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Lt Henry Anthony Patrick Disney.


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Hi to one and all.

Another name from the WW1 Shoreham list.

Lt Henry Anthony Patrick Disney, Cambridgeshire Regt.

Pilot U/T, RAeC Cert 1151 15-3-1915.

Thats all we have, any more info out there please?

Tim.

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I know that there is the slightest mention of this man in one of my books at home.

I will check it out.

By the way, I have not forgotten about Courtney, it just seems that I am spending so much time at work lately....

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Matty.

Thank you, no problem, in your own time.

Tim.

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Hi Tim,

I had a couple of minutes to look at the Gazettes and found quite a lot for your man (see below)

Regards

Steve

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=29197&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

Flying Officers—

Dated 4th June, 1915.

Lieutenant H. A. P. Disney, 2nd Battalion,

The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Territorial

Force.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

Assistant Equipment Officers—

Temporary Lieutenant H. A. P. Disney,

The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Territorial

Force, from a Flying Officer.

1st February, 1916.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=29598&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

Temp. Lt. H. A. P. Disney, Camb. R.,

T.F., from an Asst. Equipment Officer, .and

to be temp. Capt. whilst so empld., vice Maj.

C. Melior, R.E. 1st May 1916.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=30050&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

Dep. Asst. Dirs. 21st Mar. 1917: —

Temp. Lt. (temp. Capt.) H. A. P. Disney,

Camb. R., T.F., from a Staff Capfc. and to

retain the temp, rank of Capt. whilst so

empld.,

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=30256&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

Lt. (temp.) H. A. P. Disney to be Lt.,

with precedence as from 8th Sept. 1914, and

to remain seconded. 29th Aug. 1917.

Lt. H. A. P. Disney to be Capt., with

precedence as from 1st June 1916, and to remain

seconded. 29th Aug. 1917.

Capt. H. A. P. Disney to have precedence

as from 2nd Aug. 1915 next below Capt.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=30452&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

COMMANDS AND STAFF.

The undermentioned appts. are made: —

A.G.'s AND Q.M.G.'s STAFF.

D.A Q.M.G — Capt. H. A. P. Disney, Camb.

R., T.F., from a Dep. Asst. Dir. at the War

Office. 22nd Nov. -1917.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=30686&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

The undermentioned to be temp. Majs.

25th Feb. 1918: —

Whilst empld. as G.S.Os., 2nd Grade: —

Capt. His Royal Highness Edward,

A.C.G.A.P.D., Prince of Wales and Duke

xef Cornwall, K.G., G.C.M.G., G.B.E., M.C.,

G. Gds.

Capt. C. H. Wilkinson, C. Gds., Spec.

Res.

Capt. W. P. Buckley, D.S.O., D. of Corn.

L.I.

Capt. D. H. Talbot, M.C., Lrs.

"Whilst empld. as D.A.Q.M.Gs. : —

Temp. Capt. E. M. Gutter, A.S.C.

Capt. G. W. Browne, R. War. R., Spec.

Res.

Capt. G. V. Breffit, M.C., Shrops. L.I.

Capt. H. Courtenay, M.C., Bedf. R.

Capt. H. A. P. Disney, Camb. R., T.F.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=x &issueNumber=30735&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

TECHNICAL BRANCH.

Capt. H. A. P. Disney to be temp. Lt.-

Col. whilst empld. as Lit-.-Col. 28th May

1918.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=30815&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

Air Ministry,

26th July, 1918.

ROYAL AIR FORCE.

The undermentioned temporary appointment

is made at the Air Ministry: —

Staff Officers, 2nd Glass.

And to be temp. Majs. whilst so empld.: —

(Capt. H. A. P. Disney, from 1st Apr.

1918 to 27th May 1918.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=31279&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

Tlhe undermentioned temporary appointments

are made: —

Staff* Officer, 1st Class.

(T.)

Capt. (actg. Lt.-Col.) H. A. P. Disney,

and to retain the actg. rank of Lt.-Col.

whilst so empld. 28th Jan. to 31st Mar.

1919.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...PageDuplicate=n &issueNumber=31449&pageNumber=0&SearchFor=H. A. P. Disney&selMedalType=&selHonourType=

The undermentioned are transferred to

unempld. list: —

2nd July 1919.

2nd Lt. H. A. P. Disney.

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Pam.

Thank you, it all helps.

Tim.

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Steve.

A couple of minutes??????? On the Gazette site, more like a couple of weeks to find that lot.

Gareth sent me some info on finding things on the site, any other help would be great.

Tim.

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O.k. - finally found him on page 662 of Roskill's 'The Naval Air Service 1908-1918'

He is mentioned in a letter to the Admiralty dated 01st May 1918, from Vice-Admiral Roger Keyes (who commanded the Dover Patrol).

The letter is in regards to the consitution of the R.A.F. units under Admiral Keyes' command at Dunkerque.

The letter is quite long, so I will only refer to the part that includes your man:

"The Naval Aircraft Supply Depot will cease to exist and its Stores will be disposed of as follows:-

(a) One month's supply of all Stores for Engine and Aeroplanes of Squadrons in the 65th Wing to be sent to No.1 Aircraft Depot, R.A.F. Reserve Dump at Guisnes. It is understood that this has already been done.

(B) 8th A.P. will draw from N.A.S.D. such spares as they require to bring up their stock of one month's supply for all Squadrons in the 7th Brigade and 61st Wing.

© Certain items, such as, Sopwith Camel Windscreens, 20 lb. Bomb Racks, M.T. Pneumatic Tyres will be despatched to 1 and 2 Aircraft Depots R.A.F. A list of these items was given to the O.C. N.A.S.D. by Major Disney.

(d) All other Stores, whether Technical, Stationery, or supplies of any sort whatever, are to be shipped forthwith by Barge to England. "

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Matty.

Thank you for the time taken on this one, more good info for the file.

Tim.

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Here's some earlier info from my Cambs Rgt research...

DISNEY Henry A P

Son of the Rev William Disney, of Skegness. Gonville & Cauis College, Cambridge (1912).

Appointed Lt 8-9-14 (LG 9-11-14, correcting LG 7-10-14), 2/1st btn Cambs, D coy. Requested for 1/1st btn 25-1-15, but likely to join Royal Flying Corps. Lt, 2/1st Cambs seconded to RFC as Flying Officer 4-6-15 (LG 18-6-15).

Won't repeat all the LG stuff, listed earlier ...

Officially mentioned by Secretary of State for War, for valuable war service, 1917.

Lt-Col, RAF, & Staff Officer 1st Class. Order of Crown of Italy.

Last Army List = 1920.

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Cliff.

Thank you for that it all helps with the big picture.

Tim.

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  • 6 years later...

I have resurrected this thread to ask if anyone researching him in 2007 knows whether Lt Disney was known to family and friends simply as 'Pat'?

I ask because I've found a number of letters loose amongst 10 Sqn's memorabilia from a 'Pat' to his mother, with no way that I've found of putting a surname to him with certainty. I know that Lt Disney was one of those who flew out to France with 10 Sqn in July 1915. Pat's letters date from 14 - 29 September 1915 and give a personal view on what we now know to be preparation for the Battle of Loos. However, a final letter is dated 10 October 1915 when he was en-route back to the UK and is headed 'No 2 General Hospital, Havre.'

He appeared to have suffered a head injury of some kind, although I have yet to find a record of this. (His penultimate letter mentions his having been stung by a wasp that morning, so perhaps some kind of anaphylactic shock?) Starlight's Gazette entries, above, could support the thought that he was taken off active flying duties and employed elsewhere within the RFC. Further Googling shows the same name staying on into the RAF and becoming involved in aircraft production in the postwar years.

So, was 'Pat' Lt H A P Disney?

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I am now satisfied that the 'Pat' who wrote the letters was, indeed, Lt Disney. A colleague with access to Ancestry has come up with a number of items, amongst them Disney's Marriage Certificate. This provides his wife's slightly unusual family name, and that corresponds exactly with a reference in one of Pat's letters.

Other research has shown that he rejoined the RAF at the outbreak of WW2, as did his four sons. There's a useful picture of all five men together at the head of this Telegraph obit for one of them:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/air-force-obituaries/6912639/Group-Captain-Hugh-Disney.html

However, for Cliff Brown, I think your detail of his parents at Post 10, above, is adrift. Rev William Disney may, however, have been an uncle and may well have conducted Pat's marriage service. A signature "A W Disney, Rector of Stoney Stanton" appears on the certificate where a Vicar would normally sign. Pat's father was Henry William Disney, a Barrister.

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John: Thanks for the offers, but we have his Medal Card thanks to my colleague's Ancestry membership and I've now also acquired his Service Record from the NA. That confirms that he was "Sick" with no amplifying detail from early October 1915, a fact that aligns with his letter from No 2 General Hospital. Whatever it was, it affected him for some months till he was adjudged to need glasses and declared unfit for further flying.

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  • 5 years later...

Hello, I am researching this man for his biography and have more general information. Trying to make contact with others in this thread about him. Immediately prior to WWI he was here in Alberta, Canada on dinosaur digs with two expeditions. The war started and he returned home. He is noted as a "gallant air officer" in an old dinosaur book. Vertebrate paleontology is my line of work- digging up and preparing dinosaurs for a major museum. The information here on Disney is fascinating but I don't understand many of the acronyms and abbreviations related to his military service. Can someone help translate? I believe his head injury was related to a flying accident. 

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Darren:  Happy to assist if I can, so where exactly do you need help?  ( Entirely by chance, 10 Squadron's first loss in action had also come home from Alberta.)

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