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    Hi all,

    I am trying to locate the families of two officers, both of whom were Canadians in the RAF. One was killed on active service the other survived the war. My hope is to invite the relatives to an unveiling of a new memorial in their honour in 2017.

    I have no experience of searching for family members so any advice will be very welcome. I am purposely vague at this point as we are still in the preparation stage and awaiting official backing. Happy to discuss off board if anyone can help.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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    If you have their hometown a notice in the local newspaper might help or writing to churches in the hometown.I found relatives of an RCAF airman that way but I did know his town and was given help by the local historian ,who saw my newspaper article.His parent's gravestone was in the local church cemetery.
    Anne
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    Post their names here and any address details.

    Some one of us can run them thru ancestry.com
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Dear Steve
    I had a fantastic bit of success tracking down one Canadian family. The casualty had a brother who I Googled and found his obituary. The Canadians are very good at posting online obits of mere mortals, not just the famous. The obit gave a home town and listed other descendants. I then found these descendants on business and alumni web sites. Following this I was able to find them in the White Pages, the international phone book which gave their addresses. (My wife calls it stalking!) A Royal Mail letter brought a very kind reply by e-mail and a subsequent relationship of mutual respect and support.
    It does not always happen this way, but it can.
    I have also contacted families via Veterans Affairs in other countries and by posting letters in their local newspapers.
    Happy hunting
    James

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    Hi Steve

    You can try Bomber Command Museum of Canada.

    http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/

    you will find the:

    Bomber Command Forum

    Running since many years.


    Kind regards


    Finn

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    Dear all,

    These are former c/o's of No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron.

    W/Cdr Montague Francis Baldwin Read 33076
    DoB 29/4/1912
    Vancouver, Canada

    W/Cdr Royd Martin Fenwick Wilson 34218 AFC
    Born Greenwood British Columbia

    Any help most welcome.

    Steve
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    Steve
    Greenword seems to have a small population for a "city " [google] so a notice to the local newspaper /library /PO/ church minister -pastor /mayor- called Reeve in parts of Canada, should bring results ?

    Anne

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    Steve,

    Read: wife's obituary from 2009 lists nephew http://necrologie.genealogiequebec.c...649-READ-Nodja

    Fenwick-Wilson (note hyphenated surname), deceased Oliver, BC, 5 April, 1982. Informant given as wife, Virginia Fenwick-Wilson, nee Fisher.

    And this chap must be related: http://oliverdailynews.com/jack-fenwick-wilson/

    Regards,

    Dave

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    You can find a Fenwick-Wilson in Rock Creek here: http://www.canada411.ca/search/?styp...=Rock+Creek+BC
    Your man is buried in the Rock Creek Cemetery.
    Last edited by David Wallace; 24th January 2016 at 12:13.

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    Dear all,

    Emails sent to all the relevant.

    Thank you all.

    Steve
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