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50377   Flight Lieutenant Samuel Charles Hellard
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 12/02/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force (British Air Force)
Died: 28/08/1945 (Unknown)
Age: 38
Summary      
Samuel Charles Hellard was the son of Edward W and Mary Hellard. He was born about 1907. He was married to Muriel Jane Elizabeth Hellard. Samuel Hellard served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two. He was Mentioned in Despatches. Flight Lieutenant Samuel Charles Hellard was serving with 8501 Air Disarmament Wing when he died on 28th August 08 1945 in Germany. He was 38 years old.
Further Information
Samuel Charles Hellard was the son of Edward W and Mary Hellard. He was born about 1907.
No listing for the family can be found on the 1911 census.
Samuel Hellard was married to Muriel Jane Elizabeth Hellard.
Samuel attended RAF Halton, which it seems was were RAF technical apprentices were trained.
Samuel Hellard served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two.
Flight Lieutenant Samuel Hellard was Mentioned in Despatches. This appears in the London Gazette on 1st January 1945.
Flight Lieutenant Samuel Charles Hellard was serving with 8501 Air Disarmament Wing when he died on 28th August 08 1945 in Germany. He was 38 years old.
It seems he may have died of wounds (see below). It may be speculated that because he died in Germany and he was part of the Disarmament Wing, he may have been there dealing with unexploded bombs.
Flight Lieutenant Samuel Hellard is buried in Celle War Cemetery. Celle War Cemetery was the hospital cemetery of the 64th British Military Hospital and those buried here were mainly servicemen who died of wounds sustained during the last month or so of the war.
There is a family memorial headstone in Drumcoo Cemetery in Dungannon. It reads:
In loving memory of Edward W Hellard, died 26th January 1944; and his wife Mary, died 3rd June 1975. Also their son, Flt/Lt S C Hellard, RAF, died 29th August 1945, buried Celle, Hanover; and his wife, Muriel Jane Elizabeth, died 13th October 2001.
The CWGC record Flight Lieutenant Samuel Charles Hellard as the son of Edward W Hellard and of Mary Hellard of Dungannon, County Tyrone. He is laso recorded as the husband of Muriel J E Hellard of Norwich.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Drumcoo cemetery Dungannon Central On family headstone in Drumcoo 54.508842 -6.766384
References and Links
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of Samuel Charles Hellard's gravestone
2 National Archives UK Operations Record Books - 8501 Air Disarmament Wing
3 RAF Commands Brief details of Samuel Charles Hellard
4 RAF Commands forum Relative of Samuel Charles Hellard
5 RAF Halton Apprentices Association Technical Branch. No 8051 AD Wing. Died on Active Service
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Samuel Charles Hellard's gravestone can be purchased here
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