Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Donald Ross Gilchrist

In memory of:

Flying Officer Donald Ross Gilchrist

June 17, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/24564

Age:

20

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Son of Ross Gilchrist and Marjorie Ethel Gilchrist, of Ottawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 315 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

54. E. 9.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flying Officer Donald Ross Gilchrist is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Donald Ross Gilchrist 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
  • Photo of DONALD ROSS GILCHRIST– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of DONALD ROSS GILCHRIST– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker
  • Newspaper Clipping– Flying Officer DONALD ROSS GILCHRIST, Flying Officer PHILIP HORACE DUVAL, Sergeant ARTHUR KENNETH HRYCENKO, Sergeant OTIS WILFRID LIBBY, and Flying Officer RICHARD REGINALD RICKY WHITBY are listed in this excerpt of the Department of National Defense for Air Causalty List No 925, published in the Globe and Mail on July 4, 1944, as having been Killed on Active Service Overseas,.  They were killed on June 17, 1944 and are buried in adjacent graves (Section 54. E.10 to E. 6) at BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey, United Kingdom and presumably died together when their aircraft crashed in England.
  • Inscription– Flying Officer DONALD ROSS GILCHRIST, Flying Officer PHILIP HORACE DUVAL, Sergeant ARTHUR KENNETH HRYCENKO, Sergeant OTIS WILFRID LIBBY, and Flying Officer RICHARD REGINALD RICKY WHITBY were all killed on June 17, 1944 as indicated by these inscriptions on their grave markers.  They are buried in adjacent graves (Section 54. E.10 to E. 6) at  BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey, United Kingdom and presumably died together when their aircraft crashed in England.

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