The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G Gledhill
Geoffrey Gledhill was born in 1921 in Cardiff, the only son (there were three daughters) of Herbert Gledhill and the former Mary Hannah Thomas. In the 1911 census Herbert Gledhill was shown as a woollen salesman in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. He later became a surveyor.
The family went to live in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and Geoffrey Gledhill attended St Albans Grammar School and was a member of the 3rd Harpenden Troop of The Boy Scouts.
His parents were still there for the 1939 census with his father listed as 'Traveller for blanket manufacturer'.
Geoffrey Gledhill joined the RAFVR in January 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 5 FTS Sealand and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6th July 1940.
After converting to Hurricanes Gledhill joined 238 Squadron at Middle Wallop on 4th August.
He was killed on the 11th, shot down in combat two miles east of Weymouth in Hurricane P2978. It is believed that this was his first operational sortie.
Gledhill was 19. His body was washed up on the French coast and he is buried in Criquebeuf-en-Caux churchyard.
His elder sister Greta Harvey is also interred there.
French photos courtesy of Johan Pauwels.
He is also commemorated on the family grave at Mytholmroyd.