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Jacqueline's Uncle

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:10 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Herbert Windsor Crock was a police officer.
- He was the eldest of 7 children, born in Cardiff September 1916.
- He died in Germany aged 26, in an aircraft.
- He was a bomb aimer, and their aircraft was unexpectedly hit.
- The pilot survived but Herbert and the other two died.
- He often wrote to his mother and brothers. He was a very brave man, but still scared.
- He was planning to ask his 'sweetheart' to marry him, and even bought a ring during his leave. He never got the chance to ask her.
- The girl continued to write to Jacqueline's grandmother throughout her life
- He was known as a kind, considerate, confident and cheerful man. He is remembered fondly.
-Grandmother lost her sight for 3 weeks following his death. They had been very close, as he was her first born.
- 1942: the family were informed that he was missing. Grandmother knew that something was wrong, and wrote to the army to find out more.
- Grandmother was invited to Westminster Abbey for a commemoration service, but was only given one ticket.
- Herbert has a plaque in Saint Martin's Church in Cardiff
- He had 2 brothers in the army and 2 in the RAF


Item list and details

- Letters detailing Herbert's 'missing in action' and 'missing believe killed' status - Photo of Herbert and his grave stone

Person the story/items relate to

Herbert Windsor Crock

Person who shared the story/items

Jacqueline Ann Ingham

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Contributor's uncle

Type of submission

Shared at Llandaff Memorial Hall, Cardiff on 11 November 2023. Organised by The Cathedral School, Llandaff.

Record ID

111846 | LLA018