Roy Grayson Goldman

Flying Officer
Service number 142999
Died 16 Dec 1944
Buried Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium
Age 34

Roy was born on 25 May 1910 in Queensland, Australia to Joel and Eva nee Grayson. His paternal grandparents were Barnet Goldman and Esther nee Monact of Birmingham whose parents were from Prussia/Austria.

His father Joel was born in Birmingham and travelled to Australia where he met and married Christian Eva Grayson in 1909. They divorced and Joel returned to England with Roy and in 1933 married Lucy Goldman. In 1939 the family lived at 55 Laurence Gardens, Hendon and Joel was listed as a branch manager of a film distributer in Hendon.

Roy enlisted at the beginning of the war and was on leave in Belgium when he was killed. On 16 December 1944, an unmanned V2 rocket was fired from a base in the Netherlands. It hit the roof of the Cinema Rex in Antwerp at precisely 15.23 pm. More than one thousand people were in the cinema at the time watching a matinee performance of the cowboy film The Plainsman.

The rocket killed 567 people, including 296 Allied soldiers from Britain, the United States, Poland and Canada. Many of the Belgian civilians who died were children who had been taken to see the film.

Grateful thanks to Danielle Roubroeks