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John Alexander Falkiner (1918–1942)

from Jerilderie Herald

Friends of the family throughout Riverina will join in sympathy with Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Falkiner, of Boonoke North, at the sad news received at the latter end of last week, that their son, Pilot-Officer John Falkiner, 24, had been reported killed during a training exercise on Tuesday week last.

The late Pilot-Officer Falkiner was educated at Geelong Grammar School and Melbourne University where he studied history. Before he enlisted in the R.A.A.F., some two years' ago he was on his father's property, Boonoke North. He trained in Australia and Canada, and later in England as a member of a Wellington crew. He had had a distinguished flying career and several times had been mentioned in the news in connection with air operations over Germany and occupied France.

P/O. Falkiner is the second of several members of the well-known Falkiner family of pastoralists who are in the fighting forces to lose his life in action against the enemy. His cousin, Leigh, a son of Mr. Leigh S. Falkiner, who joined the R.A.F., was killed in England several months ago.

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Life Summary [details]


6 July, 1918
Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


22 September, 1942 (aged 24)
Catterton, North Yorkshire, England

Cause of Death

air crash

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