Aircraftman First Class Kenneth Sidney George Nice
After a relatively quiet couple of weeks, the Luftwaffe launched a 700 bomber raid on London and the surrounding districts on the night of 16th April 1941. The effort was scattered, with some areas sustaining far more damage than others. On this one night alone, Croydon was hit by 115 bombs, Coulsdon 61, Carshalton 5, Beddington 4, Sutton and Cheam 3 and Banstead 4.
AC1 Kenneth Sidney George Nice was killed as a result of an enemy action at 10pm on this terrible night. He was born on 9th May 1920. His parents were Mr and Mrs. S. C. Nice of Colchester. He was the stepson of Mercie Nice and was stationed at RAF Kenley at the time of his death.
He lies at rest in Colchester cemetery. The inscription on his grave reads:
“BRIGHT CROWNS THERE ARE LAID UP ON HIGH; FOR YOU AND ME… A CROWN OF VICTORY.”
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.