- Sep 16, 2019
- AFL Club
- West Coast
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.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.
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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