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Somme and Dunkirk on Naval record


wendyhawk

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I would appreciate some help explaining this naval record. There is mention of the Somme, W. Scrubs and Dunkirk etc. Is this to do with a role in the Royal Flying Corps? Having been baptised Horatio, he decided to be called George.

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Wendy

He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service, at Crystal Palace as an Air Mechanic 3rd Grade?

He then spent time training at Wormwood Scrubs depot.

Then was then posted to the RNAS base at Dunkirk France.

The entry says Somme- this refers to a posting to one of the Naval fighter squadrons , attached

to the RFC during the big battles of 1917. The dates may indicate that he joined No1 Naval Squadron,

then renumbered 1(N) Squadron. This squadron moved to Bailleul on 1/6/1917, and were returned to

RNAS control on 2/11/1917 and moved back to the coast at Bray Dunes Aerodrome near Dunkirk.

On 10/12/1917 the squadron was brought back to Dover for a rest.

Other forum members can probably tell you what postings he got after that,as President V and Daedalus

are accounting bases, and unfortunately I cannot decifer the name in brackets after them.

He transferred to the RAF on 1/4/1918 on it's formation from the RNAS and RFC.

Hopefully others should be able to help with more

Regards

Geoff

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2 hours ago, sdparker said:

as an Air Mechanic 3rd Grade?

Enlisted as Air Mechanic 2nd Grade (Driver).

 

2 hours ago, sdparker said:

Other forum members can probably tell you what postings he got after that,as President V and Daedalus

are accounting bases, and unfortunately I cannot decifer the name in brackets after them.

He transferred to the RAF on 1/4/1918 on it's formation from the RNAS and RFC.

Although he was transferred or lent to the RAF on 1 April 1918, he only served in that service until 2 October and he was then drafted back to RN(RNAS) service.

See RAF Muster Roll entry here - http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/webster-g.h  His (temporary) RAF No. was 226289.

Findmypast have a record for his RAF time - https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C12271220

He had one day on the books of HMS PEMBROKE II and was then drafted to the books of HMS PRESIDENT V for service at the RNAS Experimental Station, Stratford. HMS PRESIDENT V administered all RNAS men who were not transferred, were lent to, or were returned from the RAF.

Interestingly, the original RNAS engagement papers for such men are in the archive of the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. For RNAS men who transferred permanently to the RAF their engagement papers do not exist, they having been destroyed by the RAF.

Regrettably, the entire NMRN (of which FAAM is just one entity) has been closed to all curatorial/archive enquiries since 21 Dec 2018 and there is no news of any change to this position. At present, therefore, you cannot obtain copies of these records.

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