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Royal Flying Corps WW1

Postby Nisbetthome » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:37 pm

I have a family photo indicating those in photo are part of the RFC in 1914. Can anyone confirm that the uniforms conform with this view and suggest the possible unit and type of role in the RFC they we in?.

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Re: Royal Flying Corps WW1

Postby g w aldous » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:44 am

not RFC as they look like navy uniforms, Crossed anchors on middle ones arm.
Could be early RNAS as some are wearing puttees but just a guess,
was there a connection with aviation.
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Re: Royal Flying Corps WW1

Postby Nisbetthome » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:28 pm

Thanks for quick response. The chap sitting in front row RHS with pipe in mouth is my wife's grandfather (William Henry Collier b 1892). Her Mum has written on back "Dad's war 1914 in RFC" but she may have been misstaken. There are wings on RHS upper arms on many of them and the cap badges look to have an anchor, so could be RNAS. Without a service # we are struggling to find a war service record for him but know it could have been destroyed in WW2. Any further suggestions welcome.

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Re: Royal Flying Corps WW1

Postby Sylcec » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:12 am

A search for "William Henry Collier" in the National Archives Discovery Catalog produces several hits. I think this is your grandfather-in-law:
Name Collier, William Henry. Official Number: F41927. Place of Birth: Poplar, London.
Admiralty: Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services. Royal Naval Air Service RNAS. Name Collier, William Henry. Official Number: F41927. Place of Birth: Poplar, London. Date of Birth: 14 January 1892.

Collection: Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies
Date range: 1917
Reference:ADM 188/633/41927
You can purchase and download the record for £3.36 from here: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D6841850
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Re: Royal Flying Corps WW1

Postby Nisbetthome » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:41 am

Excellent. Now have the record and able to make some progress with finding rest of his service records which appear to be split up as a result of him having to transfer to RAF in 1918 when RFC & RNAS where merged together. Thanks again.

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Re: Royal Flying Corps WW1

Postby brunes08 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:58 pm

You may be able to obtain some help from the RAF Museum archives at Hendon. I was able to visit (you have to make an appointment) and obtained some very useful and interesting information on my grandfather's service in the RFC/RAF during the 1WW. Once you obtain the service records, you will have a service number which is needed for some of the archive material to be accessed.


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Re: Royal Flying Corps WW1

Postby Nisbetthome » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:50 pm

Thanks. I'll add that to my list of options to pursue next.
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