Mystery airman plea

January 26 2018

Horfield Parish Church has received an enquiry from an elderly gentleman living in Numansdorp in Holland.

Horfield Parish Church has received an enquiry from an elderly gentleman living in Numansdorp in Holland.

 It refers to a member of the RAF, a Sergeant Edwin C A Barnes, aged 20 years, whose aeroplane was shot down in July 1943. 

He was buried in the local cemetery and ever since the local people, and this Dutch gentleman have ensured his grave was tended, and also each Christmas Eve a lighted candle is placed at his grave stone. 

It is known that his parents, Charles and Violet Barnes were living in Horfield in 1943, but since that time links have faded. Does anyone know of any family descendants of Mr and Mrs Barnes? The Dutch gentleman wished to make contact before it may be too late.

Anyone who has any information to pass on is requested to contact Anthony G Hopton at Horfield Parish Church so that details can be forwarded to Holland, email aghopton49@gmail.com