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1591275   Sergeant John E C A Steele-Nicholson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Died: 14/09/1942 (Died by accident)
Age: 20
John Edwin Charles Averell Steele-Nicholson was the son of Robert Charles Henry and Lydia Mary Noel Amelia Steele-Nicholson. He was born about 1922. Sergeant John Edwin Charles Averell Steele-Nicholson served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two. On 14th September 1942, Sergeant (Air Gunner) John Steele-Nicholson was on board Liberator AL-624 when it took off from R.A.F. Burn at 1100 hours. It was detailed to carry out a non-operational cross-country training flight. It failed to return. The aircraft descended through cloud and struck a hill near Millfore in Kirkcudbright. All of the crew were killed in the accident.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Kirkinner Cemetery
  Wigtown, Wigtownshire, 30
Grave Ref: Grave 604
CWGC Casualty 2455826
Kirkinner is a village on Wigtown bay, 2 miles south of Wigtown. Turn left from the centre of the village when travelling in a southerly direction on the A764 on to the minor road which goes to Knockann. The cemetery is on the left side of this road, on the edge of Kirkinner village.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWII Dungannon
2 Moy War Memorial - WWII Moy
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 Forum (WW2 Talk) Details of crew and loss
2 Google Map of crash area Millfore in Kirkcudbright
3 International Bomber Command Details of crew and loss
4 RAF Commands - AL624 Details of crew and loss
5 Scottish War Graves forum Photo of Sergeant Steele-Nicholson's gravestone
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Steele-Nicholson's gravestone can be purchased here
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