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Name: Robert Matthew URWIN
Casualty No.: Ranks: Flight Sergeant Initials: R M Service No.: 1014657
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Workington, Cumberland. Age at Death: 29
Unit: 7 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 15 Morgy Hill, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Baker
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Friday 12th March 1943
Place of Death: France.
Battle/Campaign: Undertaking air operations.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (name incorrectly spelt R Irwin). Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (spelt R Irwin).
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Minaucourt Communal Cemetery, Marne, France.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Air Crew Europe Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Journal, 20th March 1943. Blaydon Courier, 14th May 1943.
Family Details:
Son of Robert and Florence Urwin. Husband of Mabel Ellen Harkness Urwin, of 15 Morgy Hill, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Robert was a baker before joining the RAF and was working for a Blackhill Bakery firm. His area of work was mainly around Crawcrook and district. He had flown 39 operational sorties over enemy territory and was awaiting his commission which he was expecting up until the time of his death. He had previously survived a plane crash in England, making a full recovery.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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