Date: 31st May 1943 (Monday)
Unit: RNAS Blackcap
Location: Wrights Green, Appleton, Chehire
Wren (Steward) Annie Elizabeth McCormick 15425 Age 29. Killed
Wren (Parachute Packer) Dorothy Jean Lawton 41373 Age 20. Killed
Wren (Messenger) Barbara May Allender 42191 Age 19. Killed
Naval Airman 1st class George Frederick Bullock FX92505 Age 27. Killed
Leading Air Mechanic (L) Frederick Holden SF/X 1286 Age 22. Killed
Photographer (A) Joseph Simpson JX.209321 Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
A party of 18 personnel from Blackcap, including Wren McCormick went to a local dance on the evening of Monday 31st May 1943.
They were returning to their base in a Royal Navy lorry when it went off the road at Wrights Green, near to the base and overturned.
Wren (Steward) Annie Elizabeth McCormick - from row, centre. (courtesy RNR Archive - see below)
She was one of six of those on board who were killed in the accident. The others, although all injured, survived.
It became known that she had no family and as a result, personnel from the base and many local residents attended her funeral in such numbers that the church could not accommodate them and her funeral service had to held at the local War Memorial.
She was buried with full Military Honours in the churchyard of St Cross, Appleton Thorne, close to the base. Near to her grave is a plaque which commemorates all those who died while serving at RNAS Blackcap.
The day of the funeral for Wren (Steward) Annie Elizabeth McCormick. (courtesy RNR Archive - see below)
Wren Steward Annie Elizabeth McCormick. Appleton Thorn Churchyard (St. Cross) Row S1. Grave 1. No details - are you able to assist?
Wren (Parachute Packer) Dorothy Jean Lawton. Macclesfield Cemetery. Plot B. Grave 2109. Born on the 11th August 1922, the daughter of William and Dorothy (née Smith) Lawton, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. Grave inscription reads: "Shall I Have Nought That Is Fair:" Said He, The Reaper".
Wren (Messenger) Barbara May Allender. Stockton Heath Churchyard (St. Thomas) Row 8. Grave 40. Born on the 02nd July 1923, the daughter of Thomas Henry and May (née Hughes) Allender, of Walton, Warrington, Lancashire, England. Grave inscription reads: "To A Lovely Life Came A Sudden End She Died As She Lived Everyone's Friend".
Naval Airman 1st class George Frederick Bullock. Heath Town Churchyard (Holy Trinity) Old Ground. Row 51. Grave S/2. Born on the 22nd January 1916, the husband of Mrs. Evelyn F. (née Genner) Bullock, of Heath Town, Wolverhampton, England.
Leading Air Mechanic Frederick Holden. Tow Law Cemetery. Section 8. Row 26. Grave 9. Born on the 18th April 1921, the son of John Thomas Holden and Isabella (née Richardson) Holden, of Tow Law, Durham, England. Grave inscription reads: "Peace, Perfect Peace".
Photographer Joseph Simpson. Macclesfield Cemetery. Plot P. Grave 13227. Born on the 14th February 1919, the son of J. Simpson and Ethel Simpson, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.
Researched by Mike McQuid for Aircrew Remembered and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to George Rose and Tony Drury of the 'Royal Navy Research Archive' for detailed information and to the following for grave photographs: Len, Dimitrios Corcodilos and Rob Dickens.