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William Broughton Gingell

Full Name William Broughton Gingell
Date of Birth 1919
Place of Birth Weybridge, Surrey, England
Father William Gingell
Mother Christine Randall
Siblings Mary, George
Date of Death 1st August 1946
Place of Death Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
Date of Burial 1946
Place of Burial Blacon Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England
Location Earlye Farm, Wadhurst, Sussex, England (1st August 1946)
Source Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Woking News and Mail and Woking County School magazine
Other Information Additional information provided by Clive Temple :

William was born at Weybridge in 1919. He was the son of William Gingell and Christine Randall of Wadhurst, Sussex. He attended Woking County Grammar School 1930-35. He enlisted with the RAFVR in 1939 while living in Addlestone.

On 19 August 1940 William, then a Sergeant was Observer aboard Blenheim Mk. IV (N3574) of 101 Sqdn. as it left RAF West Raynham in Norfolk for a night raid on Antwerp Aerodrome. The bomber took to the air at 2205 but the port engine failed as they crossed the Dutch coast and the crew elected to bomb Haamsted Aerodrome, which they did successfully from 5, 000 feet.

Unable to maintain height on the way home, P/O Bicknell ditched his aircraft alongside a British trawler in rough seas just short of the English coast.

The Blenheim's Air Gunner (21 year old Sgt. John George from Worcesterhire) was knocked unconcious and trapped in the plane. P/O Bicknell and Sgt Gingell forced their way out and made several unsuccessful attempts to rescue their comrade before the plane finally sank.

Some 30 minutes later Bicknell (suffering from head injuries) and Gingell (by now unconscious) were picked up by the trawler. Both men were awarded Distinguished Flying Medals for their actions that night.

William was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, gazetted on 20 July 1943. At the time he was serving with 223 Sqn. based in Malta. He received both his DFM and DFC from The King at Buckingham Palace whilst home on leave. He was promoted to Flying Officer on 1 September 1945.

William was killed in a flying accident (possibly in the Shropshire area) on 1 August 1946.

William Gingell is buried in Blacon Cemetery, Chester (section A, grave 837). He is also remembered on the Woking County Grammar School roll of honour located in Christ Church, Woking.
Submitted By Kathleen Gingell
Last Updated 15th September 1998
Reference ID 01696


England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007

Name William B Gingell
Registration Date 1919
Registration district Chertsey
Inferred County Surrey
Re-registration Year 1919
Mother's Maiden Name ... Randall
Volume Number 2a
Page Number 72

GRO Online Index for Death Registrations in England and Wales 1837 to 1957

Name William Broughton Gingell
Gender M
Estimated Birth Year 1920
Registration Year 1946
Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration District Whitchurch
Volume 09A
Page 199
Age 26
GRO Reference GRO Reference: 1946 S Quarter in WHITCHURCH Volume 09A Page 199

UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current

Name FL Off William Broughton Gingell
Death Date 1 Aug 1946
Cemetery Blacon Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Has Bio? N

England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

Name William B Gingell
Birth Date abt 1920
Date of Registration Sep 1946
Age at Death 26
Registration district Whitechurch
Inferred County Hampshire
Volume 9a
Page 199

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

Name GINGELL William Broughton
Date of Death ...
Place of Death ...
Date of Probate 21st June 1947
Place of Probate Lewes
Effects £671 0s. 1d.
Probate Details GINGELL William Broughton D.F.C. D.F.M. of Earlye Farm Wadhurst Sussex died 1 August 1946 Probate Lewes 21 June to William Henry Gingell farmer. Effects £671 0s. 1d.

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