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Lt L A Strange 11 Sqn RFC

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Strange was flying a FE2b from 11 Squadron on the 31 March 1917 when he was shot down with 2/Lt W G T Clifton.

I would like to know where he lived; does any one know where Strange was from?

john_g

www.66squadron.co.uk

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Stebie9173

Louis Arbon Strange was a distinguished pilot in both wars. He lived at Worth Matravers, Dorset in later life.

See:

 

I've got his book somewhere. I'll see if I can dig it out.

Steve.

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john-g

Hi Steve

Sorry I should have been a bit more specific; I am referring to an L A T Strange of 11 squadron, not Louis Arbon.

I am not sure but I think L A T might have been from West Byfleet in Surrey, I need some comformation.

Cheers

john_g

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Stebie9173

Ah, Ok.

This is the only L A T Strange I can find on the bMD register index.

Name: Leslie Arthur T Strange

Year of Registration: 1894

Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec

District: Lewisham

County: Greater London, Kent, London

Volume: 1d

Page: 1171

On the 1911 Census, this is probably him:

Household/Institution: INSTITUTION

Name: STRANGE, LESLIE ARTHUR TREW

Sex: M

Est. Year of birth: 1895

Age: 16

Address: Steyning, Sussex

London Gazette 3-11-1915

The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

Private Leslie Arthur Trew Strange, from a Provisional Battalion, to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 5th October, 1915.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/293...pplements/10882

London Gazette 22-2-1917

ROYAL FLYING CORPS.

Mil. Wing.—The undermentioned appts. are made: —

1st Feb. 1917.

2nd Lt. L. A. T. Strange, E. Kent R., T.F.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/299...upplements/1860

London Gazette 23-2-1917

East Kent Regt.—

2nd Lt. L. A. T. Strange is seconded for duty with the R.F.C. 1st Feb. 1917.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29958/pages/1891

London Gazette 9-5-1917

The undermentioned 2nd Lts., T.F., to be temp. Lts. whilst serving with R.F.C. 1st Apr. 1917: —

L. A. T. Strange, E. Kent R.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/300...upplements/4448

Medal Index Card shows address in 1924 : Whincroft, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Co. Durham. Entitled to BWM/VM (no date of entry shown).

There are two wedding, seemingly for the same man, in 1921!

Name: Leslie A T Strange

Year of Registration: 1921

Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep

Spouse's Surname: Clegg

District: Wandsworth

County: Greater London, London, Surrey

Volume: 1d

Page: 1447

Name: Leslie A T Strange

Year of Registration: 1921

Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep

Spouse's Surname: Haley

District: Wandsworth

County: Greater London, London, Surrey

Volume: 1d

Page: 1447

Steve.

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john-g

Steve,

Many thanks, I think it proves that am not looking for the right man and will have to back to my source and clarify the name, which is difficult to read. Mind Lweisham is not that far from West Byfleet?

john_g

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Stebie9173

Royal Flying Club card:

post-6536-1242503547.jpg

I think that proves it! Picture of our man to follow!

Steve.

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Stebie9173

Picture from the Flying Club cards:

post-6536-1242503679.jpg

His Army officers file is:

WO 339/55886 STRANGE L [1914-1922]

Steve.

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john-g

Steve,

Excellent!! I have a group post card picture of some pow's and he has signed the back of the card and it is a little smudged, hence my difficulty identifying him.

Many thanks.

John_g

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Stebie9173

Looks like the family moved around a fair bit judging from the places of birth on the 1901 Census:

post-6536-1242504094.jpg

Is he recognisable from your postcard?

Steve.

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john-g

Steve,

Yes he is, I will try and sort out how to post a picture for you.

John_g

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Stebie9173

I think that that match would stand up in court, even down to his Buffs collar badges....

Steve.

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per ardua per mare per terram

He might have some records in AIR 76/487.

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john-g

Thanks per ardua per mare per terram

I already have it down to check this out on my next trip down south.

Cheers

john_g

www.66squadron.co.uk

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AlanCurragh

In case anyone is still interested, this has been sent to the GWF Team email -

He was born in Lewisham 6 December, 1895, he was the brother of my grandfather, Basil Loftus Sidney Strange. He fought in the first world war as a pilot (aged 21/22) and was shot down. He was a member of the flying club here in Britain. Both Leslie and Basil were educated at Lancing College, West Sussex and there are chairs there that have their names engraved on. I have been there and seen them. Later in life Leslie moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and married a lady called Linda. He died there and his death certificate is held in the Zimbabwe National Archives D.R. 550/58.

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nils d

between the wars Strange was farming in Northumberland

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AnnJoy
On 16/05/2009 at 12:47, john-g said:

Strange was flying a FE2b from 11 Squadron on the 31 March 1917 when he was shot down with 2/Lt W G T Clifton.

I would like to know where he lived; does any one know where Strange was from?

john_g

www.66squadron.co.uk

Lesley Arthur Trew Strange was born in Lewisham Kent, son of Arthur Madison Strange and Margaret Bishop Strange nee Roe. Brother Basil Loftus Sidney Strange also from Lewisham Kent. Both boys educated at Lancing College West Sussex.  Lesley died in Rhodesia.  I am the granddaughter of Basil.

Ann Martindale.

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