Royal Australian Air Force
24th August 1942 age 31
Greater love hath no man.
James Arthur Trotter, 402454, Pilot Officer with RAAF, died 20/08/1942. Son of Arthur & Lillian Trotter of Sydney, New South Wales; husband of Jean Bainbridge Fullarton Trotter, of Carruthers, Saskatchewan, Canada.
North East War Memorials Project quotes RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War:
P/O J.A. Trotter was a member of the crew of Stirling bomber N6083 OJ-N which took off from Lakenheath (Suffolk) on a mission to Frankfurt. An engine caught fire almost immediately, causing the aircraft to crash just a mile away from the end of the runway. All the crew were killed.
How she met and married the Australian airman, James Trotter, I still hope to find out, but it is possible that he had trained locally, maybe at RAF Ouston.
Following his death, she emigrated to Canada with her mother, younger sister and son, Timothy. She remarried a recently-ordained Anglican minister, both Jean and Timothy taking his surname, Cummings.
Jean's obituary was published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Oct. 22, 2011:
From 1950 she spent most of her life in British Columbia and settled into the roles of home-maker, new mother to Jenefer, teacher, and, likely the most challenging of all, that of being the minister’s wife.
She requested that her ashes be scattered at a later date in her English village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, where her sister, her father, her first husband, and other relatives are buried.
The 1911 Census shows them living at 41 Union Hall Road, Lemington-On-Tyne. Thomas Bell Scott (53) was working as a clerk for a Land Agent and Thomas Matthew Scott (18) was a clerk for a Stock & Shares Broker. His brother, John Scott (14) was a Solicitors Clerk and he had two sisters, Mary Elizabeth (19) and Annie (16). All four children were born at Sugley. Jenefer Creamer told me that the two girls, her maiden aunts, lived at 41 Union Hall, the family home, until they died.