World War Two Roll of Honour



Flying Officer John Allen Thompson
July 14, 1944
24 Operational Training Unit, Royal Canadian Air Force
Service Number J/35267
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England. Age 21
Son of Fred and Daisy Thompson.
Husband of June Eleanor Thompson, Chilliwack, B.C.

After graduation from Chilliwack High School in June 1941, John Thompson joined the R.C.A.F. He graduated as a pilot and received his wings at Macleod, Alberta. He served overseas with 24 Operational Training Unit when, on July 14, 1944, the Wellington aircraft he was flying went into a spin and crashed near Morton in Marsh, Oxford, England. John was married to June Eleanor Thompson, formerly of Welland, Ontario. The couple resided in Chilliwack and had one daughter named Jacqueline Dianne. John's cousin, Keith was killed May 29, 1944 in Italy.



Sergeant Keith McNeill Thompson
May 29, 1944
British Columbia Dragoons
Service Number K/921. Original Unit of Service – A Squadron 9th Armoured Regiment,  (5th Motorcycle Regiment, British Columbia Dragoons)
Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Age 29
Son of John T. and Mabel Moore Thompson, Chilliwack, B.C.

"Mac" was born in 1915 at Prince Rupert and went to school in Langley and at schools in Chilliwack when the family moved here in 1926. Keith was an avid sportsman and played soccer for the Chilliwack United team and lacrosse for the Chilliwack Mustangs. Before joining the army he worked for Jersey Dairy in Vancouver. In 1940 he joined the Canadian Army and went overseas in 1941. With the British Columbia Dragoons of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, he served as a tank commander. He was seriously wounded in Italy and died of these injuries, May 29, 1944. On this day, at Cassino, his tank received a direct hit. "Mac" was blown clear from the tank but then went back to rescue his crew. The tank blew up, at which time he was thrown clear but was mortally injured. His cousin, John Allen Thompson was killed in July 1944.


Flying Officer Aubrey Maxwell Tingle
January 7, 1943
5 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Service Number J/5767
Gander War Cemetery, Gander, Newfoundland. Age 28
Son of Cyril N. Tingle and Beryl B. Tingle, Chilliwack, B.C.

In 1933, the Tingle family came to Chilliwack from Hanna, Alberta. Aubrey's father, later the district court registrar, purchased a store at Vedder Crossing that Aubrey ran. Aubrey joined the R.C.A.F. in May 1940 and received his pilot wings at Carberry, Manitoba. Initially he served on the West Coast at Patricia Bay, Vancouver Island. He was then stationed on the East Coast, and flew out of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where he was engaged in flying patrols for over a year. During this time Aubrey returned to the West Coast to fly the first bomber made by Boeing in Vancouver to the East Coast. On January 1, 1943 he was mentioned in despatches for distinguished service with 162 Squadron. Six days later, January 7, while flying a Canso on an outward bound anti‑submarine patrol; the aircraft crashed three miles south of Gander Lake, Newfoundland. Five members of the seven-man crew were killed. His brother, C.N. Tingle, was also killed on active service with the R.C.A.F. in November 1944. A cousin, L.J. Tingle, was killed in a flying accident in Iceland.

Citation for Mentioned in Despatches.

“Flying Officer Tingle has carried out 650 hours of operational flying during the past eight months and as second pilot assisted in carrying our a good attack on an enemy U-boat. His devotion to duty and ability as an operational pilot have set a high example.”


Squadron Leader Cyril Nisbet Tingle Jr.
November 27, 1944
Administration, Royal Canadian Air Force
Service Number C/21092
Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Age 35
Son of Cyril N. and Beryl McDermott Tingle.
Husband of Margaret L. Tingle, Chilliwack, B.C. B.A., LL.B.

Cyril Nisbit Tingle was born at Stettler, Alberta and educated at both public and high schools in Hanna, Alberta. At the University or Alberta he obtained his B.A. and L.L.B. prior to his 21st birthday. A brilliant student, Cyril was the university's Chief Justice's gold medallist in law, and won the Governor‑General's medal and the Carswall prize. As the recipient of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire scholarship, the fund entitled Cyril to attend London University in England for one year, where he specialized in political economy. On his return to Canada in 1935 he articled with a law firm in Edmonton and then bought a practice at St. Paul, Alberta. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. after the outbreak of war and following basic training was posted to the Estates Branch in Ottawa. He attended Kingston Military College to study allied military governments of occupied territories. Two years later he joined the Civil Affairs branch in Kingston, Ontario. In August, 1944 he was posted overseas and was attached to the British Second Army as a civil affairs officer. On November 27, 1944, in Belgium, Cyril was a passenger in a car when the driver, having been blinded by oncoming headlights, crashed into the rear end of a parked truck. Following the accident Cyril was taken to 101 British General Hospital where he died. Cyril Tingle was married to Margaret H. Tingle (nee Fraser of St. Paul, Alberta) and had one daughter and two sons. Margaret Tingle lived with their three children on Bole Avenue. On December 3, 1944 a memorial service, for Cyril, was held at St. Thomas Anglican Church conducted by Reverend Canon H.P. Barrett. A brother, A.M. Tingle, was killed on active service with the RC.A.F. in January 1943. His cousin, L.J. Tingle, was killed in a flying accident at Iceland in March 1944.


Pilot Officer Leicester James Tingle
March 5, 1944
45 Air Transport Group, Royal Canadian Air Force
Service Number J/36247
Fossvogur Cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland. Age 22
Son of Leicester and Martha Tingle, Villanueva y Geltru, Province of Barcelona, Spain.

Leicester Tingle was the nephew of C.N. Tingle, Chilliwack. Leicester was born at Tremp, Lerida, Spain and spent much of his life in the United States. He was educated in Closter, New Jersey and later at Santa Monica, California. Leicester had spent several months in Chilliwack in 1942 with his uncle, at which time he became well known to many local residents. Leicester enlisted in the R.C.A.F. from Chilliwack and was trained in Vancouver and Edmonton as a pilot. Posted to 45 Air Transport Group of Ferry Command, he was killed when the Dakota aircraft he was flying crashed at Meeks Field, Iceland March 5, 1944. Leicester's cousins, A.M. Tingle and C.N. Tingle were also killed when serving with the R.C.A.F.


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