Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page

Squadron Leader Harry Charles Page

Henry Charles Shaw Page (known as Harry) was the only son of West Wickham Rector Charles Alexander Shaw Page and Beatrice Ellen Page, ; and husband to Nancy Mary Heather Page, of Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Having served in the Middlesex Regiment, he later joined Squadron 61 of the RAF. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1941 for his part in numerous raids over Germany and was promoted to Squadron Leader that same year.

Sadly after being reported as missing, he was later found to have died on 31st January 1942, aged just 27 years old.  He is buried at the Old church Cemetery on the Isles of Scilly.

Rector’s Son Missing

Squadron-Leader H.C.S. Page, D.F.C.

Squadron-Leader Harry Charles Shaw Page, D.F.C., only son of Lieutenant-Colonel  the Rev. C.A.S Page, D.S.O., M.C., Rector of West Wickham, has been missing since the great air attack on Brest on Friday.

As Flight Lieut. Page he received the D.F.C. from the King last summer. He had taken part with distinction in numerous raids over Germany.

Before joining the R.A.F., Squadron-Leader Page served for four years in the ranks of his father’s old regiment the 2nd Middlesex.

At the annual Parochial Meeting of West Wickham Parish Church on Tuesday night, Mr Georg Hemsley, Rector’s warden, offered the sympathy of the parishioners to the Rector and Miss Kitty Page in this anxious time.  Mr Hemsley expressed the hope that better news would arrive.

Mr S.W. Quaif, people’s warden, and other parishioners associated themselves with what Mr Hemsley had said, and the Rector made suitable acknowledgment.  He said he was still hopeful.

newspaper article about Squadron Leader Henry Charles Page reported as missing

Source:
Bromley & District Times, 6th February 1942 (page 5)
Report on CWGC.org

 

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