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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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WAAF Crest
Cecil Reginald Young and Beryl Pocket

Left: Beryl M. Pockett (courtesy the Young family collection.

Beryl Pockett was the WAAF’s Commanding Officer at Tangmere, she joined up at the time of the Munich crisis.

It is also likely, whilst with the 601 squadron at Tangmere, Charlie met Beryl. It is not know exactly when they got engaged but we do know that when Charlie was posted to France, it was Beryl who looked after his dog "Henry".

Beryl was a well known international golfer before the war, so they could had met before the war but we have no proof that this was the case.

We do have from Charlie's old School's newsletter "The Felstedian", dated July 1940, the following announcement :

The engagement is announced between Pilot Officer Charles R Young and Miss Beryl M Pockett, daughter of Mr and Mrs Mansell Pockett,of Worthing.

We have not been able to find out much more about Charlie and Beryl time together. Beryl's family have not been able to confirm their engagement but the know that Beryl looked after a pilot's dog "Henry" who remained with the family after Beryl married Flying Officer Gordon Green in 1942.

Beryl with Henry (courtesy of Beryl's daughter Penny)

Charlie and Henry at Tangmere (courtesy the Blackadder collection)

We believe it was Charlie's intention to get back to Malaya with his new wife. We do know that Beryl kept in touch with the Young family after the fall of Singapore 1942 as seen from this telegram sent to Charlie's younger brother Robert in March 1942.


Chapters:

Loss with 46 Squadron

1> Growing up, pre RAF and training

2> His period with 601 Squadron

3> 615 squadron and France

4> 607 Squadron

5> Pilot Officer Charles Young and Miss Beryl Pockett

6> Summary and Acknowledgments

KTY 25.01.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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