William George Fissenden

Sergeant Observer - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - Squadron 38 - Service No. 1250543

Background Information


20th March 1920



Sergeant Observer - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - Squadron 38 - Service No. 1250543



7th July 1941 age 21

William George Fissenden was born on 20th March 1920 in Gravesend, Kent. His father was William Reuben Fissenden, a Lorry Driver, and his mother was Catherine (née Davey). The first school that he attended was St James’ and Holy Trinity in Gravesend.
In 1931 William Fissenden joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists William’s address as 101 Peacock Street, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, William was in Hill House.
In 1936 William left the School and started work as a Lab Assistant at APCM, later moving to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. He volunteered in 1940 for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, training in Canada. He joined 38 Squadron as a Flight Sgt Observer, Service Number 1250543.
In May 1940 the Squadron flew operations in support of the British Expeditionary Force, carrying out night bombing raids on the Channel ports and the Ruhr.
In November 1940 the Squadron was sent to Fayid, Egypt. Night bombing raids took place along the North Africa coast, Greece and Yugoslavia. William Fissenden was killed in action in Egypt on 7th July 1941, age 21. He is remembered at the Heliopolis War Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt 2. G. 3.

William Fissenden was in the same Form as Leslie Tulk, who was also Killed in Action in World War Two.

There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest:

Heliopolis War Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt 2. G. 3