Monday, December 15, 2008

Lost in an aircraft accident

Leading Aircraftman Alfred Higgin from Cleator Moor, Cumberland
Alfred lost his life in an aircraft accident in August 1945
(Use of photograph courtesy of his sister-in-law Mrs Mary Hodgson)

Leading Aircraftman Alfred Higgin, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, lost his life as the result of an accident on Tuesday 28 August 1945, when he was 28 years old. He was the son of Mrs Margaret Higgin and the late Mr Thomas Higgin of Moor Row, Cumberland, and the husband of Mrs Mona Lister Higgin (née Gillbanks) of Ennerdale Road, Cleator Moor.

Alfred Higgin is remembered in the Cleator Moor Roll of Honour and on War Memorial in his home village of Moor Row, a village about 2 miles from Cleator Moor.

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Alfred Higgin's funeral service took place at Cleator Moor Presbyterian Church, followed by interment at St John's Anglican Churchyard, Cleator Moor, sharing the grave if his brother-in-law Sergeant George G. Gillbanks. Reverend R.H. Halford, M.A. conducted the funeral service, with his coffin being borne by two friends from home and two friends from the RAF.

Prior to WW2, Alfred Higgin had served an apprenticeship as a joiner with Mr J. Lancaster in his home village of Moor Row. Mr Lancaster was one of the bearers at Alfred Higgin's funeral. Alfred Higgin went on to work for a time at the Royal Ordnance Factory at Drigg on the Cumbrian coast near Seascale. He joined the RAF early in 1941 and therefore served about 4 1/2 years.

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