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© IWM (Q 12199) Captain H. R. H. Prince Albert, Royal Air Force, at Cranwell, 1918.




© IWM (Q 12238) Brigadier General A.C.Critchley,commanding the R A F. Cadet Brigade,decorating R A F Cadets with the Military Medal. St.Leonards on Sea,September 1918.



© IWM (Q 66138) Lieut A.P.F. Rhys-Davids,DSO,MC, 1897-1917

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In the RAF Cadets image - why are some sitting on the grass (informal even by RAF standards!) and what is the sign (equilateral triangle) on the Sgt's left arm? Mike
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Perhaps they are recovering from injuries.

( Am I the only one who thinks that Prince Albert bears a striking resemblance to one of the younger members of the current Royal Family )

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Question. Why would an RAF cadet receive a Military Medal ???? Could it be that he was infantry before transferring to RAF ???

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Picture shows well early RAF officer insignia-and young Prince Albert, with no idea then that one day he would be King George VI. Regards, Paul.
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If he is being presented with the same medal as the sergeant then it's not the MM.
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what is the cap badge being worn by the cadet?
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Why would he have had to have been Infantry ? The MM was not an award exclusive to the Infantry - members of any regiment could be awarded the MM - god forbid some were even awarded to Women !
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I concur with oc14. For actions in the air the award was DFM, for actions on the ground, it was the MM.
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what is the cap badge being worn by the cadet?
I think it is probably a number, Phil. Officer cadet battalions largely wore numbers on their caps during WW1.
The sergeant wears the RFC cap badge still I think (metal RAF badge not issued until 1919) and is being awarded a long service and good conduct medal.
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Perhaps they are recovering from injuries.

( Am I the only one who thinks that Prince Albert bears a striking resemblance to one of the younger members of the current Royal Family )

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My guess is that they have been told to get out of camera shot as far as possible in order to better frame the image. Notice how the lower left man is craning his neck.
Do you mean Prince William or Edward? Both look a little like Albert/George in the right circumstances I think, Peter.
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Thanks.I did not know that.
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I concur with oc14. For actions in the air the award was DFM, for actions on the ground, it was the MM.
Thank you,that was the answer I was looking for.
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