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Sydney Francis Anderson RNAS


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Does anyone have a photograph (or information on the above named). Anderson was a New Zealand mechanic in the RNAS who was awarded:

1. Sea Gallantry Medal, aka 'The Broard of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea'

2. DSM

3. Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

I have his AMD service record and AIR79.

Many thanks in advance.

Adam

 

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Also an ADM 188 (was that what you meant when you wrote AMD?) and an AIR 76

 

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D6810852

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8185886

 

sJ

Also: http://navymuseum.co.nz/worldwar1/people/sydney-francis-smith/

As he was RNAS there may be information in the Fleet Air Arm Museum library and archives http://www.fleetairarm.com/naval-aviation-research.aspx

 

 

 

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Mentioned in Dispatches here: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30437/supplement/13318/data.pdf

 

And I expect you already have the Gazette references to the CGM and the DSC, but just in case not:

CGM gazetted with citation 23 April 1918: http://www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyBritishLGDecorationszzCGM.htm

DSC gazetted, no citation except among "Honours for Services in Action with Enemy submarines", 20 July 1917: http://www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyBritishLGDecorations1917a.htm

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Hi sJ,

 

Thanks for that, very helpful. You've got Anderson down for the DSC but I cannot seem to find this on the page supplied. Also elsewhere, including the RNZN museum, they have him awarded a DSM not DSC?  I might be reading this wrong.

 

I'm really interested in his actions on 19 March 1918 for the CGM:

"To receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

Ldg. Mech. (E.) Sydney Francis Anderson, D.S.M., O.N. F.12676. For conspicuous gallantry, initiative and courage displayed by him on the 19th March, 1918, when the petrol system of his machine sustained extensive damage in action with enemy aircraft. After repairing the damage to the petrol system he noticed that the starboard engine was boiling violently. After reporting to the officer in charge and requesting that the engine should be throttled down as far as possible, he climbed out on the lower plane, and effected extensive repairs to the water circulation system, and thus enabled the engine to be opened out to the desired number of revolutions. Ldg. Mechanic Anderson's work, which was carried out entirely in the open in a wind force of ninety miles per hour, and occupied 1 ¾ hours, undoubtedly saved the machine."

 

Would be good to know whether he was on a Curtiss H12 or Felixstowe F2 perhaps.

 

Cheers

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39 minutes ago, Grid said:

DSM not DSC?

DSM - my typo!

 

The NZ navy museum link says:

"He was posted to Royal Naval Air Station, Felixstowe, which was a seaplane base, operating reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrols in the North Sea and the eastern approaches to the English Channel. The main aircraft operating from the base was the Felixstowe F2 seaplane and later variants, which had two engines and carried a crew of four, including a mechanic."

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Adam,

 

See pp93-108 and 224-227 of T D Hallam's 'The Spider Web - The romance of a flying-boat flight in the First World War.'

 

Errol

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I know, but no so sure about where they got this from. Spoke to someone there and they had no record of their source for this. Also some other things wrong with their information on this webpage so made have my doubts.

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I'm not sure the Navy List will give his location for the war years but I'll look when I have a moment.

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9 hours ago, Errol Martyn said:

Adam,

 

See pp93-108 and 224-227 of T D Hallam's 'The Spider Web - The romance of a flying-boat flight in the First World War.'

 

Errol

Errol,

Thanks for that will do!

Adam

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Just in case of confusion, the entry in London Gazette number 30227 (page 8207) shows the DSM being awarded to Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Frederick Anderson, O.N. F7389.  This entry was subsequently amended, as per London Gazette number 30437 (page 13321):

 

CORRECTIONS.

In Gazette of 11th August, 1917, page 8207, col. 2, for Air Mech., 2nd Gr., Frederick Anderson, O.N. F7389, read Ldg. Mech. Sydney Francis Anderson, O.N. F12676.

Graeme

 

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