I did a quick look on the war graves site and fortunately did not find a
death for any P. Waltons in the UK forces in WWII so it would appear
that Peter survived the war.
On 2/27/2014 8:42 AM, ag.hamilton wrote:
This could be the start of a fascinating search.
>From FreeBMD it seems that although John Ellis WALTON’s parents married in Barnstaple
Reg. District Mar Q 1921 his birth was registered in Skirleigh Reg.D., E. Yorkshire, in
Dec Q 1921.
In 1923 his brother Peter A. Walton’s birth was registered also in Skirleigh.
There are no more birth registrations for Walton with mmn Ellis in Skirleigh for that
period, but quite a lot elsewhere so there could be other siblings but the Walton/Ellis
name combination is quite common.
However by 1944, when John died, the family was back in Barnstaple. The N.Devon Journal
Herald of |Aug 24 1944 has details of him being missing in action and the same paper of
Aug 31 says that he was killed in action and has a photograph and short biography. Both
articles mention that his brother was a Flight Sergeant at that time and there is no
mention of any other sibs.
So searching for Peter and/or his children might be the next step, but it is
unfortunately a common name and I’ve not found out what the ‘A’ stands for yet.
I’ve looked on GenesReunited but nobody seems to be researching this family.
On 25 Feb 2014, at 4:11 pm, Maureen Selley <maureen.selley1(a)homecall.co.uk> wrote:
> Devon Heritage Centre has received the following email from the Library
> Manager at Abano Terme in Italy and they are hoping some of you may be
> able to help by sharing this information so that anyone with info can
> get in touch.
> The Library Manager is looking for the living relatives of Flight
> Officer John Ellis Walton of Bickington:
> Abano Terme, February 24th 2014
> Dear Mr. Manager,
> following the results of a research conducted during last months, the
> community of Abano Terme, near Padua, on next 25 April 2014, Liberation
> Day in Italy, will commemorate a war episode of 17 August 1944.
> It was for this town, a little village at the time, the most relevant
> event of the war: a fighter plane strafed a train which exploded,
> killing the pilot and many civilians all around. We could identify the
> pilot, who was the Flying Officer John Ellis Walton, of 241 Squadron,
> from Bickington, son of Herbert e Phyllis May Walton. He died in the
> crash of his Spitfire mk. VIII and is now buried in the Commonwealth War
> Cemetery in Padua.
> We feel compelled to write to inform the relatives about this
> initiative, in which will be honored the men who fought and died for the
> liberation of Italy.
> In case You know someone who is relative of John Walton, we would be
> grateful if you can help us to get in touch with them. We shall be at
> Your disposal for any further information.
> We hope to hear from You soon (please contact cla.ghiotto(a)gmail.com).
> Daniele Ronzoni
> Library manager
> Via Matteotti, 70
> 35031 Abano Terme
> Tel. 049 8617975
> Fax 049 8617972
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