Unsolved Rubaiyat - Suspicious deaths, codes & spies

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Careful you don't disappear down the rabbit hole. It's 70 years and these people didn't want things found out, so teasing out the details may not be possible.
It would appear that Jessie Pile's birth record in Victoria's BDM website had been expunged, but they missed her marriage record under Ronald Vincent Harkness. Although her war service record has not yet been digitised, the description of it exists and clearly shows next of kin as her father Alan Pile and her date and place of birth being Colac. So this confirms the provenance of the letter enquiring about Horace Pile's medals being from a neice or nephew, by the surname of Harkness, as asserted by the Victorian RSL.

PILE JESSIE : Service Number - VF509202 : Date of birth - 13 Feb 1925 : Place of birth - COLAC VIC : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE VIC : Next of Kin - PILE ALAN

I haven't found any link between Horace Pile's sister's marriage and our nurse Jessica as yet, so don't get too excited. But for the curious, this is how far I've got atm to find one. Use tree view, if available to you.


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I think that I've finally made some headway with nailing down Robert Victor Hemblys Scales ancestry

It would appear that his father lived in Wollongong. I wonder if his parents divorced? If his father shot through? Newspaper articles suggests that his mom was widowed. But his father appears to be live until 1983.

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doctored/stretched photo? No human has a neck that long!!
Most likely a squished photo to fit it into the publication that it came from. Although I cropped it for posting, it's still a raw copy. There s not enough detail though to make any comparisons to SM or RT for familiar likeness in regards to Oscar Seborer. It would've been nice to see if the suspected anomalies seen in the image of Stuart Seborer was evident in pictures of his siblings to determine if it's inherited though and whether we should peruse a genealogical link to SM. But so far there's no relatives that had gone missing in the 1940's.

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An observation. It's a bit weird how a few of these family trees I'd looked at land during the 19th century in a Barracks Town for the Duke of Wellington's Regiment called Halifax in the West Riding area of England. Probably an irrelevant coincidence but a fascinating fact nonetheless.

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