Author Topic: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF  (Read 703 times)

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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #9 on: Friday 29 December 17 19:28 GMT (UK) »
The New Zealand Herald's report of airforce casualties on 14 June 1940 reports Kenneth Kircaldie missing but does not mention a wife, just his mother Mrs. Herbert Kircaldie.

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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #10 on: Friday 29 December 17 19:50 GMT (UK) »
There is a lengthy obituary for Sidney Kirkcaldie, uncle to Kenneth in The Evening Post  27 April 1943 on Papers past site. He married Elsie May McGregor in 1903. It only mentions one brother E K Kirkcaldie but 4 sisters.
Sydney had 2 sons in the RNZAF.
There are photographs with the Kirkcaldie obituaries.


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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #11 on: Friday 29 December 17 19:56 GMT (UK) »
Here is Kenneth's wife


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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #12 on: Saturday 30 December 17 09:47 GMT (UK) »
John Alan Kirkcaldie
Death Dec 1/4 1944
Registered Wellington, New Zealand
Folio number 4328

New Zealand, School Registers and Lists, 1850-1967
"Hadfield"
South Karori wellington
John Alan Kirkcaldie
Attendance 1919-1923
Flying Instructor "A" licence, Captain wellington Aero Club
Residence Wellington, New Zealand
Father - H A Kirkcaldie, Farmer

Does anyone know how John died? 

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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 30 December 17 10:42 GMT (UK) »
Kirkcaldy and Stains, what did they do?

Esma Mae Kikcaldy, Kenneth's wife, what is known about her, what was her maiden name?

Esme remarried to Ralph Francis Alnwick Grey.  Apparently Kenneth was his best friend.

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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #14 on: Saturday 30 December 17 17:25 GMT (UK) »
I wonder why Esma is recorded as being from Nigeria with the Commonwealth's Grave Commission's record for her husband? Is there any link with Nigeria or is it a mistake? 

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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #15 on: Saturday 30 December 17 20:06 GMT (UK) »
Esme's second husband worked there

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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 30 December 17 20:21 GMT (UK) »

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Does anyone know how John died?

No indication of cause of death in his obituary or funeral notice. His death certificate will have that info.
Norman Kirkcaldie a brother of John's father H A. committed suicide in a club in Nelson by shooting.

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New Zealand, School Registers and Lists, 1850-1967
"Hadfield"
South Karori wellington
John Alan Kirkcaldie
Attendance 1919-1923
Flying Instructor "A" licence, Captain wellington Aero Club
Residence Wellington, New Zealand
Father - H A Kirkcaldie, Farmer

In the above quote it is John who was the farmer, not his father.

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Re: RAFVR 72526 Pilot Kenneth Kirkcaldie, 32 Sqdn and John Alan Kirkcaldie RNZAF
« Reply #17 on: Sunday 31 December 17 08:43 GMT (UK) »
Wow, where did you get the info on on the suicide? Why did he commit suicide?