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Esmond Mark David Romilly

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Esmond Mark David Romilly

November 30, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:

J/5677

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

58 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 25 March 1946.

Additional Information


Born:

July 10, 1918
London, England

Enlistment:

July 25, 1940

Son of the late Bertram and Nellie Margaret Ogilvy (nee Hozier) of Guilford, Surrey, England. Brother of Giles. Husband of Jessica Lucy (née Freeman-Mitford) remarried as Treuhaft and father of Ann Constance of Oakland, California, U.S.A. Pilot Officer Romilly was the nephew of British war-time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

Commemorated on Page 43 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 60.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Esmond Mark David Romilly is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Pilot Officer Esmond Mark David Romilly 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 Esmond Romilly– Nephew of Winston Churchill and husband of Jessica Mitford.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star for 4 December 1941, page 3.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. 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

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