Rededication service for identified Flying Officer
17 July 2012
A rededication service was held on Friday, July
20th, for the headstone of Flying Officer Derek
Hurlstone Allen DFC.
Flying Officer Allen was originally buried at Poix Du Nord
Communal Cemetery Extension in France as an unidentified
casualty. However, due to research by the Air Historical Branch of
the Ministry of Defence, he has now been identified and his grave
can be marked accordingly.
Flying Officer Allen, a member of the Royal Air Force 85
Sqdn. who died in May 1940, was previously commemorated
at the RAF Memorial in Runnymede.
Members of his family travelled to the cemetery from the UK to
attend the rededication service which took place at 14:00, local
time. Flying Officer Allen's brother gave a reading during
The order of service for the ceremony can be viewed here.