The Airmen's Stories - F/O E W Beardmore
Eric Walter Beardmore of Montreal, Canada was born in Berlin, Germany on 29th August 1911. He attended Ashbury College, Ottawa from 1921 to 1930 and was one of the school's outstanding athletes, playing in the First Cricket Team for four years and on the first teams in football, hockey and soccer.
He served for five years in the Victoria Rifles in Montreal before transferring to the RCAF on 1st September 1937. He was with No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron when it arrived in the UK on 20th June 1940.
Beardmore was shot down in combat over the Thames Estuary on 18th September In Hurricane I P3859. He baled out, slightly wounded.
Repatriated to Canada in March 1941, Beardmore formed 118 (RCAF) Squadron at Rockliffe, Ottawa. He was released from the RCAF on 18th October 1945 as a Wing Commander.
Postwar he lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and was active in golf, tennis and squash club organizations. He was a director of the British Columbia Lions.
He died on 23rd August 1966.