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Henk Welting
11th July 2008, 15:33
What caused the death of and/or what were the places of death registration for:

AC1 George H. FAIRCLOUGH - 623511 - not found Flight archives.
AC2 Frank A. HANLON - 1359002 - killed on active service.
AC2 John E. JONES - 1104177 - killed on active service.
AC2 Henry G. KEIR - 1058773 - died of wounds or injuries received on active service.

No proposed aircaft loss.
Regards and thanks for your help.

11th July 2008, 16:14
Hi Henk
George Fairclough,19, is registered at Wallasey, also registered is a George R Fairclough,52 and that name appears among the younger man's Family details on CWGC. It suggests possible air raid victims.A similar idea applies to Frank Hanlon,27 who is registered at Manchester. A Joan Hanlon is also registered and is on CWGC as the wife of Frank (who also died in the same incident) There is also a Madeline ,5, recorded, but she does not appear on CWGC.
Both Jones 20, and Keir 19, are recorded in Birkenhead. All these places are quite close together, particularly Birkenhead and Wallasey which are just opposite Liverpool. See if there were Air raids in that part of N W England
Edit-Ive looked at the Hanlons again and there is an additional Civilian Death on CWGC at the same address as Frank and Joan, Harriet Hanlon,52,but nothing to confirm Madeline and a Harold Hanlon,37 as being members of the same family

Henk Welting
13th July 2008, 11:55
Thanks Dick for this helpful info.
Where could I find more on air raids by the Germans on UK ? Only know website http://www.raf.mod.uk/Bob1940 where info is available on air raids during July and October 1940.
Best regards,

13th July 2008, 14:09
Hi Henk
I don't know of a website either but I do have a book on the London raids and it records the fact of major raids elsewhere as well. There were heavy raids on Merseyside on 21&22/12/40( ie Liverpool, Birkenhead and Wallasey that lie directly opposite each other across the Mersey river estuary with docks and moored shipping at the start/finish of Atlantic Convoys) and major raids on Manchester on 22&23/12/40, so you are well provided with likely incidents and they are all close enough together that poor navigation to one could result in bombs falling on one of the others.

Henk Welting
13th July 2008, 14:34
Thanks Dick for this additional info.

Andy Ingham
13th July 2008, 17:25
A start, there are details of air raids in South Wales at this site.

Henk Welting
14th July 2008, 10:15
Thanks Andy. Meanwhile found more on Google looking for 'air raids' - 'Luftwaffe' - 'U.K.'. However one has to know a bit more from the UK-geography than we over here on the continent !!

27th June 2017, 16:16
I have a list of people killed in the Manchester Raid. I will check it for AC2 Hanlon. Unfortunately not all the victims were identified. If the Hanlons are not on the list I will enquire further. For more information on the Manchester Raid I have just posted in another thread

27th June 2017, 18:50
Having checked my records , I only have Chorlton on Medlock about 100 of the 700 casualties. I will forward the names to Manchester to check the complete record

28th June 2017, 14:33
I regret to say that AC 2 Frank A Hanlon 1359002 died on the night of the 22 nd Dec 1940. He was in 4 Livingstone street Chorlton on Medlock. His mother and father were both killed at the same time. May they rest in Peace. His grave may be found in Southern Cemetary Manchester. Further enquiries contact me. Please remove him from the missing, he has been found

19th April 2022, 20:51
John Edward Jones 1104177 , attached to RAF Hooton Park , was killed at SHQ Hooton Park in an air raid

19th April 2022, 20:53
Henry Gray Keir 1058773 , attached to RAF Hooton Park, was killed in an air raid near the station

2nd August 2022, 21:01
Archibald Payne Milk 545929 , attached to AHQ Aden , was taken dangerously ill with pyrexia of an unknown origin on 14 December which developed into fever on 15 December and he died of malignant tertian malaria

Alex Smart
14th October 2022, 20:41

401222 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22-12-1940

From Henk's List -

HUTTON, Ronald Pepperell - AIR Mechanic - 98374 - SAAF.
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery, Western Cape, South Africa.
Fell of a cliff at Table Mountain.

MILK, Archibald Payne - Sgt - 545929 - RAF - MiD.
Maala Cemetery, Yemen.
Taken ill on the 14th, died of Malignant Tertian Malaria.

BAKER, Charles Henry - AC1c - 852052 - RAF (AAF) - 917 Balloon Sqdn.
Stoke(St.Michael) Churchyard, Warwickshire.
Cause of death ?
Database Relevance of Air81/465 in connectionwiththis airman ?

FAIRCLOUGH, George Henry - AC1c - 632511 - RAF.
Wallasey (Rake Lane) Cemetery, Cheshire.
Killed in an Air Raid. Details ?

HANLON, Frank Alexander - AC2c - 1359002 - RAFVR.
Lymm (Higher Lane) Baptist Chapelyard, Cheshire.
Killed in an Air Raid while at home. His parents were also killed.

JONES, John Edward - AC2c - 1104177 - RAFVR.
Bebington Cemetery, Cheshire.
Killed in an Air Raid on SHQ, Hooton Park.

KEIR, Henry Gray - AC2c - 1058773 - RAFVR.
Dunfermline Cemetery, Fifeshire.
Killed in an Air Raid near Hooton Park.

From CWGC -

JEWITT, Robson Thomas - Sgt - R/69610 - RCAF.
Shelburne Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.
Finch - 4441 - 1 EFTS.

BROOKER, Bertram Alfred Charles - Sgt - 616564 - RAF.
MILES, Peter Fenton - F/O - 74338 - RAFVR.
MOIR, Francis Gartly - Sgt - 755242 - RAFVR.
SARGEANT, Alfred Llewellyn - Sgt - 528626 - RAF.
These four airmen are commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
They were crew of Blenheim I - L8471 - 84 Sqdn.

RITCHIE, Alfred Henry - Sgt - 40207 - RNZAF.
Therouldeville Churchyard, Seine-Maritime, France.
Wellington Ic - T2474 - 75 Sqdn.

JONES, Leslie James - AIR Mechanic 1c - FX.75472 - HMS Ark Royal - RN.
Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, Gibraltar.
Died aged 23 years. Cause ?

DOCKER, John - Sgt - 938826 - RAFVR.
Carlisle (Upperby) Cemetery, Cumberland.
GAPP, James Frederick (Jimmy) - Sgt - 745876 - RAFVR.
St.Mary Cray Cemetery, Kent.
HARRISON, Robert Norman - Sgt - 741615 - RAFVR.
Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium, Middlesex.
HOLKER, Maurice - Sgt - 968318 - RAFVR.
Deane ( St.Mary) Churchyard, Lancashire.
NICHOLS, Leslie William - Sgt - 902486 - RAFVR.
Willesborough Cemetery, Kent.
RILEY, William - Sgt - 966315 - RAFVR.
Oystermouth Cemetery, Glamorganshire.
These six airmen were crew of Wellington I - L7799 - 9 Sqdn.

FLEWELLING, Ross Leslie (Canadian) - P/O - 42703 - RAF.
Leeming (St.John the Baptist) Churchyard, Yorkshire.
Whitley V - P4994 - 10 Sqdn.

CRUISE, Arthur - Sgt - 746758 - RAFVR.
Luton General Cemetery, Bedfordshire.
DALES, Jack Haverfield - P/O - 85015 - RAFVR.
Fulford Cemetery, Yorkshire.
ROMBACH, Charles Sutherland - P/O - 87344 - RAFVR.
Glasgow (Riddrie Park) Cemetery, Glasgow.
SQUIRE, Lawrence Francis - P/O - 86724 - RAFVR.
Luton Church Burial Ground, Bedfordshire.
These four airmen were crew of Blenheim IV - L4896 - 17 OTU.

NEWMAN, Alexander - Sgt - 515013 - RAF.
Islington Cemetery and Crematorium, Middlesex.
SOUTHALL, George - Sgt - 938291 - RAFVR.
Penn Fields ( St.Philip ) Churchyard, Staffordshire.
These two airmen were crew of Blenheim I - L6686 - 23 Sqdn.

HOWES, Harold Norman - Sgt - 740896 - RAFVR - DFM.
Rainham (St.Margaret) Churchyard, Kent.
Hurricane I - V6679 - 85 Sqdn.

DRAKE, Basil - Sgt - 581325 - RAF.
HENRY, Roy Frederick - Sgt - 627041 - RAF.
LITTLE, Wilfred Richard James - Sgt - 539889 - RAF - MiD.
RICHARDSON, James Alan - F/Lt - 37576 - RAF.
These four airmen are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
They were crew of Beaufort I - L9890 - 42 Sqdn.


Andy Marden
15th October 2022, 10:21
BAKER, Charles Henry - AC1c - 852052 - RAF (AAF) - 917 Balloon Sqdn.
Stoke(St.Michael) Churchyard, Warwickshire.
Cause of death ?
Database Relevance of Air81/465 in connectionwiththis airman ?

Thanks for pointing this out, that link does indeed need removing.
Don't think I can do that, so over to Jagan...

15th October 2022, 11:19

BAKER, Charles Henry - AC1c - 852052 - RAF (AAF) - 917 Balloon Sqdn

The Coventry Standard of December 28th 1940 reported:

Charles Henry Baker (41) was killed instantly on Saturday night when he was struck by a car driven by Bernard G. Lovell, 51, Common Lane, Kenilworth, a special constable.
The accident happened in Warwick Road and Lovell said at the inquest on Thursday he had been on duty all night and was driving away from the city. The night was very dark.
A verdict of "Accidental death" was recorded, and death was due to a fractured base of the skull.

The Coventry Telegraph of December 23rd 1940 had reported the accident, and mentions that Baker was in the R.A.F. and his home was in North Street, Coventry.

JONES, Leslie James - AIR Mechanic 1c - FX.75472 - HMS Ark Royal - RN - ADM 104 records that he died in the Military Hospital, Gibraltar, due to "meningitis; metastatic abscess in the left lobe of the cerebellum, sequalae to carbuncle of kidney."



Alex Smart
15th October 2022, 13:18
Thank you Andy and Simon,
I could not see a connection to the AIR81 document and BAKER, so that's why I noted it in my post.
Also thanks for the cause of death for JONES.
As an aside I am surprised to see the death certificate of her late Majesty as "old age". To me this opens the door to many questionable deaths.
My friend locally lost his mother who passed away in a local care home. The death certificate gave "old age" as reason for her death. However the local Registrar refused to accept the certificate so my friend had to get the doctor to make out a detailed cause of death noteing detailed medical causes. This was done and cost my friend a considerable amount of money that the doctor charged. The Registrar accepted the detailed document without question.
My thoughts are that the late Queens doctor may inadvertently given a green light to those who may for questionable reasons may just want "old age" as cause of death to ease their paths to maybe financial or property gain. A very dangerous mistake by the Queen doctor .


15th October 2022, 15:11
Old age is not a recognised cause of death. Everyone dies of something. Even “ heart failure “ would be more accurate as that’s what ultimately kills everyone. I suspect the Queen’s death cert cause is to stop everyone ordering it from the GRO

Alex Smart
26th April 2023, 00:13
Old age is not a recognised cause of death.
See the late Queen Elizabeth 's death certificate :)