George Carlin

Aircraftman 1st Class George Carlin of Waterside died on 3rd May 1941 as a result of an illness that saw him hospitalised at No. 24 (London) General Hospital.

Aircraftman 1st Class

George Carlin


Aircraftman 1st Class George Carlin (968285) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the youngest son of Margaret Dowds of 33 Alfred Street, Waterside, Derry~Londonderry.

Aircraftman 1st Class Carlin died on 3rd May 1941 aged 20 years old while serving in R.A.F. 272 Squadron. He was undergoing treatment for a serious illness at No. 24 (London) General Hospital, Campbell College, Belfast. The cause of death was given as mediastinitis (swelling of the chest between the lungs) and retropharyngeal infection (abscess near the back of the throat) secondary to cervical osteomyelitis (a rare disease caused by infection of the spine).

Carlin’s grave is in Plot 3, Grave 1A of Ardmore Roman Catholic Cemetery, Derry~Londonderry. His headstone bears the inscription:

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul.

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