I've had a look at the UK "victims" and Graham Berkely was, naturally, one of them. There's not much on him. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/sep/ ... ber11.usa2
While Charles and Pauline Berkeley watched on television as the second plane hit the World Trade Centre, their grief for the loss of others was slowly overwhelmed by the fear that they had seen their son die. They knew their son Graham was travelling that day from his home in Boston. From their secluded bungalow in Shrewsbury they called his cell phone and emailed him repeatedly. He did not answer.
Graham, being resident in the US, might have referred to his own phone as a cell phone, but we Brits don't call them "cell phones", we call them "mobile
phones". It's odd that the Guardian, a Brit newspaper, uses the term "cell phone".
At 10.30pm their phone rang. It was United Airlines informing them that Graham had been on Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Centre at 9.03am that day. 'At first we thought it was a hoax,' said Charles. 'But then United rang back. We had seen the fireball ourselves and knew to expect the worst,' said Charles, his voice suddenly frail. 'We watched our child die, unaware. He was a brilliant boy - a brilliant man.'
When being phoned by an airline regarding the death of your child on one of their planes, the word "hoax" isn't the word I'd readily think of, but "mistake".http://s11ukfsg.org/tributes/graham_berkeley.html
Here's the link to his tribute, supposedly written by Charles Berkeley (his name is at the bottom).
Graham was our second Son, born at Home in Worksop Nottinghamshire but spent his Schooldays in Shropshire when the Family moved due to his Father's promotion within the Central Electricity Generating Board.
If Charles wrote this he'd put "my promotion". I've pasted it verbatim apart from the apostrophe error in "father's promotion" which is a question mark instead. 4 words are capitalised when they shouldn't be (son, home, schooldays, family).
When the B.B.C. financial cut-backs caused the closure of the Radio Orchestra he moved to Cologne joining orchestras in Cologne and Wuppertal to finance his studies with Professor Ozim. The closure of the Wuppertal Orchestra led to him taking a post with the German arm of a U.S. Software company as a customer liasion using his linguistic skills to deal with queries coming from across Europe. He was offered I.T. training and became a gifted analyst and programmer. He moved to America with the parent company, and later joined Compuware Corporation where he rose to become Director for E-Business Solutions
Because, of course, when you lose your job in an orchestra
you naturally gravitate to a job where you have no qualifications and no experience simply because you speak a bit of German.
The tribute was clearly not written by Charles Berkeley as no parent would write:
Graham was known among his colleagues as a gifted communicator who could explain highly complex procedures in a way that customers could grasp and so was a valued asset to Compuware
BTW Reichstag fireman, in the first post, calls attention to Charles Berkeley's first name and then states that Pauline calls him Les instead of Charles. I bring attention to Charles
. Unusual, but not a great leap from Charles to Les. Doesn't make him any more real though.