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    Default Francis Stanislaus COCKER

    Hi
    I came across this name of an airman of 161 Sqn, and it struck me the unusual middle name. Anybody knows the reason?

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    Franek, Hi,
    A Francis S Cocker Birth was Reg in Q1 1920 in Bolton, Lancashire (Vol 8c, Page 768). About the right age for your man?
    You can chase Francis Stanislaus Cocker in the LG using s/n 124633.
    No immediate indications of the 'Stanislaus' connection in possible parents. Except Marriage and, maybe, their Births in the Bolton, Lancs, area.
    Looks like you might have to have a go at the local newspapers, museums, and or Family History Society?
    HTH
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    He passed away last year.
    http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/deaths/141783/cocker-wg-cdr-francis-stanislaus-dfc-bar
    http://www.specialforcesroh.com/awards-5435.html

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    Franek,
    No obvious connection between 'Stanislaus', RAF SD (Spec Forces), and 161 Sqn - except, possibly, some central European background in his family history. No indication of any Bolton connection in the DT Announcement - but I would still give it a go. The only other way I can suggest is to get a copy of the Death Certificate (the Registration is too recent for a summary of it to be on-line yet!). The DC, by Law in UK, has to show who informed the Registrar of this Death (The Informant, and the Address). Whoever the Informant was, it is often a close relative (unless it was a Hospital, or Care Home, Manager). Might be worth chasing that up?
    Nothing in this game is ever easy, is it?
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    His klocal church?

    http://www.scribd.com/StJosephsAnsdell/d/75974580-Bulletin-181211

    Ask the vicar perhaps if there is family to contact, teh death notice was placed by an Andrew Cocker.

    And his wifes death earlier in 2010.
    http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/deaths/119129/cocker

    Lists all the family names.
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    Franek,
    I've sent you a PM
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    Cheers, will reply later today.

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    Default Francis Stanislaus Cocker

    Hi,
    This is my late grandfather so I was wondering if you had any information about him for me especially when he was in 161 squadron. I am currently doing some research about what he did in ww2 and why he got a DFC and Bar.
    Also his middle name is not a family name.
    I would really appreciate any help
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    Christine

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    Hi
    Sorry, I do not have anything on him, I was just intrigued by his middle name and curious of its origin.
    Nonetheless if you like, I can give you some hints for the research.
    The first place to check is London Gazette, but I cannot find any citation for the DFC there. It should be in The National Archives or in Carters' book. Please note different search results for different key words.
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/all=francis+stanislaus+cocker/start=1
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/all=COCKER+124633/start=1
    The other place to ask is MoD (they charge 30 GBP and you need to ask for copies of documents and not transcript) and then TNA, Kew, Richmond.

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    Christine,
    He seems to have been in the crew of F/O Cussens, as i've just found an entry in the ORB. Give me a little time to look through for ops flown by him and this crew, and i'll get back to you. Can you let me have your email address via a "pm" for when i've got info for you.
    Alan.
    One thing i can tell you for certain is that i have a photo of him in the ORB, being presented to Sir Archibald Sinclair, by W/Cmdr Pickard.
    Last edited by AlanW; 6th May 2012 at 19:03.

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