McMANUS, John Arthur

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone, I am researching :-
    Leading Aircraftman

    Service Number 1522972
    Died 02/12/1945
    Aged 31
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    Son of Patrick and Elizabeth McManus, of Holywell, Flintshire.



    and because there is no Sqn No. or any clue to why he was in India, I am wondering if he had been in the fall of Singapore when the Japanese took it. He also died quite a time after the war ended.

    The British armed forces and overseas deaths and burials Transcription does give the Unit or Regiment as 7055 SE.

    Source Gro War Death R.A.F. All Ranks (1939 To 1948)
    Archive reference RAFA
    Volume 10
    War Second World War, 1939-1945
    Record set British Armed Forces And Overseas Deaths And Burials
    First name(s) John A
    Sex Male
    Last name McManus
    Death year 1945
    Birth year -
    Service number 1522972
    Rank Leading Aircraftman
    Unit or regiment 7055 SE

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Kind regards, Mavis Williams
  2. bofors

    bofors Senior Member

    Hi Mavis

    No doubt you will have this memorial - Connah's Quay & <title>Connah's Quay
    I saw this -
    Casualties 1-16 Dec 1945 - upload_2018-11-28_5-54-39.png Pages/Casualties/1940s/1945/Casualties_1945...
    McMANUS, JOHN ARTHUR (1522972); age 31 RAFVR. LAC. ... BERNARD ARTHUR JOHN ... Casualties 17 Dec 1945. This page was ...
    But you need to log in, I don't know if it would have anything more.
    The only other thing would be to apply for his service record and see what they say.


  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    Mavis is the researcher for all those on Connahs Quay Memorial, she has been finding out with the help of this forum many if not all those listed on the memorial

    Connahs Quay and Shotton War Memorial

    Mavis Williams, a resident of Aston but a native of Connah’s Quay has set herself the task of researching .....................

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  4. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Hi Mavis, good to see you posting again :salut:
    Others more learned than I will be able to help with RAF casualties, but I believe "general" ground crew were more often attached to the airfield and "just" serviced the aircraft operated by various Squadrons as and when they were based there.
    It's just possible he was a freed PoW but most of them were fed to regain health before being taken back to the UK for demob - they'd suffered enough.

    My best guess would be a tropical disease, there isn't a grouping of deaths in early December and perhaps there was a hospital nearby.
    The CWGC information says
    MADRAS WAR CEMETERY was created to receive Second World War graves from many civil and cantonment cemeteries in the south and east of India where their permanent maintenance could not be assured. The cemetery contains 856 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

    so he may have been brought from elsewhere, the graves around him are from 1943 onwards, no chronology.
  5. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    His name was published as a Died on Active Service (DOAS) in this Flight magazine
    a/c | sgt | fit | 1946 | 1606 | Flight Archive

    If he were a recuperating POW I think (probably) he would most likely appear with unit identity such as FE, simply for Far East.

    I cannot see a surviving ORB in the discovery database.
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  6. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you all so much again, a wealth of knowledge on this Forum, where would I have been without you all. Many thanks again, Regards, Mavis
  7. Jagan

    Jagan Junior Member

    Wouldnt 7055 SE mean 7055 Servicing Echelon? aka the servicing echelon of 55 Squadron? the problem here is 55 Squadron was not in India. So was he posted from 7055 SE before his death in India?
  8. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    Theres some explanation of SE's on this RAFC thread

    Ground service, support, and base units

    And probably a lot more there too.

    It would tell me not to assume 7055 SE had anything to do with 55 Sqn.
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  9. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you Jagan, dp_burke for this added information, I will pursue it and also Kevin and TD for my welcome back, plus also Robert, sorry, my message was short last night and I didn't reply properly. Much appreciate the cutting dp_burke, I can add this to his page when his story is put online. Kindest regards to all, Mavis
  10. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    There's a possible link to a John McManus in 1939 Register
    John McManus, school teacher, born 14 September 1891, lodging at 37 Millbank Road, Rhyl, with a Minnie Weston and son Herbert.
    Shown as married but not with her at that address, so son John Arthur might be with her elsewhere, perhaps in Connahs Quay area.
    Might be a red herring, but that's the closest in Flintshire I could find.
  11. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

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  12. dp_burke

    dp_burke Junior Member

    Can these threads be merged I wonder?
  13. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Ask Owen or dbf they have the know how and skills

  14. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Apologies for this, sorry, I have researched so many and usually I copy and paste all my inquiries and replies from this or any Forum to my notes on the person being researched, but have obviously not done so in May. I think I have found his father Patrick on the 1911 census living in Shotton Lane, Shotton, so I think he is the RAF man. Many thanks. Kind regards, Mavis
  15. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    No apologies required Mavis.I can tell you that sometimes I feel I am not on this earth but on Fullers.
  16. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

  17. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Edit triplicate - what happened?
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2018
  18. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Edit duplicate
  19. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Not the ale Kevin I can assure the backwoods of the West Riding,a reference to Fullers was always interpreted as Fuller's Earth.

    Fuller's ale almost unheard of in the WR.....only sampled on trips to the smoke.

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