RAF Cardington Camp

There must have been mixed feelings of pride and sadness for the staff on the camp when each new name was announced at a time when the outcome of the war was by no means clear. The stories of the heroics of these truly brave individuals are very moving and often make harrowing reading and yet astonishingly at this moment in time (May 2011) there is no record of these names at all on the site. (Although Jackson Gate still remains). It is not clear when the road names disappeared. There are many who would like to see this put right and hope to see a permanent memorial to these individuals somewhere on the new development. It is not certain if any of the roads were named at all prior to WW11 - a 1938 map of the site shows numerous buildings but no road or street names are indicated.

Below is a list of all the roads on the site and the individuals whose names were remembered. Thanks must go to Den Burchmore who has kindly supplied the road names in the areas not showing on the demob map which ran towards and around the Sheds. I have photographs and full stories of each individual holder and am hoping to show these in the coming months if I can get permission to do so. In the meantime at least we can record their names here along with the dates of their endeavours and reflect just how young most of these brave men were.


Aaron Road - Acting Flight Sergeant Arthur Louis Aaron - killed 12/13 Aug 1943. Aged 21 years.

Barton Road - Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton - killed 30/31 March 1944. Aged 22 years.

Campbell Road - Flying Officer Kenneth Campbell - killed 6 April 1944.

Cheshire Road - Group Captain Leonard Cheshire - completed over 100 bombing missions during the War.

Cruickshank Road - Flying Officer John Alexander Cruickshank - 17/18 July 1944. Aged 24 years. Survived the War.

Hannah Road - Sgt John Hannah - 15 Sept 1940. Aged 18 years and the youngest holder of a VC. Died shortly
  after leaving the RAF.

Malcolm Road - Wing Commander Hugh Gordon Malcolm - killed 4/12/1942. Aged 45 years.

Nettleton Road - Squadron Leader John Dering Nettleton - 17/4/1942 Aged 24 years. Later killed in action 13/7/1943.

Newton Road - Flight Lieutenant William Ellis Newton - killed 16/3/1943. Aged 24 years.

Thompson Road - Flight Sergeant George Thompson - 1/1/1945. Aged 24 years. Later died from wounds 23/1/1945.


Edwards Road - Acting Wing Commander Hughie Idwal Edwards - 4/7/1941. Aged 26 years. Survived the war.

Garland Road - Flying Officer Donald Edward Garland - killed 12/5/1940. Aged 21 years.

Gibson Road - Wing Commader Guy Gibson, DSO, DFC - numerous exploits 1943. Aged 24 years. Killed in action

Gray Road - Sgt Thomas Gray - killed 12/5/1940. Aged 25 years.

Jackson Road (now Jackson Gate?) - Flight Engineer Sgt Norman Cyril Jackson - 26/27 April 1944. Aged 25 years.
  Survived the war.

Learoyd Road - Flight Lieutenant Roderick Alistair Brook Learoyd - 12/8/1940. Aged 27 years. Survived the War.

Manser Road - Flying Officer Leslie Thomas Manser - killed 30/31 May 1942. Aged 20 years.
Middleton Road - Flight Sergeant Rawdon Hume Middleton - killed 28/29 Nov 1942. Aged 26 years.

Nicolson Road - Flight Lieutenant Eric James BrindleyNicolson - 16/8/1940. Later killed in action 2/5/1945. Aged 28 years.

Palmer Road - Acting Sqdn Leader Robert Anthony Maurice Palmer - killed after 111 missions on 23/12/1944. Aged 24 yrs.

Reid Road - Acting Flight Lieutenant William Reid - 3/11/1943. Aged 23 years. Survived the War.

Scarf Road - Squadron Leader Arthur Stewart King Scarf - killed 9/12/1941. Aged 28 years.

Trent Road - Squadron Leader Leonard Henry Trent - 3/5/1943. Aged 28 years. Survived the War.

Trigg Road - Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg DFC - killed 11/8/1943. Aged 29 years.

Ward Road - Sergeant James Allen Ward - 7/7/1941. Aged 22 years. Later killed in action 15/9/1941.

Apart from the 25 persons listed above there were other servicemen who were awarded a VC for their bravery in the air who do not appear on the camp. It could be that there were simply not enough roads to commemorate everyone. Some served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air and would possibly have been remembered on Naval bases - if anyone can comment on this please get in touch. I do not have a Forces background so do not know the protocol surrounding such traditions. Below are seven VC holders not on the above lists.

Lieutenant Eugene Esmonde - Fleet Air Arm - killed 12/2/1942. Aged 23 years.

Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski - Royal Canadian Air Force - killed 12/6/1944. Aged 27 years. (Nb - records show that his VC was not awarded until Oct 1946 which possibly explains his absence from any maps for WW11).

Flight Lieutenant David Ernest Hornell - killed 24/06/1944. Aged 34 years.

Acting Sqdn Leader Ian Willoughby Bazalgette - killed 4/8/1944. Aged 25 years.

Flight Lieutenant David Samuel Anthony Lord - killed 19/9/1944. Aged 30 years.

Captain Edwin Swales - Sth African killed 23/2/1945. Aged 29 years.

Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray (Canadian) - Fleet Air Arm - killed 9/8/1945. Aged 27 years.


*This page first appeared on www.shortstownheritage.co.uk - which charts the history of Shortstown the small village situated across the road from the camp which provided many civilian workers for RAF Cardington.

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