L/Sea Frank Aiston C/J111345

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  1. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    11th January 1941


    L/Sea Aiston's ship is listed as HMS Southampton. That cruiser was lost after being attacked by German Ju87's in the Sicilian Narrows on this date.

    So as he is buried in Sunderland, I wonder was he was lost when the cruiser was sunk or did he co-incidentally die in the UK on the same day that his ship was sunk in Mediterranean?


  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Frank Aiston
    Death Age: 33
    Birth Date: abt 1908
    Registration Date: Jan 1941
    [Feb 1941]
    [Mar 1941]
    Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
    Registration District: Sunderland
    Inferred County: Durham
    Volume: 10a
    Page: 1338
  3. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    I have a Frank Aiston departing Liverpool bound for Halifax N.S. on 28 August 1940 (Naval Party ex-Chatham) aboard DUTCHESS OF RICHMOND. The party consisted of many naval ratings ex-Chatham, ex-Portsmouth, ex-Devonport as well as merchant seamen and RAF personnel. Destination only given as Halifax N.S. with no details of units.

    Frank Aiston died on 11 January 1941 in Sunderland Royal Infirmary - no cause of death mentioned.

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  4. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Hi Hugh,

    Thanks for that information.


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  5. CL1

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

    from my photo collection
    possibly died of illness or result of an accident
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  6. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    No certainty implied but in the era of unpasteurised/unsteralised milk always a possibility. A killer of thousands pre-war and beyond.

    Example of wartime parliamentary exchange re same, albeit for another area of the UK in link here;


    The bad old days when nigh on every hospital had a specific ward, not to mention specialist hospitals. Folks did well to make it to convalescence.

    A recent academic book on the subject referred to here;

    New book authored by Union experts explores the devastating consequences of the simultaneous outbreak of TB and war | The Union

    Kind regards, always,

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  7. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Dear folks, I apologise profusely for the tenuous possibility I've raised regarding cause of death of this casualty, but the spectre of TB and its effects are often overlooked or underestimated.

    For a personal aspect, scroll down within the link to "Nursing Tuberculosis at Ladywell Hospital" (the recollections of Cissie Ridings)

    Read it and weep.

    BBC - WW2 People's War - Nursing Typhoid and TB in WW2

    Always remember, never forget,


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