Gordon Prescott

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Title

Gordon Prescott

Description

Photo 1 is a head and shoulders portrait of Gordon Prescott.
Photo 2 is a full length portrait of Gordon Prescott as a boy scout.
Photo 3 is Gordon Prescott and two scout leaders. Gordon is holding a standard.
The three photographs are captioned
'Early Days - Spalding
At Willesby School -Pre Grammar School
A Kings Scout. Jamboree in Holland 1937?
New standard for troop'.
The newspaper cutting is annotated 29/10/45. Gordon Prescott was posted missing after an operation over Germany on 8 January 1945.

Date

1945-10-29

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Format

Three b/w photographs and a newspaper cutting on an album page

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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Identifier

SHorryM[Ser#-DoB]v10011-0002-0002

Transcription

[black and white head and shoulders photograph of Gordon Prescott]
[black and white photograph of Gordon Prescott in scout uniform standing in front of a tree]
[black and white photograph of Gordon Prescott standing between two scout leaders and holding a standard flag]
[underlined] EARLY DAYS – [/underlined] SPALDING
AT WILLESBY SCHOOL – PREGRAMMAR SCHOOL
A KINGS SCOUT JAMBOREE IN HOLLAND 1937?
NEW STANDARD FOR TROOP
ORIGINAL CUTTING FROM “SPALDING FREE PRESS”
PRESUMED KILLED
[inserted] 29/20/45 [/inserted]
FLT. SERGT. GORDON PRESCOTT, SPALDING
FAILED TO RETURN FROM RAID
It is with a sense of personal loss that we record the presumed death in action on January 8th of Flt. Sgt. Gordon Prescott (22), R.A.F., younger son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Prescott, Sheep Market, Spalding. Since that date, when he failed to return from an operational raid over Germany, Flt. Sgt. Prescott had been posted missing, and the further news was received by his parents on Wednesday as follows:
“I am directed to inform you, with deep regret, that notwithstanding the repatriation of personnel and the greater facilities for search which exist following the cessation of hostilities in the European theatre, no evidence of the survival of your son has been received in the department since he was reported missing. In these circumstances, and on the assumption that you have no information which would indicate that he is alive, his death has now been presumed, for official purposes, to occurred on 8th January, 1945.”
Flt. Sgt. Prescott was a linotype operator on the staff of the “Free Press” before joining the R.A.F., and enjoyed great popularity.
An old boy of Spalding Grammar School, Flt. Sgt Prescott won the School sports junior championship in 1936 and the middle school championship in 1938. He had occupied the position of assistant scout-master of the Spalding Town Troop of Scouts.
Mr. and Mrs. Prescott’s elder son, Major R. Prescott, is now back in this country from overseas. Much sympathy will be with the family in their sad loss.

Collection

Citation

Spalding Free Press, “Gordon Prescott,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 4, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/26725.

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