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Lt Arthur Frank Iago served with 70 Squadron, having come to the RFC via 2/Lt West Yorkshire Regiment and Lt KRRC. I can find almost no other information, except that he was attached to 70 Squadron on 28 August 1916 and in the late 1920s he was involved with a patent for a toy helicopter! An Arthur Frank JAGO was born in Stoke Newington in 1889. 

Any help gratefully received.

thanks

Mike

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You'll know the London Gazette has him (A F Iago) relinquishing his (KRRC) commission on age grounds on 9 April 1949?  Retaining the rank of captain.

Which would be quite a feat if he is the same Arthur Frank Iago who died in Worthing, Sussex,  on 21 September 1948, aged 59 , i.e. born c1889.

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Searching for Arthur Frank Lago, rather than Iago, produces a few more hits in the Gazette. The joys of OCR, and telling an I from an L. :)

Commissioning as a probationary 2nd Lieutenant with the 4th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment on 15 August 1914

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28899/page/7226

Confirmed in his rank in June 1915

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29186/page/5519

Promoted to Lieutenant on 18 September 1915

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29322/supplement/10010

Seconded for service with the King's African Rifles on 8 October 1917

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30800/supplement/8431

Having had a closer look at his medal index card, I suspect the KRRC is a transcription error, and that the card actually reads K. A. Rif., which would be consistent with his secondment to the King's African Rifles in October 1917. Edited to add that he qualified for a full trio of 1914-15 Star, British War, and Victory Medals, with a qualifying date for the 1914-15 Star of 30 June 1915 in France.

Finally, my interpretation of the dates on the following Casualty Form would be that he was only with the RFC from 28 August 1916 to 14 September 1916, when he rejoined his unit.

https://www.casualtyforms.org/form/12150

Post-war he seems to have become a solicitor, judging by his occasional mentions in the Gazette between 1921 and 1948. FamilySearch also produces a couple of possible marriages, one in 1920 to a Noreen H Fitzgerald in Kensington, London, England, and another in 1940 to a Laura S Douglas-McKenzie in Surrey, England. The death of a Nora Helen Iago, born 1 December 1892 was registered in 1970 in Kent, England, while the death of a Laura Susanna Iago, born 3 August 1910, was registered in 1996 in Sussex, England. As noted above Arthur Frank Iago died on 21 September 1948, the beneficiaries of his will were Laura Susanna Douglas Iago and two others.

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Intentional Deletion - Repetition - Tawhiri beat me to it.

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Thank you all for your assistance. He's probably an example of a prospective Observer who found flying (physically?) disagreeable. He left 70 Squadron one day before they suffered heavy casualties after meeting Boelke's unit.

 

Mike

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