Darwin, Christopher William Wharton


Christopher William Wharton Darwin was born 30th July 1918, the only son of Major Charles John Wharton Darwin (C 1908-1911).  He came to his father’s old House, Southgate Hill (later Du Boulay’s) from Abberley Hall in Shropshire.   He showed promise as an athlete but left after three years to continue his education in Switzerland at L’Ecole Lemania in Lausanne.

Like his father he was always keen on aviation, and in peace time, as his father was manager of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, he acquired a practical knowledge of aeroplanes.    He got a regular commission in the RAF before the outbreak of the Second World War.  In November 1939 he was promoted Pilot Officer, and as a Flying Officer in 1940 served in France.   He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in November 1941 and was posted to 274 Squadron, a Hurricane squadron of the Desert Air Force, undertaking ground attack duties.   He was reported missing on an operational flight over El Alamein in August 1942 and was shortly after confirmed as killed in action 7th August 1942.  He is buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Grave IV.F.31.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Darwin
  • Forenames or initials: Christopher William Wharton
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1932-1935
  • Rank: Flight Lieutenant
  • Regiment: RAF
  • Date of Birth: 30th July 1918
  • Date of Death: 7th August 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: El Alamein War Cemetery: Grave IV.F.31