Who was the parents of Lieut Paul William Tooley?

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A long time ago I photographed Essenhof Cemetary for regrettably Billion Graves, curious to see what had been added to FindaGrave I took a look an came across the memorial for Paul Tooley, I noticed he was one of the few pilots from WWII that has unknown origin. I scoured the Internet and managed to find information about his birth, now I am hoping someone who have access to English records could be so kind and see if they can find his parents and hopefully attach him to the tree where he belongs. 

Any takers?

WikiTree profile: Paul Tooley
in Genealogy Help by Antonia Reuvers G2G6 Mach 4 (45.3k points)

It looks as though his birth was registered in the 1st Quarter of 1924, in the Nottingham registration district.  Mother's Maiden Surname : Garner.  Volume 7b Page 718. (Per FreeBMD)


It also looks as though his parents may be Frederick W J Tooley and Violet M Garner, marriage registered 3rd Quarter 1921, West Derby, Lancashire, Volume 8b Page 989. 

Frederick :


Violet :


(Cannot find another Tooley=Garner marriage in the timeframe for a 1923 birth.)

Thanks Melanie!

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His probate record (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W7WL-P3ZM) says that probate was granted to Frederick William Johnson Tooley and his wife Violet Margaret Tooley. 

His birth record (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV3D-1L4H) says that his mother's maiden name was Garner.

Frederick W J Tooley married Violet M Garner in 1921 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZK-DH55), so it looks highly likely that they are his parents.

by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (287k points)
selected by Antonia Reuvers
Deaths Sep 1978   (>99%)

GRO Reference: 1899  S Quarter in NOTTINGHAM  Volume 07B  Page 333

The 1939 register (free-to-view image at https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/21584596?h=4d4c0d) gives the date of birth for Frederick W J Tooley as 3 July 1899 and for his wife Violet as 15 September 1896. Frederick is working as a Wholesale Fruit and Potato Merchant, which matches what is written in Lieut Paul William Tooley's biography. Frederick's birth date also matches the birth and death records posted by Melanie.

Thank you!

Frederick's parents :

Marriages Jun 1895

Crouch           Sarah Jennie                       Nottingham  7b       423


Tooley            Charles William                   Nottingham  7b       423



Sarah Jennie was likely born Sarah Jane :

GRO Reference: 1869  S Quarter in NOTTINGHAM  Volume 07B  Page 261


1901 census - Charles William head of family .. Sarah's middle name misspelt as Jerane, but has Frederick listed, and an older brother, and younger sister :


It is possible that this is Charles William (no corresponding  birth registration) : https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP7R-CD43


ETA - Sarah Jane's death :

GRO Reference: 1907  D Quarter in BASFORD  Volume 07B  Page 141


ETA -Sarah's Will :


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