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William Courtenay WW2 War Correspondent

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Watched a programme this morning on PBS America "Fall of Japan" it's based on the films and words of a British Journalist and film maker who was close to Douglas McArthur.

Amazing footage but strangely I've never heard of him and he doesn't even have a Wikipedia page.

So to the WW1 element, the programme mentioned he was a WW1 veteran of the Army, RFC and RAF, his papers are at the Churchill archive and the bio http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0014%2FCTNY;sib0=117 states he was Cheshire's, RFC and RAF, in addition a film by him in the Australian War Memorial https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10003/ states he was a "MM" but I had no luck with a MIC anyone fare any better?

If you get the chance to catch the programme, it's well worth while.

Sam

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roughdiamond

This 1942 article https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2194&dat=19420101&id=1r0vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ttsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3119,431600&hl=en from the "Ottowa Citizen" seems to be about him, but still no MIC.

Noticed William Courtenay written a book in 1936 called "Airman Friday", but that seems to be a reference to his work with Amy Johnson rather than a pseudonym.

Sam

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James Courtenay
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he was my grandfather. For all details on his life you can contact my father - his son Paul - on paulcourtenay (at) btinternet.com

 

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tullybrone
1 hour ago, James Courtenay said:

he was my grandfather. For all details on his life you can contact my father - his son Paul - on paulcourtenay@btinternet.com

 

 

Hi,

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

It might be a good idea to revisit your post and replace the @ with “at” so your email isn't harvested by bots and spammers.

 

Steve

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ss002d6252
48 minutes ago, tullybrone said:

 

Hi,

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

It might be a good idea to revisit your post and replace the @ with “at” so your email isn't harvested by bots and spammers.

 

Steve

I've edited the post just so they don't get the email address grabbed by anything nasty.


Craig

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Cheshire22

No MM details in the Cheshire’s history but he does appears as the picture shows

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