Poppies in Worcestershire. John Badger DFC from Belfast and others from both wars represent their comrades who fell on this day.
+BROWN, William Charles
RAMC. Private 40929, 108th Field Ambulance. Died 30/06/1917. Aged 20. Son of Mary Ann Anderson and late Edwin Charles Brown. Belfast City Cemetery. St Jude’s C of I Parish Church WM
+McGRADY, William John
RN. Stoker I. SS110738. HMS Cheerful. Died 30/06/1917. Age 26. Mine explosion off Shetland Islands. Enrolled 16/02/1910 for 5 and 7 years. War service in Newcastle, Pembroke II, Tyne (Cheerful) and Wallington (Cheerful). Born Belfast 02/06/1892. Son of John and Ann Jane McGrady, Grove St., Belfast. Chatham Naval Memorial. IMR. ADM 188/1116/110738
+BADGER, John Vincent Clarence
RAF. Squadron Leader. DFC. MiD. Died 30/06/1941. 43 Sqdn. John joined the RAF in 1928. Awarded the Sword of Honour, R.A.F. College, Cranwell, 14/07/1933.
He initially flew with the Fleet Air Arm but in June 1940, as a Squadron Leader, he transferred to No 43 Squadron at RAF Tangmere and took over command on July 9 when the CO was wounded. Within a short time, he had shot down eight, shared in the destruction of an additional two, damaged a further two and been credited with one ‘probable’ enemy aircraft shot down. On 30/08/1940, his Hurricane (V6548) was shot down by Messerschmitt 109s; he baled out but was seriously injured when he landed in trees. He was taken to hospital but eventually died from his injuries on 30/06/1941. He was awarded the D.F.C. on 06/09/1940
Son of John and Violet Badger, of Belfast. He was born in London on 31/05/1911 but it would appear that, at the time in question his mother just happened to be visiting her husband who was in the Army there. When her husband left the Army he returned to the family home near Lisburn and the young John was educated at Fountainville Public Elementary School and Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI), Belfast. His remains were buried in the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels, Halton in Buckinghamshire.
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant.1132280. Died 30/06/1943. Aged 26. 256 Sqdn. Son of Maurice Sutcliffe Neill and Florence Neill, of Belfast. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 238
+STONE, Charles Edward
Royal Artillery. Captain. 137894. Died 30/06/1944. Aged 24. 53 (The Worcestershire Yeomanry) Airlanding Lt. Regt. Son of Engr. Captain Charles Edward Stone, R.N., and Charlotte Stone, of Banbridge. Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman. 1799116. Died 30/06/1946. Aged 23. Son of Elizabeth Bann, of Moira. Delhi War Cemetery, India