Gordon Grieve Warner was the son of a Suffolk police officer and after working as a carriage cleaner joined Essex County Constabulary in March 1939. He was posted to Chelmsford and married in June 1941, two months before joining the Royal Air Force. He was killed in November 1942 in a flying accident in the United States. By then his wife and daughter were living in Suffolk.
Gordon was born on 16th October 1917 in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the son of the East Suffolk police officer James Harry Warner (1880-1957) and Rennie Warner (nee Grieve) (1880-1928). His parents had married in Suffolk in 1906. Gordon had three elder brothers, James George Warner (1907-1974), Thomas Warner (1909-1986), and John Warner (born 1912).
Gordon joined Essex County Constabulary on 27th March 1939, having previously been employed as a carriage cleaner by the London North Eastern Railway in Lowestoft.
After his initial period of service at Headquarters Gordon was transferred to Chelmsford from 20th May 1939 where he worked on the clerical staff.
He married Hazel Bird on 2nd June 1941 in Suffolk. On 11th August 1941 Gordon joined the R.A.F. He was one of several former Essex policemen who underwent training in the U.S.A.
Gordon Grieve WARNER, Aircraftman, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in a flying accident in the United States of America. Aged 25
He was killed on Wednesday, 25th November 1942 as a result of a flying accident in the U.S.A. whilst training. At the time he was Leading Aircraftman (Cadet) 1388010 with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. At the time of his death Gordon's widow and six-month old daughter were living in Oulton Broad, Suffolk.
Gordon was buried in Section N, Lot 109, Grave 5 at the Montgomery (Oakwood) Cemetery annex in Alabama, U.S.A. Montgomery is the capital of the state of Alabama.