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Albert Ronald Oxenham

Served with Essex County Constabulary from Sep 27, 1937 and died on May 22, 1944.

Served from 27th September 1937. Killed 22nd May 1944. Police Constable Albert Ronald Oxenham was the son of Henry John and Sarah Jane Oxenham and was born on 8th September 1917 in Dalston, London. He joined Essex County Constabulary on 27th September 1937, having previously worked as a waiter at The Queens Hotel in Hastings.

After training at Headquarters Albert was posted to Brentwood from 27th November 1937, Rochford from 14th May 1938 and finally, Canvey Island from 31st May 1941. Albert joined the R.A.F. on 6th October 1941.

He was killed in the early hours of Monday, 22nd May 1944 whilst serving as Pilot Officer 176286 with 100 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His aircraft, Lancaster Mk I ME677 (coded HW-X) of 100 Squadron, had taken off from RAF Grimsby at 10.34 p.m. the previous evening on a sortie to Duisburg. The aircraft was last plotted at 12.47 a.m. and is thought to have come down on or close to land, as the air bomber survived to become a Prisoner of War. Albert and the other five crew members were buried at the Schoonselhof Cemetery in Antwerpen, Belgium - Albert in grave IVa. E. 28-31.

He was aged 27, and left a widow, Phyllis Joan Oxenham, of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, whom he had married on 2nd April 1943.

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