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47313 Pte. Henry Gaydon Hertfordshire Regiment? Later, 407551 R A F.


David Kinsella
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Hi all, 

Hoping someone can help me to help someone else. Any information you geniuses ( I mean it. You are, with your knowledge) on the above soldier would be greatly appreciated. The name, numbers, regiment/ service come from a medal index card. 

Many thanks for any help.

Regards. D.

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Here are a few starters:

UK, Royal Air Force Airmen records [Image available at Fold3]

Henry GAYDON,  407551

Born: 14/12/1885 in London

Service date: 16/10/1914

Wife: Elizabeth Gaydon

 

UK, Royal Air Force Muster Roll {Image available at Fold3]

H Gaydon  407551

Muster date: 22/2/1918

 

RAF Muster Roll [As above - Transcript and Image at RAF Museum StoryVault]

http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/gaydon-h

Pte 2, Labourer, Air Mech 3

 

RAF Medal Roll - BWM & VM [Image available at Ancestry]

GAYDON, Henry 407551

Previously: 47313 Herts R. Pte 

Discharged: 14/12/1918

:-) M

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There's an Ebbw Vale 1911 Census [2/4/1911]= Might be worth checking out further [Image available at Ancestry]

Head: Henry Gaydon, aged 25, born London [c.1886] Colliery Underground Labourer

Wife: Elizabeth, aged 24, born Bristol [married 4 years so c.1907]

Dau: Eillen, aged 3, born Bristol

Son: Alfred Henry, aged 1, born Cwm

At: 6 Stanfield St, Cwm, Monmouthshire

:-) M

 

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Census now looks very, very positive as matching

RAF Service record [brief summary] further gives 407511 Gaydon's occupation as Miner, Married Elizabeth in Bristol 13/10/1907, Children Eileen Florence A b.15/12/1907, Alfred Henry b. 26/6/1909 [and Daisy May b.17/10/1915 and Ella Lillian b.29/10/1917 Attested Ebbw Vale 16/10/1914

Also gives prior service 3rd Bn., Welsh Regiment Militia (3 Years)

[however see also a separate earlier SR/Attestation as 3WR2609, 8/1/1903 at Pontypridd - Father: Mr. Gaydon 39 Penfield St, Minor Road, Bristol - he was discharged 29/9/1904 as inefficient]

Attested: 16/10/1914

Posted to ASC 1/9/1916 [I wonder if delayed as he was a miner??]

Wounded 10/11/1917 Gas Poison Shell with 1/1 Herts, admitted 56 GH Etaples 11/11/1917

Transferred RFC 22/2/1918

To RAF 1/4/1918 [as one would expect!]

Both records available via Find My Past.

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Thank you, that tallies with some stuff she knew already. I knew this would be the place to ask.

Much appreciated.👍

Regards D. 

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