generalist Posted 20 November , 2013 Share Posted 20 November , 2013 Hi all, I'm looking at a service record for an RAF driver who was transferred from Roehampton (which I believe was the depot for observation balloon units) to "No 16 KBS" on 3 June 1918. He arrived 8 June, suggesting either there was a couple of days leave in the middle (he'd been on home service for about a year at this point) or that 16 KBS was serving in France. I am fairly sure that "KBS" is Kite Balloon Squadron or Section - I'm not sure of the terminology. I can't find much of a list of where particular balloon units were based, but I'm assuming most of them were in France. He would serve with them until January 1919 (I think) suggesting it remained in existence throughout the period. Any idea on where this unit might have been? The second question: He left the unit on 26 January, transferred to a fairly illegible unit. A medical examination on 25 February is recorded simply as "BI" and he was transferred to the reserve on the following day. He was later deemed discharged on 30 April 1920; am I right in assuming that this means he effectively left military service in February 1919 and returned home, and was the deemed discharged is essentially administrative? I also have no idea what "BI" might be. "Brain injury" and "bronchial infection" seem plausible, and the latter would be appropriate given the waves of 'flu at the time. It seems to have effectively precipitated his discharge, but might it have been linked to his departure from the unit a month earlier? Suggestions appreciated! Thanks, Andrew. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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