Call for people to attend funeral of local couple

Written by on January 21, 2019

RAF Cosford has issued an appeal for people to attend the funeral of a former RAF engineer and his wife, who died 10 days apart.

Victor and Edna Barnett, from Telford, met in the air force; Victor was an engineer and Edna worked in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

They were married for 68 years, but had no children and have no living relatives.

VJ and Edna Barnett. Photo: RAF Cosford

Victor, known as VJ, was 101 and died on 21 December, while 91-year-old Edna died on New Years Eve.  Their funeral will be held at Telford Crematorium tomorrow at 10am.

RAF Cosford’s Twitter account encouraged people to attend the funeral of the couple, who were utterly devoted to one another.

Mr Barnett joined the air force in 1937, and worked on Chain Home, the first line of radar which would have notified of approaching enemy air craft during the Battle of Britain. Then he was seconded to the 617, as part of the engineering team preparing Lancaster bombers for the mission, and befriended ‘bouncing bomb’ inventor Barnes Wallis. Mrs Barnett served between 1944 and 1950.

The RAF is planning to send servicemen and women to bear their coffins.

RAF Cosford’s Twitter account encouraged people to attend the funeral of the couple.


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