6976983 Sgt Frank McALEER, DCM, 6 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Alisonmallen, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    I would love to locate his son but I have no name and I can’t get into the Irish records to view his marriage detail. With that I would have his wife’s maiden name. I know she was Elizabeth J someone and the son was William born 1937. She was from Fintona. Apart from that I know nothing else. I found where they were living during the war but I dnt know if anyone around there now would know them. I hope William is still alive. I would love to find out about his father. Perhaps someone on this site may be able to help. Take care
     
  2. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

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    The Victor featured the story...
     
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  3. CatherineLee

    CatherineLee Member

    Thanks a lot for that,I didn't know that existed, it's fantastic!
    I'll show it to my mum, she was so proud of her Uncle Frank.
     
  4. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    That’s amazing I would love to have a copy of that. How would the story have found its’ way to a comic? Thank you for posting it! If I could find William Reid, Ernie’s son I think he would also be proud that Frank was such a good And brave friend to Ernie.
     
  5. CatherineLee

    CatherineLee Member

    Hi Ali, it's a great tribute, isn't it, especially the mention of 'his pal'. He must have thought a lot of Ernie to do that, they must have been great comrades
     
  6. CatherineLee

    CatherineLee Member

    I've contacted the archives of the publisher of the comic, DC Thomson, in Dundee in Scotland, asking for any info they could provide about how the story came to be featured and I'll post anything I find out on here
     
  7. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    Many thanks really looking forward to it!
     
  8. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    In 1966 I was 4 and my uncle 11 and I am pretty sure that comic came into granny’s house along with others on a fairly regular basis. Hotspur was another one at some point. Ernie Was her brother and I bet no one ever realised that she just might have bought the very comic for her youngest son with that story in it. Such a shame she missed all this.
     
  9. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    I know there were war stories and medal achievements in it now I think about it so maybe someone had the job of reading citations for story ideas!
     
  10. CatherineLee

    CatherineLee Member

    Yes, it's a real shame, great that we can uncover it now in their memory. What an unusual way to be featured in a comic strip!
     
  11. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    It certainly is
     
  12. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    I have managed to put on hold an original copy of that comic for £4.30 do you want me to get it for you
     
  13. CatherineLee

    CatherineLee Member

    Thanks! I've just sent you an email, I'm able to get scanned copies from the publisher
     
  14. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    Hi I have purchased two originals am forwarding one to Kathleen as didn’t have any other number but at least the family will have that. I think they employed someone who looked at all first and second war medals awarded so possibly via the Gazette
     
  15. CatherineLee

    CatherineLee Member

    That's great, I'm sure she'd love to see it
     
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  16. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

  17. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Good to see that you've got hold of the copies of the comic -- I had had that image of the Victor, which had been passed onto me by the son of Lt Percy Hamilton 6 Innisks, for many years - and had sort of "ignored" it until last week.

    They're all having a party today and every day, I've no doubt !!

    best wishes
     
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  18. Dick Allen

    Dick Allen Member

    I've only just come across this forum, whilst Googling for Frank McAleer - who was my wife's cousin.

    I did some research a few years ago, which may provide new information - I'll dig it out and post here if anything new (I do have a copy of the comic!)

    I think I can confirm that he was killed in a truck accident - I'm sure I've seen (maybe have a copy of?) his Death Certificate.
     
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  19. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    Thank you very much we have collected a fair bit of info as I have been in touch with Franks nephew and family.
     
  20. CatherineLee

    CatherineLee Member


    Hi Dick, welcome to the forum, any new information is always welcome! Sgt McAleer's sister Mary (married name Sutton) was my mum's mother, so he was my mum 's uncle. I'm just wondering what your wife's' s name is and where was she from, as she's obviously related to my mum. Frank was indeed killed by a truck in an accident and he's buried in Tunisia, it was tragedy for the family. My mum had always spoken about him over the years and it was great to uncover info about him and his great friend Ernie on here. Hope you can give me some more family info. Thanks. Catherine
     

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