Dear KTK, You are quite right, on reading what I wrote, I see that I have provided information far to concisely and this has clouded the issue and an enabled an interpretation I did not intent. I appologise for this.
My intent was to show that this issue is not a simple one, that many many factors were at play in 1942 making it far more complex than it appears. As you point out Noel was never guilty of anything but speaking his opinion. Unfortunately for him, in war time, this always rouses the suspicions of the Government, even if completely unfounded.
In relation to documents, it should be remembered its war time so documents aren't going to be the best and marriage ceremonies occured, if you were lucky enough to get a ceremony, when they could, not when couples wanted, at the very least it could mean a very long wait.
Their perference to use a first name that wasn't the first name on their birth certificates unfortunately has had an unforseen consequence, and that is it makes it harder for someone without this knowledge to locate you, especially when you move to another country and loose contact with the family you leave behind. Being hard to find was not their intent, just a consequence.
So I would just like to say that my intent was to indicate that this should never be regarded as just a 'simple case of adoption' because clearly there are a number of things that would have greatly impacted on it, many of which I'm sure I'm still not aware of, and may never be.
Also I would like to say that now we all know theres a James, we are all very eager to make contact with him and his family.