George Hammond Kettlewell (1920-1940)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


George Hammond Kettlewell was born in Plymouth in 1920, the son of medical officer George Douglas Kettlewell and his wife Margaret Ellen (née Wilkinson).

After his father died in April 1930, his mother apparently married or co-habited with Horace Josiah Johnson. Johnson had moved to Honley in the 1930s after being appointed the Superintendent and Secretary of Huddersfield Infirmary in April 1935.[1]

He served in the R.A.F. and was killed on 13 June 1940, along with two crew mates, when his Fairey Battle[2] light-bomber crashed. According to Chris Hobson's Failed To Return: Airmen Died in the Second World War 1939-45:

Crashed near Les Corvees 17 miles southwest of Chartres during a raid on Gisors.

He is commemorated on the memorials at Honley and Holmfirth.


Huddersfield Examiner (13/Jun/1944):

KETTLEWELL — In proudest, loving memory of my beloved son, Sergt. George Hammond Kettlewell, 142 Squadron, R.A.F., killed in action June 13, 1940, aged 20.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. "New Secretary for Royal Infirmary" in Huddersfield Examiner (20/Apr/1935).
  2. Wikipedia: Fairey Battle.