine on takeoff.

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Document (3)– Lunan's Record of previous service shows that he was originally trained as a radio mechanic, but opted for air crew.

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Document (4)– This is a list of the other crew members on board the aircraft.  It was prepared for Mrs. Lunan.  Note that they refused to give the addresses of the next of kin of the crew.  

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Letter– A standard RAF letter to the next of kin (Mr. Lunan).  It gives a few details of the incident.  Note that the letter says that the crew were killed "instanteously".  pg 1

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Letter (Page 2)
  • Photo of Athol Lorne Lunan– Picture of Lunan as a Sergeant Wireless Air Gunner (1943).  This picture was taken from his Personnel file in Ottawa.

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada
  • Identification Tags– These are Lunan's ID discs.  They were found in his file in Ottawa.  Notice that the left tag has scorch marks on it.  That is probably the reason that it was not returned to his parents with the rest of his service possessions.

Source: Whitehouse via Library & Archives Canada

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