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    Hello,

    AUS424135 (Pupil Air Bomber) Sgt Donald Crosbie BARBOUR RAAF, of No.11 OTU, died in Cayton Park Auxiliary Hospital, Berkshire, on 30-11-1943 as a result of a ground accident. Would someone with access to the No.11 OTU ORB, be able to tell me if there is any mention of this incident in said document?

    I have what meagre details are available at the NAA, and Storr.

    Thanks,

    Col.

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    Col,
    Something a bit ‘odd’ about this one.
    If Barbour’s ‘ground accident’ was serious enough to cause death, and if it had happened at 11 OTU (then based at Westcott), then it seems most likely that he would have been taken to the RAF Hospital Halton (only 11 miles away from Westcott).
    Auxiliary Hospitals normally treated the less seriously wounded. They were for recuperation and convalescence. Cayton Park Auxiliary Hospital was 23 miles from Westcott (the buildings are now part of a very high class bloodstock establishment call Juddmonte Farms). But it was only 1 mile from RAF Henley.
    It seems possible that Barbour may have had serious medical intervention at the time of the accident and was recuperating at Cayton Park when he had a relapse. The accident, therefore, may have occurred days, or even weeks, before his death. He might well have been posted off (or Non-Effective) the 11 OTU strength some time before death?
    Alternatively, he may have been involved in an RTA on one of the nearby main roads and Cayton Park was the nearest medical establishment (there were much bigger general hospitals in Henley, etc). His Death was Registered in Maidenhead (the DC should give the precise cause of death), and he’s buried in Reading (Henley Road) Cemetery.
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    Peter,

    Appreciate your observations, and thanks for the location of the death registration. There are other troubling aspects about this one. Although Barbour's unit is quoted as 11 OTU, he is not mentioned in Bill Chorley's BC Roll of Honour volume (BCL9). Alan Storr states that he died of injuries on 30-11-1943, which suggests that he could have sustained them at any time prior to that date.

    I'll wait and see if anything else comes in, if not, 'The Card'!

    Thanks for your help.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 27th November 2011 at 11:51.

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    Col,
    He's only listed as 'Donald' on the Death Register. And the D Reg ref is Maidenhead Vol 2c Page 624. The cemetery is not too far from from me. If you need a Headstone foto then just shout.
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    Peter,

    Thanks all the same, but l'm not into photographs. Do appreciate the offer though.

    Col.

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