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    Im trying to find some war time information for a friends grandad.

    He survived the war but never talked about it, he has since passed on and im trying to do abit research.

    the only details i have are his name Walter Mcternan and that he was apparently a rear gunner in a lanc and from Britain.

    without sending off for his personnel file yet im trying to find some info.

    Ive tried the gazette to look for awards but none found and havent found any info on line.

    Does anyone hold a list of lanc crew members perhaps?

    trying to see if i can turn up this mans sqn at least.

    cheers

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    I have a Walter McTernan born 1912 in teh 2nd quarter of 1912 in Newcastle on Tyhne registration district. Mothers maiden name Dobson.

    The same chap seems to turn up then in August 1929 on the vessel 'Montroyal', sailing from Liverpool to Montreal as part of a 'Catholic Emigration Party".

    Did your friends relation die in England or Canada? Might he have been in the Canadian Armed forces and are you certain that McTernan is the correct spelling of the surname.
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    He was from the North East.

    spot on dennis, just rang me mate and he forgot that he emigrated over to canada.

    He must of come back over with the RAF and then stayed in Britain.

    have you got any sqn info? was he classed as a Canadian crewman or british?

    neil

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    Nope, thats the limit of what I found from ancestry.com!
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    Cheers Dennis for the help.

    neil

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    Just a small observation:

    I have seen cases of persons born in the UK, emigrating to Canada before the war, and then turning up in the UK listed as a member of the RCAF.

    The same thing happened in the previous War, when a good chunk of the Canadian Army serving in France had actually been born in the UK.

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    yes ive also seen it happen with RAAF aswell.

    I suppose this will effect where we should apply for his personnel records aswell!

    im hoping i can find abit of info on his Sqn and find out which banner he was figting under.

    neil

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