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Name: George Edward Glenwright Rank: Flying Officer Service No: J/10264 Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 152 RAF Squadron Date of Birth: March 24, 1920 Place of Birth: Chignecto Mines, Cumberland Co., NS Date of Enlistment: June 26, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Moncton, NB Address At Enlistment: Joggins, NS Age at Enlistment: 21 Trade: Coal Miner Marital Status: Married (March 23, 1940) Religion: United Church Next of Kin: Isabelle Richmond Glenwright (Wife) Joggins, NS Date of Death: December 28, 1942 Age At Death: 22 Cemetery: Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia Grave Reference: 6. A. 19. Commemorated on Page 76 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 19 George Glenwright was one of seven children of George Edward and Edna Wood Glenwright of Joggins, Cumberland Co., NS. He was married to Isabelle Richmond Gordon on March 23, 1940 at Joggins. Completing initial training in Canada he proceeded overseas disembarking in the United Kingdom on March 29, 1942. He served with No 58 OTU, 129 Squadron, and 81 Squadron. On September 19, 1942 he joined 152 Squadron. His wife received the following letter dated January 1, 1943 from Flight Lieutenant W. F. Lobb:
George Edward Glenwright
Dear Mrs. Glenwright It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that your husband, J 10264 P/O Glenwright G. E., was killed in action on 28th December 1942 somewhere in North Africa, and on behalf of myself and the remainder of the Squadron I tender you my deepest sympathy. He was buried with full military honours by an Army Padre, Rev. Mitchell, on 30th December, 1942 in a quiet little village amongst the hills, and many of his brother pilots were in attendance. It may be of some comfort to you to know that he understood no pain. At the time he was on patrol when he encountered the enemy and after combat in which he fought fiercely and courageously he was shot down. George, as he was affectionately known in the Squadron was one of my most experienced, skilled and courageous pilots and he was always anxious to get to grips with the enemy. On the ground, too, his cheerful disposition was a tonic to everyone and he was well loved by his brother pilots and ground crews, and his passing was a severe blow to the Squadron. Your husband’s grave has been adopted by the War Graves Commission who will communicate with you later giving the place and grave number. Meanwhile a cross has been erected giving his Number, Rank, Name, R.C.A.F. and “R.I.P.” Be strong and of a good courage. Your husband died as I am sure you would have wished him to, fighting courageously to the end. With my deepest sympathy and best wishes for your future. Yours Sincerely …
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