William Erick Halliday

Sergeant William Erick Halliday lived on Cyprus Avenue in East Belfast when he went to war. He died in training with the Royal Air Force in December 1942.


William Erick Halliday


On 10th December 1942, a Wellington Bomber came down in Warwickshire on a training flight. On board was Belfast born William Erick Halliday.

Sergeant William Erick Halliday (1126208) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He was the son of William Halliday and Evelyn Halliday of Knock, Belfast, Co. Antrim. His father William was a fruiterer in Belfast.

At the time of Halliday’s death, his address was 2 Cyprus Avenue, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Registration of death was at Charlecote, a town near RAF Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire.

Sergeant Halliday was an Observer on board Vickers Wellington DF736 DD-L flying with No. 22 Operational Training Unit. The plane crashed in turbulent conditions near RAF Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire on 10th December 1942. William was 25 years old.

Remembering the crew of Wellington DF736

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
SmardonDonald MartinFlight SergeantPilotRCAF R/77069.
NashAlbert EdwardSergeantNavigatorRCAF R/90775.
BakerFrederick JohnSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVR 1270911.
SuttillWilliamFlight SergeantAir GunnerRCAF R/102438.
HallidayWilliam ErickSergeantObserverRAFVR 1126208.

William Erick Halliday’s grave is in Section A2, Grave 308 of Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down. His headstone bears the inscription:

Say not the struggle naught availeth, the labour and the wounds are vain.