Grantham fly-past by Spitfire will honour father of comic actress Hattie Jacques

Headstone adorns the grave of Robin Jaques. Photo: Peter Reichelt EMN-150817-093002001

Headstone adorns the grave of Robin Jaques. Photo: Peter Reichelt EMN-150817-093002001

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A fly-past by a Spitfire will honour a flying officer who was killed in an air crash near Grantham.

Robin Jaques was killed in a flying accident on August 8, 1923, near Old Somerby. Last year a service of dedication took place in Grantham cemetery and a headtone erected on Robin’s previously unmarked grave.

Headstone adorns the grave of Robin Jaques. Photo: Peter Reichelt EMN-150817-092951001

Headstone adorns the grave of Robin Jaques. Photo: Peter Reichelt EMN-150817-092951001

A fly-past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight had been planned but had to be cancelled due to technical difficulties.

Now Peter Reichelt, of Lincolnshire Family History Society, has planned the Spitfire fly-past for 1.30pm on August 13 as a mark of respect for Flying Officer Jaques. Robin’s grandson John and his wife plan to be at the event.

Robin’s daughter Hattie Jacques, born Josephine, was only 18 months old when her father died. Hattie became famous for her roles in the Carry On films and, as an actress, added the ‘c’ in her surname.

Robin and his wife Adelaide were living in the village of Newton, near Grantham, when he was killed. As well as Josephine, they had a son also called Robin who became a prolific illustrator and whose works were published in many novels and children’s books. It is Robin’s son, and Hattie’s nephew, John who will be visiting the grave for the first time.

The event will be open to all. There will be no ceremony. Peter said: “Anyone interested is welcome to witness the flyover and to show John Jacques that Grantham will continue to remember his grandfather.”