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Posted: 25 May 2015

Sylvia MacKinnon is looking for H. Devlin

Last seen: Bewick-Upon-Tweed 1940s

Subject: meeting notes dating back to June 1941 I am looking for more details than what was reported in the Berwick Journal - Archie Murray, Newspaper articles, June 12, 1941. "It was resolved to send a letter of congratulations Sgt. H. Devin, K.O.S.B., a veteran of the last war and a past steward of the Legion Club, upon the distinction gained by his nephew recently, Sgt. Archie Murray, of Silver Street, Berwick, having become Berwick’s D.F.M. of this war. The proposal, which met with the unanimous approval of the meeting, was suggested by Mr. E. Wallace, who recalled that, Sgt Murray’s father, a Sergeant in the K.O.S.B., was killed in action in 1916. He thought it would be an appropriate gesture to congratulate Mr. Devlin on his nephew’s distinction. After gaining support from the chairman, the suggestion was approved of without hesitation, and the secretary instructed to write the letter accordingly." I would like to know how Sgt. H. Devin, K.O.S.B, was related to Archie Murray. I am a direct cousin to Archie Murray's father, Archibald Murray, KOSB. I have no knowledge of H. Devlin. I am also trying to determine if H. Devlin may be related through marriage, perhaps through Archie's wife. I do not have any information on her, only that she died giving birth to their second child. I also have no information on their first child, a son. If you could supply me with this information, I would be very grateful. Archie was born 1916 Nov 21 in Berwick and died on 02 Mar 1991 at BASLDON HOSPITAL, Essex. Archie(Jr.) is the person who received the DFM. The Berwick Journal, Thursday, June 12, 1941 BERWICK MAN WINS D.F.M. Sergt. A. Murray, Who Broadcast Recently A Berwick man, who has risen from the rank of Flight Mechanic to that of Sergeant Air Gunner-Wireless Operator, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. He is Sergt. Archibald Murray, son of the late Sergt. A. Murray, K.O.S.B. and Mrs. Murray of 9 Silver Street, Berwick, and he is one of 23 Sergeants to receive this award. Announcing the awards the Air Ministry tells of some of the acts of gallantry that earned the 41 awards.......etc. Sergt. Murray was educated at St. Cuthbert’s R.C. School and on leaving school became a motor mechanic, being employed at first a mechanic at the Red Lion Garage, and before he enlisted in the RAF in 1936, he was a mechanic at Allan’s Garage Spittal. Enlisting as a Flight Mechanic he gradually worked his way forward until he held his present rank. Only a fortnight ago his relations and friends in Berwick received a pleasant surprise when they heard him broadcasting some of his experiences in the air. LINKS BETWEEN TWO WARS Established At Berwick British Legion Meeting A link between the men who fought in the Great War and their no less heroic descendants of today, was established on Monday evening, when Berwick branch of the British Legion held its annual general meeting, in their headquarters, in Sandgate. It was resolved to send a letter of congratulations to Sgt. H. Devlin, K.O.S.B., a veteran of the last war and past steward of the Legion Club, upon the distinction gained by his nephew recently, Sgt. Archie Murray, of Silver Street, Berwick, having become Berwick’s first D.F.M. of this war. The proposal, which met with unanimous approval of the meeting, was suggested by Mr. E. Wallace, who recalled that Sgt Murray’s father, a Sergeant in the K.O.S.B., was killed in action in 1916. He thought it would be an appropriate gesture to congratulate Mr Devlin on his nephew’s distinction. After gaining support from the chairman, the suggestion was approved without hesitation, and the secretary instructed to write the letter accordingly. (The article continued onto other Legion matters.) “A CLEAR FAR-SIGHTED MAN” Tribute to Berwick Man by Air Correspondent ‘JOCK’ a quiet, dependable motor mechanic from Berwick-on-Tweed, has the penetrating light blue eyes of the clear, farsighted man. He used them to help find the Altmark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altmark_Incident) in a Norwegian fiord on one of his “raids”. This was written by an Air Correspondent in a daily paper, related to Flight Sergeant A. Murray, D.F.M., R.C.A., son of the late Sgt. A. Murray, F.O.S.B., and Mrs. Murray, of Silver Street, Berwick, and appearing in an article entitled: ‘Nine young men are training others for our new Blitz in Hitler’s lies.’ They are nine out of many thousand air-gunners are going back to school in the skies in order to aim and touch and timing may be perfect when the moment comes. Whatever the effect of a new Blitz on Germany, said the writer, the future strength and staying power of the RAF depend on the patience, quickness and ***** of its gunners. That is why the nine young men and many others like them, are putting all air gunners through a hard refresher course, letting them get all over the skies above a lonely patch of England, making them fire their film-camera guns at their own fighters and then come back and criticise their own gunnery on the screen. The articles then goes on to the give a few details about **** of the nine men. Flight Sergeant Murray was educated at St. Cuthbert’s R.C. School, and leaving school became a motor mechanic, being employed at the Red Lion Garage, and at Allan’s Garage, Spitial. He enlisted in the R.A.F. in 1936 as a flight Mechanic. He has broadcast on his experiences in the air. He was awarded the D.F.M. in June 1941.

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