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1939-1945

 

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Armstrong,
Helen Mary
(Miss)
H.M. Armstrong

Married ...; ... children (one daughter?)
05.11.1918
-
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 20.05.1942 [4640]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob) 20.11.1942 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Flight Offr.)
20.05.1942     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
       

 
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Barnish,
Mary Meacham
(Miss)
M.M. Barnish (Photo courtesy of Mrs Janet Gunn) M.M. Barnish
Daughter of Croudson William "Billy" Barnish, and Hilda Isabel Meacham (1891-1921).
Married (09.1944) F/Lt. Arthur Frank King, RAFVR; three sons.
02.04.1917
Birkenhead district, Cheshire / Merseyside
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20.09.1995
Cape Town, South Africa
Aircraftwoman 2nd class ? [891119]
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 25.01.1941 [1569]
Asst.Sec.Offr. 25.01.1942
(WS) Sec.Offr. 01.07.1942 (reld 14.07.1944)
25.01.1941     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
Bastedo,
Liberiana Dorina
"Lucy"
(Mrs)
see: Golden,
Liberiana Dorina
"Lucy"
(Miss)
 
Boyer,
Jean Anne [Forbes]
(Mrs)
see: Sankey,
Jean Anne [Forbes]

(Miss)
 
       

 
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Cooper,
Beatrice Patience Gwendoline (née Stewart-Black)
(Mrs)
B.P.G. Cooper (Photo courtesy of Mrs Caroline Seville)
Daughter of John Stewart-Black (1865-1929), judicial advisor to the Siamese Government 1902-1910, and Edith Mary Gwendoline Moore (1876-1952).
Married ((09?).1935, Cambridge district, Cambridgeshire) Maj. Eric Holmes Cooper, RASC (1914-1991); no children.
19.08.1910
Kensington district, London
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01.1992
Hillingdon district, Middlesex
Sgt. ? [882332]
Asst.Sec.Offr. 17.06.1940 [698]
(T) Sec.Offr. 01.02.1942
(T) Flt.Offr. 01.06.1942
(T) Sq.Offr. 01.01.1945
28.06.1939     enlisted, WAAF
09.1939 - 06.1940 Section Leader (Sgt.), RAF Station Filton (501 Squadron)
17.06.1940     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
18.06.1940 - 02.07.1940 attended RAF School of Administration (Gerrards Cross)
02.07.1940 - 14.07.1940 RAF Station Benson, Oxfordshire (Bomber Flying Training School)
14.07.1940 - 29.07.1940 RAF Station Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire (Bomber Elementary Flying Training School)
29.07.1940 - 12.02.1941 RAF Station Halton, Buckinghamshire (No. 1 School of Technical Training)
12.02.1941 - 09.1941 RAF Station Hullavington, Wiltshire (Elementary Flying Training School)
09.1941 - 02.1943 RAF Station Hemswell, Lincolnshire (301 & 303 Bomber Squadrons RAF)
02.1943 - 05.1944 RAF Station Henlow, Bedfordshire (14 Maintenance Unit)
05.1944 - 10.1945 RAF Station Benson (Coastal Command, No. 106 (Photo Reconnaissance) Group)
Craig,
Mrs Dorothy
see: Robson,
Miss Dorothy
 
Crispin,
Nicolina Josephine
(Miss)
N.J. Crispin
Elder daughter of Gerald Charles Johnston Crispin (1873-1954), and Dorothy Grace Wallace (1887-1977), of The Lodge, Hythe, Kent.
Married (02.11.1946, St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Folkestone district, Kent) Maj. Gerald Henry Wilford, MC, TD, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (1903 - 1978), second son of Capt. & Mrs T.H. Wilford, of The Moat, Gravetye, East Grinstead, Sussex.
24.06.1911
Kensington, London
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01.1997
Winchester district, Hampshire
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 10.02.1943 [6539]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob) 10.08.1943 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Flt.Offr.)
10.02.1943     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
       

 
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Davenport,
Kathleen Mary
(Miss)
K.M. Davenport
Only daughter of Mr Arthur Davenport, of East Coker, Somerset, and step-daughter of Mrs A. Davenport.
Married ((09?).1946, Chard district, Devon / Dorset / Somerset; divorced 1950s) Lt. Peter Stirling Castle, RNVR (07.09.1920 - ), youngest son of Lionel Edgar Victor Castle (1884-1950), and Mrs Castle, of Port Isaac, Cornwall.
?
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26.07.2011
Whitton, Richmond upon Thames
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 22.08.1945 [8475]
(WS) Sec.Offr. 22.02.1946 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sec.Offr.)
22.08.1945     commissioned, WAAF (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
       

 
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Fildes,
Janet Goscombe
(Miss)
J.G. Fildes (Photo courtesy of Mr James McConnan)
Daughter of Mr & Mrs Luke V. Fildes, of St John's Wood, London NW8.
Married 1st (04.09.1942, St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace, London; marriage dissolved) Lt.Cdr. (S) Charles Kenneth McConnan, RNVR (09.02.1915 - 17.10.1986), only son of Dr. James McConnan, PhD, BSc, and Gladys Gibson, of Waterloo, Liverpool; one son.
Married 2nd ((03?).1953, St Marylebone district, London) Lt. Trevor Hamilton Pemberton, South Wales Borderes, then Royal Signals, then Army Catering Corps (30.03.1918 - (03?).1979).
(03?).1921
Wirral district, Cheshire
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Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 01.09.1941 [2873]
(WS) Sec.Offr. 01.09.1942 (reld 25.10.1943)
01.09.1941     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
       

 
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Golden,
Liberiana Dorina
"Lucy" / "Riana"
(Miss)
H.M. Armstrong

Married ((06?).1945, Hove district, Sussex) Gilbert Lendon Bastedo (15.09.1915 - 27.01.1985); two daughters, one son.
25.05.1917
Canada?
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03.2001
Chichester district, Sussex
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 16.02.1944 [7264]
(WS) Sec.Offr. 16.08.1944 (reld 17.10.1945; retaining rank of Sec.Offr.)
16.02.1944     commissioned, WAAF (Meteorological Branch) [emergency commission]
Gordon-Wilson,
Marjory Fraser
(Mrs)
see: Ralston,
Marjory Fraser
(Miss)
 
       

 
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Hemelryk,
Mary Elizabeth
(Miss)
M.E. Hemelryk
Daughter (with two brothers and four sisters) of Lt.Col. George Edward Hemelryk, OBE, JP (1881-1967), and Elizabeth Mary Smith (?-1943), of Dyserth, Flintshire, Wales.
Sister of  Maj. Joseph Hemelryk, Canadian Infantry Corps, Lt. George Hemelryk, Mary Bertha Hemelryk, ATS, and Mary Margaret Hemelryk, ATS.
21.04.1909
Eton district, Buckinghamshire
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01.1989
Glyndwr district, Clwyd, Wales
Aircraftwoman 2nd cl. ? [892029]
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 17.03.1941 [1763]
Asst.Sec.Offr. 17.03.1942
(WS) Sec.Offr. 01.07.1942
(A) Flt.Offr. ?
(T) Flt.Offr. 01.07.1944
Flt.Offr. 16.08.1948, seniority 29.05.1947
Mention in Despatches MID 17.09.1943 ?
17.03.1941     commissioned, WAAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
16.08.1948     extended service commission, WAAF (Secretarial Branch)
       

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Loveless,
Veronica Mary Alison
(Miss)
V.M.A. Loveless
Daughter of ... Loveless, and ... Bertram-Bussell.
Married ((03?).1972, Richmond district, North Riding of Yorkshire) Frank C. Challenger.
(06?).1922
Stockbridge district, Hampshire
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Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 08.12.1943 [7047]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob.) 08.06.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sec.Offr.)
08.12.1943     commissioned, WAAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
       

 
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Man,
Margaret Mavis
(Miss)
M.M. Man
Granddaughter of Capt. Joseph Man, CMG, OBE, RN (1867-1951).
Married (± 1944) ... Sims.
± 1920 ?
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Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob)
20.05.1942 [4664]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob.)
20.11.1942 (reld 01.08.1944)
20.05.1942


commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
Masterman,
Margaret Diamond
"Peter"
(Miss)
M.D. Masterman (Photo courtesy of Mr John Aylwin)
Youngest daughter (with one brother and two sisters) of A/Cdre. Edward Alexander Dimsdale Masterman, RAF (1880-1957), and Heather Frances Gregg (1881-1963), of The Firs, Hook, Basingstoke
Married (05.07.1946, St John's Church, Hook, Aldershot district, Hampshire) Capt. (later Maj.) Claude Derek Lawrence Aylwin, RM (09.02.1915 - 03.03.1988); one son.
06.02.1916
Paddington district, London
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25.06.1993
Brsitol district, Gloucestershire
Clerk 09.07.1940
Sgt. 03.02.1941?
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 20.10.1941 [3615]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob.) 01.10.1942 (emgcy list; reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Flt.Offr.)
(T) Flt.Offr. 09.06.1943
09.07.1940     enlisted WAAF as Clerk on General Duties
09.07.1940    

posted to RAF St Athan (worked for Free French and Belgian Air Forces, then for W/Cdr. Elliott and later for W/Cdr. Rodwell)

03.02.1941     posted to Kent
25.06.1941     posted to Air Ministry (worked for F/Lt. J.W. Davies)
20.10.1941     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
      worked for Sq.Ldr. Ricketts (went with him to Allied Expeditionary Air Force at Stanmore from 15.5.44 to 15.6.44)
McConnan,
Janet Goscombe
(Mrs)
see: Fildes,
Janet Goscombe
(Miss)
 
Mortimore,
Patricia Winifred
(Miss)
P.W. Mortimore
Daughter of William Burnham Mortimore, and Winifred F.P. Godfrey.
Married 1st (1947/48?) W/Cdr. David N. Fearon.
Married 2nd (1979) Air Marshal Sir Leslie William Clement Bower (11.07.1909 - 17.02.1991).
(06?).1925
Isle of Wight
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Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob)
28.10.1942 [6073]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob.)
28.04.1943
Sec.Offr.
03.07.1947, seniority 28.04.1943 (transferred to reserve 01.09.1948; retaining rank of Flight Officer)
28.10.1942


commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
03.07.1947


extended service commission, WAAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
24.12.1947
 
 
transferred, Secretarial Branch
Possibly emigrated to Canada, c. 1991.
       

 
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Oliver,
Violet Mary
"Vicky"
(Miss)
V.M. Oliver
Married ((03?).1952, Westminster district, London) W/Cdr. Clive Vernon Beadon, DFC, RAF (1919-1996).
(09?).1909 ?
Dover district, Kent ?
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29.11.1964
hospital, RAF Uxbridge, Middlesex (formerly of Mortimer, Berkshire)
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 28.10.1942, seniority 16.09.1942 [6097]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob.) 28.04.1943, seniority 16.03.1943 (emgcy list) (retd 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Flight Officer)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.01.1945 New Year 45
Mention in Despatches MID 14.01.1944 ?
28.10.1942     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
(1945)     aide to the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East (Changi, Ceylon)
       

 
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Powell,
Brenda Megan
(Miss)
B.M. Powell
Daughter (with three brothers and one sister) of W/Cdr. Frank James Bickley Powell, MBE, RAF (1885-1959), and Susanne Burns.
Sister of Lt. Brian L. Powell, Indian Army, Maj. Peter L. Powell, RAOC, and P/O David E.F. Powell, RAF.
Married (15.01.1945, St Luke's, Chelsea) A/Cdre. (later Air Chief Marshal Sir) Kenneth B.B. Cross, RAF (04.10.1911 - 18.06.2003), eldest son of Pembroke Henry Cokayne Cross (1884-1964), chartered surveyor, and Jeanie Boyd (1888-1944), of Hayling Island, Hampshire; two sons, one daughter.
28.09.1917
Chertsey district, Surrey
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04.09.1991
Westminster district, London
(murdered in the antiques shop where she was working)
Cpl. ? [886818]
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 30.06.1941 [2177]
(WS) Sec.Offr. 01.07.1942
(T) Flt.Offr. 01.01.1945 (reld 02.04.1945)
30.06.1941     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
(1944)     served Air Ministry war room
       

 
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Ralston,
Marjory Fraser
(Miss)
M.M. Man
Daughter of William Henry Ralston, and Marjory Isobel Mayhew.
Married ((03?).1944, Kensington district, London) Capt. Clifford Gordon Gordon-Wilson, RAMC, MRCP; two daughters (a twin).
19.12.1909
Teesdale district, Co. Durham / North Riding of Yorkshire
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14.07.2010
Birtley House Nursing Home, Bramley, Surrey
Cpl. ? [883633]
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 18.04.1940 [562]
(T) Sec.Offr. 01.02.1942
(T) Flt.Offr. 01.06.1942
(T) Sqn.Offr. 01.07.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954)
Krzyż Zasługi - Gold Cross of Merit (Poland) KZ 05.07.1945 valuable service to the Polish Air Force
18.04.1940     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
      part of the service spent at Royal Air Force Station Lindholme and RAF Air Force Station Syerston; also in Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Robson,
Dorothy
(Miss)
D. Robson
Younger daughter of Thomas Nixon Robson (1877-1954), and Marguerite Grey Murphy, of Roker, Sunderland.
Married  (02.03.1945, Greyfriars Church, Dumfries) W/Cdr. William Nicholas Craig, RAFVR, elder son of the Rev. & Mrs William Craig, BD, of The Manse, Fortrose, Ross-shire; one daughter.
27.02.1916
Sunderland
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01.2004
Watford district, Hertfordshire
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 28.06.1944 [7625]
(WS) Sec.Offr. 28.12.1944
1941     joined WAAF; worked in the operations room at Digby, Coltishall, Neatishead , Northholt and Durrington
28.06.1944     commissioned, WAAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
       

 
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Sankey,
Jean Anne [Forbes]
(née Robson, widowed Boyer)
(Mrs)
P.M. Sproule
Name according to marriage certificate: Jennifer Megan Margaret Elizabeth Anne Forbes Robson.
Name according to death certificate: Jennifer Elizabeth Anne Margaret [Forbes] Robson.
Daughter of Charles Joseph Forbes Robson [?].
Married 1st ((09?).1940, Southampton district, Hampshire) Christopher B. Boyer (died 1940/41?).
Married 2nd (10.06.1944, St Mary's Church, Credenhill, Hereford district, Herefordshire) then Lt. Richard Massey Sankey, RA (25.10.1920 - 25.10.1986), son of Herbert Massey Sankey (1889-), manufacturer & merchant, and Sybil Adele I. Abbs (1898?-); ... children (one daughter, one son?).
24.02.1917
-
09.1990
Tunbridge Wells district, Kent
Assistant.Section Officer (prob) 14.10.1942 [5908]
(WS) Section Officer (prob) 14.04.1943 (reld 03.02.1945)
14.10.1942     commissioned, WAAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Saville,
Joyce Winifred
J.W. Saville
Daughter of ... Saville, and ... Johnson.

NOTICE is hereby given that I the undersigned JOYCE WINIFRED SAVILLE a natural born British subject, residing at 196, Deepdale Road, Preston, intend after the expiration of 21 days from the date of publication of this notice to assume the name of Joyce Winifred Sinclair.—Dated this 15th day of March, 1945.

19.02.1922
Great Yarmouth district, Norfolk
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04.1997
Great Yarmouth district, Norfolk
Assistant Section Officer (prob) 18.08.1941 [2713]
(WS) Section Officer 18.08.1942 (reld 02.02.1945)
18.08.1941     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
Seton,
Lady Alice Ida
(née Hodge)
A.I. Seton
Daughter of Percy Cornelius Hodge (1880-1959), Cape Civil Service, and Mary Ida Winifred Webb (1881-1965).
Married (18.06.1923, Bedford district, Bedfordshire; divorced 1950) Capt. Sir John Hastings Seton, Gordon Highlanders; one son (Midsh. Robert James Seton, RNVR), one daughter.
09.05.1904
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
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28.07.1995
Merton, Surrey
Asst.Sec.Offr. 15.12.1939 [364]
Sec.Offr. ?
(T) Flt.Offr. 01.02.1942
(T) Sq.Offr. 01.06.1942
Flt.Offr. 19.06.1947
19.08.1947, seniority 15.06.1943
Wing Officer 01.02.1949
Group Officer 01.01.1950 (retd 28.12.1953)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) CBE 09.06.1949 HM's birthday 49
15.12.1939     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
19.06.1947     extended service commission, WAAF ("G" Branch)
01.02.1949     permanent commission, WRAF (Secretarial Branch)
Sims,
Margaret Mavis
see: Man,
Margaret Mavis
 
Smith,
Sheila Langton
(Miss)
S.L. Smith
Married (03.05.1952, Addiscombe, Surrey) Basil Martin Wright, MB, BChir; ... children (one son?).
27.09.1919
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2016
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 23.08.1944 [7793]
(WS) Sec.Offr. 23.02.1945 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sec.Offr.)
23.08.1944     commissioned, WAAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Sproule,
Elizabeth Helen
(née McConnell)
(Mrs)
P.M. Sproule
Married Wallace Sproule; two daughters (one being Sec.Offr. Patricia McConnell Sproule, WAAF).
28.02.1896
Co. Down, Northern Ireland
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12.03.1970
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Company Assistant = Asst.Sec.Offr. 28.06.1939, seniority 20.03.1939 [63]
(T) Sec.Offr. 01.12.1941 (reld 01.09.1942; ill-health)
WW I     served in Voluntary Aid Detachment (France)
28.06.1939     commissioned, WAAF
Sproule,
Patricia McConnell
(Miss)
P.M. Sproule
Daughter of Wallace Sproule, and Sec.Offr. Elizabeth Helen McConnell, WAAF, of Co. Down.
Married (1946, Banbridge, Co. Down) Peter Kinnell (05.06.1916 - 24.08.1963), US Army Signal Corps; two sons, one daughter.
18.01.1923
Belfast, Northern Ireland
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17.01.1984
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Asst.Sec.Offr. (prob) 27.05.1942 [4721]
(WS) Sec.Offr. (prob) 27.11.1942 (emgcy list) (reld 10.02.1954)
27.05.1942     commissioned, WAAF [emergency commission]
       

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