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Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker, D.S.O., D.F.C.

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker, D.S.O., D.F.C.
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Undated. View shows Sir Augustus 'Gus' Walker at his desk. This notable Garforth resident lived in a large house at the corner of Lidgett Lane and Lowther Road. A rugby international before the Second World War, he was station commander of RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire when a Lancaster bomber blew up in December 1942, hurling him many yards and causing the loss of his right arm. Despite this his first thought was to see if anyone else was hurt, before he collapsed. After he recovered, he became base commander in charge of RAF Pocklington for more than two years, and continued to serve with distinction, rising to the rank of Air Chief Marshal. A blue plaque is now attached to his former home.

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Betty Crew

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The local pub in Seaton Ross was called The Bombers and used by his flyers as their watering hole. The door knocker was in the form of the squadron's badge and the walls were covered in photographs of both himself and his men. Most of the original photographs of 'Our Gus' can now be found in the next village of Allerthorpe at the Plough. Right up to the 1990s - reunions took place at the Bombers and some of the older people in the village can still remember the airmen billeted in their houses. Two men were billeted during the war in the house we moved to from Leeds.

Date:
21-Apr-2010

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Name:
Donald Rhodes

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When I saw RAF and Nottingham I was interested. I did 2 years national Service with the RAF but at RAF Watnall,Nottinhamshire. I have being trying to find info about the CO at Watnall in 1955/57 when I was there. he was Sqr Ldr Clancy. Anybody know him?? If so please email me. Don

Date:
22-Apr-2010

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donrhodes@pac.com.au

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Tricia Callaghan

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The large house on the corner of the Lowther's and Lidgett Lane. I was brought up in that house, many, many wonderful memories. Never felt his presence but lots of others! But I to the point - there is now a blue plaque on the house in memory of Sir August Walker.

Date:
10-Jul-2010

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trician8@yahoo.co.uk

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