Albert Edward (Bert) Goulding

Rank:ACM 2Number:978247
Incident Date:23/06/1944
Incident Address.Somewhere in Salford
Died Address:Somewhere in Salford
Grave Details:A (NC) 681
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Wigan Cemetery (Lower Ince)
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 16th August 1915, the birth being
registered during the September quarter 1915 in
the Wigan R.D. - ref: 8c/179, the son of Richard &
Elizabeth Goulding (nee Goulding).

According to the 1911 Census Returns - Richard was
born in Wigan in 1884 and Elizabeth was born in
Preston in 1885 - they are both listed as
"Hawkers".   They have a daughter - Agnes
Goulding, aged: 6 months and are residing in a
Boarding House at 40 Foundry Street, Bolton.

1939 National Registration - County Mental
Hospital, Winwick, Warrington, Lancashire.  
Albert E. Goulding - Born on the 16th August 1915
- occ: Mental Nurse - Single.

His parents were then residing at 303 Winwick
Road, Warrington.   Richard Goulding - Born on the
15th March 1884 - Married - occ: Motot Spares
Dealer.  Elizabeth Goulding - Born on the 12th
July 1881 - Married - occ: Shopkeeper.   Agnes
Turner (Goulding) - Born on the 11th October 1910
- Married - occ: Unpaid Domestic Duties.

Albert's death was registered during the 1st
quarter 1941 in the Salford R.D. - ref: 8d/1003,
aged: 25.

At the outbreak of WW2, No. 35 Squadron was
designated a training unit, supplementing its
Battles with Avro Ansons and Bristol Blenheims
late in 1939.    On 8th April 1940, No. 35
Squadron (as part of No. 1 Group Pool) merged with
No. 90 Squadron to form No. 17 Operational
Training Unit (OTU) and it ceased to exist as a
separate entity.

The Squadron was reformed at Boscombe Down
(Wiltshire) on 5th November 1940, and was attached
to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental
Establishment (A&AEE).  It was charged with
“bringing the newly developed four-engine
Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber into operational
service”.  It then moved to RAF Leeming
(Yorkshire) on the 20th November 1940; it moved
yet again to RAF Linton-on-Ouse (Yorkshire) on the
5th December 1940.

His niece - Barbara, informs me that the family
story, as she remembers it, was that the family
did not know if he had got the desired Christmas
leave and only found out that he had been killed
when the MPs knocked on their door sometime after
Christmas looking for him as he was reported AWOL.
 He was subsequently found to have been on his way
home (by train??) and when the bombs fell he
stayed to help and was killed.

It would appear that he was travelling home for
Christmas 1940 from his RAF Station and got as far
as Salford when he was killed by the bombing on
that City.

Wigan (Wigan MBC)
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