Frederick George 'Freddie' Waring
Served with Essex County Constabulary from Nov 6, 1935 and died on Dec 31, 1944.
Police Constable Frederick George 'Freddie' Waring was the son of Frederick George and Clara Waring. He was born on 20th March 1914 in East Ham and was married to Ruby Jennie Beatrice Waring (nee Pickard), of Saffron Walden.
After service in the army from 25th April 1932 to 17th October 1935, Freddie joined Essex County Constabulary on 6th November 1935. He was posted to Brentwood on 21st December 1935, having spent an initial period training at Headquarters. From 14th May 1936 he was stationed at Billericay, before returning to Headquarters (mobile) from 31st January 1938. Subsequently he worked in the mobile sections at Brentwood from 23rd May 1938 and Newport from 5th September 1938.
Freddie received a commendation from the Chief Constable for his alertness and attention to duty in arresting two men for stealing bicycles.
He left the police on 2nd November 1941 and joined the R.A.F. the following day. He went missing, presumed killed, on Sunday, 31st December 1944 whilst serving as Flying Officer 151138 with 620 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Freddie was aged 30. He has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 209 of the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.
The Squadron was a 'Special Duties' unit (Airborne Forces Support), and at the time of Freddie's death was based at R.A.F. Great Dunmow. It was flying Stirling Mark IV aircraft, a bomber design employed in the latter stages of the war as a troop transport (including paratroops), glider tug, secret agent and supplies dropper.
At the time of his death Freddie's wife Ruby was three months pregnant with a son, David, who contacted the Memorial Trust in March 2007 to provide further information on his father. He wrote:
"Freddie should not have been on the sortie but stood in for another colleague so that he could be at the birth of his child. A colleague who flew another aircraft on the sortie reported that both aircraft attacked the target in Norway but they then lost contact with each other. Subsequently an unknown aircraft was observed coming under fire from a previously unreported 'flak-ship' just off the north Danish coast and going down in flames. It is almost certain that this was Freddie's aircraft".
"Ruby continued to live in Saffron Walden with her parents until their death in 1967 and moved to Banstead, Surrey where she eventually remarried. She died 25 Mar 2009. Freddie's parents continued to live in Woodford Green with their daughter and son-in-law until their death in the late 1960s .I continue to be extremely grateful to the Police for the support they gave to me and my mother as I grew up. Without that support I would probably not be where I am to day".