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Sgt. John McAfee .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve flt eng. 419 Sqd.   from Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.)

(d.3rd Feb 1945)




L/Bbdr. John Bernard McAlenan .     British Army Maritime Rgt. Royal Artillery

John McAlenan



Sgt. J. McAllister .     97 Squadron




Matthew McAllister .     British Army   from Carrickfergus Co. Antrim)

(d.1942)

My Great Uncle, Matthew McAllister from Carrickfergus Co. Antrim served in the 8th Army and died at the Battle of El Alamein Africa. The last my family heard from him was a postcard form Leeds when he got married. My family never knew his wife's name, so when he died she was his next of kin. Therefore, details sent to my grandfather were slim. If anyone remembers him I would really appreciate any information.

Mark McAllister



Matthew McAllister .     British Army 8th Army   from Carrickfergus, Co Antrim)

(d.1942)

My Great Uncle, Matthew McAllister from Carrickfergus Co. Antrim served in the 8th Army and died at the Battle of El Alamein Africa. The last my family heard from him was a postcard form Leeds when he got married. My family never knew his wife's name, so when he died she was his next of kin. Therefore, details sent to my grandfather were slim. Attached is a photo of him and his wife. If anyone remembers him I would really appreciate any information.

Mark McAllister



Pte. Thomas Strachan Mcallister .     British Army Cameron Highlanders

I recently discovered that my grandfather Thomas McAllister was a p.o.w in Stalag xxb during WW2.

Kirsten Macmillan



William McAlpin .     Royal Air Force   from Edinburgh)

William McAlpin served with the Royal Air Force.

Sylvia Fosker



B'swain C. C. McAmis .     American Navy USS Boise

My father was stationed on the USS Boise from 1940 until after the Battle of Cape Esperance. He was a talker in the No 5 powder magazine during the battle. As a boatswain he helped remove and wrap the bodies of the men killed in the forward part of the ship after the battle.

He almost ended up being stuck in the Phillipines at the outbreak of the war because he and a buddy jumped ship on 7th December 1941. He had two fake liberty cards. The next morning when they got to the dock the ship was getting under way. They were able to talk one of the men manning the liberty boats to run them out to the ship. They got there and jumped on the gangway as it was being pulled up and the ship was leaving the harbour.

The war was on. He said that the feeling on board was that they would sink the Jap "rowboat" navy in two weeks. As he said later, it took a little longer than we thought.

Ronald McAmis



Cpl. McArthur .     British Army HQ43 Transport Col. Royal Army Service Corps

I would like to hear from anybody who remembers HQ43 Transport Column RASC, part of 53 Welch Division and who landed on Gold Beach.

MacArthur



William Duncan McArthur .     Army Black Watch 51st Highland Division   from Dundee)

My father William Duncan McArthur was a prisoner in Stalag XXA. I have his dog tags and his number is 15369. He came from Dundee and he was a Dundee weaver.

He was a piper in the Black Watch which was part of the 51st Highland Division. He was captured at St Valery during the retreat to Dunkirk as his division was fighting a rearguard action to assist in the evacuation of Dunkirk. He was Lord Ogilvy's Batman. He died when I was five and thus I have only dim memories of him now that I am 47 and have a family of my own.

I have heard several stories of him. He was once working as a farm hand when he saw a Nazi Sergeant beating a Jewish woman with his rifle butt. My father became enraged and chased the Sergeant with a pitchfork with the intent of killing him. He was brought before the authorities of the camp to be executed but he explained that he could not understand the German language and what the Sergeant was saying and so his life was spared. This excuse saved his life.

On another occasion whilst in the camp, 17 camp inmates were desperate to contact their families at home to inform them that they were not dead. They all wrote their names and addresses on any material they could find such as cardboard, paper, bark or leaves. They did not know how to get the addresses to the outside world so my father stuffed all of the bits of paper and bark into his boot and threw it over the camp fence. A postman found the boot and delivered it to the French Underground and it was finally delivered to my mother who notified the families of their loved one's presence in the camp.

He remained in the camp for the whole war. Once he was home from the war, he weighed only 6 stone. His legs were so badly ulcerated that the medical authorities wanted to amputate both legs. My mother forbade this and over a long period of time, tended him and saved his legs.

At his funeral in Sydney, Australia in 1965, a man came to the funeral whom none of our family and friends recognised. Once he was approached he stated that "Bill McArthur saved my life and so I have come to pay my respects".

If anyone knew of my father, especially in WW2 please contact me.

Alexander McArthur



William Duncan McArthur .     Army Black Watch 51st Highland Division   from Dundee)

My father William Duncan McArthur was a prisoner in Stalag XXA. I have his dog tags and his number is 15369. He came from Dundee and he was a Dundee weaver.

He was a piper in the Black Watch which was part of the 51st Highland Division. He was captured at St Valery during the retreat to Dunkirk as his division was fighting a rearguard action to assist in the evacuation of Dunkirk. He was Lord Ogilvy's Batman. He died when I was five and thus I have only dim memories of him now that I am 47 and have a family of my own.

I have heard several stories of him. He was once working as a farm hand when he saw a Nazi Sergeant beating a Jewish woman with his rifle butt. My father became enraged and chased the Sergeant with a pitchfork with the intent of killing him. He was brought before the authorities of the camp to be executed but he explained that he could not understand the German language and what the Sergeant was saying and so his life was spared. This excuse saved his life.

On another occasion whilst in the camp, 17 camp inmates were desperate to contact their families at home to inform them that they were not dead. They all wrote their names and addresses on any material they could find such as cardboard, paper, bark or leaves. They did not know how to get the addresses to the outside world so my father stuffed all of the bits of paper and bark into his boot and threw it over the camp fence. A postman found the boot and delivered it to the French Underground and it was finally delivered to my mother who notified the families of their loved one's presence in the camp.

He remained in the camp for the whole war. Once he was home from the war, he weighed only 6 stone. His legs were so badly ulcerated that the medical authorities wanted to amputate both legs. My mother forbade this and over a long period of time, tended him and saved his legs.

At his funeral in Sydney, Australia in 1965, a man came to the funeral whom none of our family and friends recognised. Once he was approached he stated that "Bill McArthur saved my life and so I have come to pay my respects".

If anyone knew of my father, especially in WW2 please contact me.

Alexander McArthur



Col. James Curtis McAtee .     US Army Air Force 44th Bomb Group

Derek Benz



Linesman. Stewart "Piper" McBlain .     British Army Royal Signals   from Corby, Northants)

Anne Forbes



Dillis "Pickles" McBride .     Royal Air Force




Corporal Walter Reid "Watty" McBride .     British Army Highland Light Infantry   from Glasgow)

James McBride



Cpl. Walter Ernest "Watty" McBride .     British Army   from Glasgow)

James McBride



Sergeant John McCabe .     RAF 61 Squadron (d.23rd September 1944)

My great uncle flew a Lancaster with 61 Squadron and was killed on the 23rd of September 1944. I'm trying to find info on the only survivor, Sgt H.Lea who was put into Stalag Luft 7. I'd like to know if he is still alive.

The crew were:

  • F/O Ian Melville Campbell RNZAF 426213
  • Sgt John Norman Hoad 1175274 23/09/1944
  • Sgt R.D.Cole
  • F/S M.J.Milne RNZAF
  • Sgt John McCabe 1348047 RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Flt/Sgt Samuel Vernon Wickland 640170
  • Sgt H.Lea

    Lancaster ED470 took off at 19:07 23rd Sep 1944 to bomb the Dortmund-Ems Canal at Ladbergen near Munster. It crashed at 23:30 at Wechte, 3 km from Tecklenburg. Those killed are now buried in the Reichswald Forest War cemetery.

    Michael Smythe



  • Pte. Cornelius Boyle "Neil" McCafferty .     British Army 51st Highland Div.

    My dad, Pte Cafferty, served with the 51st Highland Division and was captured at Dunkirk. He was marched across Europe to Stalag 9c. He mentioned that it was close to the city/town of Erfurt which, after the partition, was in East Germany. He escaped at least twice and was recaptured both times. He worked on a farm much of the time.

    Neil McCafferty



    Edwin McCaffrey .     RCAF 434 Bluenose Squadron. (d.20th Jan 1944)




    2ndLt. Archibald Ness McCall .     South African Army 12th Field Supply Regt   from Johannesburg, S Africa)

    My grandfather, Archibald Ness McCall, a butcher by trade, served in North Africa from 1940 till the end of the war as 2nd Lieutenant in Field Supplies. From all accounts and photos I have, he spent most of the time in Egypt and El Alamein. He spoke little of the war, but I have in my possession a letter written to him by the Duchess of Rosta in Naples on 16th February 1945, thanking him for the flag which draped her son's coffin after his he was killed in Africa. Her son was S.A.R. Amedeo di Savoia Duca d'Aosta. Though he was the enemy with the Italian forces, my grandfather, in the goodness of his heart, sent the flag which draped this boy's coffin back to his grieving mother in Italy. Her letter is transcribed as follows:

    "Dear Lieut. McCall, I have just received the flag that covered my poor boy's coffin and accompanied him in his last journey. With it was a kind note from Major Williams in which he transcribed the noble sentences you wrote when you sent this precious token. It is no use me trying to tell you how deeply I was moved when I held to my heart that precious flag and read your touching words, nor shall I be able to tell you how thankful and grateful I am to you for for the gift and thought - but I am sure you know my feelings, for only a person with great heart and profound human understanding could have acted so kindly and so unselfishly as you have towards me. You will then forgive me if I do not even try to tell you all there is in my heart for you, but I want to assure you that your generosity has given a great comfort to a very unhappy mother. May God bless and reward you and from the deepest of my soul, my sincere thanks. Yours sincerely, H di Savoia Costa. Preggia di Lapodimonte Naples, Italy"

    I have tried to contact the family of this person via the internet, but have received no reply. I would appreciate any advice as to what I should do with this valuable letter as I don't want it destroyed after I have gone.

    Lorraine Cripps



    Pte. John McCall .     British Army 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders   from Duntocher, nr Glasgow)

    John McCall was my uncle and I have fallen heir to his army discharge material, medals etc. He volunteered at 17 and saw service throughout 1939-45 until wounded at Caen in 1945. I believe he was a bren gunner at that time. I would be interested in hearing from any old comrades who may remember him.

    Jim McCall



    Cpl. Archie McCallum MID.     Australian Imperial Force 2/6th Battalion   from Strathairn, Goulburn, NSW)

    My father, Archie McCallum, joined up on the Melbourne Showgrounds in Oct 1939 and was posted abroad with the 6th Division. He fought in North Africa, Greece and Crete where he was MID and was captured. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 8B and was repatriated to the UK in May 1945 where he settled.

    I am anxious to find any information about him at all or to hear from anyone who knew him.

    A.L. McCallum



    Ldg.Sea. Joseph McCallum .     Royal Navy HMS President III (d.19th Jun 1944)

    Joseph McCallum died aged 27, he was born in Jarrow in 1917, son of John William and Mary Annie McCallum (nee Knight) of Jarrow. He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

    Vin Mullen



    W/O K. F. McCallum .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve air gunner. 419 Sqd.

    2nd from left K F McCallum, 3rd from left J H MacKay, 4th: A C Weston, 5th: John McKellar, with R F Clark, S A Musto and W H Murrell. Behind them is VR-W, KB-707.

    W/O McCallum was an air gunner on Lancaster VR-W, KB-707 with 419 Squadron RCAF with Allen Weston's crew, my Grandfather John McKellar was the navigator.

    The crew were:

    • P/O A.C.Weston, pilot
    • F/O J.H.McKellar, nav
    • F/O J.H.Mackay, bomb aimer
    • FS R.F.Clarke, W/Op
    • Sgt S.A.MUSTO, flight eng
    • WO K.F.McCallum, air gunner
    • FS W.H.Murrell, air gunner

    Mark McKellar



    W/O Robert McCallum .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Air Gunner 50 Sqn/630 Sqn/44 Sqn   from Moffat)

    Robert McCallum joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on the 20th of June 1940 and served until the 13th of Mar 1946. He became aircrew in 1943 and trained with 17 OTU at Turweston and Silverstone this was followed by 1661 Conversion Unit at Winthorpe. He began at 50 Sqn Skellingthorp with F/O Hinkling as his first pilot then transferred to 630 Sqn in Feb 1945, flying with pilot F/Sgt Grange at East Kirkby. He transferred to 44Sqn on 18th June 1945 to the crew of pilot F/O Munson

    Nic



    Bernard "Mac" McCann .     Royal Air Force 644 Sqdn.

    My father-in-law was a member of 644 Squadron.

    Richie Fawcett



    Spr. John McCann .     British Army 954 Railway Operating Company Royal Engineers (d.27th Dec 1944)

    John McCann died age 32. He was born in Jarrow in 1912, son of James P. and Elizabeth Ann McCann (nee McMullen) of Jarrow

    John is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

    Vin Mullen



    Donkeyman Thomas McCargo .     Merchant Navy SS Cape Corso (d.2nd May 1942)

    Thomas McCargo lost his life when the SS Cape Corso was sunk.




    Ord.Sea. Edward McCarten .     Royal Navy HMS Warspite

    My dad, Edward McCarten was a telegraphist in HMS. Warspite toward the end of the second world war.

    Jim McCarten



    Bill McCarter .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 419 Sqd.





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