Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Edgar John Barrett1939-1945 War: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died: 17 Jan 1942 Age: 20
Tower: Penge Society: Kent County Association
CWGC Grave/Memorial: Bone War Cemetary, Annaba -- II. E. 3.
- Casualty Number: 938140
- Casualty Details: (Link by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
Born 27/12/1921. Son of Maria Isabella Barrett of 41 Franklin Road, Penge, and the late Harry Barrett (died 1934). At the time of the 1939 register he was working as a Junior Clerk in a Solicitors office. He rang his first peal, ringing the 2nd to a Plain Bob Minor, at Penge on 23/05/1938, conducted by Philip A. Corby, this was the first peal on the bells since rehanging. He rang further peals at Crayford, Plain Bob Major, on 12/08/1938 conducted by Geoffrey V. Murphy and another of Plain Bob Minor at Penge on 02/11/1938, again conducted by Philip A. Corby. He is said to have cycled many miles in London and Kent in search of a ringing practice. He joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 18 ½. He was aboard Wellington Z9030 which had taken off from Gibraltar and was on a transit flight to the airbase at Luqa, Malta. The aircraft crashed into a hillside at Ras el Hadid, Algeria, during a storm. All the crew died with the exception of Sergeant D W Bellamy who was in the rear turret. The casualties were buried close to the crash site but their remains were later exhumed and re-buried at Bone War Cemetery on 07/04/1944.