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Name: Norman WILSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Leading Aircraftsman Initials: N Service No.: 1083687
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 28
Unit: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address:
Previous Address: 7 Stanhope Street, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed as a result of a train crash.
Date of Death: Saturday 5th January 1946
Place of Death: Browney Junction, Co. Durham.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ryton Cemetery, Hexham Old Road, Ryton on Tyne, Co.Durham.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Thomas W. and the late Isabella Wilson, of 7 Stanhope Street, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Ethel Wilson, of Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. One son, aged eight years. Brothers: Roland and Derek. Sisters: Annie, and Florrie.
Notes : Norman was returning home on leave from the Midlands on the King's Cross to Newcastle express train. When passing Browney Junction between Durham and Ferryhill the express crashed into some derailed trucks, and in turn derailed the express. The death toll from the accident was officially given as ten, with sixteen others seriously injured and dozens of other people suffering minor injuries. Chief Petty Officer Henry Carr, from Blaydon on Tyne, was returning home to be married; he also died in the crash. Norman's brother, Sergeant Roland Wilson, was killed as a result of a flying accident, June 1940, whilst serving with the RAF. Both Norman and Roland are buried near each other in Ryton Cemetery.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Blaydon Courier, 11th January 1946. Newcastle Journal, 7th January 1946. Tyne and Wear Archives Service, Register of War Burials.
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