Sometimes records can appear in locations that you would never have expected. Geoffrey Roy Whimpey was born 30 November 1920 in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of Albert Roy Whimpey and Phyllis Walsh. He was killed in action on 5 July 1944 in France. When I was searching in the Queensland historical indexes for any entries for my maiden name, Whimpey, I discovered a death entry for Geoffrey. I was curious as to why his death was registered in Queensland, so I purchased his death certificate. The certificate showed the following information:
Geoffrey Roy Whimpey (B.E.M.), Member Royal Australian Air Force, 434299, died on 5 July 1944 (Officially presumed) at Target St. Leu D’Esserent, France. He was 23 years old. His cause of death was Air Operations. His parents were Albert Roy Whimpey, driver, and Phyllis Walsh. The death was certified in writing by A. P. Watson, Directorate of War Graves Service, Melbourne. The death was registered 21 November 1945 at Brisbane. The information about where he was buried just has the word Cemetery. His birthplace was Brunswick, Victoria, and he was not married. The death was registered in the District of Brisbane in the State of Queensland, under authority of “The Registration of Deaths on War Service Act of 1942”.