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    Default 1335733 AC2 'N M De Drozozicki', R.A.F., d. July 9th 1942

    Hello everyone

    In Rayleigh Cemetery is the CWGC headstone of the above AC2. Photos and details here:

    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...41733&ref=acom

    As the link states, it's not a standard CWGC headstone, and he's not on the CWGC website under his service number or name variations (see below). The link to the third photo has the following:

    This man is neither Commonwealth War Dead nor a Foreign National but he is in the CWGC database. He is classified in the sub-group Non-World War (Conducive & Incidental) in CWGC Care. He was not in service at death and therefore he does not qualify for war grave status. However, he was buried by the authorities in a war plot which was later taken over by CWGC.

    Air 78/48 has him as 1335733 Napoleon Michael DROZDZICICI. FreeBMD has a Napoleon M De Drozdzicki, aged 19, death registered Southend, September 1942.

    So, he has a rank, service number and is buried in the CWGC plot, with a CWGC headstone. I'm guessing the Air 78 spelling of his surname is the correct one?

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    Simon
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    Death certificate can be obtained with this references

    Deaths Sep 1942
    De Drozdzicki Napoleon M 19 Southend 4a 651

    Found by searching for:
    First name "Napo*"
    surname "Dro*"
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    Thanks Dennis.

    His surname certainly seems to have been open to interpretation, to say the least! That seems to be the correct one - he's on a family tree on ancestry.co.uk, born Hanover Square, London in 1923, with his father being born in Warsaw in 1876, and his mother was a French-Canadian.

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    Enlisted in Block 1330001-1340000 at either Uxbridge*, or Weston-super-Mare*, in Nov 1940.
    There is no immediately obvious ‘enemy action’ at Southend on that date? Has anybody looked at the Rochford 540?
    * Neither of these centres appear to take any more recruits after Nov 40?
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    Thanks for that Peter.

    So he died aged 19, seemingly while being (or having had been) 'in service.'

    So, out of curiosity, would there be a particular reason for his 'non-standard' headstone, or why he wouldn't be included on the CWGC website?

    Regards

    Simon

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