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    Hello,

    440814 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 14-8-1944

    From Henk's List -

    WAAF
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    POLING, Dorothy - ACW2c - 2057983 - WAAF - Rothwell Cemetery, Yorkshire.

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    ATC
    HUGHES, Leonard - Cadet - 997 Sqdn - ATC - Prestatyn (Coed Bell), Flintshire. [ Oxford I - ED223 - 11(P)AFU ].
    + Vaughan and Hamilton below.

    EGYPT
    GAUVAIN, John Henry Percival - Sqdn/Ldr - 75334 - RAFVR - Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt. [ Argus II - FS562 - MECommsS ].
    TERRY, Brian Rouse - F/L (Pilot) - 128433 - D F C - RAFVR - Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt. [ Argus II - FS562 - MECommsS ].

    UK
    BAILEY, Robert Arthur George - Sgt(A/G) - 3006845 - RAFVR - Bungay Cemetery, Suffolk. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    DOWNEY, James Michael - Sgt(Flt/Engr) - 1800550 - RAFVr - Leytonstone (St. Patrick's) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Essex. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    FRASER, Stephen - Sgt (Radio Operator-Air) - 1569101 - RAFVR - Lossiemouth Burial Ground, Moray. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    HAMILTON, George Desmond - F/O (Pilot) - 150802 - RAFVR - Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery, County Down. [ Oxford I - ED223 - 11(P)AFU ].
    PATERSON, Philip Lionel Bennett - P/O (Pilot) - 175168 - RAFVR - Elgin New Cemetery, Moray. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    RANKIN, Denis Henderson - P/O (WoP-A/G) - 175934 - RAFVR - Carnmoney Cemetery East, County Antrim. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    TODHUNTER, Harold - Sgt (Nav) - 1523611 - RAFVR - Whitehaven Cemetery, Cumberland. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    VAUGHAN, Arthur Francis - F/O (Pilot) - 129630 - RAFVR - Birmingham (Witton) Cemetery, Warwickshire. [ Oxford I - ED223 - 11(P)AFU ].

    Alex

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    Hi

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    POLING, Dorothy - ACW2 - not Eng/Wales?.
    BAILEY, Robert Arthur George - Sgt(A/G) - Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    DOWNEY, James Michael - Sgt(Flt/Engr) - Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    FRASER, Stephen - Sgt (Radio Operator-Air) - Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    PATERSON, Philip Lionel Bennett - P/O (Pilot) - Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    RANKIN, Denis Henderson - P/O (WoP-A/G) - Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    TODHUNTER, Harold - Sgt (Nav) - Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].

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    Default WAAF Poling, Dorothy

    I am researching ACW2 Dorothy Poling, my father's first wife, and found the reference to her in this forum. I am trying to find out what base she was posted at and any other information available, particularly her parents names if anyone would know how to find that. Her maiden name was Sidebottom, she died August 14, 1944 and is buried in Rothwell Cemetary. My father was RCAF Sgt. john Allen Poling who was assigned to 1658 HCU. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Hello,

    440814 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 14-8-1944

    From Henk's List -

    "WAAF
    UK
    POLING, Dorothy - ACW2c - 2057983 - WAAF - Rothwell Cemetery, Yorkshire."

    From CWGC & Geoff's sites -

    ATC
    HUGHES, Leonard - Cadet - 997 Sqdn - ATC - Prestatyn (Coed Bell), Flintshire. [ Oxford I - ED223 - 11(P)AFU ].
    + Vaughan and Hamilton below.

    EGYPT
    GAUVAIN, John Henry Percival - Sqdn/Ldr - 75334 - RAFVR - Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt. [ Argus II - FS562 - MECommsS ].
    TERRY, Brian Rouse - F/L (Pilot) - 128433 - D F C - RAFVR - Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt. [ Argus II - FS562 - MECommsS ].

    UK
    BAILEY, Robert Arthur George - Sgt(A/G) - 3006845 - RAFVR - Bungay Cemetery, Suffolk. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    DOWNEY, James Michael - Sgt(Flt/Engr) - 1800550 - RAFVr - Leytonstone (St. Patrick's) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Essex. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    FRASER, Stephen - Sgt (Radio Operator-Air) - 1569101 - RAFVR - Lossiemouth Burial Ground, Moray. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    HAMILTON, George Desmond - F/O (Pilot) - 150802 - RAFVR - Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery, County Down. [ Oxford I - ED223 - 11(P)AFU ].
    PATERSON, Philip Lionel Bennett - P/O (Pilot) - 175168 - RAFVR - Elgin New Cemetery, Moray. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    RANKIN, Denis Henderson - P/O (WoP-A/G) - 175934 - RAFVR - Carnmoney Cemetery East, County Antrim. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    TODHUNTER, Harold - Sgt (Nav) - 1523611 - RAFVR - Whitehaven Cemetery, Cumberland. [ Wellington III - HF816 - 20 OTU ].
    VAUGHAN, Arthur Francis - F/O (Pilot) - 129630 - RAFVR - Birmingham (Witton) Cemetery, Warwickshire. [ Oxford I - ED223 - 11(P)AFU ].

    Alex

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    I have requested better photos if their is a willing volunteer in the area from the findagrave.net website.

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...5&ref=acom

    Alternatively, you could pay the nice folks at twgpp.com website who ought to have photos.
    As it is a family headstone/marker I'd expect she is buried with her parents.

    if you get his marriage certificate her fathers name will be listed on it.
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    POLING, Dorothy - she's listed in the Statutory Deaths Register for Scotland on the Scotland's People website. She died at the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, at 11.55 p.m. on August 14th 1944. Cause of death is listed as Natural Causes due to a "Sub-Arachnoid Haemorrhage (rupture of congenital cerebral aneurysm)."
    Her husband is John Allen Poling (Sergeant, Royal Canadian Air Force), and her usual address is listed as 23, Holmesley Lane, Rothwell, Leeds.

    She is also remembered, rather poignantly, in the Yorkshire Post of August 14th 1952, in the Roll of Honour:

    POLING, nee Sidebottom - if we should forget, who would remember. Treasured memories of our only beloved daughter, A.C.W. Dorothy POLING, W.A.A.F., died suddenly, August 14th 1944, in her 21st year; also in dear memory of our dear nephew, L.A.C HAROLD HADFIELD, R.A.F.V.R., killed in Persia, January 10th, 1943 - your lonely mother and Dad, Aunties, Uncles and Cousins.

    Harold Hadfield, 1010080 is listed on the CWGC website as being with 454 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron.

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - her parents were Harry Sidebottom, Colliery Clerk, and Violet Sidebottom, nee Fielding
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 22nd February 2016 at 00:07. Reason: added parents's details

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    Simon,

    Re: 1010080 LAC Harold HADFIELD RAFVR.

    While the camp was packing for its relocation, on 10 January 1943, an explosion rocked the camp and while some thought they were under attack, the site of the noise and smoke appeared to be the Sergeant's Mess Cookhouse. Around 8 pm, two primus stoves used for cooking had apparently been vapourising in the kitchen. These stoves used aviation petrol for fuel. When a third such stove was lit by one of the men, the result was inevitable. The cookhouse was no doubt full of petrol vapour, and just went up. Leading Aircraftman Harry Hadfield was killed instantly and 1011628 Leading Aircraftman Jim Wilkey died some minutes later. A third man was more fortunate, just escaping the effects of the blast and was unhurt. Hadfield and Wilkey were the Squadron's first theatre casualties, both men were given a full service funeral and were buried at the British War Cemetery in Mosul.

    See:
    Alamein to the Alps - 454 Squadron RAAF 1941-1945
    Lax,Mark.
    Wanniassa:Author,2006.
    pp.31-2

    Col.
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    Thanks Col.

    Oddly enought I already had the details for Hadfield from the same source, as the other chap Wilkey is one of my local casualties, hailing from West Hartlepool.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Thank you so much for this and the other speedy replies to my query. This is way more than I expected and hugely helpful. Dorothy died two days after their marriage while on their honeymoon. We had very little information.

    Ron

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    Ron

    POLING, Dorothy - she's listed in the Statutory Deaths Register for Scotland on the Scotland's People website. She died at the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, at 11.55 p.m. on August 14th 1944. Cause of death is listed as Natural Causes due to a "Sub-Arachnoid Haemorrhage (rupture of congenital cerebral aneurysm)."
    Her husband is John Allen Poling (Sergeant, Royal Canadian Air Force), and her usual address is listed as 23, Holmesley Lane, Rothwell, Leeds.

    She is also remembered, rather poignantly, in the Yorkshire Post of August 14th 1952, in the Roll of Honour:

    POLING, nee Sidebottom - if we should forget, who would remember. Treasured memories of our only beloved daughter, A.C.W. Dorothy POLING, W.A.A.F., died suddenly, August 14th 1944, in her 21st year; also in dear memory of our dear nephew, L.A.C HAROLD HADFIELD, R.A.F.V.R., killed in Persia, January 10th, 1943 - your lonely mother and Dad, Aunties, Uncles and Cousins.

    Harold Hadfield, 1010080 is listed on the CWGC website as being with 454 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron.

    Regards

    Simon

    EDIT - her parents were Harry Sidebottom, Colliery Clerk, and Violet Sidebottom, nee Fielding

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    terribly sad Ron,.

    have you gotten your fathers RCAF service record from Ottowa, there might be some mention in it, some compassionate leave he received etc.

    is your father still alive? Did he make it to a front line unit before the end of the war?
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    I did get his records from Ottawa, Dennis. I have a very good picture of his war years now. He didn't make it to the front. He was sent home after his Halifax bomber crashed during a traing run nrear Marston Moor. Three other members of his crew weren't so lucky. He died in 1992.

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