David Nigel Wynnard Lloyd Anthony
40655, Pilot Officer David Anthony, Age 21
73 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Died 16 June 1940
Pilot Officer (Pilot) 40655, 73 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 14/06/1940.
David was born 25th September 1918 at Kirkby Le Soken, he had a twin brother John. The son of Wynnard Anthony, an engineer & inventor & his wife Rosamund nee Lloyd. By 1939 the family had moved to Doonegate (44) St Georges Road, Felixstowe.
73 Squadron formed at Mildenhall in 1937 as a fighter squadron. By July 1938, the Squadron was equipped with Hurricane fighters. At the outbreak of war, the squadron moved to France. When the Germans attacked in May 1940, 73 Squadron helped to cover Allied airfields and bases, falling back as its airfields were overrun by enemy columns, before retiring to England on 18th June.
David was granted a short service commission as Acting Pilot Officer on probation with effect from 7th May 1938, he was officially appointed as Pilot Officer 7th March 1939. On the 14th June Pilot Officer Anthony was killed when the Hurricane he was flying crashed at Chateau-Renault. He is the only CWGC burial at the Chateau Renault Communal Cemetery.
Royal Air Force
Grave photographs at Chateau Renault Community Cemetery courtesy of Pierre Vandervelden