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Old 24-06-24, 07:52 AM
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Question Royal Flying Corps Photo - Any Clues?

Hi everyone,

This is a photo of my grandfather, Percy Williams. I'm rather new to this kind of thing, I recently discovered that he is wearing an RFC cap, but apart from that I don't have any good information. I know he was born in 1882 and lived in Abergavenny. I would very much appreciate any information that could be gleaned from the photo, such as when it might have been taken, the uniform etc.

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Old 24-06-24, 01:53 PM
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Not much. Standard cap and hat so could have been anytime during the war.
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Old 25-06-24, 06:46 PM
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His service papers.
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Only RFC for a matter of weeks then before the formation of and his transfer into the RAF.

I can't make out much more of the wording from the scans of his record, not that there seems to be an awful lot.

One thought is that at age 26 in 1918 isn't he a little old to have escaped enlistment sooner than this?

I understand there were many exceptions and that he might have had a genuine reason but could he have transferred to the RFC in 1918 from another unit? I know the record says not, could there be a prior record perhaps?

I have a great uncle who's service record shows him as enlisting into the RMLI in 1920 but a photo of him in 1923 shows him wearing WW1 medals. It turns out that he had previously served in the 7th Hussars.

Just a thought!

Nice photo to have, thank you for sharing it and good luck with your research.

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That is him! Percy Oliver Williams. Thank you so much!
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Only RFC for a matter of weeks then before the formation of and his transfer into the RAF.

I can't make out much more of the wording from the scans of his record, not that there seems to be an awful lot.

One thought is that at age 26 in 1918 isn't he a little old to have escaped enlistment sooner than this?

I understand there were many exceptions and that he might have had a genuine reason but could he have transferred to the RFC in 1918 from another unit? I know the record says not, could there be a prior record perhaps?

I have a great uncle who's service record shows him as enlisting into the RMLI in 1920 but a photo of him in 1923 shows him wearing WW1 medals. It turns out that he had previously served in the 7th Hussars.

Just a thought!

Nice photo to have, thank you for sharing it and good luck with your research.

Regards to all.

Ry
Thanks for the info Charlie. One of the few things I know about him is that he was an epileptic and so possibly this had an effect on his career aspirations. I guess flying was out of the question.
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