89762 Wing Commander Paul Temple-Cotton of the RAF VR. Second son of Harold and Lucy Temple Cotton. Born in Runcorn in 1912. Died 3 June 1943 aged 31. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
His elder brother Rafe, and his mother Lucy Cotton were known supporters of Oswald Mosley and the Black Shirts.
His mother lived at Hill Arrish (Bulstone) and was invited to Buckingham Palace to receive Paul's D.F.C which he won for his actions in the Middle East on 13 June 1942. Brother Rafe accompanied his mother on this visit to London but both were kept under close surveillance throughout the duration of the war.
It seems that Paul did not spend much time in the village. Just before his death, Wing Commander Temple Cotton had a short home leave in May 1943 when he had been invited to say a few words at a Wings for Victory event in the village and greatly impressed all present by his modesty and sincerity.