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    Default Corporal Jean Wallace, W.A.A.F.

    Some time ago I received a photograph of Torpican & Westfield Church, West Lothian plus the photograph of the 1939-1945 War Memorial plaque attached to the church with the above unfortunate ladies name thereon. There was no CWGC Commemoration Certificate for her so her sparse profile was placed in my non-coms file.

    Suddenly, on another forum, there is now the request from a lady for information regarding this WAAF as she believes that she may be a relative. I have initially advised her on seeking further information so that I can pursue some research.

    In the meantime is it possible that someone may have any details of a Corporal Jean Wallace, WAAF who died during WW2 (date unknown) that would assist in further research.

    Be most grateful for any tit-bit that anybody can offer.

    Tony

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    What's intriguing about the plaque is that it says "WRAF" rather than "WAAF". The Women's Royal Air Force was disbanded in 1920.

    http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic2754.html&highlight=torphichen

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    Amrit

    Yes, I was aware but have assumed (what one shouldn't do in research) that this was an error by relative, stonemason, or whoever but I am keeping an open mind on the fact that she may have been an ex-WW I WRAF who died in WW2 and the family put her name forward when the memorial was planned. will see how the research goes.

    Didn't want to confuse this enquiry.

    Cheers

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amrit View Post
    What's intriguing about the plaque is that it says "WRAF" rather than "WAAF". The Women's Royal Air Force was disbanded in 1920.

    http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic2754.html&highlight=torphichen

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    However the WRAF was reformed (from the WAAF) in 1949. Two conclusions spring to mind; was the plaque made after this date or did the lady die after this date?

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    If she had died post-1947, and in service, she would be on the Armed Forces Roll of Honour database - and she is not:

    http://www.forcesmemorial.org.uk/roll-of-honour.asp

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