William Edmond Shelley(895) married Blanch Holinger(256), the half-sister of my great-grandmother Emily Holinger. The marriage took place in 1915, and appears in the GRO marriage index for the September quarter of that year (Chorlton, vol.8c, p.1950). So far as I know, William and Blanche had just one child, Brian Holinger Shelley.

Brian Holinger SHELLEY

Brian Holinger Shelley(896) was born in Manchester on 12 Sep 1917. His birth appears in the GRO register for the December quarter of 1917 (Chorlton, vol.8c, p.916). According to a brief biography which appeared on a Canadian website, before WW2 he was an Articled Clerk to a Chartered Accountant. In April 1939 he enlisted in the Territorial Army, and then in September 1941 he enlisted in the RAF. His initial training was at Scarborough, Yorkshire and then at Weyburn, Sascatchewan, where he received his pilots wings in November 1942.

Back in the UK, he was sent to the Operational Training Unit at Limavady, in the townland of Aganloo in Northern Ireland, on Torpedo Wellingtons. This was an airfield newly constructed and used by Coastal Command. He was then posted to 271 Squadron of RAF Transport Command, operating out of Down Ampney. He flew Dakotas dropping supplies and paratroopers. This must have been on or after February 1944, when the squadron moved from Doncaster. The squadron was involved in the paratroop and glider operations supporting the Normandy landings, and also the ill-fated Arnhem episode. I don't know whether Brian Shelley was involved.

Later he was posted to 194 Squadron in Burma. No.194 squadron was formed at Lahore on 14 October 1942 as a transport unit equipped with Hudsons. It maintained mail and passenger routes in India until it became an airborne forces squadron in September 1943. Dakotas had started to arrive in May and, with the departure of the Hudsons, No.194 began paratroop training. In February 1944, supply-dropping flights to army units in Burma began and continued for the rest of the war.

Brian left the RAF in November 1945 at RAF Hednesford, at that time known as No.6 School of Technical Training, near Cannock Chase. In 1946/47 he worked at a Chartered Accountant, presumably in the Manchester area. In 1946 he married Pauline Mary Vidler(897) (GRO marriage index for the March quarter of 1946, Manchester, vol.8d, page 104). In 1947 they emigrated to Toronto, Canada, where he worked as a Chartered Accountant for three years before going to Sao Paulo, Brazil for seven years. He returned to Canada in 1957 and worked for Southam Inc. until he retired in 1981 as Vice President of Finance. I hope he did not have much to do with Lord Black and Hollinger Inc.!

Brian and Pauline had three children, and six grandchildren, and I should be very pleased to hear from or of any of them.

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