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Purple Heart

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David Report 26 Mar 2018 10:13


I am researching a relative Harold (Harry) Hoffman born in Manchester 1917.

Sgt 3533597 3rd bat. paras - died 18.11.97, POW Sicily, awarded American Purple Heart. He also had other medals.

How can I verify the medals he received and did many British soldiers receive purple hearts?



Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 26 Mar 2018 12:04

(info. Purple Heart)

Where did you see reference?...

Chris :)

Edits (below from google search)

Sgt 3533597 Harry Hoffman or "Big H", 3rd bat. paras - died 18.11.97, obituary in Pegasus Journal June 1998 - buried Carleton cemetery, Liverpool/Blackpool (?) - aged 80 years - POW Sicily, escaped, wia, awarded American Purple Heart - escaped 3 times in all. Son of Mrs S Hoffman, 10, Maud St, Manchester 8 - Ajex card and photo.

(The Journal of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces)

1939 Register (Find My Past)

10 Maud Street , Manchester C.B., Lancashire,
Harold Hoffman 21 May 1917 Male Waterproof Cutter Single
Sarah Hoffman 10 Feb 1890 Female Housewife Widowed
Abraham Hoffman 22 Jun 1911 Male Raincoat Cutter Single
Joseph Hoffman 22 Jun 1911 Male Waterproof Cutter Single
David Hoffman 16 Mar 1914 Male Waterproof Machinist Single

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 26 Mar 2018 12:14


ArgyllGran Report 26 Mar 2018 14:46

If you have a copy of his death cert, you can apply for a copy of his war record, although unless you are NOK or have the consent of NOK, at present you would only receive partial records..

After 2022-3 (25 years after his death) you would receive full records.

Harold Hoffman
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: Harold Hoffman
Death Age: 80
Birth Date: 21 May 1917
Registration Date: Nov 1997
Registration district: Blackpool and Fylde
Inferred County: Lancashire
Register Number: D42C
District and Subdistrict: 5811D

A tree on Ancestry says he was a squadron leader in WW2, and that he worked for J Arthur Rank.


ArgyllGran Report 26 Mar 2018 14:56

Births Jun 1917 (>99%)
HOFFMAN Harold Rosenberg Prestwich 8d 448

Marriages Sep 1910 (>99%)
Hoffman Hyman Prestwich 8d 813
Rosenberg Sarah Prestwich 8d 813

Sarah Hoffman
in the 1911 England Census
Name: Sarah Hoffman
Age in 1911: 25
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1886
Relation to Head: Wife
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Civil Parish: North Manchester
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street address: 10 Maud St Hightown M C
Marital Status: Married
Registration district: Prestwich
Registration District Number: 467
Sub-registration district: Cheetham
ED, institution, or vessel: 11
Piece: 24181
Household Members:
Name Age
Hyman Hoffman 31
Sarah Hoffman 25


David Report 27 Mar 2018 11:09

Hi Chris and Argyllgran
Thanks for the info posted. I am on Ancestry and have a public tree.
I got the Pegasus info online.
I was sent an obituary by Harry's wife, Pauline, who has since died. I could attach this but I'm unsure how.
I'm not NOK but I'm a cousin, my ggmother and Harry's mother were sisters. I would have to wait another five years before I could apply for the record.

I have tried the link and downloaded the software but can't get it to start.

Thanks very much for responding.