Airman’s remains may come home

Roy Plumb at the grave
Roy Plumb at the grave

A CHANCE discovery at Kimberley Cemetery has provided vital information to a group of archeologists researching the wreckage of a bomber shot down in the Second World War.

The remains of Kimberley Flight Sergeant Alexander Bostock were recently discovered in the wreckage by a group of Italian archeologists – with the team appealing for any information to trace his roots.

And during a routine visit to Kimberley Cemetetery, town council chairman Roy Plumb stumbled across the grave of Flt Sft Bostock’s parents – meaning his remains may finally be reunited with his family.

Having read newspaper articles about the archeologists’ find, Kimberley Town Council Chairman Roy Plumb said he was ‘amazed’ at his discovery.

“I was walking down some steep steps to check on a repair job that needed doing when my eyes suddenly caught the name of Bostock on a distant gravestone,” he said.

“Upon taking a closer look I was amazed to discover that I was standing at the grave of William and Ada Bostock, the parents of the ill-fated Alexander, whose name was on the headstone.

“It was only a few weeks ago that I read about the tragedy and of the appeal seeking information about those killed in the crash.

“I thought to locate his parents grave so soon after the appeal was nothing short of a miracle,” said Cllr Plumb.

“Now there is every chance the remains of Kimberley’s brave airman will be repatriated with his loved ones,” he added.

The town councillor, also a historian, has since researched the family and learned that they resided in Truman Street, opposite the Miners’ Welfare.

“I’m almost certain that Alexander Bostock was educated locally at either British School or Church Hill School,” he said.

Flt Sgt Bostock, who held the position of wireless operator air, lost his life in the ill-fated incident when the plane crashed in Italy in 1945.

The aircraft’s wreckage and the bodies of its crew lay hidden, buried by the impact, until six decades on.

With the aid of metal detectors and special equipment, a large amount of wreckage, along with skeletal remains and personal belongings, have now been found at the scene.