Leading Aircraftman William John Tanner
LAC William John Tanner was the son of William and Emily Tanner, of Old Coulsdon. He was married to V. J. Tanner, of Old Coulsdon.
William was a Flight Mechanic with No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron. He died of injuries sustained during the bombing raids of 18th August, 1940 – the “Hardest Day” of the Battle of Britain.
The 615 Squadron Operations Record Book says he was hit by machine gun fire. He died of his wounds at 1500hrs, the following day, in Purley Cottage Hospital, according to RAF records, although his date of death is given as 20th August on his gravestone and in the 615 Squadron Operations Book, which also records that his funeral took place on 23rd August.
The inscription on Tanner’s grave marker reads:
In Loving Memory of
My Dear Husband
William John Tanner
Died 20th August 1940
Aged 28 years
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.