Sergeant Jack Frank Macdonald Barson ,

Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Name Barson, Jack Frank Macdonald
Initials J.F.M.
Nationality Great-Britain
Rank Sergeant - Wireless operator
Regiment Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit 75 Squadron
Age 21
Date of death 21-07-1944
Service no 1324529
Additional information Son of Louisa Ann Barson, from Ilford, Essex.
Cemetery Jonkerbos War Cemetery - Nijmegen
Grave Reference: 12. J. 4.

text on grave:

He has outsoared
the shadow of our night
envy and calumny and hate and pain


These are the first lines of the poem:

(Percy Bysshe Shelley)

He has outsoared the shadow of our night;
Envy and calumny and hate and pain,
And that unrest which men miscall delight,
Can touch him not and torture not again;
From the contagion of the world's slow stain
He is secure, and now can never mourn
A heart grown cold, a head grown grey in vain;
Nor, when the spirit's self has ceased to burn,
With sparkless ashes load an unlamented urn.

He lives, he wakes -'tis Death is dead, not he


Newspaper clipping about the death of Barson

Above is a photo of a memorial to six members of the Newbury Park Methodist Church, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, Ilford, Essex, England who lost their lives during the 2nd World War.

The church is due to be pulled down later this year (2006) Maybe the memorial will transferred to the local parish church of St. Peter's. (Information received from Andy Spiller England)