Sgt Brian John Waldron Boyle RAFVR
142 Squadron Royal Air Force

Town Memorial World War II


Service Number: 1188342
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
142 Sqdn.
Died 25 October 1942
Age 28 years old
Buried or commemorated at
Panel 78.
United Kingdom
Additional Info
Son of Andrew Pearson Boyle and May Boyle, of Leatherhead, Surrey.

A 142 Squadron Wellington in December 1940: 142 Squadron

RAF Bomber Command Losses in the Second World War: WR Chorley: 1942

24-25 Oct 1942

142 Sqn Wellington III BK385 QT-N Op: Gardening [Minelaying]
took off: 0045 RAF Grimsby. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Pilot: Sgt JH Young
Observer: Sgt RH Neade
WOp/AG: Sgt AR Taylor
WOp/AG: Sgt BJW Boyle
Rear Gunner: Sgt J Entwhistle

The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book: 1939-1945: Middlebrook and Everitt

Minor Operations: 25 Wellingtons of 1 Group minelaying in several areas between La Pallice
 and Denmark. 11 OTU sorties. 2 minelaying Wellingtons lost.

No press reports of his death have so far been found.

Runnymede Memorial

The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 men and women of the air forces, who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force.

The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Vernon Hill. The engraved glass and painted ceilings were designed by John Hutton and the poem engraved on the gallery window was written by Paul H Scott. The Memorial was unveiled by The Queen on 17 October 1953.

His life

Brian Boyle was born on 4 June 1914 and baptised on 1 August 1914 at St Paul's, Finchley. The address in the Register of Baptisms was Midhurst, Dollis Park, Church End. In the 1939 England & Wales Register his date of birth was 11 June 1914.

His father was Andrew Pearson Boyle born 30 April 1877 and baptised 23 May 1877 at St Peter's Mile End Old Town, London. For most of his life he was a Company Secretary. His death on 7 January 1963 was registered at Portsmouth

His mother was May Waldron born 23 May 1884 at Drigg in Cumberland. It is so far not known when she died.

They married on 15 July 1909 at St Michael and All Angels, Hackney, both giving the address 38 Tower Street, Hackney. She was a Clerk and he was a Company Secretary. Her father, the late John Waldron, was a Schoolmaster; Andrew's father was William Boyle, a Printer.

Brian was educated at Cranleigh School (II and III S. 1932) and is on their Roll of Honour.

Brian's sister, Eileen May Boyle, was born in 1910 and baptised on 4 December 1910 at St Paul's, Finchley. Her marriage to Norman W Kemp in July 1942 was registered in the Surrey Mid Eastern District.

Following his parents through the Electoral Registers:
1913: Midhurst, Clarence Gardens , Dollis Hill (Finchley W Constituency)
1932 to at least 1958: 47 Highlands Road, Leatherhead

Brian Boyle is also remembered on these memorials
Leatherhead Town Memorial
Leatherhead RBL Roll of Honour, Leatherhead Parish Church
Cranleigh School

the website editor would like to add further information on this casualty
e.g. a photo of him, his name on the Runnymede Memorial, and any recollections of him

last updated 26 Jul 20