M.326 2nd Officer  Wilfred James Walker Helliwell 
 flag UK b. 20 Sep 1912, Whitbank, Transvaal, South Africa  1 Apr to 27 July 1941 




Resident in the UK from 1919.

Father: Colonel James Wilfred Helliwell, RE (m. 1916 in Harrogate to Annie Beatrice Pratt),

Ed. Market Rasen, Lincs; B(Sc) Chemistry and Physics

 Address in 1933: 57 Chelsham Rd, London SW4

His father died in 1934. "Col. James Wilfred Helliwell (52) of 97 Lowther Road, Bournemouth, a native of Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd, Yorks, who worked in a cotton mill as a lad and was later employed in the railway locomotive sheds of the L. and Y. Railway Co., and who rose from a ranker to Colonel during the South African War, afterwards holding high executive posts in the railway service of South Africa and of India" left £10,050 in his will.

Wilfred disputed his father's will, which (superceding a previous will) left everything to Wilfred's stepmother Annie; he said that he was training to be a surgeon, but "as a result of being left without means, he had been unable to complete his medical studies." The judge was sympathetic, but ruled that the will was valid.

Wilfred accepted a one-off payment of £1,000, (with a promise not to enter his stepmother's house again) but lost it in a business in which he had invested.


prev. RAF Short Service Commission from Apr 1936 (Acting P/O, Resigned); Laboratory Assistant, Woolwich Royal Arsenal Apr 1937 - Feb 1938; Analytical Chemist, Guy's Hospital, London


"FORGED SAVINGS BANK BOOKS Wilfred James Walker Helliwell (27), male nurse, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey yesterday to obtaining money by means of forged Savings Bank books. He was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment. The police alleged that Helliwell had obtained money from post offices at Brighton, Bournemouth, King’s Lynn, Wisbech, Coventry, Spalding and London. " Birmingham Daily Post - 8 February 1939

 Addresss in 1939: HM Prison Newport, IoW


 m. 1940 in Lewisham, London, Gladys H A Cooper

Address in 1941: 138a Marine Parade, Brighton

 Postings: 6FPP


 m. 1951 in Brighton, Margaret J [Falconer]

Address in 1978: Barcroft St 174 Cleethorpes, Described as a 'retired wages clerk'

 d. 10 Mar 1978 - Cleethorpes, Lincs.

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