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Old 17 June 2006, 12:44 PM   #1
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Question Air Mechanic '3994' S. Catton - Death Certificate

Hi,

When someone dies in the UK the death is recorded on a formal death certificate containing all relevant information: date, place, how, why, next of kin, etc. This was also the system back in WW1 days.

Question: when a soldier died in action in France, was a death certificate issued in England? And if so, by whom?

I am trying to find out a bit more about the above first combat death in 20 Squadron RFC: I know the circumstances, but nothing about him as a person. His service record no longer exists, the medal index card says very little, and likewise the CWGC site.

Any ideas welcome.

Thanks

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Remembering: Driver T2/10816 G Tester, born Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire: A.S.C. & Aerial Gunner 20 Squadron RFC - my maternal grandfather: Killed in aerial combat 28.09.1917: Pont du Hem Military Cemetery, France.

Able Seaman J McCullagh, born Co. Wicklow, Ireland: my Great Uncle: Killed in action, SS Mavisbrook, 17th May 1918.

Captain R A Sellwood, born London: 44th Bn C.E.F. - My paternal Grandfather - Survived

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Old 17 June 2006, 10:54 PM   #2
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Testerchild,

Although I am not 100% certain, I do not think a death certificate was issued for a death overseas. During the war the dead were buried near by and as the bodies were not returned to the UK no death certificate would be issued. That said some deaths are held by the GRO, and a visit to one of the family history research web sites (e.g. 1837online.com) for one will enable you to do a search.

As far as your mans service record is concerned there should be an AIR79 record, as far as I am aware they are all available at the NA in service number order. There is not much detail, but you might find out some useful information

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Old 19 June 2006, 09:06 AM   #3
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John,

Thanks for the advice. I now gather the GRO has an "overseas events" department who may have a certificate, so I'll be contacting them.

As to Air 79: I'd always assumed this was just for RAF men, i.e. post-April 1918. My man was KIA in 1916, but I'll certainly have a look as soon as I can clear a day to visit Kew.

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Remembering: Driver T2/10816 G Tester, born Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire: A.S.C. & Aerial Gunner 20 Squadron RFC - my maternal grandfather: Killed in aerial combat 28.09.1917: Pont du Hem Military Cemetery, France.

Able Seaman J McCullagh, born Co. Wicklow, Ireland: my Great Uncle: Killed in action, SS Mavisbrook, 17th May 1918.

Captain R A Sellwood, born London: 44th Bn C.E.F. - My paternal Grandfather - Survived

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Old 19 June 2006, 03:33 PM   #4
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I have just looked up Airman No 84 who joined the RFC in 1912 and No 909
thay should be there

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Old 20 June 2006, 02:45 PM   #5
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Cheers John,

I Live in hope!

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Remembering: Driver T2/10816 G Tester, born Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire: A.S.C. & Aerial Gunner 20 Squadron RFC - my maternal grandfather: Killed in aerial combat 28.09.1917: Pont du Hem Military Cemetery, France.

Able Seaman J McCullagh, born Co. Wicklow, Ireland: my Great Uncle: Killed in action, SS Mavisbrook, 17th May 1918.

Captain R A Sellwood, born London: 44th Bn C.E.F. - My paternal Grandfather - Survived

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Old 22 June 2006, 02:48 PM   #6
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Testerchild,

Live in hope! Check out AIR79 file 52 at the NA Kew, if your service number is correct he should be there?

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Old 22 June 2006, 03:36 PM   #7
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Thanks again, John.

I'll be going there in two weeks time, and (hopefully) all will be revealed!
The service number should be right: it's on his MIC, his grave, and in the casualty report.

Thanks again

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Remembering: Driver T2/10816 G Tester, born Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire: A.S.C. & Aerial Gunner 20 Squadron RFC - my maternal grandfather: Killed in aerial combat 28.09.1917: Pont du Hem Military Cemetery, France.

Able Seaman J McCullagh, born Co. Wicklow, Ireland: my Great Uncle: Killed in action, SS Mavisbrook, 17th May 1918.

Captain R A Sellwood, born London: 44th Bn C.E.F. - My paternal Grandfather - Survived

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