Monday, 30 October 2017

SMYTH, John Stanley

Pilot Officer John S. Smyth
Pilot Officer (Navigator), 51 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service No: 139301
Died: 26/07/1943
Age: 29

Interred in Castricum Protestant Churchyard, Holland
Remembered on family memorial in Bangor Cemetery

John Stanley Smyth was born on 18th April 1914 at 16 Victoria Road, Bangor, to John Smyth, a grocer, and Sara Smyth (nee McClean).

He was educated at Main Street P.E.S. and Bangor Grammar School being a playing member of the School Rugby XV. (later playing for Bangor Rugby Club) and gained the Q.U.B. Matriculation in 1931.

On leaving school, John became an apprentice in the pharmacy business of Mr. R. M'Cutcheon, Bangor. He qualified as a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and was later in the employment of Mr. R. Morrow, Conway Square, Newtownards.

In August 1941, he married Olive Perry of Londonderry, and their son was born on 9th December 1943.

He joined up in July, 1942, and on completing his training in England and the U.S.A., he received his commission as Pilot Officer in March, 1943.

His younger brother, Sergeant Bertie Smyth, R.A., was captured at Tobruk in June, 1942.

His bomber was shot down in July 1943 and his body was recovered from the sea and was buried in August in the cemetery at Castrium, North Holland.

SMYTH — Pilot-Officer John Stanley Smyth, R.A.F.V.R., second son of the late John Smyth and of Mrs. Smyth Finlay, 20 Hamilton Road, Bangor, and beloved husband of Olive M. Smyth, 78 Beechwood Avenue, Londonderry. Buried Castrium, N. Holland, August, 1943.
Co. Down Spectator, 29th January 1944

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