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    Default Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    A bit of a long shot, but is there any way to identify the full names and service numbers of the following?

    F/Sgt Nicholl, as of November 1939
    Andrew Halcro, Radio Operator as of June 1939

    Both were in the RAF working on radar and, going by their contemporaries, may well have been commissioned during the war but I have been unable to find out anything more on these two individuals. Any information would be extremely helpful.

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    Default Re: Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    Ian

    Is it Halcro or Halcrow?

    Air 78/68 has an Andrew HALCROW 1010153. Nothing for Halcro.

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    Default Re: Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    Simon,

    Thanks very much for this, but don't think this can be the chap. I understand it is Halcro, but am willing to believe the surname might be incorrect. However, he was posted to one of the radar stations in June 1939, and presumably went through training previously, so probably enlisted in 1938 or earlier. A service number of 1010153 would indicate an enlistment in mid-1940, so can't be someone who was serving in mid-1939. Thanks nonetheless for looking.

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    Ian,

    1010153 would put the enlistment date to September 1939 at Padgate. UK Birth Records for individuals with the name 'Andrew Halcro' show that they were born in 1829, 1951, 1978 and 1993 respectively.

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    yeoldbarn,

    Thanks for this, but are you sure of this? Aces High Volume 2 by Christopher Shores notes that the batch of numbers from 979001 to 1149977 was given to enlistments at Cardington and Padgate from February to August 1940. This would suggest that 1010153 would be mid-1940. That said, even if your information is correct, this still indicates that Andrew Halcrow 1010153 can't be the man I'm looking for because he enlisted after June 1939. Incidentally, are the birth records you refer to for England and Wales, rather than the UK? I believe the chap I'm looking for was Scottish and possibly came from Shetland, although I'm not certain of this.

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    Default Re: Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    Ian

    There are no Andrew Halcro births between 1890 and 1925 on the Scotland's People website.

    There is a marriage for an Andrew Halcro, to a Miss Jessie Walls, registered South Ronaldsay and Burray in 1950.

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    Default Re: Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    Simon,

    Thanks for this. I assume you mean the marriage to Miss Jessie W Cogle?

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    Default Re: Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    Sorry, yes - Jessie Walls Cogle.

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    Default Re: Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    Given the mention of service in the Merchant Navy

    A search of the Central Index Register (aka Fourth Register of Seamen), 1918-1941 on Find my Past shows there was

    Andrew John Halcrow b1897 Shetland

    Ancestry has him as born 19/07/1897 born Noness, Shetland and also serving in the Royal Navy Reserve with a service number of L1228
    His RNR record is here

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8535934

    The fourth register also has an Andrew Fraser Halcrow b 1911 in Portsmouth

    I hope this helps more than hinders

    Chris

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    Default Re: Seeking information on F/Sgt Nicholl and Andrew Halcro

    Ian,

    Given what seems to be an Orcadian connection in respect of Halcrow I suggest you place a letter in the local newspaper, the Orcadian, asking if any of the current Halcrows are related to your man. The paper has an online edition (https://www.orcadian.co.uk/) or, alternatively, use the contact form at https://www.orcadian.co.uk/contact-us/. About 15 years ago I was researching the daily Hatson/Twatt met sortie flown by the Swordfish of 771 Squadron, and placed a letter in the paper asking if anyone could help. Much to my great surprise I received about five replies from men who had actually flown on some of the sorties - admittedly mostly under the title as "flight experience' but including one pilot.

    Brian

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