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Flight Sergeant Garbutt was the husband of Nellie Garbutt of The Crescent, Boughton. He had been a member of the editorial staff of the Faversham and North East Kent News, which carried reports that he was missing in action, and then that he had been killed.
He is remembered with honour at the Malta Memorial, Malta, where his name appears on panel 7, column 1, and at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.
The Malta Memorial stands just outside the main entrance to Valletta, and commemorates almost 2,300 airmen who lost their lives during the Second World War whilst serving with the Commonwealth Air Forces flying from bases in Austria, Italy, Sicily, islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, West Africa, Yugoslavia and Gibraltar, and who have no known grave.
223 Squadron was a bomber squadron which had moved to Malta in July 1943 to attack tactical targets on Sicily during the preparations for the invasion. In September the squadron moved to Italy, and was used to attack enemy communications.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
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