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Gerald Fenwick Manuel

In memory of:

Sergeant Gerald Fenwick Manuel

July 7, 1941


Wales

Military Service


Service Number:

R/69888

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

53 Operational Training Unit

Additional Information


Born:

May 13, 1916
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

July 22, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Harold Philiskirk and Frances Mary (née Bedford) Manuel, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Elocution Medal Winner, 1933. St. Mary's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 37 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

MERTHYR TYDFIL (FFRWD) CEMETERY
Glamorganshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Row A.l. Uncons. Grave 3.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Mural– In a spring hailstorm in the remote and tiny village of Mount Pleasant in Merthyr Vale, Wales, the High Commissioner delivered remarks at the official unveiling of a mural painted by local schoolchildren in memory of a tragic incident in 1941, when two Canadian pilots, Sergeant Louis Goldberg and Sergeant Gerald Fenwick Manuel, flying Spitfires on a training run, collided above the village, with both killed and one plane crashing into a row-house, killing a mother and her two daughters.  The High Commissioner was joined a the event by Lieutenant Colonel David Murphy, a Canadian pilot currently seconded to the Directing Staff of the Joint Command Staff College at Shrivenham.  The large and brightly coloured mural, located next to the local elementary school playing field, depicts the Spitfire planes and pilots and includes a Canadian flag and Welsh Dragon.

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