A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Cowes : Holy Trinity Church -
- Richard James Gerrett -


In Holy Trinity Church, Queens Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8BQ.
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Not recorded.
Historic England Listing Status

Holy Trinity Church is Listed Grade II. Since the Memorial forms part of the fittings of the building it is assumed that it is covered by the Listing.

A framed display of artefacts, including medals, photographs and documents, for Richard James Gerrett.

Cowes Holy Trinity : Gerrett

1915 - 1943

Further Information

Richard James Gerrett

Son of James Harry Gerrett and Kathleen Elizabeth Gerrett (née Chapman), of Cowes.

Born : 1915, Cowes.

Electoral Roll information :

1922 - 25 : The Gerrett family are listed at Bars Hill, Cowes.

1929 - 38 : The Gerrett family are listed at Trinity Cottage, The Grove, Cowes.

1938 : Richard Gerrett is listed at both Trinity Cottage, The Grove, Cowes, and 35 Cypress Road, Newport.

Married : Christine Y [...] (marriage record not located)

Service information :

Pilot 145174 Officer Richard James Gerrett, 172 Sqn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Casualty information :

Died 8 September 1943, aged 35 (according to CWGC record) - aged 28.

Commemorated at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

CWGC record ...

Commemorated on these Isle of Wight Memorials :

Cowes War Memorial WW II
Newport County Secondary School War Memorial WW II

Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

Isle of Wight County Press

Saturday, June 25 1938

Motor-Cyclist Rams House.
Richard James Gerrett, an insurance agent, of 36 Cypress-road, Newport, had a fortunate escape from injury on Thursday, when at about 2 a.m., on his way from Shanklin to Newport, he ran into Welcomes, the residence of Mr. Hickman. The force of the impact smashed two windows of the house, and the front part of the vehicle was extensively damaged, but the rider escaped unhurt.

Isle of Wight County Press

Saturday, November 27, 1943

Secondary School Reunion
... Deep sympathy was expressed with the relatives of the following old students who have died since the last meeting : Sybil Matthews, Mrs Kemp Day (née Dorothy Noyce), and Donald Abraham, from injuries received in an air-raid; killed on active service, Flight-Sergt. Engineer Patrick Hodgkinson, R.A.F.; and reported missing, presumed killed, Sergt. Albert Hawkins, R.A.F., Pilot Officer Richard Gerrett, R.A.F., Flight-Sergt. Engineer David Hart, R.A.F., and Sergt. Alec Samuel, R.A.F.V.R. ...

Other crew members :

The following are the crew members of the aircraft in which P/O Gerrett lost his life :

Pilot Officer 145174 Richard James Gerrett RAFVR    CWGC record
Sergeant 1377820 Charles James Edward Moody RAFVR CWGC record
Warrant Officer 1105930 Thomas Kenneth Cooper RAFVR CWGC record
Warrant Officer 565708 Alan Longland Brigden RAF CWGC record
Flying Officer 118178 Cyril Jesse Payne RAFVR CWGC record
Sergeant 1179993 Louis Vaughan-Harrison RAFVR CWGC record

172 Sqn. operated Vickers Wellington aircraft on anti-submarine operations over the Atlantic.
In this operation the aircraft was Wellington XII MP509 which was shot down whilst attacking U402 in the Bay of Biscay on the night of 7/8 Sep 1943. The initial attack was carried out by another Wellington XIV (Capt was F/O Armstrong) who dropped Depth Charges. This was followed by MP509 which was shot down by U402. [Coastal Command losses 1943].

All the crew members are commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial.

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