Date of birth: 20th July 1914
Parents: George Samuel and Beatrice Clarissa Bailey (nee Tuck)
Address: 4 Woodville Road, Warwick
Occupation: Worked in the County Surveyors Office as a Cost Accountant
Ron was born in Canterbury, Kent on 20th July 1914. By the time he was of school age the family had moved to Warwick. Ron attended Westgate School and Leamington College for Boys. He was a well known local sportsman.
According to the 1939 census Ron, aged 24, was living with his parents and his two siblings at 4 Woodville Road. Ron’s father George was a chauffeur. He died in February 1940 aged 59, six months before Ron. Ron’s mother Beatrice continued to live at 4 Woodville Road until her death in 1949 aged 70.
Ron had an older sister, Doris Evelyn (1908-1994). She was a cashier and book keeper and married Walter Hadland in 1941. Ron’s younger brother was Eric Leslie (1915-1996). In 1939 He was Chief Clerk to Warwick Local Government Service.
Ron’s father is listed in the 1911 census as Samuel George, yet his burial slip for Warwick Cemetery is listed as George Samuel.
Ron is buried in Warwick Cemetery and commemorated in the Northgate Methodist Church:
Rank & Number: Sergeant (Observer), 746776
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of death: 6th August 1940
Cause of death/Battle: Died in a flying accident
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Warwick Cemetery. CWGC Reference: Sec. 81. Uncons. Grave 10. CRO Reference: Section D, Row 9, Plot 10
Commemorated locally at: Northgate Methodist Church
Ron enlisted into the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a pilot in January 1937. He was killed in a flying accident out of Blenheim’s Airfield in Andover. Two others who were in the plane with him, survived.
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Military Service Details courtesy of Royal Airforce Commands website: www.rafcommands.com
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
- Northgate Methodist Church for photos of the Lecturn bearing Ron’s name