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Richard Sydney Horswill

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Richard Sydney Horswill

July 2, 1942

Carleton, Nottingham, England

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


April 5, 1918
Hedley, British Columbia


May 20, 1941
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of Algernon Thomas Horswill and Margaret Horswill, of Castlegar, British Columbia. Husband of Margaret Amy Horswill. Brother of Robert, Thomas Stanley, Dorothy, Eileen and Rhoda.

Commemorated on Page 82 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Cons. Portion. Grave 1177.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Document– Pilot-Officer Horswill's forenames were Sydney Richard, in that order, according to his personnel file and documents bearing his signature therein. The reversing of the order of his names - as per his gravestone - came at a later date. He was flying with Sgt Frederick George Shears, RNZAF, aged 21, from Timaru, Auckland (first pilot) and wireless-operator Aircraftman Alwin Arthur Liddington, RAF, 20, from Finedon, Northamptonshire, UK. The aircraft crashed half-a-mile south of the railway station at Carlton-on-Trent (not Carleton) after witnesses saw pieces come from the aircraft's starboard wing leading to it spinning into the ground. Investigators believe the starboard oil tank cowling came off, causing catastrophic wing skin damage. All three men died instantly. The crash happened just over an hour after the aircraft's 9am take-off from RAF Ossington,Notts, for a windspeed and direction finding training exercise. The airmen were all attached to 14 (Advanced) Flying Unit. (Sydney's belongings were lost when the merchant ship transporting them back to Canada - the SS Empire Dabchick - was sunk by a U-Boat on December 3rd 1942.)
  • Photo of Richard Horswill– In memory of the students from the University of British Columbia who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Richard Horswill– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Vancouver Sun.  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
  • Grave Marker– This photo was taken at ollerton cemetery on November 15, 2013

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