Sympathetic communications to his wife on Hubert's death



Sympathetic communications to his wife on Hubert's death


Three items the first is a letter from Officer Commanding 9 Squadron, the second and third are from the King one a typewritten note and the other coloured scroll.



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One typewritten letter, one typewritten note, one coloured scroll


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[Royal Cypher Crest]
No.9 Squadron,
Royal Air Force,
Nr. Lincoln.
24th December 1942.

Dear Mrs Tatley,

It is with the greatest sorrow that I write concerning the telegram I had to send you on the 21st December, notifying you that your husband, Sergeant Hubert Thomas Tatley, had been killed as a result of an aircraft accident.
He was the Air Bomber of an aircraft which crashed on taking off on an operational trip on the night of the 20th December 1942. It may be some consolation to you, however, to know that your husband’s death must have been instantaneous.
Your husband had carried out many operational sorties and always showed the utmost zeal and efficiency in the performance of his arduous duties. He was most popular with everyone in the Squadron.
This accident, involving the death of several of its best airmen, has been a heavy blow to the Squadron. All the officers and airmen join me in sending you deep sympathy in your great loss, which is alo [sic] also ours. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to write to me.
Yours sincerely [indecipherable]
[underlined] NO.9 SQUADRON, WADDINGTON. [/underlined]
Mrs. H.T.Tatley
21, Bishop Street,
Mansfield, Notts.

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[Royal Cypher Crest]
Buckingham Palace

The Queen and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow.
We pray that your country’s gratitude for a life so nobly given in its service may bring you some measure of consolation.
George R.I

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[Royal Cypher Crest] GVI RI

This scroll commemorates
Sergeant H.T. Tatley
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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