Newspaper cuttings and 35 Squadron crest



Newspaper cuttings and 35 Squadron crest


Top left - newspaper cutting with full face portrait concerning Pilot Officer Cyril Leonard reported killed on active service. Captioned 'Oxford VR'.
Bottom left - newspaper cutting Mr Cyril Leonard. Announces his death and gives some biographic details.
Top middle left - news paper caption - with full face b/w portrait photograph announced death of Flight Sergt pilot James Thackham and gives some personal details. Captioned 'They don't come any better Jimmy'.
Bottom middle left - newspaper cutting - two in memoriam for James Thackham.
Top middle right - newspaper cutting - with b/w full face portrait photograph concerns passing out in Canada of Roland Harridence as a sergeant pilot. Captioned 'My workmate'.
Bottom middle right - colour player's cigarette card of 35 Squadron crest.
Top right - newspaper cutting - with full face portrait photograph - scoutmaster's commission - concerns Mr David Robins, Oxford had received a commission in the Royal Navy. Captioned 'Still he grows'.

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Six newspaper cuttings and one printed colour card all mounted on an album page


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PILOT-OFFICER CYRIL LEONARD, of the R.A.F., who, at the age of 21, as reported in the “Oxford Mail,” has been killed on active service. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Leonard, of 17, James-street, Oxford, and had been in the R.A.F. for three years. He was educated at Southfield School, Oxford, and before volunteering for service was a member of the staff of Henry J. Greenham, Ltd., builders’ merchants, of Oxford.
[inserted] Oxfords’ V.R. [/inserted]


Death of East Oxford Pilot-Officer Reported

The death has occurred, while on service with the R.A.F. of Pilot Officer Cyril Leonard, aged 21, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Leonard, of 17, James-street Oxford.

An old boy of Southfield School, Oxford, he was at one time on the staff of Stephenson and Co. (Oxford). Ltd., builders’ merchants, of Botley-road.

He had been in the R.A.F. for some time, having joined up as a volunteer.

[inserted] They dont come any better Jimmy. [/inserted]
Flight Sergt.-Pilot James Thackham, aged 24, son of the late Mr. J.W. Thackham and Mrs. Russen of the Fox Inn, Headington, and adopted son of Mr. Russen, news of whose death on active service has been received. Educated at Southfield School, Sergt.-Pilot Thackham was in the choir of the City Church for two years. A keen sportsman, he played Rugby for his school and also for the Oxfordshire Nomads. He was employed on the staff of the City Treasurer’s Department before joining the R.A.F.V.R. at Easter, 1939.

THACKHAM. – In loving and treasured memories of a dear son and brother, Flight-Sergt. Pilot James Thackham (Jimmy), who gave his life May, 1942, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russen, Headington. – Sadly missed by Mum, Dad, Daphne, Elsie and Patrick

Our day begins and ends with you,
Good-night, my darling. God bless you.

THACKHAM. – In loving memory of my dear grandson, Jimmy, Flight-Sergt. Pilot, killed May, 1942. – From Grandma, Kiln-lane, Headington.

Safe in God’s keeping.

ROLAND HARRIDENCE, of 34, Cumberland-road, Oxford, of the R.A.F., who has just passed out in Canada as a Sergeant-Pilot. He was educated at the East Oxford Council School and has been in the R.A.F. just over a year. Before joining up he was employed first at the Bodleian Library and later at the Queen’s College, Oxford.
[inserted] My Workmate. [/inserted]

[inserted] The Old School Tie [/inserted]


Mr. David Robins, of 8th Oxford

Mr. David C. Robins, aged 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robins, of 90, Marlborough-road, Oxford, has received a commission in the Royal Navy. He is an old

Mr. David C. Robins.

Southfields schoolboy and before volunteering for the Navy was first assistant at the Cornmarket branch of Messrs. Dunn. He was also Assistant Scoutmaster, 8th Oxford (Highfield, Headington).
[inserted] ‘Still he Grows’ [inserted]


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