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639024   Leading Aircraftman Charles Edmund Brighton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 04/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force (British Air Force)
Died: 14/03/1941 (Died by accident)
Age: 20
Summary      
Charles Edmund Brighton was born about 1921 in the Fivemiletown area. Charles served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two. On Friday 14th March 1941, whilst home on leave, Leading Aircraftman Charles Edmund Brighton was killed in a road accident at Corralongford. He was killed when a military lorry in which he was a passenger crashed on the Fivemiletown – Brookeborough road at Corralongford.
Further Information
Charles Edmund Brighton was born about 1921 in the Fivemiletown area.
Charles served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two.
On Friday 14th March 1941, whilst home on leave, Leading Aircraftman Charles Edmund Brighton was killed in a road accident at Corralongford. He was killed when a military lorry in which he was a passenger crashed on the Fivemiletown – Brookeborough road at Corralongford.
From the Impartial Reporter dated 20th March 1941:
BRIGHTON – 14th March 1941, as the result of an accident. Charles Edmund Brighton, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, dearly loved grandson of Louise A Hackett, Fivemiletown. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing mother, grannie, uncle, aunt and family.
‘The call was sudden, the blow severe,
To part with one we loved so dear;
It was God’s will, we will not complain,
But trust in God to meet again.’
From the Impartial Reporter dated 20th March 1941: Fivemiletown Tragedy – Young Man Killed Off Lorry
Charles Edmund Brighton, aged 20, a native of Fivemiletown, who was home on leave, was killed on Friday when a military lorry in which he was a passenger crashed on the Fivemiletown – Brookeborough road at Corralongford.
Charles Edmund Brighton was the grandson of Louise A Hackett, Fivemiletown. He was also the nephew of Mrs M G Wiltshire of Fivemiletown.
Leading Aircraftman Charles Edmund Brighton is buried in Fivemiletown Church of Ireland Churchyard.
Charles Edmund Brighton's gravestone
Leading Aircraftman Charles Brighton is commemorated locally on Fivemiletown War Memorial.
Leading Aircraftman Charles Brighton is listed on page 98 of the Fivemiletown book, from which these details come from. Many thanks to Mark Byers for the information.
The CWGC record Leading Aircraftman Charles Edmund Brighton as the nephew of Mrs M G Wiltshire of Fivemiletown,
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Fivemiletown Fivemiletown Aunt lived, and Buried in Fivemiletown 54.387205 -7.31751
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Hackett family Lists grandmother at house 1 in Artclea, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
2 FindAGrave.com Photo of Leading Aircraftman Charles Edmund Brighton's gravestone
3 RAF Commands - Charles Brighton Brief detail of Charles Edmund Brighton
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Leading Aircraftman Charles Edmund Brighton's gravestone can be purchased here
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