Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Remembering Ireland and Russia

This year’s remembrance ceremony at Fairlop Waters Country Park will especially remember those who served from Ireland and Russia.

As always the event will be held on 11th November, this year a Wednesday, and commence at 10:30am. There will be a 2-minute silence at 11:00am followed by a wreath laying at the memorial led by the Redbridge Mayor, Cllr Barbara White. There will be welcomed guests from Ireland and Russia. The event is open to all.

Lt. Claude Handley Trotter
Alberta Regiment and 44 Squadron RAF
Died: 13 October1918 Essex, England age 23

Claude was born in County Galway Ireland in 1895, the son of the Rev. Canon John Crawford Trotter and Fanny R. Trotter, of The Rectory. Ardrahan, County Galway.

He attended Galway Grammar School and the Royal School in Armagh. He enjoyed playing cricket and football and was on his latter schools team for both.

He was living in Canada when war broke out and joined the Alberta Dragoons at Valcartier, Quebec, Canada on September 23, 1914.

He was soon promoted to Lieutenant. He was twice wounded, once with the Canadian Force while rallying his men in a bombing raid on German trenches, and again as an observer in the RFC when his plane crashed and his pilot was killed. On this occasion he was recommended for the Albert medal for endeavouring to save his pilot's life, but missed the award on technical grounds.


He obtained his pilot wings in late 1917 and flew with the Royal Flying Corps for months over France. By application, courage, and hard work he soon developed into a most efficient officer, popular among his brother officers and respected by the men.

He was serving with the Royal Air Force, No. 44 Squadron at Hainault Farm aerodrome on attachment from the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). He was blinded by a searchlight beam on the night of Sunday 13th October, whilst on patrol in Camel E5417 and lost his life in the resulting crash.

A guard of honour from no. 44 squadron lined up outside the gates to present arms as a trailer bearing the flag-covered his coffin entered All Saints Church grounds at Chigwell Row on the afternoon of Thursday 17th October.

As this gallant officer was laid to rest, a firing party from the 13th Artists Rifles fired a salute and Camels of No. 44 Squadron from nearby Hainault Farm, circled overhead.

The remains of the propeller from his aircraft is a memorial to him in the church.

F/O P1760 Stanislav Kurowicki
Born 22 May1918 Kotelniki, Russia
Served with 317 (Wilenski) Squadron
Died 11 September 1943 age 25
Buried Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre


11 September 1943. Slight fog in the morning, and in the afternoon, a remarkably successful Ramrod 216.

The squadron took off at 1800 hours, our 11 aircraft were part of the Polish Wing which made rendezvous and escorted bombers to a target at Rouen.

When over the target all wings into fours with 10 or more pairs of FW 190's. Combat followed in which F/Lt Janicki damaged one FW 190 and shared a destroyed FW 190 with F/Lt Martini who destroyed a second FW 190 and damaged yet another. F/O Wal shot down a third and F/O Kurowicki shot down a fourth FW 190 before announcing on the RT that he was hit. This pilot did not return.

He was last seen fighting with four FW 190's south west of Rouen.

David Martin
Fairlop Heritage Group

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