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Percy C. Aitchison

Percy C. Aitchison

Person  Male  Born 2/2/1914  Died 20/4/1941

Categories: Armed Forces, Tragedy

Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Old Palace School, Bow, E3 on 20 April 1941.

Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this man: Auxiliary Fireman Percy Charles Aitchison was born on 2 February 1914 in Brockley, London, a son of Robert Imrie Aitchison and Eugenie Louise Sarah Aitchison née Demolice. His father was a Master Builder. He was baptised on 18 March 1914 at St Antholin's Church, Nunhead, London and the family were living at 55 Ewhurst Road, Crofton Park, Brockley. By 1928 the family had moved to 8 Courtrai Road, Crofton Park, later moving to 20 Copse Avenue, West Wickham, Kent. His mother died on 15 May 1939.

The 1939 England and Wales register shows him as member of the Auxiliary Fire Service at the District Fire Station in Glebe Way, West Wickham, Kent, a single man whose normal occupation was a Clerk and Shorthand Typist. He died when a German bomb landed on Auxiliary Fire Service Sub Station 24U, which was housed in Old Palace LCC School, St. Leonards Street, Poplar, aged 27 years, on 20 April 1941. He was buried at Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, BR3 4TD. Administration of his estate was granted to his father and his effects totalled £390-16s-6d.

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