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    Hello again.
    Continuing research into town war memorial near Preston, Lancs., and looking at 1588357 2nd A/man Harry Martin BYROM, d. 13 June, 1944, bur. Johannesburg (West Park) cemetery. Bolton born, joined Lancashire Police, Preston ?, subsequently joined RAF, possibly 1941. Thoughts are that he was a pilot under training as he came from a middle class family and could well have been pointed that way. Named on police h.q. and town memorials. Not the usual ORB's or Squadron I.D. to check. Family appears to have 'died out.' Would appreciate any pointers as to where to look for RAF records. To check local church/police and newspapers yet.
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    Hello,

    Born Bolton 16 June 1917. Mother's maiden name Prendergast. The England and Wales Register for Preston in 1939 show your man as a police constable, living at No. 39 Fishergate Hill, with seven other constables.

    Married Margaret Walker at Heywood in the June 1941 Qtr. Margaret deceased Preston February 1987.

    Son David W. Byrom born Preston in the December 1942 Qtr. There are/were two David W.'s in Lancs; one in Chorley, the other in Preston. David W. Preston married Jean Hartley at Chorley in the June 1967 Qtr; the other David W. married Shelagh Brennan at Bolton in the March 1972 Qtr.

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    Dave

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    Thanks for that early reply Dave.
    Got most of it, but a couple of new avenues.
    Looking for anything on the RAF side that I might be able to get into.
    Stewart

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    Hello Stewart,
    I don't know if the death is connected, but there is another serviceman in the Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery, Gauteng that died on the same day, Tuesday 13th June 1944.
    He is -
    McKENZIE, John M. - Sgt - 116015 - South Africa Engineer Corps.
    Reported to have died on active service.
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 14th October 2021 at 01:14.

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    Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 14 June 1944

    "HUTTON P.C. DEAD

    CADET HENRY MARTIN BYROM, who before volunteering for the R.A.F. in 1943, was a constable at headquarters of the Lancashire Constabulary, Hutton, has died in hospital at South Africa where he was training. Official intimation was received yesterday by his wife, who with their baby son, lives at 3, Highgate, Penwartham.
    Cadet Byrom, a native of Farnworth, joined the County Constabulary in 1939 and served in Warrington Division before being transferred to headquarters in 1941."


    Includes photo of Cadet Byrom.

    Rgds

    Jonny

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    Harry Martin Byron
    Death • South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954
    Cause of Death: Bilateral Lobar Pneumonia - At General Hospital Johannesburg
    Duration of Illness 59 Days

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    PS

    McKENZIE, John M. - Sgt - 116015 - South Africa Engineer Corps.
    Reported to have died on active service.

    is not linked.. he is



    Name John Main McKenzie
    Death Date 13 Jun 1944
    Death Place Transvaal, South Africa
    Relationship to Deceased Deceased


    Died of Etitheliona Tonsils With Multiple Secondaries at The Cottesloe Military Hospital

    His rank listed as Corporal with Dispersa Sub, Depot, Hector Norris Park

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    Many thanks Alex. Jonny and Paul.
    A cause of death, newspaper article & photo. Brilliant!
    Was going to the Archives at Preston next week, not quite saved a journey as copies will now have to be obtained, but saved much time in rolling through the micro-films. Late last night thought I had found the son of our airman, living locally, right name etc. Unfortunately different family. Aaah well, onwards and upwards as they say. Travelled the road of the family home many times. Presumably the term 'Cadet' infers he was indeed a pilot under training.
    Again, many thanks.
    Stewart

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    Always worth searching the archives on the forum, he was included on the unaccounted air men thread for that date

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...rmen-13-6-1944

    The GRO overseas deaths registyer listed him with 2 AS, or 2 Air School, which
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...n_South_Africa

    And Ross has a great index to the ORB's from AIR54 at this link


    http://www.rafcommands.com/saaf/saaf...-organisation/

    But, seems like there is a lack of anything recorded for 1944 after February!!
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 14th October 2021 at 14:27.
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    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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