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    Default Lt Cdr Gavin Melchoir Torrance FAA fighter pilot WW2

    Hi guys

    I am aware that we have some expert genealogists on board, and I am hoping that I may call upon their expertise, please!

    Ideally I would like to trace Lt Cdr Torrance (born 1921, Newcastle area) but fear that he may no longer be with us. However, I know that he had a son, David, but I have been unable to trace either. It's possible that David emigrated to Canada (or possibly New Zealand!)

    Not much to go on, but any leads appreciated.

    Cheers
    Brian

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    Brian

    There are three family trees on ancestry.co.uk with him listed, but unfortunately they are all 'private' listing, so no details are available on line. The one with the most detail seems to be from a lady in New Zealand, so you may be right about that. It does have the following though:

    Born: 1921 in 10 Collingwood Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, England


    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    Thanks for that. Most interesting.

    I believe that Gavin Torrance had two brothers and a sister; I understand both brothers died in New Zealand, so possibly the lady you mention could be his sister?

    Do you know how it might be possible to trace family members with the name Torrance in New Zealand?

    Cheers and thanks again.

    Brian

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    Brian, According to Ancestry, Gavin M, Jackson, wife Nancy, son David and daughter Tennifer (sic) entered the UK on 12 Dec 51. He was a tea planter in Ceylon and his intended temporary UK address was 515 Burnley Lane, Chadderton, Near Oldham, Lancs. Their respective ages were: 30, 29, 4, and 2. His marriage to Nancy Jackson is registered in Oldham in the 1st Q of 46. Regards, Terry

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    Further to my last: David Graeme Melchior Torrance was naturalised as a New Zealander on 22 Dec 78. In 1981, the last year for NZ election rolls on Ancestry, he was living at 19 Karen Road, Langholm, Auckland. Regards, Terry

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    Hi Terry

    Thanks for that.

    I have now established that there is a G.M. Torrance listed in Paroa, NZ but am not sure if 'our' man. Ongoing!

    Cheers
    Brian

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