1232638 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Robert Pettit was born on 19th January 1922, the only son of Robert and Florence Pettit. The family lived at St. Olaves, Priory Road, Sudbury. His father was the Town Clerk and during the war held the position of Local Billeting Officer as well as being Chairman of ‘Sudbury Wings for Victory’. Robert attended Sudbury Grammar School from September 1933 – April 1935, after which he went to Culford School near Bury St. Edmunds. On leaving school he worked in the same municipal offices as his father.
In 1941 he joined the Royal Air Force, where he spent most of his service in India, later transferring to Burma. He was expected home at the beginning of 1946 but in October 1945 he was admitted to No. 61 Indian General Hospital in Rangoon and his parents received news of his serious illness.
Robert died aged 23 on 12th December 1945. He lies buried in Rangoon War Cemetery, Myanmar.
A Cross of Remembrance was laid at Kanchanaburi Cemetery by Mr. Peter Smith in April 2007 for all the Sudbury men who died in the Far East.
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