Sgt Charles Alfred Ream RAFVR - died 26/04/1947

Discussion in 'Non-Commemorated War Dead' started by temptage, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    The link explains how but you will need permission from the NOK if you can find them

    RAF - Contacts

    However as I said he might be eligible; just remember that his death may have had no link to his service
  2. Marks

    Marks Senior Member

    Hi Susan,

    The details of Sgt Ream deaths reminded me, of a RAF officer commemorated on the Runnymede Mem.

    67712 F/L Walter Harold COKE-KERR Pilot D.F.C RAF Died 11 March 1947 Runnymede Memorial Panel 289 Addenda

    He served with 139 Sqn Mosquitoes 1944-45. He was released by the RAF (1945-46) and later died of cancer in New York. I am not sure where he was buried at the time, and I believe the RAF had the same problem hence him being commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

  3. Charles Alfred Ream was my father’s twin brother. Him and my father, Thomas Edward John Ream we’re both fighter pilots. Uncle Charlie contracted polio while posted out in Egypt, was invalided home, and died in 1947, an indirect war casualty. If you need any further information contact me at
    Virginia Smith (nee Ream)
  4. I am Charles Alfred Ream’s next of kin, if you need further information.
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery


    Assume by the time he died he had been invalided out of the RAF
    Do you have his service records
    Do you have his death cert

    You dont need to be next of kin to apply
    Get a copy of military service records

  6. No, I have no records, I was born in 1948 so I never knew my uncle, but he and my father were twins, and their mother lived with us when I was young, they used to remember and talk of him often, especially on their birthday
  7. This is incorrect, Charles Alfred Ream is being confused with his twin brother, Thomas Edward John Ream, who died of bowel cancer in 1980, and was my father. Charles Alfred, who was unmarried, contracted polio while out in Egypt with the RAF. He was invalided home, where my Granny looked after him until his death in 1947. My father, who was the married twin came back to the same house, where I was brought up. Charles was Sargeant Ream, father was Flying Officer Ream. I hope this clarifies matters, if not you can contact me at I am the only remaining next of kin of them both
  8. No, Charlie died of polio caught in Egypt on active service, Thomas Ream his twin died of bowel cancer. I am their NOK
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  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  12. I have recently had the family plot tidied up (at considerable expense!)I enclose a pic of it taken recently

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  13. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    I shall have to go and rephotograph his grave myself for my records. It looks 1000 times better than it did previously with the bush overgrowing the whole plot.

    Incidentally, as an aside, when I saw your fathers name on the kerbstone I looked into his service, specifically with the mention that he served in the Battle of Britain. Now I am not questioning his outstanding service, but nowhere on any extensive listings of pilots who flew in the BoB does his name appear. I was flummoxed by that.

    Could you elaborate at all?
  14. Apparently I gather,he was in the BoB very briefly right at the end,the twin Charles was in in for longer, but I do not have any service records. I did have his flight log, and flying jacket, but I donated them to the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, Somerset
  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    For your completion you should really apply for their service records.

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