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MrG
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Have tracked down a relative as a "KB Winch DF" - I assume this is a winch operator - for 7 Balloon Company and later 9 Balloon company from 1916-1919. I know 9 Balloon Coy was in Italy somewhere and I think 7 Balloon Coy was attached to the British 2nd Army in France. Could anyone confirm and/or add any detail to this? For instance where they were posted?

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Merve

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Hi Merve,

I can confirm that for the Third Battle of Ypres at least (31/07/17) 7 Balloon Company was part of 2 Kite Balloon Wing which in turn was part of II Brigade RFC and supporting the 2nd Army. The HQ of 2 Kite Balloon Wing was at Mont Rouge buut I don't know where 7 Balloon Company was operating.

It's a start at any rate.

Regards

Steve

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Just had a look in Chris Hobsen's "Airmen Died . . . " and there were two men from 7 Balloon Company who died, both in 1918. One was buried at Dadizeele and the other at Poperinghe (close to Ypres).

Steve

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Thanks Steve,

It's a very good start

Much obliged

Merve

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