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Re: T.M. Lockyer Spitfire pilot R.A.F.
« Reply #18 on: Sunday 03 November 13 12:44 GMT (UK) »
Madlock,

Welcome to Rootschat!

just reply to the post twice more and you should be able to send messages :)


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Re: T.M. Lockyer Spitfire pilot R.A.F.
« Reply #19 on: Tuesday 05 November 13 01:18 GMT (UK) »
Hi David,
I am Madeleine Lockyer, Tom's niece.
Sorry, but I'm a total beginner to Rootschat and communicating via forums. It was my cousin, Chris Lockyer who alerted me to the ebay auction. The description led me to a search for Wally's War and your comments on Rootschat came up on the search page, so I registered, hoping I could contact you. Unfortunately although we tried bidding, we were unsuccessful and failed to win the auction. I contacted the seller, who informed me they had bought the items from someone who had discovered them in their attic, where they had been for some thirty years. I was shocked and saddened to see Tom's personal papers being sold for profit and prior to any bids having been placed, asked the seller if they would consider either returning them to our family or passing them on to The RAF Museum. The seller politely refused as they had paid a fair price for them, but kindly sent me a photocopy of Tom's Birth Certificate. The copies that Chris has are all scans I had made of Tom's original documents which came into my possession from my father, (Tom's brother Norman) after he died. It would be interesting just to see scans of the ebay documents, but the buyer's ID seems to be hidden and strangely enough, has zero feedback. Maybe he/she is someone with another family connection who joined ebay purely because of the auction. Hope this helps to clarify my position. I would be most interested to hear your comments.

Kind regards,
Madeleine Lockyer

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Re: T.M. Lockyer Spitfire pilot R.A.F.
« Reply #20 on: Tuesday 05 November 13 01:23 GMT (UK) »
Hi Heather,

Thanks for your help - I'm an absolute beginner as regards to forums. :-[

Madeleine

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Re: T.M. Lockyer Spitfire pilot R.A.F.
« Reply #21 on: Wednesday 06 November 13 20:51 GMT (UK) »
Your cousin Chris and I have corresponded before about your relative Tom Lockyer, in fact it was I who told Chris about the papers being on e bay. 

How frustrating for you missing out on the auction.  I hope the buyer shares the information he has with you.  From the information I have about Tom it seems there is a story there just waiting to be told.

My father spoke of Tom when he occasionally mentioned his time as a POW.  As I recall he was known as Titch Lockyer to his compatriots.

I too had a frustrating experience with e bay.  After the event I discovered my father's uniform had been sold on e bay.  No matter how much begging and financial offers I resorted to making the buyer would not part with it!
 

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Re: T.M. Lockyer Spitfire pilot R.A.F.
« Reply #22 on: Thursday 07 November 13 21:17 GMT (UK) »
Hi David

So sorry to hear about your ebay experience.  It is very painful to see your family items posted on ebay.  We did ask the seller if she could ask the buyer to contact us with any photocopies of information about Tom he has purchased.  Have heard nothing. Only the photocopy of his birth certificate was sent to us by the seller.

I didn't know Tom's nickname - Titch!

I thought you might like to know about the following. 

Back in 2004 a friend of mine knew a wartime sailor who was interested in Tomís experiences and after an exchange of emails with him he gave me a name of an airman in Australia by the name of Cal Younger (ex Sqr Ldr Ė shot down while flying a Wellington and then was a POW) who was editor of a POW Association  newsletter The Kriegie.  Cal networked with service men round the world and their families/friends and put many in contact with each other.  He kindly put Tomís name in the newsletter and sometime later a George Hunt from Bury, Lancs wrote to me with a photo of my Uncle Tom Ė George thinks it was taken when they were temporarily in Oflag XXIB (it was the same picture I already have in Tomís Wartime Log!) They were also at Sagan. George mentioned they knew WC Maw a very good carpenter who built the wooden horse for the escape as well as a lot of the theatre and other useful items.

Also Cal is a writer and he told me of a book he had written in the early fifties about the POW experiences -  obviously out of print but ironically back in 2005 I put the title in ebay and blow me a used paperback of the book was up for sale for a mere £2.50 which I bought and in it a Wing Commander Day was mentioned, the very same who is also in Tomís Log.  Fascinating book.  It is called ďNo Flight from the CageĒ.  I found hardbacks on the internet as well.  At the time Cal Younger had quite a few sites on the internet.  Now I fear he (and George Hunt) may have passed away.  But maybe other people are involved in the newsletter now.  I have just checked on the net and there was a relaunch of the book in July 2013 and the book is available again.

Hope the above is of some interest.

All the best
Madeleine



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Re: T.M. Lockyer Spitfire pilot R.A.F.
« Reply #23 on: Tuesday 12 August 14 20:19 BST (UK) »
Hi all,

I stumbled across this forum whilst researching Irene Arckless.  I am researching those who were killed in the Air Transport Auxiliary for a proposed book.  I am interested in any background on Irene and details of her engagement to Thomas Lockyer, I believe they knew each other from childhood.

I have tried to trace any surviving family of Irene but so far I have drawn a blank.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Jim

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Renee Arckless
« Reply #24 on: Wednesday 04 February 15 10:33 GMT (UK) »
I am the niece of the above who was killed whilst serving in the ATA. Someone was looking for information concerning her re research for a book. Happy to be contacted.

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« Reply #25 on: Wednesday 04 February 15 10:38 GMT (UK) »
Hi there and welcome to Rootschat.

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Re: T.M. Lockyer Spitfire pilot R.A.F.
« Reply #26 on: Wednesday 04 February 15 12:17 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks for the prompt Shaun,

I will message her back.

Jim