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Clifford Leonard Horncastle

In memory of:

Flying Officer Clifford Leonard Horncastle

November 3, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

J/3520

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

414 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Leonard Henry and Jessica Horncastle, of Edmonton, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 82 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:

33. F. 10.

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of CLIFFORD LEONARD HORNCASTLE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Temporary grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Birth Certificate– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation paper– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of CLIFFORD LEONARD HORNCASTLE– 8 May 1942 414 Sqn, R.C.A.F. Army Co-operation squadron overseas Twenty-three year old F/0 C. L. Horncastle, of Edmonton, pilot in an R.C.A.F. Army Co-operation squadron in Britain. He joined the Air Force straight from High School.
  • Photo of Cliff Horncastle– Cliff Horncastle relating the story to the Chaps.

Cliff was to be my father's best man on November 7, 1942, however, he crashed on takeoff on November 3 and died in the wreckage.  I was born the following year and am named for him - my middle name is Clifford.
  • Photo of Clifford Horncastle– Picture of Clifford Horncastle with friend, Flt/Lt Fred Clarke.
  • Photo of Clifford Horncastle
  • Photo of Clifford Horncastle– Cliff in Cockpit.
  • Grave Marker
  • Grave Marker
  • Photo of CLIFFORD LEONARD HORNCASTLE– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Edmonton Journal. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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