Name: HADFIELD, GERALD
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank:Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 102 Sqdn.
Age: 21 (born first quater 1923)
Date of Death: 17/06/1944
Service No: 1047949
Additional information: Son of George Hadfield and Jane Proctor; husband of M. I. Hadfield, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 1-7.
Cemetery: BUREN GENERAL CEMETERY
Gerald was de zoon van George Hadfield en Emily Jane Proctor. Zijn moeder was eerder getrouwd geweest met Ernest Walker, maar die sneuvelde
tijdens gevechten aan de Somme tijdens de WOI . Bij hem kreeg ze echter wel twee kinderen: Gladys in 1911 en Ernest ("Eric") in 1915. In haar tweede huwelijk met George kreeg zij drie kinderen: George jr. in 1919, Gerald in 1923 en John ("Jack") in 1924.
Zij woonden toentertijd op Leyton Avenue 1 in Skegby, Sutton in Ashfield. (zie foto)
Toen moeder Jane overleed, hertrouwde Geralds vader met Alice. Het gezin viel daarna snel uit elkaar.
Gerald ging naar de Station Road school en werkte daarna als verkoper bij Foister, Clay and Ward in Mansfield.
In 1940 meldde hij zich bij de RAF, waar hij een opleiding als 'airgunner' kreeg. Gerald trouwde eind december 1943 met plaatsgenote Mavis Godber.
Vicky Steed, een dochter van George Hadfield, reageerde op de webmasters oproep van 3 maart 2011 in een plaatselijke krant in Mansfield als volgt:
"I've just been reading with great interest the quest to find any information about Gerald Hadfield. He was my Dad's younger brother. My Dad was George Hadfield who was 4 years older than Gerald. George had three children: my elder brother Terry, myself (Vickie) and my younger sister Janet. He was married to Joyce for over 50 years and we sadly lost Mum 3 years ago and Dad 7 years ago. My dad mentioned many times about his brother being shot down as a gunner in the war.
Links George en rechts John (Foto Vicky Steed)
As you know Gerald had also a brother John and a half brother Eric. John had a daughter as I remember, but we lost touch with them when I was quite young, so don't know if there were any more children from that marriage. Eric had 4 children: Linda,Susan, Michael and Peggy and was married to Ann. There was also a sister called Gladys who married Eric and they had two boys: Gerald and Vauhn.
My grandad (Gerald's dad) was George and married Jane, who died when I was 3 days old. Grandad then married Alice but after he died the family just drifted apart.
Grandad had many medals and one of them was the Croix de Guere, which Alice sold back to his regiment after his death, which upset my Dad as he would have liked to pass it down the male line.
My Dad George served in the Royal Navy and also won medals in the war which I proudly have on display.
I hope this has been useful for you so that at long last my Uncle Gerald will get some recognition for the brave battles they did at such a young age.
Thankyou for spending the time to honour him and all the others."
Met dank aan Lynne Weston, Sutton in Ashfield