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    According to CWGC F/L Ole Bechgaard (RAFVR, 107285) killed 7 October 1943 is buried at Catterick Cemetery, Nonconformist Sec. Row O.O. Grave 10.

    I have been looking for the date of birth of this man for some time (he was 31, when killed) mainly in order to establish his nationality. Some sources states he was Danish, others Swedish.

    I wondered if anyone would have notes on those buried at this cemetery.

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    Hi Mikkel
    Did you notice on the parents entry it says .Of Sweden. BSc. That may refer to him and not just his parents. It is quite common for CWGC to indicate country of origin for Non-Commonwealth personnel who enlist into the UK Armed services and are not part of an exiled Armed Service(whose personnel do not appear on the CWGC website) .They don't always know next-of-kin so the nationality can be a separate line, but in this case they clearly do.
    A look at http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2194343 will show what I mean where they don't show N-o-K. The individual was Lithuanian and was murdered after the Great Escape in 1944
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    I have Ole Bechgaard, as you say, as either Swedish or Danish.

    He was killed flying Beaufighter V8557, of 604 Sqdn based at Scorton when it spun into the ground whilst on an airtest half a mile south of Catterick airfield. I have two others being killed in the same incident but I do not know their names.

    Sorry I cant help to clarify his nationality though, regards Rich Allenby

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    Mikkel,

    have you seen the UK Passenger List on ancestry.com showing an Ole Bechgaard arriving in England from SA in 1932, states that person was:
    Embarked 3rd class at Mombasa, travelling onwards to Edinburgh, and under the column, "Country of which Citizen or Subject" its lists Sweden.


    Name: Ole Bechgaard
    Birth Date: abt 1912
    Age: 20
    Port of Departure: Durban, South Africa
    Arrival Date: 11 Oct 1932
    Port of Arrival: London, England
    Ports of Voyage: Beira, Lourenco Marques, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Port Sudan, Port Said, Palma, Gibraltar
    Ship Name: Llanstephan Castle
    Search Ship Database: View the 'Llanstephan Castle' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
    Shipping Line: The Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd.
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    Dick,
    I am aware of the "Of Sweden" entry, but since the uncertainty of the significance I would like to have other sources.

    Richard,
    Thanks for this piece of information.

    Dennis,
    I have this record too, which is why I lean towards F/L Bechgaard being Swedish. He had embarked in Mombasa, Kenya. A Kai Bechgaard takes the same trip in 1933. A far guess is that this might be a brother.

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    For Rich,

    using Geoff Sullivan's search engine,

    F/O Edward J JEFFERIES 129733 of 604 Squadron also died that day.

    Both he and Ole Bechgaard are registered in Wendsleydale district, both been given ages of 31. Checking to see if anyone else was registered there that time frame.
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    Dennis, many thanks for this info, another gap filled in for me.

    regards Rich

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    Mikkel,

    there is a oneworld tree entry for the following

    Ole Bechgaard
    Born 21 December 1912 in Dally , Sweden,
    parents

    Father: Paul Chr. BECHGAARD b: 25 Nov 1882 in Denmark
    Mother: Elisabeth Johanne HARMSEN b: 20 Jan 1883 in Undlose, Holbaek, Denmark

    There is a persons name associated with these entries so you could see if he is still active.

    The oneworld tree system is very very confusing in my mind.
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    Dennis
    Excellent, the info I was looking for.

    The parents are married in Mississippi in 1909 and live here in 1910 according to the US Census.

    Mikkel
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    Default Ole Bechgaard - Catterick Cemetery

    Ole Bechgaard was my husband's uncle. Ole and his brother Kai were born in Sweden but the family were Danish and later returned to Denmark and lived in/near Copenhagen. Their grandfather, Julius Bechgaard was a Danish composer - check out Wikipedia.

    Patricia Bechgaard

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