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    The best I can do is Cpl Thomas William Cledwin HOPKIN killed in a Harvard N7094 of 2 SFTS on 5 Oct 39

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    Henk

    Please confirm your source for KOAS - I cannot find him in any offical casualty list - I suspect he had not joined RAF Officially at time of death... He must have been in training at Civilian school prior to outbreak of War and thus (I believe) not actually in RAF Prehaps someone more clued up on this area can confirm

    Note his grave says Pilot Cadet. Viewable here:


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    R.I. Hopkins, 1939, War Grave, Whittlesford
    ROBERT INNES HOPKINS,
    Cadet Pilot Royal Air Force
    Age: 26 Date of Death: 09/10/1939
    Additional information: Son of Innes and Alice Mary Hopkins, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada.
    Cemetery: WHITTLESFORD (SS. MARY AND ANDREW) CHURCHYARD

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    Paul,

    Quote from "They Shall Grow Not Old" (Allison) page 335:
    HOPKINS, ROBERT INNES - P/O(P) - 42601 - Royal Air Force. From Vancouver, British Columbia. Kiled Oct.9/39 age 26. P/O Hopkins was killed in a training accident. Buried St.Mary & St.Andrew Churchyard, Whittlesford, Cambridgershire.

    and from "Canadians in the RAF" (Allison) page 152:
    k/a (sic) - HOPKINS, Robert Innes, P/O (42601) of Vancouver, was k/a (sic) on Oct. 9/39 and buried in Whittleford (sic) Churchyard. He had just enlisted in June. Bd. Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire.

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    Henk

    Thanks -So could be anything that cauased his death

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    Given the location of the death, the fact that he is a 'Cadet Pilot' and that he has no service number, my money is on him being a member of Cambridge University Air Sqn.

    He would then have been recorded in the RAF Section of the CWGC registers but he would not have been a 'fully paid up' member; status similar to an ATC cadet for example.

    It still leaves us with a difficulty as to how he met his death.

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    All I can add is that he was the son of Mr and Mrs Innes Hopkins, and he had two sisters Cecil and Dorothy.

    His father (who died in 1937 aged 55) was the retired managering Director of B.C. Marine Engineers & Shipbuilders Ltd of Vancouver

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    Gents,
    Will ask a friend to check his file at the National Archives Ottawa.
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    Henk.

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