Jackie Burwill (Burvill) c.1938, Dover Swimming Club

Son of Pop Burwill sitting with a display of Dover Swimming Club junior trophies, as a young boy. Jackie died 1947 age 20

Pop (Jack / John) Burvill (Burwill) acted as a pilot on many Channel swimming escort and support boats.

A Black and White Photograph.    From the Rob Whitewood Collection.

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  • This is actually a picture of John (known as Jack and Pop)’s son Jackie (real name John Alfred Ernest Burwill) who died aged 20. He was involved in many swimming competitions because his father was a channel pilot. He was born in 1927 and died in 1947, both in Dover. He is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery, Dover. We believe ‘Jackie’ was about 11 years old in this photograph.

    By Terry Cleaver (Great-nephew of Robert Whitewood) (26/09/2018)

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