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    Default Pilot KEATING - 24-10-1939

    In Dovercourt (All Saints) Churchyard, Harwich, Essex, lies buried with date of death 24-10-1939 and the remark "Trinity House Service":
    Pilot Stephen Patrick KEATING - age 42 (no rank, no servicenumber - however listed by the CWGC).
    Looking for more info on this airman and the instance "Trinity House Service". Fact that his name is listed by the CWGC means that he was involved in/working for a military organisation ?
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    Henk.

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    Henk

    Are you sure this is one of "yours"?

    Trinity House (as I understand it) are the lot who run things like lighthouses and lightships. Are you sure this guy is an aircraft pilot and not a (shipping) pilot? Although it does seem strange if he's listed by the CWGC but maybe he was lost on 'war work'?.

    Just a thought. Hope I'm not maling a complete twonk of myself!

    Ian

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    Ian might be on to something there (you may remove your 'twonk' label)!

    This site has him as a member of HM Coastguard
    http://www.twgpp.org/information.php?id=602200
    and says that he served in the Merchant Navy during the 1914-1918 war.

    A background to the Coastguard during the war can be found here
    http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-home/leisurenandtheseaside/mcga-education/mcga-history-hmcg/mcga-hmcg-warservice.htm

    CWGC entry has him as Lighthouse & Pilotage Authorities too.

    Name: KEATING, STEPHEN PATRICK Initials: S P Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Pilot Regiment/Service: Lighthouse and Pilotage Authorities Unit Text: Trinity House Service Age: 42 Date of Death: 24/10/1939 Additional information: Son of Ambrose Patrick and Agnes Ada Keating; husband of Agnes Mary Keating, of Dovercourt Bay. Also served in the Merchant Navy in the 1914-18 War. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Cemetery: DOVERCOURT (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD


    Hope that helps
    Linzee
    Last edited by Linzee; 19th December 2008 at 18:17. Reason: additional info

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    Hi Henk
    I think Trinity House is the clue. It was, and still is, the Organisation that provides, among other things, the personnel that guide ships into Harbour. The UK term for such a person has always been Pilot from before the time when man first flew.
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    Dick

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    Hi,
    His death was recorded at Spilsby, Lincolnshire, which is between 12-15 miles from the coast.

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    High tide?

    :-)

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    Thanks friends. KEATING being a "pilot" (in Dutch: "loods") nothing to do with my research on airmen; deleted his name from my db.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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