RAF Crest

This obituary appeared in the
Buxton Advertiser
on 25th January 1995

Mr Reginald (Jeff) Jeffcock of Bowden Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith has died at home following a long illness.

Born in Sheffield on April 3 1923, Mr Jeffcock served with distinction during the Second World War in the RAF.

He completed 48 operations ever enemy territory, including 21 missions to heavily defended Berlin, flying as a bomb-aimer in Lancaster bombers in 49 Squadron, 15 Group and, following a period as a bombing instructor, as a radar counter measures operator in B17 Flying Fortresses on special operations with 214 Squadron, 100 Group.

For his dedicated service he was presented with the Distinguished Flying Medal, on the morning of VE Day, by King George VI at Buckingham Palace.

After the war he made a successful career as a sales engineer. A resident in Chapel since 1981 he is survived by his wife Jessie, brother Donald, sons Timothy, Andrew and Steven and granddaughter Emma.

Mr Jeffcock was a keen and gifted artist, capable of fine works in water-colour, oils and pastels and was a founder-member of Buxton Arts Society.

A tireless worker for local causes he was, for several years a Parish councillor for Chapel-en-le-Frith. He was a founder-member of the Chapel-en-le-Frith Amenity Society and served on the Carnival Committee for many years. He used his talents to the full and produced, for the Amenity Society, the fine murals on display in Town End's bus shelter. Recently he was instrumental in the development of the Hearse House as Chapel's Tourist Information Centre, a project which gave him much satisfaction.

On Wednesday, following a family cremation service at Macclesfield a service of remembrance, attended by over 160 people, was conducted by Rev. Colin Smith at Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church.