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Alex Smart
15th July 2017, 00:27

460415 - Unaccounted Airmen - 15-04-1946

From Henk's List -

RULE, R - LAC - 1173575 - RAFVR - 2844 RAF regiment - Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany.

APPLEBY, Walter Harry - AC1c - 1079595 - RAFVR - Kearsley Moor ( St. Stephen ) Churchyard Extension, Lancashire.
GAZE, John Thomas - AC2c - 1414309 - RAFVR - 994(Balloon) Sqdn - Pontypridd ( Glyntaff ) Cemetery, Glamorganshire.
JONES, John - Cpl - 961249 - RAFVR - Leek Cemetery, Staffordshire.
NICHOLSON, Harold George - Sgt - 520437 - RAF - Bristol ( Arnos Vale ) Cemetery, Gloucestershire.

From CWGC and Geoff's Sites -

GROVE, Reginald Frank Charles - Cpl - 20564 - RAAF - New South Wales Crematorium Memorial, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

KNUEPPEL, Ernst - GAF - Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire.


15th July 2017, 05:31


20564 Cpl Reginald Frank Charles GROVE RAAF.

20564 Cpl Reginald Frank Charles GROVE RAAF (ex-No.5 Aircraft Depot, Wagga, NSW), was discharged from the RAAF on 30 October, 1945. He died of an unspecified illness in New South Wales, on 15 April, 1946. Grove had served in the 1st AIF during the Great War.


15th July 2017, 11:02

RULE, R - LAC - 1173575 - Robin RULE, 2844 Sqn

APPLEBY, Walter Harry - AC1c - 1079595 - the Lincolnshire Echo of April 17th 1946 reported the following:

Suicide a Month Before Demob

Worried About Health

A young airman's 26-year-old widow told the Coroner at an inquest at Waddington R.A.F. station yesterday, that he husband, who was found hanging at the station on Monday, a few hours after returning from leave, had the idea that there was something wrong with his health.
A verdict that the airman, Acm. Walter Harry Appleby (23), of Carter Street, Kearsley, near Bolton, took his life while the balance of his mind was disturbed, was recorded by the Lincolnshire South District Coroner (Major W. P. Pattinson).
The widow, Vera Appleby, said that her husband only recently returned from the Azores, where he served with the R.A.F. for three months. He suffered from dysentery in the Azores and on his return was much thinner. The climate did not suit him. When he was home at the weekend he had no appetite.
Summing up, the Coroner said he knew the feeling on returning from leave, and if Appleby was depressed and imagined himself to be ill, he must have given way to this feeling.

GAZE, John Thomas - AC2c - 1414309 - registered Pontypridd

JONES, John - Cpl - 961249 - registered Leek

NICHOLSON, Harold George - Sgt - 520437 - the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.



3rd August 2022, 08:31
Robin Rule 1173575 , attached to 2844 Squadron RAF Regiment, died in Number 94 British general hospital at 01:00 Hours of self inflicted Bullet wounds to the chest and spine sustained at RAF Luneburg

2nd June 2023, 08:55
John Thomas Gaze 1411309 | A medically discharged airman at the time of his death, described as a coal heaver, died at 1 Upper Alma Terrace, Pontypridd, of tabes mesentrica and pulmonary tuberculosis

This information was obtained from the purchase of a GRO Death certificate by myself