Monday, 16 November 2015

We Will Remember Them

Remembrance Sunday is the day on which we traditionally remember and honour those who gave their lives for their country in wars and conflicts, past and present.

For the Rugby Aviation Group this means we especially remember the crew, mainly Canadian, that perished when their Handley Page Halifax crashed between Dunchurch and the airfield at Lawford Heath, just to the south of Rugby. 

This year, as he has done in previous years, Roger Higgerson had cleaned up the memorial on the green in Dunchurch and trimmed the grass around it for it to look presentable for the occasion. The Group is very grateful to Roger and his wife Janet for looking after the memorial.

Following the Remembrance Service at the Dunchurch Cenotaph, we made our way to the memorial, a couple of hundred yards from the Cenotaph to find waiting at the memorial our dear friends Denise and Peter Bilson and Paul Waller, who kindly took the photographs that accompany this post.

Rugby Aviation Group Wreath Laying Party from left to right Roger Higgerson, Barry Jones, Janet Higgerson, Peter Bilson, Denise Bilson and Theo Claassen

Rugby Aviation Group's Chairman laying the wreath under the watchful eye of Roger Higgerson

The Rugby Aviation Group Memorial for the crew of Halifax MZ920 that tragically crashed between Dunchurch and Lawford Heath
In conclusion, I would like to thank Roger and Janet Higgerson for their devotion to the memorial and its upkeep, to Paul Waller for his photographs of the precedings and to Peter and Denis Bilson for their support on this chilly and windy day.

15 November 2015
Theo Claassen


  1. So sorry that I was unable to attend but my thoughts were with you all. It was so nice to see Denise and Peter on the photographs and looking so well. My personal thanks to all of you who kept up the tradition, I'm sure the folks in Canada will be very pleased.

  2. Thank you all so much! My uncle was F/L DZT Wood and we are all touched that you have honoured him and the rest of his crew. My entire family sincerely appreciates all your efforts in maintaining this monument and laying a wreath every year! Thank you again so much!

    Stuart Wood