Harold S Cardell

Sunday’s Obituary – Philip Melville Cardell (1917-1940)

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Philip Melville Cardell is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are Harold Stanley Cardell and Elsie Louise Gawthrop. Our common ancestors are Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley, my 3x great grandparents. Philip is on the right in the above photograph

I wrote about Philip in Military Monday back in January 2012.

I have now found a report of his death in the Biggleswade Chronicle on 11 October 1940.

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P/O P CARDELL KILLED

Pilot-Officer Philip Cardell, elder son of Mr and Mrs H S Cardell, Paxton Manor, St. Neots, has been killed while on active service.

Pilot-Officer Philip Cardell had taken part in a number of air battles and accounted for a number of German aircraft. In his last battle he had just shot down an enemy plane when his plane was seriously damaged. Both he and his companion baled out. Mr Cardell fell into the sea, his companion landed safely. After the rescue, attempts at artificial respiration were made, but without success.

Philip Cardell, who was 23, was a general favourite. He was always cheerful, bright, energetic and kind. He was educated at Paxton Park. After leaving school he joined his father and became a very efficient and capable farmer, with an excellent knowledge of both the practical and scientific sides of the industry. He thoroughly enjoyed various kinds of sport; hockey, badminton, golf and lawn tennis in particular. Some time before the war started he and his brother entered the RAF Vol. Reserve for preliminary training.

Mr Cardell was a Society Steward at St. Neots Methodist Church.

The funeral was at Great Paxton Thursday week.

Philip had made a will, presumably before starting his RAF service. You can see from the image below that he left £432 6s 8d to his parents Harold Stanley Cardell and Elsie Louise Cardell.

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