United Reformed Church, Evington Road, Leicester
We have a framed picture of who we believe to be members of the congregation from this now closed church who served during WW2.
There is also a memorial plaque commemorating Keith Carter and Harry Hopkins being the two members of the church who died during that war.
Harry Hopkins was a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF. In 1944, he was in 158 Squadron stationed at RAF Lissett in East Yorkshire. Harry joined the squadron on 11 July 1944 and on the afternoon of Friday, 14 July 1944 he was the pilot of a Halifax bomber (HX338) taking part in a training mission. At 19h55, the Halifax was abandoned over the south Wales coast in an incident which killed Harry, his flight engineer and the mid-upper gunner. Harry is buried in the Gilroes Cemetery, Leicester in a plot now shared with his wife, Frances, who passed away in 2008 over sixty years later. Our thanks to Kevin Bryett and Rolph Walker of the 158 Squadron Association for their assistance in providing us with details of Harry's service with that squadron.