If you go to http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/raf-officers-service-records-1918-1919/
and enter Charles Cope's name, there is just one in this collection (AIR76, RAF Officers' Service Records). (That's £3.50 to download, by the way, but also available from FindMyPast).
An interesting new feature in the catalogue is that, after selecting his record, it gives possible other matches, which includes:
COPE, Charles Stanley
WO 339/122211 Army Officer's service record
There is no
guarantee that it's the same guy. However, when you select it, the catalogue entry says it's for Officer Cadet Charles Stanley COPE Royal Flying Corps
. So it's a pretty good bet that this is
the same guy. RFC is what my instinct was when I saw the photo. The light coloured band on the cap, I'd not seen before in WW1, but somewhere recently it appeared in a WW2 photo where it was also sported by RAF officer cadets.
Like all(?) WO 339 papers, "This record has not been digitised and cannot be downloaded."
Comments on his RAF papers
- he lived just up the road from me - Rope Hall, Nantwich!
- p2 of the papers shows that he served as a Premium Apprentice with the London & North Western Railway at Crewe Loco Works.
- Ancestry has 4 records & images relating to his time at Crewe with the LNWR in the UK, Railway Employment Records, 1833-1956
- these suggest (on a quick reading) that he returned to the LNWR, leaving in 1922 due to injuries from the war