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Flight Sergeant Eric Wilfred Brown

1579075 W.Op./Air Gunner R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve

Son of Mr Harry & Mrs Violet Brown
Husband of Patricia Brown of Finedon

Aged 20 years

Died 11th December 1943

Commemorated and buried at Rushden Cemetery
Grave F.626.

Eric Wilfred Brown
From the marriage certificate.
On 18th September 1943 Eric Wilfred Brown, formerly a boot and shoe worker, married Patricia Mary Kay (daughter of William deceased) who gave her address as Wing RAF Camp, Leighton Buzzard. They were both aged 19.
Evening Telegraph, 18th December 1943, transcribed by Kay Collins

Tragic News Arrives Before Wedding - Finedon Bride Bereaved : Airman Brother’s Death

A few minutes before a wedding was due to take place on Saturday afternoon telegrams arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Brown, 9, Thrapston-road, Finedon. Some were of a congratulatory character, but one notified them and their daughter, the bride to be, of the death in action of their airman son and brother, Sergt. Eric Wilfred Brown.

Sergt. Brown married 12 weeks ago Miss Patricia Kay of Manchester. He joined the R.A.F. in December, 1941 and was a wireless operator. He was 20 years of age, being born at Rushden, where the funeral will take place. As a lad he attended the Rushden Intermediate School, where he excelled at athletics, particularly running and football. Messrs. Richard Thomas and Co. Ltd. were his employers.

With the wedding preparations so well advanced, it was not considered advisable to postpone the ceremony. The bride was Miss Elva May Brown, sister of Sgt. Brown, who is in the W.A.A.F., and the ceremony took place at Finedon Parish Church, the Rev. G. S. Downes, Vicar of All Saints, Wellingborough, officiating.

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