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UNDERWOOD, Paul Derek (Revised 02/11/2018)
* = Not included in the Book of Remembrance for reasons unknown.
"Loving memory / Mum, Dad, Muriel. / In life the finest / In death one of the brave."
RAF Cadet's Father Grateful For Flowers On His Son's Grave
From Surrey, England, there came to the City Hall yesterday a letter written by the father of one of the six British cadets killed recently in south Alabama when their planes cracked up in ill storm while on cross-country flight.
The letter, written by P. J. Underwood, father of RAF Cadet Paul Derek Underwood, was prompted by a clipping from a British newspaper, telling of the death of the boys and mentioning that wives of RAF administrative officers left fresh flowers on their graves each week.
Addressed simply to "Town Clerk," Montgomery, Ala., the letter was delivered to Silas Cater, City Clerk. Written from Osminglon, 7 Shaldeford Road, Ewell, Surrey, England, the letter carried the following message:"I found a cutting which I have enclosed from our popular evening paper which delighted my wife and I, stating that your good residents kindly visit the graves of cadets killed while training as pilots. Our only child, the sunshine of our lives, is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery (Alabama). Having only seen him 48 hours in eight months, we feel so grateful to your people for putting flowers on his grave. So I could do no more than write these few lines of thanks for you to convey by press or how you can to these good people.
Trusting that after this terrible war is over and the victory ours, America and England, I may be able to visit my boy's last resting place, and hoping you may get this letter from his father, an old soldier of the Royal Flying Corps, 1914-19, and still hoping to have another smack when the time comes, I am
P. J. UNDERWOOD"