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William George Nightingale (1898-1941) of Vickers (Crayford)
It is with deep regret that we record the death, as a result of enemy action, of Sergeant William George Nightingale, at the comparatively early age of 44 years.
Sergeant Nightingale, or “Robin” as he was known to his friends, was amongst the fist in the Works to join the R.A., and throughout his period of service with the unit, had shown great keenness and high efficiency in the performance of his duties. He was held in high esteem by all his comrades, and his untimely death occasions a great loss.
In the last great war he saw service in France, first with the Royal West Kent’s, which regiment he joined in January, 1915, and after with the Machine Gun Corps. Following a period in England as a result of being gassed in 1915, he saw further service in India, Mesopotamia, and North Russia until 1921.
Sergeant Nightingale came to Crayford Works in February 1937, and was employed in the Foundry until August 1940, when he transferred to M.G. Dept. where he remained until joining the R.M. Fitting Shop a few months back. Previously he had spent 12 months at Dartford Works. He had, during those years, made a host of friends, and there are many therefore, who keenly feel the sudden removal from our midst. Full military honours were awarded him when he was laid to rest in Watling Street Cemetery, Dartford, on 6th April 1941.
In addition to the members of his family and many friends, those present included Colonel C.A. Eeles D.S.O., R.A., Commander G.S. Laurence R.N., Captain C.G. Miller R.A., Second Lieutenant S.G. Smith-Gander, R.A., and fifty N.C.O’s and gunners.