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Second World War plaque in Norwich returned to former glory

PUBLISHED: 16:20 25 February 2011

Airmen memorial plaque restored at Peter Taylor Funeral Service, Norwich. Photo: ANTONY KELLY

Airmen memorial plaque restored at Peter Taylor Funeral Service, Norwich. Photo: ANTONY KELLY

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A plaque which commemorates the lives of two brave war heroes has been restored.

When Peter Taylor Funeral Service moved into 40 Boundary Road, in Hellesdon, nearby residents were worried about
what would happen to a plaque put up in memory of two fallen airmen from the Second World War.

It commemorates the lives of Flight Lieutenant W L Cameron RCAF and Sergeant J E Sheridon RAAF, who were the crew of a Hampden Bomber which crashed at Overbury Road, off Boundary Road, on May 31, 1942, as it was trying to make a landing at Horsham St Faith.

The pilot, Flt Lt W L Cameron, of the Royal Canadian Air Force, was serving with the Allied Forces, and his navigator, Sgt J E Sheridon, of the Royal Australian Air Force, had been on a bombing operation to Cologne. They were one of two Hampdens lost on the operation.

The plaque has now been refurbished and will be officially unveiled next month with a wreath-laying ceremony.

Ian Barnett, funeral director and manager, said: “The plaque is an important part of the local history and we are part of that local community, so it was important for us to get it refurbished.

“We felt it was the least we
could do to have it restored and to make sure it was put pride of place on the side of the
building.”

Peter Taylor Funeral Service opened its third branch in the Norwich area in Boundary Road last November.

The official opening and chapel dedication will take place on March 8.

Rev Paul Griffiths, from the Hellesdon parish, will lead a service of dedication and the chapel of rest will be named as The Hampden Chapel.

A representative from the Royal Air Forces Association will lay the wreaths for the two airmen, followed by a prayer, minute of silence and a blessing from the Rev Paul Griffiths. Doves will then be released.

Do you have a Hellesdon story for the Evening News? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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