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Parents of George Duffield?

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jerseylily

jerseylily Report 13 Feb 2013 20:56

Can anyone either find anything out about George or point me in the right direction? All the information I have is from his marriage certificate.

Married 1945 in Fulham
Age 24 years
Occupation Trooper 410692 R.A.C. (Cooper)
Residence 78 Crown Road, Great Yarmouth
Father George Duffield (deceased)
Father's occupation Seaman Captain
Witnesses D.E. Costello and H.E. Holmes

I have no idea what R.A.C. stands for, and Google is no help, or why he has the word Cooper in brackets after his presumably service number. Was he stationed in Great Yarmouth or is that where his family lived?

There is a birth in Yarmouth at the right time, mmn Chapman but that links to father John Duffield so probably not.

He married Lilian Rose Williams but I have had no trouble tracing her ancestry back.

GlitterBaby

GlitterBaby Report 13 Feb 2013 21:31

Got no suggestions at the moment as the 1911 census is probably no help as the father might not have been old enough to be a captain

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 13 Feb 2013 21:47

Royal Armoured Corps. ?

Chris :)

rootgatherer

rootgatherer Report 13 Feb 2013 22:03

Marriage certificates that I have for marriages during either WW1 or WW2 usually give the peacetime occupation as well as military occupation for wartime. I would suspect that "Cooper" refers to George's peacetime occupation.

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 13 Feb 2013 22:13

Regarding his military career, it might help you to post your query on this WW2 forum:

http://www.ww2talk.com/

I would think about checking out that address pre- & post-war to see who else was living there.

Jan

Reggie

Reggie Report 13 Feb 2013 22:17

'Cooper ' could have been his civilian occupation.

His place of residence in JAS 1945 is not necesarliy his place of birth

jerseylily

jerseylily Report 13 Feb 2013 22:29

Thank you all for that, I've at least learned something new about marriage certificates.

I've been working on this chap on and off for about a year now, so frustrating when his wife's side went back so easily.

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 14 Feb 2013 14:17

Do you know when he died? You don't say how close a relative he is, but if you aren't directly in contact with his immediate family the death cert might offer a few clues.

And though it might lead nowhere, I would check out the address. Assuming you aren't local, you can try asking the staff at the archives centre to look for you, though there might be a charge. Bit of a long shot, but if he is living with other Duffields that would help a lot!

http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/Archive-Collections/index.htm

Jan