Sergeant Francis Jack Pink
On 31st March, 1954, Sergeant Francis Jack Pink died in unknown circumstances while serving at RAF Kenley.
Francis was born in Emsworth, Hampshire, in 1903, the son of William John Pink (a coachman in 1911) and his wife Frances Catherine Georgina Pink. He joined the Royal Flying Corps between October 1917 and December 1918 and appears as a “Boy” on the muster rolls for the newly formed RAF, that year. He married Evelyn Stannard in 1929 and the spring of 1930 saw the arrival of a baby daughter, Pamela, the first of at least six children born to the couple. We know that Francis was stationed in Lubeck, Germany in 1949, but have very little information about his service.
Sgt. Pink was 51 years old when he died, and was laid to rest in St. Luke’s churchyard, Whyteleafe, where the inscription on his grave reads:
Treasured memories of my dear husband
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.