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A stained glass window commemorates Wing Commander Charles Cuthbertson Learmonth, who was killed on active service in January 1944 during World War Two.  He was killed when his Beaufort, A9-346 crashed near Rottnest Island.

Wing Commander Learmonth was killed while air training over Rottnest Island, WA on 6 January 1944. Well aware that his Beaufort aircraft was about to crash he continued to radio information on the aeroplane's performance that resulted in crucial changes being made to the aircraft and consequently other lives were saved.

On the 2nd March 1947, twelve stained glass windows were unveiled in Geelong Grammar's Chapel of All Saints. The windows commemorate twelve old boys who lost their lives during World War Two. The Reverend J. D. McKie, Bishop of Geelong declared that the windows would serve as a reminder of gallant young men who had laid down their lives. 



Address:Art School Road & Tower Road, Geelong Grammar School Chapel, Corio, 3214
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.069637
Long: 144.399168
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:06-January-1944
Actual Event End Date:06-January-1944


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 2nd March, 1947
Front Inscription

Killed On Active Service

Air Operations
West. Aust, 6th Jan. 1944
Wing Commander Charles
Cuthbertson Learmonth,
D.F.C. and bar

22nd Squadron, R.A.A.F.

God So
Loved The
World, That He
Gave His Only
Begotten Son.  
That Whosover
Believeth On Him
.... Should Have
Everlasting Life.


Source: MA, VWHI
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