Robert Staveley Aitchison (1920 - 1940)

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His younger sister, Nerina Jessie (see photos) was my mother. He was planning to study law at Cambridge at outbreak of WW2. HIs hobby was photography both taking and developing/printing.
He died near the Brize Norton training airfield near Witney, Oxfordshire.

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Birth


Muendeniya, Matale County, Ceylon

Death


- Brize Norton airfield, near Witney, Oxfordshire County, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Flying training accident

Cause of death

Flying training accident

Burial / Funeral

- St Margaret of Antioch, Ifield, Sussex County, England

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Family

Father: George Staveley Aitchison
Mother: Lilian Catherine (Rae) Aitchison
Siblings: Nerina Jessie (Aitchison) Aitchison-Windeler

Education

Haileybury College

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Military Service

Service number: 748109
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Middle name

Staveley

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Male

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1920 - In the year that Robert Staveley Aitchison was born, Italian born factory worker Nicola Sacco and fish peddler Bartolomeo Vanzetti were picked up by police on May 5th in connection with the April 15th murder and robbery of a guard and a paymaster at the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Mass. Although in later years they were thought to be innocent, they were anarchists and were convicted of the crime and put to death.

1928 - Robert was just 8 years old when aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

1929 - At the age of only 9 years old, Robert was alive when on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

1934 - By the time he was merely 14 years old, on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

1940 - In the year of Robert Staveley Aitchison's passing, on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

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GVI RI
Honi soit qui mal y pense Dieu et mon droit.

This scroll commemorates Sergeant R.S. Aitchison Royal Air Force held in honour as one who served King and Country in the world war of 1939-1945 and gave his life to save mankind from tyranny. May his sacrifice help to bring the peace and freedom for which he died.

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