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    Default HURLEY, THOMAS KEVIN (Suicide) Flight Lieutenant 41420

    Looking for the following details.


    HURLEY, THOMAS KEVIN (Suicide) Flight Lieutenant 41420
    224sq 8/06/1943 RAF UK

    How can I find out where he is buried?

    Does his suicide (or the circumstances of) deny him his listing on the CWGC database?

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.



    Regards
    Peter

    PS.

    Just discovered that Hurley relinquished his Commision on grounds of ill health, so when died he was a civilian.
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    If the date above you present was the date of his death, then:

    There is a Thomas K Hurley age 28 registered in Gloucester Rural District, Vol. 6a pg 393

    I can't seem to find a suitable Irish or Eng/Wales birth in the 1914-1916 period.

    Gazette Issue 35983 published on the 16 April 1943. Page 5 of 10
    RESERVE OF AIR FORCE OFFICERS.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To relinquish their commns. on account of ill health and retain their ranks: —
    Flt. Lt. T. K. HURLEY (41420) relinquishes his commn. on account of ill-health, zoth Apr. 1943.
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    Looks like he was Australian.

    Here is a link to a his log book held by the Australian War Memorial.

    http://cas.awm.gov.au/privaterecord/PR00724

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    Dennis -Martyn

    Many thanks for your replies, a great help as always.

    Dennis, would the registration give the place place of burial?

    Regards
    Peter
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    In my experience it won;t but it might give an idea of what his address was at the time, where he was staying or similar.
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    Peter,

    I am aware of a senior RAF Liberator pilot who killed himself in 1945 at the end of, or perhaps close to the end of, his second tour of ops in the Far East. His squadron Operations Record Book records the details and the shock that was felt over the apparent suicide of a popular and highly respected skipper. He lies buried in Chittagong War Cemetery.

    I'm not sure if he would have been denied burial in a war cemetery back in the UK. His base was remotely located in India, so the burial may have been a pragmatic solution in a more problematic theater of war. I'd be curious to hear of other cases from Europe.

    Regards,

    Matt

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