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    This man's name appears in the London Gazette on his being mention in despatches in the New Year's Honour List for New Year's Day 1945.

    Can anyone assist in providing his full name, please?

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    Robert Frederick Harding 956979

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/C4004721

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    Errol,

    Robert Frederick Harding 956979 (F) - TNA

    There's a lot of 'em in FREEBMD, but using a TPQ of 1922 the best bets are:-

    Births Jun 1917
    Harding Robert F, Nye, Fulham, 1a 458
    Births Mar 1918
    Harding Robert F, Smith, W.Derby 8b 362
    Births Sep 1921
    Harding Robert F, Spicer, Kingston 2a 791

    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Many thanks Gents,

    I'm trying to pin down the New Zealand connection for a 'Flight Lieutenant R. F. Harding of Wanganui' who is mentioned in a 1967 New Zealand Press Association item headlined London, March 27. In the item Harding is described as a member of Bomber Command's 9 Squadron who flew in an inter-squadron competition that same month. There is no R. F. Harding to be found in the RAF Air Force Lists of the period and a search of the London Gazette using the above-mentioned Corporal Harding's number does not record that man as ever being commissioned - but I wonder if the NZPA got the rank wrong and Flight Sergeant was intended instead of Flight Lieutenant. The mystery continues!

    Chees,
    Errol

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    Default Re: 956979 R F Harding

    Hi Errol,

    Cadet Navigators 12th Mar. 1960:

    Richard Frank HARDING (2595849)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/2783

    or (?)

    https://cs.billiongraves.internation...rding/18374953

    Look at the Royal Australian Air Force badge… Why it is there I don‘t know.

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...7611941&isAv=N

    HARDING Richard Frank born 22 January 1941; Beryl (nee Mcknight) born 23 May 1947; Susan Ann born 7 June 1966; travelled per aircraft departing UK on 3 December 1967 under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme

    Regards

    Mojmir
    Last edited by vrajm; 21st June 2020 at 19:14.

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    Default Re: 956979 R F Harding

    Many thanks Mojmir,

    Am uncertain if he is the 'Wanganui' man referred to in the newspaper report, though it may be that the report confused his nationality (born Liverpool, later resident Australia) with the two others mentioned in the article who were indeed New Zealanders.

    Cheers,
    Errol

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