Finding my father Edward Keith Hawke THOMAS born 1924 in Reading, England.

I am trying to trace my father EDWARD KEITH HAWKE THOMAS born in 1924 (Reading, Berkshire) who was in the UK Royal Navy during WW2. He absented himself from HMS Golden Hind in Sydney Australia around September 1946.  He married my mother in July 1943 in Reading, Berkshire.  I was born in 1944.  I am not aware that he returned to this country but his mother and maybe other family may have still been here although I haven't been able to trace her. He may well be deceased now but could have married over in Australia and had more children.  My mother was divorced from him in December 1951.

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Comment by Elizabeth Allen on September 6, 2017 at 15:03

Patrick,  Yes the whole story is very sad and I can imagine how you are feeling

I don't have access to queensland newspaper articles as I would have liked to find a death notice or obituary for either of them

I have found more info on Doreen so will post as soon as possible as I have a little bit more to add to it first


Comment by Sylvia on September 6, 2017 at 15:25

I’d been following this post a bit and have had some doubts re Vincent Hector Thompson and Edward Keith Thomas being the same person.

My theory is that Doris married a Vincent Hector Thompson first. Vincent was born on 21 Sep 1926 in Auburn NSW and died on 3 Nov 1979 in Manly NSW. He had 3 children at the time of his death (i.e. possibly also Doreen’s children)

And eventually, sometime before 1972 Doreen gets together with Edward. This might explain why they never had children together …


Comment by Sylvia on September 6, 2017 at 15:34

PS James and Mary Alice Thompson were Vincent's parents!!

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on September 6, 2017 at 15:48

Sylvia,   Thanks for your post - on Edwards death certificate it stated that he married Doreen Alexis FOSTER in NSW so I checked for that marriage and found it listed under groom as THOMPSON - that was in 1947

I will check to see if there is a marriage for Doreen under the surname THOMPSON

It does seem there is a bit of a mix up here as Pat & I conceded that he had changed his name to avoid trouble - he was still married and didn't divorce his 1st wife until 1951



Comment by Sylvia on September 6, 2017 at 15:59

At least Edward wasn't a bigamist after all :-)

NSW marriages end at 1967 and QLD marriages at 1942 .. I have my doubts that  it is online anywhere

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on September 6, 2017 at 16:01

Sylvia,  From Vincents obituary it seems that he & Doreen were not together at the time as there is no mention of her name

I can't find any marriage for Edward THOMAS to Doreen up to 1966 in NSW and am unable to search Queensland marriage after 1943

Maybe there is something on Trove but I find it rather difficult to search these days as it brings up so much irrelevant info

I have tracked down info on Doreens parents so at least Pat will know a bit about her - not quite finished as yet as things have been a bit hectic here today

I am glad you are on the ball as my old brain seems to be letting me down on this one


Comment by Elizabeth Allen on September 6, 2017 at 16:11

Sylvia  - well it appears that way & that may make Pat feel a bit better about the situation

I wish Queensland would get up to date with their BDM records - they are almost as bad as Tasmania


Comment by Sylvia on September 6, 2017 at 16:18

I know that the Netherlands enforces 75 years for marriages, and I assume that states like QLD and VIC do the same. With other words, QLD is up-to-date !!

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on September 6, 2017 at 16:54

Sylvia,  2017 to 1963 makes it 54 years which is strange as often people are still living who have been married for 54 years (that is if we are talking about privacy issues)

I wish all the states had the same criteria as they are all over the place

Also makes me wonder why they put private info on individuals by posting their war records online when they are still living - not always pleasant reading for families of WW1 soldiers either & an invasion of their privacy as far as I am concerned

Anyway I am getting off the subject - back to checking about Doreen - I think it must be full moon today as things have been going crazy


Comment by Sylvia on September 6, 2017 at 18:13

Where does 1963 come from? For Qld "Current marriage search range is from 1829 to 1942" and for VIC "marriages in Victoria from 1853 to 1942"  ==> 2017 - 1942 = 75

SA and WA are lagging behind a bit, TAS is lagging a lot:TAS: "Marriages (1803-1899)", WA: "Marriage indexes - 1841 to 1936", SA: "Marriage Registration Certificates Index 1842 - 1937"

Only NSW seems to be adhering to a 50 year period ...


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