Plt Off. Keith Fereday Glenn (1911 – 1941)

Keith Fereday Glenn was born in Southsea, Hampshire on 29 May 1911 and the third of four children of John Fereday Glenn, the manager of a tramway company, and his wife, Ellen Hollist.

By the 1930s, the Glenn family had moved to Kent, with father John running a service station in Offham. Keith had found work as a salesman in retail tailoring and had joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. By 1940 he had achieved the rank of pilot officer, with his role as a bomb aimer seeing him fly missions into enemy territory on Wellington bombers.

On 16 July 1941 whilst part of 150 Squadron, Keith took off with his crew from RAF Snaith in Yorkshire on a nocturnal bombing run over Hamburg. During the night his plane came down and all but one of the six crew members were killed and their bodies buried in Hamburg Cemetery.

Shortly after the war Keith’s older brother John Patrick Sydney Glenn moved to Platt and lived for several years with his wife at Nepicar Lodge. It seems likely John had his brother’s name inserted on the war memorial.