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Hi from a new boy.

I am part of the group that run the visitor centre and archive at Shoreham Airport West Sussex. I have started work on our Great War records, and I need your help. During the war Shoreham was the home of No3 Reserve / Training Squadron and other units. We have some info on many who served there but there must be a lot more to find out.

Can you help?

Anything to do with war time Shoreham is good as it all helps with the big picture.

Over to you.

Tim

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Hi from a new boy.

I am part of the group that run the visitor centre and archive at Shoreham Airport West Sussex. I have started work on our Great War records, and I need your help. During the war Shoreham was the home of No3 Reserve / Training Squadron and other units. We have some info on many who served there but there must be a lot more to find out.

Can you help?

Anything to do with war time Shoreham is good as it all helps with the big picture.

Over to you.

Tim

Send me a pm, and I'll try to help

Vervos

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So far in my search of the E Sussex Coroners records this is the only airman that I have found who was killed at Shoreham

MORKILL RONALD FALSHAW LIEUTENANT ARMY 1ST BN WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT (PRINCE OF WALE'S OWN) ATTACHED ROYAL FLYING CORPS 23-Jun-1915 23 FALL WITH HIS AEROPLANE WHILST ON DUTY AT SHOREHAM; ACCIDENTAL DEATH SHOREHAM BELL BUSK, YORKS, ENGLAND Son of John William and Hannah Shaw Morkill, of Newfield Hall, Bell Busk, via Leeds; husband of Ellen Mary Morkill (nee Wilkinson), of Neasham Abbey, near Darlington. LG OF 13 JUL 1915 SHOWS APPOINTED TO RFC 21 JUN 1915 YES KIRKBY MALHAM (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD EAST OF CHURCH COR/1/3/145

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& this lad was based at Shoreham

GARVER ROY O CADET UNITED STATES AIR SERVICE 3 TRAINING SQUADRON ROYAL FLYING CORPS (SHOREHAM) 28-Jan-1918 26 AEROPLANE CRASHED WHILST TAKING OFF; ACCIDENTAL DEATH. KILLED WHILST FLYING SOPWITH CAMEL B9282 EASTBOURNE AERODROME GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 1917 MARTINSVILLE, CLARK COUNTY, ILLNOIS, USA Son of George B Carver b 14 May 1859 d 26 Feb 1912 & Mary Arizona Jones b 27 Jan 1864 d 22 Jan 1955 BLUEGRASS CEMETERY, DOLSON TWP, CLARK COUNTY,ILLNOIS COR/1/3/640

Chris

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Chris

Thanks very good. Much I don't have here.

Found Roy Garver in a book this week - War Birds - The Diary of an Unknown Aviator - by Elliott White Springs.

I think this is ok

Left New York Sept 16 or 17 1917 on the R.M.S. Carmania.

In Halifax by Sept 20.

Left Halifax Seot 21 part of a convoy of 14 ships & Escort.

Into Liverpool Oct 2.

Garver to Stamford ot learn to fly Nov 5 or 6.

Tim

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Chris

Have a look for Capt Maurice Douglas Guest Scott d.o.d. 17 3 1918 . Also in E Sussex Coroners Records.

Tim

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Chris

Have a look for Capt Maurice Douglas Guest Scott d.o.d. 17 3 1918 . Also in E Sussex Coroners Records.

Tim

Tim

already got him - was he based at Shoreham

Chris

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Tim

Have sent you a pm with some background links.

Patrick

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Chris

No Robert Morkill was not based at Shoreham as far as I know.

Tim

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Tim

thanks

CHris

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Tim

I wonder if you have anything on Lt Leslie Donald Hamblin Royal Fusiliers RFC. Family legend has it that he trained at Shoreham (as I did some 60 years later!)

Thanks Hambo

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Hi Hambo.

Yes I have Lt Leslie Donald Hamblin Royal Fus & RFC on my files .

All I have is that he was Pilot U/T.

If you have any info on him it would be great to see it, as it all goes to make up the big picture.

All the best.

Tim.

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Tim

Thanks very much for that. I have his file from the National Archives which may give you some goodies so I'll lok it out and post the details. he went on to the RAFVR in the 20s and it lists the aircraft he was rated on which is quite a few. Family legend has it that he was a ferry pilot for a while which would explain all the types. I can do a photo in uniform if that's of interest as well.

Let me know and thanks

Hambo

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Hambo.

If you would like to give me the info you have I will put it into my WW1 file at the airport, and one day we may have the full picture on all who served there. The company who now run the place are talking about a new visitor centre and I may have room for a large display. So the more I have on these men the better.

Thanks.

Tim.

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My grandfather was a Shoreham man. Capt Shirley George Kingsley RFC. I'm not sure precisly when he got there, but sometime after his request for transfer form the 11th York & Lancasters on 1st Nov 1915 and June 16th 1916 when he married my grandmother at Steyning, while based at Shoreham aerodrome as a 2nd Lt, Royal Flying Corps. He went to Egypt with the 14th Squadron at the end of the year and was based at Helioplois camp, nr Cairo. He took part in the 1st Battle of Rafah, on 8th/9th Jan 1917, and received a MC: Gazettte:3rd March 1917. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He was attacked by three hostile machines and shot down. To ensure that his machine would be destroyed, he deliberately landed in the sea at great risk to himself, as he had been wounded, and only with difficulty swam ashore. His service record confirmed that he had been injured on January 10th 1917. He is mentioned in Henshawe's The Sky Their Battlefield.

I wonder if you have any information about this specific period at Shoreham? Or anything to add. Still lots of gaps to fill!

Sue.

Hi from a new boy.

I am part of the group that run the visitor centre and archive at Shoreham Airport West Sussex. I have started work on our Great War records, and I need your help. During the war Shoreham was the home of No3 Reserve / Training Squadron and other units. We have some info on many who served there but there must be a lot more to find out.

Can you help?

Anything to do with war time Shoreham is good as it all helps with the big picture.

Over to you.

Tim

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