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Peter Clark and William Graves, buried at Annan Cemetery

 
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stuartn



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Peter Clark and William Graves, buried at Annan Cemetery Reply with quote

A replacement memorial plaque has recently been unveiled at Cumwhitton Parish Church in north Cumbria which mentions these two men.

It reads:

CUMWHITTON PARISH/Dedicated to the memory of those who gave their lives in war and conflicr/
The Great War 1914-1918/
George Armstrong 1st September 1916
William Sisson 21st October 1916
John Graham Irving 31st August 1917
William Hetherington 25th May 1918
John William Maughan 24th October 1918
World War II
John Robinson Fisher 18th October 1943
Peter Maxwell Clark 23rd June 1943
William Donald Graves 23rd June 1943
(Peter Clark, an Australian Pilot, and William Graves, a Canadian Pilot, were/ killed in a collision in the skies above Cumwhitton, buried at Annan Cemetery).
//
This plaque commemorates those who left all that was dear to them,,/endured hardship, faced danger, and by the path of duty and self-sacrifice,/gave up their own lives that others might live in freedom.//
St Mary’s Church Clock is the Parish War Memorial
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart is Cumwhitton a more accurate location than the one I have?

Here's what I have:

PETER MAXWELL CLARK – age 22 – Flight Sergeant (412903) Royal Australian Air Force.
Peter's Hawker Hurricane of 55 OTU was involved in a mid-air collision with the Hurricane of W.D. Graves, RCAF during a combat training exercise over Brockleworth, Wetheral in the Border area of Cumberland. Both pilots were killed.
Born c.1920 in Australia. Son of Clarence Hilton Clark and Alice May Clark, of Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia.

WILLIAM DONALD GRAVES – age 22 – Flying Officer/Pilot (J/10285) Royal Canadian Air Force.
William was an engineering student at McGill University when he enlisted in April 1941. He qualified as a pilot and as an instructor before he arrived at 55 OTU in April 1943. William's Hawker Hurricane was involved in a mid-air collision with the Hurricane of P. M. Clark, RAAF during a combat training exercise over Brockleworth, Wetheral in the Border area of Cumberland. Both pilots were killed.
Born 1920 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Son of Frank Wellesley Graves and Stella Grant (Richardson) Graves of 167 Hopewell Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.

Their grave markers in Annan are here:
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=261
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:09 pm    Post subject: Location of crash Reply with quote

Ken,

Yes Cumwhitton is the more accurate.

The location of the accident was Brocklewath, as opposed to the reoorted Brockleworth.

This is a farm about 2km west of Cumwhitton, well within the Parish boundary. This is on the east bank of the River Eden.
There is a modern flood measurement gauge there.
Wetheral is about 3-4 km further downstream, and on the opposite, west bank.

In RAF terms it may have been in the Border area of Cumberland, but not in any other terms!!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Stuart - I'll change my notes accordingly.

In fairness to the RAF, the term Border area of Cumberland came from the GRO via FreeBMD which also notes that the Border Registration District was
" Created : 1.10.1937 (out of Carlisle and Brampton registration districts)."
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