My name is Gerasimos, but call me Geri. I am the grandson of a John Henry "Jack" Alabaster (July 1922 - December 12th, 2012). My grandfather served with Mr. Yaxley during World War II aboard the same Avro Lancaster bomber aircraft (Squadron 97). I believe Mr. Yaxley was my grandfather's commander. Jack was the navigator. For years, they wrote letter's to one another and maintained a lasting friendship. Upon my grandfather's death, I found cards from Eric at my grandfather's house in Chigwell, Essex, UK (right above the fireplace). Such friendship over the decades between these two crewman, who went through so much, brings tears to my eyes. Rest in peace Mr. Eric Yaxley. You and my grandfather are serving together again in heaven.
Much love from Maryland, United States:
Gerasimos "Geri" Michalitsianos
I had the privilege of meeting Eric some years ago in Ottawa. He was a childhood friend of my mother's (Frances Green, nee Palmer) in Montreal. She will be very sorry to hear of his passing. You have lost a wonderful person. Sincerely,
I too do not know Mr. Yaxley, but read the obituaries to share in the last memory of someone's amazing life. Mr. Yaxley seemed like a brave, strong and courageous man with a huge amount of independence & "I refuse to quit" about him...my best wishes to the family of a man like him...make him proud of you...he deserves us to behave as well as he did in his life...
I did not know Mr. Yaxley but read his obituary because I happened upon it and had worked with his son David in the past. Mr. Yaxley sounds like he lived an amazing life! His son David strikes me as the living embodiment of his father in many ways! Take care all, Margot Sangster
I did not know Mr. Yaxley but I was moved by the loving tribute you paid to him. I just wanted to say, thank you to a Canadian hero. May he rest in peace.