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Alexander Arthur Jolly

Biography of Sergeant Air Gunner Alexander Arthur Jolly (1851711)
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 12th August 1944



Alexander Arthur Jolly

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Hungerford, Hampshire, England

Date of Birth Registration:
Apr – Jun 1922

Place of Birth Registration:
Hungerford, Hampshire, England


No marriage for Alexander has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Alexander Jolly

Father’s Date of Birth:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Farm Manager

Mother’s Name:
Clarice Leach

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers Place of Birth:
St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, England

Their Marriage:
1916, Brackley, Northamptonshire

Children: (Name), (Date of Birth), (Place of Birth),
James Jolly, 1916, Rochdale
John A Jolly, 1917, Leominster
Mary M Jolly, 1919, Daventry
Alexander Arthur Jolly, 1922, Hungerford
Geoffrey P Jolly, 1923, Warwick


Relatives in the services:

Military Records






Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Sergeant Air Gunner Alexander Arthur Jolly, 1851711, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on 12th August 1944 Age 22
Son of Alexander and Clarice Jolly of Culverthorpe.
Remembered with honour, Dowsby (St Andrew) Churchyard.

More information:


Military Service Timeline

The following information is taken from Chorley’s Bomber Command Losses volume for Operational Training Units;

12 OTU. Wellington X LN446 Training.

Took off at 21:34 from Chipping Warden for a Bullseye detail.
About an hour into the flight, the starboard engine failed and while trying to reach Worksop Airfield the Wellington crashed at 22:49, heavily, just short of the runway.
Sgt. Jolly (Alexander Arthur) is the sole service burial in Dowsby (St. Andrew) Churchyard.


F/S J D Forbes RNZAF – Injured.
P/O L S R Smith RCAF – Injured.
Sgt. W R Malvern – Injured.
Sgt. R Fuller – Injured.
Sgt. R Johnson – Injured.
Sgt. A A Jolly – Killed.