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Philip Leslie Gurd

In memory of:

Sergeant Philip Leslie Gurd

December 11, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:

R/77112

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

57 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Walter Radford Gurd and Norah Pedley Gurd.

Commemorated on Page 31 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

FELTWELL (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD
Norfolk, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Row B. Grave 4.

Location:

Feltwell is a village and parish in the west of Norfolk, 5.5 miles north-west of Brandon. The nearest railway station is Lakenham, 3 miles to the south. The church of St. Nicholas stands at the north-western boundary of the village. The churchyard is some 31 acres in size, and contains war graves of both world wars. The 1914-1918 burials number only six, and are scattered, but most of the 1939-1945 War graves are together in the north-western corner. Here, during the early months of the war, the Parochial Church Council set aside ground for the burial of airmen from Feltwell Royal Air Force Station, and this is now the War Graves Plot. It is enclosed on two sides by hedges of thorn and on the other two sides by hedges of English yew, with the entrance on the south. The Cross of Sacrifice is at the south-western corner, and the graves are in level mown grass with continuous flower borders along the rows of headstones. There are in this churchyard the graves of 48 servicemen who died during the 1939-45 War. All save six of these men are airmen and thirty nine of the graves are in the War Graves Plot. The plot also contains two graves which are not war graves. A civilian, the wife of an airman at the R.A.F. Station. was buried there in 1941; as was an airman from the station who died in 1948.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • 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 Philip Leslie Gurd is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Sergeant Philip Leslie Gurd is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Philip Leslie Gurd– Sergeant Philip Leslie Gurd courtesy McGill University archives
  • Press Clipping– Sergeant Philip Leslie Gurd obits Montreal Gazette & Star Dec 15 1941 courtesy McGill University archives
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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