My name is Richard Douglas Comely, born October 9, 1950 in Oxford, England. My father (C) is Christopher Robin Comely. He was born October 23, 1927 in Cheltenham, Gloucestshire, England. He died in Courtenay, British Columbia, March 26, 1997. My father and mother and two youngest brothers moved to Courtney in 1975. My mother is Maureen Ivy West, born in London, England October 13, 1928. My parents were married on October 15, 1949 near Gretna Green, Scotland. (They eloped). My mother died February 4, 2002 in the Two Hills Hospital in Alberta. She had moved to Alberta a year before she died in order to be closer to my only sister Susan. IN PHOTO ABOVE: A: Flight Sargeant Anthony Hugh Basil Comely was born in 1922. He joined the RAF in the beginning of WW2 and was killed by a sniper in Rangoon, Burma on March 24, 1946. His grave is located in Thailand.
B: Pilot Officer Peter Woodruff Comely was born March 31, 1921. He was shot down on August 15, 1940 by a Messerschmitt 110. He was flying a Hurricane of #87 Squadron based in Exeter. His plane crashed into the channel about 10 miles off Portland, England. He has no known grave. August 15, 1940 is considered to be the heaviest day of fighting during the Battle of Britain.
D: Jennifer Mary Comely was born February 9, 1926 and married Doctor Donald Olliff on April 4, 1953. She too became a doctor. She and Donald had two sons, Simon Piers in 1955 and Hugh Adrian in 1957. She still lives in Gevel House (built in 1380) in Chipping Campden, purchased by Donald in 1953.
E: Richard Michael (Mick) Comely was born October 3, 1919. In the photo above he is holding his left hand because a birthing mishap rendered his left arm completely non functioning and it remained so all his life. He went on to become a chemical engineer and a university professor. He died about 15 years ago.