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    Default Request for help - Richard Eric Thorn

    Hello all
    I'm really hoping someone can help with anything at all about my Grandfather, it would mean the world to my mum if I can find out anything as (like most) he really didn't talk about his experiences so we only have very limited information.
    His name was Richard Eric Thorn, born on the 28/12/1923 and lived in Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire
    The limited things we know are
    1. He was torpedoed in the Baring Sea as part of the Russia relief convoys
    2. He was torpedoed in Mediterranean on the Malta convoys
    3. He was taken POW by Italians and held in Algeria
    4. Was in New York at some point when he was 18 (we have a photo of him in uniform which I will try to add later - the ships name was taped over)
    I really don't know where to start and my mum was an only child with no other family left to ask so I'd really appreciate any assistance in where to look for further information
    Thanks in advance, Helen

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    Default Re: Request for help - Richard Eric Thorn

    Hello Helen.

    Could you let us know if he survived the war.

    Regards Keith.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Hi Keith
    Yes he survived (luckily for me long enough for me to know him), he died on 8th June 1990 (heart)
    Thanks Helen

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    Default Re: Request for help - Richard Eric Thorn

    Hi Helen
    do you the name of any ships he sailed on. ?
    Thanks
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    Hello Helen.

    Could you let us know if he survived the war.

    Regards Keith.


    First look and wonder if any of the below rings any bells ?

    Richard Eric THORN (son of Oliver Charles THORN and Ada SHEFFIELD) was born in Bearley Stratford on Avon, and died 08 Jun 1990 in Coddington Newark U.K.He married Ethel Maud JONES on 30 Sep 1968 in Brixworth Register Office, daughter of Walter James JONES.

    ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen Andrews View Post
    Hi Keith
    Yes he survived (luckily for me long enough for me to know him), he died on 8th June 1990 (heart)
    Thanks Helen


    Birth date differs:

    Richard Eric THORN (b. 28 Dec 1926, d. 08 Jun 1990)

    Could he have told a fib to go to sea ?

    Think this would be him ?

    Richard Eric THORN (b. 28 Dec 1926, d. 08 Jun 1990)

    Richard Eric THORN (son of Oliver Charles THORN and Ada SHEFFIELD) was born 28 Dec 1926 in Bearley Stratford on Avon, and died 08 Jun 1990 in Coddington Newark U.K.He married Ethel Maud JONES on 30 Sep 1968 in Brixworth Register Office, daughter of Walter James JONES.
    *Notes for Richard Eric THORN:

    Entry No209

    Entry No: 281Left ventricular failure / Ischaemic heart
    disease

    More About Richard Eric THORN:
    Burial: 14 Jun 1990, Grantham Crematorium.
    Occupation: Carpenter/Merchant Navy/ Millwright.
    Record Change: 09 Aug 2002
    More About Richard Eric THORN and Ethel Maud JONES:
    Marriage: 30 Sep 1968, Brixworth Register Office.
    Children of Richard Eric THORN and Ethel Maud JONES are:
    +Sandra Angela THORN.

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    Hi Keith
    Yes he survived (luckily for me long enough for me to know him), he died on 8th June 1990 (heart) - I've also just amended his date of birth which should be 1926 not 1923
    Thanks Helen

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    Sadly not but would love to

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    Yes that's him - Ethel Maud Jones was my Grandmother (she was married previously with other children). My mum was their only child

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    Yes that's him - my typo with his birth date (should be 1926)

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    Thanks..

    Would you hold any of his MN documentation, in particular his discharge book / virtually his MN passport ?

    This would give a lot of information and include his reference number.

    Regards,

    Keith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Kong View Post
    Hi Helen
    do you the name of any ships he sailed on. ?
    Thanks
    Brian
    Hi Brian - not sure what happened to my reply but we don't know any of his ships but would really love to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    Thanks..

    Would you hold any of his MN documentation, in particular his discharge book / virtually his MN passport ?

    This would give a lot of information and include his reference number.

    Regards,

    Keith.
    Hi Keith
    Sadly not which is why I've hit a brick wall as I just have nothing apart from his name to do any searches on......it feels as though if we just had one bit of info then more would be easier to find
    Thanks Helen

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