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754377   Flight Sergeant Thomas Colqhoun Edmonds Berkeley
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/11/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 85 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Date Of Birth: 02/10/1916
Died: 14/06/1941 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
Thomas C.E. Berkeley was the second son of James Lowry Berkeley and Eleanor Berkeley of Poplar Hill, Tullyhogue, Cookstown,. Thomas Berkeley worked at Gallagher’ Tobacco Factory in York Street, Belfast and served as a pre-war member of the RAF Reserve. He joined the R.A.F in 1940 and piloted a Hurricane during the Battle of Britain. During a night operation on 14th June 1941 Flight Sergeant Berkeley was flying a Boston Havoc against German intruders. The Havoc crashed killing both of the crew.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Runnymede Memorial
  Runnymede, Surrey, 
Grave Ref: Panel 35
CWGC Casualty 1529708
This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWII - North Panel Cookstown
2 Molesworth St Presbyterian Church WWII Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 325
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 1911 Census lists Berkeley family Lists Thomas's parents at house 26 in Grange, Tullaghoge, Tyrone
2 Back to Normandy Details of Havoc AX848
3 Barry Niblock - North Down & Ards Mentions a Paton connection, Thomas' mother's maiden name
4 Belfast Gazette 11/04/1930 Confirmation his father lived in Grange, Cookstown.
5 Geni website (Genealogy) Details of the Berkeley family
6 National Archives UK Official details of Havoc AX848
7 RAF Commands Details of crew and loss
8 Runnymede - panel 35 Middle Photo of Flight Sergeant Thomas Berkeley's inscription
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023