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    Hello everyone

    Another conundrum to sort out, if anyone can help.

    The Cumbria County Council website very helpfully has an Excel file of gallantry awards reported in the Cumberland News during WW2. Not the articles themselves, unfortunately, and they're not on FMP/BNA as yet. I have been going through them, and come across the following two references:

    The Cumberland News of February 26th 1944 reported the award of the D.F.M. to Sgt. (Air Gunner) Eric Thomson, of Irthington, Cumberland.

    On July 7th 1945 it reported the award of the D.F.M. and promotion to Pilot Officer Eric Thomson, of Cumrew, Cumberland. Brother of George and Jack Thomson.

    The London Gazette website isn't interested at all in playing fair today, and I can't find any trace of him (them...?). Assuming 'Thomson' is the correct spelling, of course - there was an Eric Thomson, b. 1919, registered Cockermouth, Cumberland, which may be him.

    Can anyone put me in the right direction at all?

    Regards

    Simon
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    Simon,

    There were 14 THOMPSONs and 8 THOMSONs awarded the DFM in WW2. Not one has ERIC as one of his forenames. It is odd that the two press reports of his medal are 16 months apart. I think you raise these questions to test us!!

    Jim

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    Thanks for the post Jim.

    Curiouser and curiouser...unfortunately I can't help with the actual contents of the two articles, which is frustrating.

    I'm guessing the second report is the announcement of his promotion, and refers back to his D.F.M. award as well.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,
    Fold3 has all listed as far as I know.
    Numbers agree with what Jim has summarised.

    THOMPSON
    Albert Stanley - 51Sqn.
    Brian Melnotte - RAAF - 3 Sqn RAAF.
    Cyril - 7 Sqn.
    Forrest Harold - RNZAF - 218 Sqn.
    George Edward - 190 Sqn.
    George Gaston - 110 Sqn.
    John Albert - 196 Sqn.
    John Charles - 44 Sqn.
    John Walter - 51Sqn.
    Joseph Watson - 50 Sqn.
    Onslow - RNZAF - 107 Sqn.
    Philip Berwick - 35 Sqn.
    Stanley James - 61 Sqn.
    William - 149 Sqn.

    THOMSON
    Adam Garden - RNZAF - 218 Sqn.
    George Harold - RCAF - 5 Sqn RCAF.
    Gordon - RAAF - 32 Sqn RAAF.
    Ian Murray - 70 Sqn.
    John Charles - RAAF - 51 Sqn.
    John Hamilton - RAAF - 460 RAAF Sqn.
    Peter Dundas - 28 Sqn.
    Victor William - 70 Sqn.

    There was -
    THORNICROFT, Eric Franklin Sgt - 563933 - 113 Sqn.

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    For information,

    Fold3 has DFM Airmen list from -

    AARON, Arthur Lewis - 1458181 - 218 Sqn.
    To
    ZULAUF, Franklin Roy - R/90297 - RCAF - 78 Sqn.
    Some 2062 pages.

    Alex
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    Many thanks indeed Alex for the list, and thanks for the heads-up about Fold3.

    The mystery continues - more digging required...

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    I canít find original issues of The Cumberland News. Do you know where they are?

    During looking for them I discovered F/O Geoffrey Nattrass DFC. Maybe I am wrong but no Nattrass was awarded the DFC Ö

    http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/news...1c98347707b-ds

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    Mojmir

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    Mojmir

    The Cumbria County Council website has a set of WW1 and WW2 indexes for the Cumberland News, as well as other papers, but the actual articles haven't been digitised:

    WW1 - https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/...ewsindexes.asp

    WW2 - https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/libraries.../newspaper.asp - go to 'Cumberland News World War Two Soldiers Index' on the right hand, under 'Local Studies links'

    The indexes are Excel files, and list names, awards as applicable, and the dates and page numbers of the particular issue of the Cumberland News that the articles appeared in.

    The actual articles are still on microfilm, accessible at Carlisle Library. Hopefully they'll be available online at some stage.

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    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    Thank you very much for the link.

    Brothers Jack and George were in Royal Navy.

    LG 12th June, 1945 The Distinguished Service Medal.

    Leading Seaman George THOMSON, LT/JX.'193161 (Cockenzie).


    What do you think?

    Regards

    Mojmir

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    So, a quick update. After an e-mail to Carlisle Central Library, one of the staff there very kindly copied the two articles from the Cumberland News.

    Firstly, February 26th 1944:

    AWARDED THE D.F.M.
    Sergt. Air-Gnr Eric Thomson, 23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomson, of Nook Cottage, Irthington, has been awarded the D.F.M. for gallantry and devotion to duty. He has served in the Royal Air Force for three years. Prior to joining he was an assistant dairyman at Galashiels.

    and the second article, from July 7th 1945:

    CUMREW SAILOR BROTHERS MEET IN SYDNEY
    Mr. and Mrs. Thomson, of the Council Houses, Cumrew, have heard from their sons, George and Jack, both of whom are in the Royal Navy, that they recently met in Sydney for the first time for over two years. George, who is 21, joined up three and a half years ago and Jack, aged 19, has been serving for 18 months. Their eldest brother, Eric, who has been in the R.A.F. four years, was recently commissioned pilot officer, and has received the D.F.M. at Buckingham Palace. They were educated at Crosby-on-Eden School, under Miss E. Wannop, The Crofts, Linstock.


    Both articles are 100% sure of his name, that he was in the R.A.F., and that he received the D.F.M. The mystery deepens...

    Regards

    Simon

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