Thanks Dave. Will amend my files.
The death of Francis Beech Harris is registered at Elgin Register Office. Cause of death is given as 'fractured skull, cerebral haemorrhage (accident)'.
Place of death 'Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin'.
It looks as though he was based at Lossiemouth as he lived in the village and the report came from the assistant adj. of that station.
Thanks Dave. Will amend my files.
Stone confirmed killed in Air Raid - "United in Effort" Story of 53 Sq. Jack Manson Air Britain
Do we have any more on Riggs? I'm quite lost in looking for him. He's got to be 30 years old or so in 1940, which has me looking in all directions, pre-war. Any leads on the possibility he was in Canada, early 30's? hockey, Irish-Scots before UK?
But you said he died in 1931 on this thread? http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ed-29-Aug-1942
perhaps you might explain in detail what it is and who you are looking for?
The George E Riggs about can be seen on CWGC website same as all the other Riggs from Commonwealth nations?
Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
I was looking at that name, also. My problem is all I have to go on is a visit overseas during pregnancy, my Dad born Feb., 1932; report of "Bud" having been 'shot down' - which could have been family contrivance, I suppose if they found him married, or something. Was it Egypt there would have been enemy fire at that time? The only thing I know for sure was he was involved with this Scots-Canadian , hockey playing family around '31 - in Winnipeg, Manitoba! The other part of the story is that he was Irish. Thanks for your interest,
F/O Peter D.L. YORKE - 31255 - is regd as died in Bromley in Q3 1940 under Peter D Leigh (his full name being Peter Desmond Leigh Yorke)
His address on Probate is shown as Biggin Hill Aerodrome.
A newspaper obituary shows 'as a result of enemy action'
Also on this day - AC1 Thomas Joseph Baron - 638908.
Listed as DOAS in Flight.
AIRCRAFTMAN’S FATE Killed by Bullet Which Penetrated Ceiling A verdict of death from haemorrhage as
a result of laceration of a main artery by a bullet accidentally discharged from a rifle, in Strabane on Saturday, on Aircraftman Thomas Barron. Gunner Edward Leslie Parsons, Royal Artillery, said that when he came ofl duty at 4 a.m. on Friday he removed the magazine of his rifle and, thinking it was unloaded, pressed the trigger. The rifle was pointing at the ceiling ...
... Lance Bombadier Leonard George Barron said that he heard Parsons doing something to his rifle, and im mediately afterwards he heard a shot. Upstairs he heard kicking and moaning. He rushed upstairs and saw Aircraftman Barron wriggling on the floor.
Monday 02 September 1940, Belfast News-Letter, Antrim, Northern Ireland
400830 - Unaccounted Airwoman & Airmen - 30-08-1940
From Henk's List -
BUTTON, Edna Lenna (Australian) - ACW1c - 886553 - WAAF.
St.Mary Cray Cemetery, Kent.
Killed in Air Raid on RAF Biggin Hill.
SANDO, Kenneth William - AC1c - 402796 - RNZAF.
Christchurch (Bromley) Cemetery, Christchurch City, New Zealand.
Cause of death ? CWGC has the 31-08-1940 ?
BARNETT, James - AC2c - 1352118 - RAFVR.
Ashburton (St.Andrew) Churchyard Extension, Devon.
CARTER, Deric Henry Mervyn - Lac - 511653 - RAF
Barking (Rippleside) Cemetery, Essex.
CRANE, Herbert - AC1c - 920940 - RAFVR.
Islington Cemetery and Crematorium, Middlesex.
CROSS, Richard Major - Lac - 65781 - RAF.
Aldershot Civil Cemetery, Hampshire.
HUDSON, Arthur - AC2c - 1103399 - RAFVR.
MOORS, Leonard - AC2c - 1011146 - RAFVR.
Mow Cop(St.Thomas) Churchyard, Staffordshire.
MURTON, Dennis William - AC2c - 961737 - RAFVR.
Tostock (St.Andrew) Churchyard, Suffolk.
RIGGS, George Edward - Lac - 743719 - RAFVR.
Luton General Cemetery, Bedfordshire.
VEAL, Edward Thomas - AC2c - 813038 z RAF (AAF).
Biggin Hill Cemetery, Kent.
WREN, Victor Albert Lane - AC1c - 113797 - RAF.
Barkingside Cemetery, Ilford, Essex.
ROBERTS, Norman Arthur - Civilian.
Orpington Urban District, Kent(But,St.Mary Cray Cemetery,Kent ?).
BUTTFIELD, Edwin Henry Frederick - Lac - 753562 - RAFVR.
City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park, Essex.
BURTON, Archibald Charles George - AC2c - 1255083 - RAFVR - 610 Sqn.
Eastbrookend(Dagenham) Cemetery, Essex.
SNADDON, William - AC2c - 995153 - RAFVR.
Alloa(Sunnyside) Cemetery, Clackmannanshire.
WHITFORD, John Leonard - AC2c - 1256603 - RAFVR.
Chingford Mount Cemetery, Essex.
WRIGHT, William - AC1c - 810068 - RAF (AAF) - 610 Sqn.(31-08-1940 ?).
Bebington Cemetery, Cheshire.
BAKER, Alfred - Cpl - 624349 - RAF.
BRUNNING, Thomas Charles Joseph - Lac - 753567 - RAFVR.
CLARK, Percy Cecil - Cpl - 343849 - RAF.
DYNING, James John Quiller (Bill) - Lac - 940164 - RAFVR.
EMERY, Douglas Arthur - AC2c - 958357 - RAFVR.
GEORGE, John Albert - AC1c - 907585 - RAFVR.
IMESON, Bertram Archibald George - Cpl - 514385 - RAF.
JACKSON, John Joseph - AC1c - 810029 - RAF (AAF) - 610 Sqn.
MUSGROVE, Joseph - AC2c - 958359 - RAFVR.
YORKE, Peter Desmond Leigh - F/O - 31255 - RAF.
MUMFORD, Walter Herbert Robert - Cpl - 85081 - RAF.
STOPHER, Eric Harry - AC2c - 964873 - RAFVR.
WHITE, Richard Wemyss - Cpl - 744489 - RAFVR.
The thirteen airmen listed above all rest at St.Mary Cray Cemetery, Kent.
The twentynine Airmen listed above were killed during an Air Raid on RAF Biggin Hill.
STICKLAND, Richard Francis - F/Sgt - 350903 - RAF.
Ryde Borough Cemetery, Isle of Wight.
Killed in an Air Raid on Queensferry while home on leave.
BARON, Thomas Joseph - AC1c - 638908 - RAF - 12 Sqn.
Great Harwood Cemetery, Lancashire.
Killed by accidental shooting by another airman.
STONE, Barrie - AC2c - 639515 - RAF - 53 Sqn.
Ryde Borough Cemetery, Isle of Wight.
Killed in an Air Raid on RAF Detling.
HARRIS, Francis Beach - F/Lt - 39231 - RAF.
Lossiemouth Burial Ground, Moray.
Magister I - T9754 - 22 OTU.
From CWGC -
TWEEDIE, Thomas - Lac - 404067 - RAAF.
Brisbane General (Toonong) Cemetery, Queensland, Australia.
Wirraway - A20-33 - 2 SFTS.
BEST, Herbert Henry - Sgt - 626342 - RAF.
HORSFALL, Alan Albert - Sgt - 580957 - RAF.
SKINNER, Eric William J - Sgt - 743057 - RAFVR.
SMETTEM, Kenneth Richard Killey - P/O - 41877 - RAF.
These four airmen rest at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.
They were crew of Hampden I - L4079 - 50 Sqn.
BENTHAM, Henry - Sgt - 552444 - RAF.
BERRY, Ernest Reginald - F/O - 39959 - RAF - Medal of the Royal Humane Society.
SULLY, Alfred Peter - Sgt - 581542 - RAF.
These three airmen rest at Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.
They were crew of Blenheim IV - N3620 - 107 Sqn.
BAINBRIDGE, George Henry - Sgt - 581078 - RAF.
CRAIGIE-HALKETT, Lionel Montague - F/O - 39066 - RAF.
CUNYNGHAME, Wilfred Bertram Stuart - P/O - 41560 - RAF.
HALDANE, Sydney John - Sgt - 551723 - RAF.
MERRYWEATHER, George Edward - Sgt - 547673 - RAF.
PUZEY, Arthur Burnham - Sgt - 755485 - RAFVR.
These six airmen rest at Zelhem(Halle) Protestant Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.
They were crew of Wellington Ic - T2559 - 214 Sqn.
RYNHOUD, Douglas Haig Vaughan - Air Cpl - P/5339 - SAAF.
Nairobi War Cemetery, Kenya.
Hartbees - 816 - 40 Sqn SAAF.
AYRES, William Arthur - Sgt - 610542 - RAF.
HESELTINE, Richard - Sgt - 563144 - RAF.
TOMPKINS, Reginald John - Sgt - 565827 - RAF.
These three airmen are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
They were crew of Blenheim I - L1545 - 60 Sqn.
EVANS, William Rupert - P/O - 78439 - RAFVR.
Southwick Cemetery, Sussex.
LITTLE, Frank - Sgt - 751534 - RAFVR.
Spondon Cemetery, Derbyshire.
WATT, John Archibald - Sgt - 755255 - RAFVR.
Edinburgh (Liberton) Cemetery, Edinburgh.
These three airmen were crew of Blenheim IV - L9326 - 40 Sqn.
DICKINSON, John Holt - Sgt - 740861 - RAFVR.
Egton (St.Mary) Churchyard, Lancashire.
Hurricane I - P3213 - 253 Sqn.
FRANCIS, Colin Dunstone - P/O - 42211 - RAF.
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.
Hurricane I - L1965 - 253 Sqn.
GMUR, Feliks - Kapral(Sgt) - P/780678 - PAF.
Epping Cemetery, Essex.
Hurricane I - R4213 - 151Sqn.
JENKINS, David Nicholas Owen - P/O - 41930 - RAF.
Bagendon (St.Margaret) Churchyard, Gloucestershire.
Hurricane I - P3921 - 253 Sqn.
KING, Eric Bruce - Sqn/Ldr - 32199 - RAF.
Highgate Cemetery, London.
Hurricane I - V7369 - 151Sqn.
NOBLE, Dennis - Sgt - 742128 - RAFVR.
East Retford Cemetery, Nottinghamshire.
Hurricane I - P3179 - 43 Sqn.
GRAVES, Edward Arthur - Sgt - 632826 - RAF.
Eastbourne (Langney) Cemetery, Sussex.
PRIESTLEY, John Sinclaire - P/O - 39934 - RNZAF.
Great Bircham (St.Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk.
These two airmen were crew of Blenheim IV - L9262 - 235 Sqn.
BELL, John Swift - F/O - 90051 - RAF (AAF) - MiD.
Lincoln (Eastgate)(Or St.Peter's) Cemetery, Lincolnshire.
Spitfire Ia - X4248 - 616 Sqn.
JOHNSON, Joseph Inkerman - Sgt - 520406 - RAF.
Towcester Cemetery, Northamptonshire.
Spitfire Ia - R6628 - 222 Sqn.
BURDEN, Richard Colin - LA - FX.77610 - HMS Condor - RN.
Christchurch Cemetery, Hampshire.
HARE, James Charles - LA - FX.77594 - HMS Shark II - RN.
WILLIAMSON, Ian George - Lt(A) - HMS Daedalus - RNVR.
These two Naval Airmen rest at Arbroath Western Cemetery, Angus.
The three Naval Airmen were crew of Shark II - K8913 - 753 Sqn FAA, RN.
ANTHONY, Georg - GAF.
Hitchin Cemetery, Hertfordshire.
ECKERT, Fritz - GAF.
Margate Cemetery, Kent.
WAGNER, Heinz - GAF.
RAUSCHERT, Karl-Heinz - GAF.
STAHLBERG, Guenter - GAF.
DYROFF, Karl - GAF.
DIETRICH, Thomas - GAF.
FISCHER, Otto - GAF.
HEIMEL, Karl, Dr - GAF.
SCHMIDT, Adolf - GAF.
MALBECK, Guenther - GAF.
WAECHTER, Paul - GAF.
ZINNOEGGER, Rudolf - GAF.
HARBAUER, Karl-Heinz Johann Moaitz Georg - GAF.
HORNIG, Walter- GAF.
REIS, Walter - GAF.
REIS, Fritz - GAF.
SAAM, Adolf - GAF.
SCHULDT, Adolf - GAF.
STILP, Leo - GAF.
KUENHEIM, Ernst Erhard Vov - GAF.
These nineteen German airmen rest at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire.
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UK - WAAF.
886553 ACW1 Edna Lenna BUTTON WAAF, was an Australian (she spent some time in New Zealand, pre-war), born in Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia in 1901. ACW1 Button, a Medical Orderly, is believed to have been the first Australian servicewoman killed on Active Service in WW2.
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