Search for Relatives of Crew of 102 Sqn Halifax JB848

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  1. simon102

    simon102 Member

    Halifax JB848 G-George from 102 (Ceylon) Squadron crashed at West Green Pocklington on March 29th 1943, all the crew were killed. Parts, including a Merlin engine, were found last year at West Green during the construction of a doctor’s surgery.

    We are planning to provide a permanent memorial to the crew on the weekend of 102 (Ceylon) Squadron Association Reunion on May 9th/10th this year in Pocklington. We hope to raise some funds to carry this out.

    I have been searching for relatives of the crew to tell them what is being proposed. I have traced relatives of Wilfred Comrie (pilot) and William Jenkins (B/A). I have also found a distant relative of Myles Squiers in the US but I believe they may be some in the UK.

    I am still trying to trace the relatives of the following crew members:

    Sgt William J McGrath RAFVR (1365664), Flight Engineer aged 23, of Glasgow. Buried Glasgow (St.Peter's) RC Cemetery. Grave Reference: Sec. 16. Grave 1126.
    Son of James and Mary McGrath, of Glasgow. He also may have attended St Mungo's School in Glasgow

    F/O Douglas William Francis Harper RAFVR (127313), Navigator, aged 22, of Oadby, Leicestershire. Buried Barmby on the Moor Churchyard, Yorkshire. Grave Reference: Row F. Grave 8.
    Son of William Francis and Rosina Harper, of Oadby, Leicestershire.

    Sgt Frank William Dorrington RAFVR (1330802), Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, aged 23, of Brighton. Buried The Downs Cemetery, Brighton, Sussex. Grave Reference: Sec. C. Grave 178.
    Son of Henry and Alice Dorrington (Leach), of Brighton.

    Sgt John King RAFVR (1609738), Air Gunner, aged 21, of Poplar, London.
    Buried East London Cemetery, Plaistow, Essex. Grave Reference: Grave 17571. (Screen Wall, Panel 9).
    Son of James George and May Lillian King (Spurr), of Poplar, London.
    Originally from the East End of London, John King had served in the Hampshire Police Force.

    Sgt Myles Christian Campbell Squiers RAFVR (1478651), Air Gunner, aged 20, of South Africa, parents later of Gilgil, Kenya.
    Buried Barmby on the Moor Churchyard, Yorkshire. Grave Reference: Row G. Grave 8.
    Son of Herbert Goldsmith Squiers and Ethel Marguerite Squiers, of Gilgil, Kenya. Of South Africa.

    I have carried out an intensive internet search and on I plan to carry on with local news media.

    The full story of this crew and the crash is here (I am in touch with Colin Stokoe):

    I anybody would like to know what is being proposed, send me your email and I will forward a copy of our latest newsletter.

    Can the members of this board help, or advise me, to help trace the relatives of these crew members and about fundraising for a memorial.

    Thank you.

    Simon Kularatne
    102 (Ceylon) Squadron Association
    Email: skularatne AT aol D0T com
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    From Ancestry family trees:

    Myles Christian Campbell Squiers
    Birth abt 1922
    Death Mar 1943 in Howden, Yorkshire East Riding, England

    Link to tree -


    edited to add Probate record - which seems a little confusing on the details and his fathers name??
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  4. simon102

    simon102 Member

    Thank you for the fast response.

    I have squeezed Ancestry as much as I can, the Squeirs were quite an international family.

    In the probate record, Kennedy was not his father but a relative (maybe his from his in-laws) and came from Ulverston where they had a rather large house.

  5. simon102

    simon102 Member

    There is always more!

    WHBR Kenendy was Myles Squiers Uncle.

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