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Topic: 2/A.M. Henry Daniel Beet D.C.M.
Posted By: ROBPUGH
Subject: 2/A.M. Henry Daniel Beet D.C.M.
Date Posted: 23 Nov 2015 at 22:54

2/A.M. Henry Daniel Beet No.2763

No.9 Squadron Royal Flying Corps


THE BIRMINGHAM DAILY MAIL, FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1915
REPAIRS UNDER FIRE
FIRST “D.C.M.’S” IN THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS
BIRMINGHAM MAN’S DISTINCTION
The experiences of a number of old St. Mark’s scholars now serving with the colours have already been recounted in the “Mail”, and it is pleasing to be able to record that another member on the school’s roll of honour has now gained the D.C.M.  His name is Harry Beet. The only St. Mark’s boy attached to the Royal Flying Corps, Beet is only 20 years of age, and is serving with the 16th Squadron of the Corps. Naturally the headmaster (Mr. S.S. Saunders) and the teachers and scholars of his old school are proud of the young hero.
Writing to his parents at 118 Anderton Street, Ladywood, on April 4th, Beet mentions that he has gained the coveted distinction and describes how, by the merest chance, he met his own brother and other men from Birmingham out at the front. He says: -
 “Well mother, you say that our Fred is out here. A few days ago some of his regiment came on our aerodrome, and while I was asking if anybody of the name of Private Beet came over with them, who should I see walking alongside the hedge but our Fred and Bill Leaver and quite a crowd of the boys from Brum. That was the first intimation I’d had that he was out here at all. He looks a picture of health. We were not together long, worse luck; he had only about half an hour to spare, as they were moving that day and we were doing the same. Still, I’m glad I met him, if only for a few minutes.”
“I’m now going to tell you a few words that will no doubt please you and all at home. Three others and I have won the D.C.M. over that job I told you about, when we went out to the machine that was under shell fire. We are the first to win this medal in the Royal Flying Corps, according to what the colonel said to us when he congratulated us.”
In the previous letter referred to, Beet mentioned the incident in connection with which he won the medal, but only in a very casual manner, as follows: -
“I had a wee bit of an experience the other night, for the plane that I’m on was brought down by German aircraft guns, and five of us were sent to repair the petrol tank, which had a hole in it as big as your fist. While we were working on it the shells were screaming over our heads all the time, and then two burst within about 15 yards of us, and we had to clear out of it pretty slick, for it was getting a bit warm there. We got her away at dawn alright, although she had a dozen or two holes in her. None of us were hit.”



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Posted By: Morris
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 20:12
In a supplement to the "Gazette" appeared a list of warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men, to whom his Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty. Among them, the following appear :
2763 Second Class .Air Mechanic H. D. Beet, Royal Flying Corps.
2152 Second Class .Air Mechanic H. Dewhurst, Royal Flying Corps.
2761 Second Class .Air Mechanic J. H. Dollittle, Royal Flying Corps.
354 Cpl. S. C. Griggs, Royal Flying Corps.
2008 Second Class .Air Mechanic J. E. Prance, Royal Flying Corps.
To each of these names is appended the following note :
For gallant conduct and valuable service on the night of March 10-11, 1915, in assisting to repair one of our aeroplanes which had been forced to descend near the firing line whilst being heavily shelled by the enemy. The machine was enabled to fly away by the following morning,

The Aeroplane June 9th 1915.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 25 Nov 2015 at 21:37
London Gazette, 3 June, 1915
Distinguished Conduct Medals
2763 2nd Class Air Mechanic Beet, H.D., Royal Flying Corps.
2152 2nd Class Air Mechanic Dewhurst, H., Royal Flying Corps.
2761 2nd Class Air Mechanic Dollittle, J.H., Royal Flying Corps.
2008 2nd Class Air Mechanic Prance, J.E., Royal Flying Corps.
For gallant conduct and valuable services on the night of 10 – 11 March, 1915, in assisting to repair one of our aeroplanes which had been forced to descend near the firing line whilst being heavily shelled by the enemy. The machine was enabled to fly away by the following morning.
 
354 Corporal Griggs, S.C., Royal Flying Corps.
For gallant conduct and exceptionally good work on 10 – 11 March, 1915, in assisting to repair one of our aeroplanes close to the front line of trenches, under heavy shell fire.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 27 Nov 2015 at 23:04

Records of Service with No.9 (Wireless) Squadron
GHQ 3rd Echelon Daily Orders Part II
HQ R.F.C. (France) Daily Routine Orders
Cross & Cockade International Journal
Service Records
No.4 Squadron Field Returns
 
No.2763 Beet, Henry Daniel
(2/A.M.) Posted from Home Unit to No.9 (Wireless) Sqn, 27 Jan 1915.
(2/A.M.) Transferred from ‘C’ Flight, No.9 (Wireless) Sqn to No.16 Sqn on dis-establishment, 22 Mar 1915.
(2/A.M.) Awarded the “D.C.M.” (Authy. “Rewards etc.” issued by Field Marshall, Commanding in Chief dated 27 Mar 1915 List No.20).
H.D. Beet, Flight, July 2, 1915
 
No.2152 Dewhurst, Herbert
(2/A.M.) Posted from Home Unit to No.9 (Wireless) Sqn, 18 Jan 1915.
(2/A.M.) Transferred from ‘C’ Flight, No.9 (Wireless) Sqn to No.16 Sqn on dis-establishment, 22 Mar 1915.
(2/A.M.) Awarded the “D.C.M.” (Authy. “Rewards etc.” issued by Field Marshall, Commanding in Chief dated 27 Mar 1915 List No.20).
H. Dewhurst, Flight, July 2, 1915
 
No.2761 Dollittle, John Henry
(2/A.M.) Posted from Home Unit to No.9 (Wireless) Sqn, 27 Jan 1915.
(2/A.M.) Awarded 1 days F.P. No.2, 9 Feb 1915 for “Absence”.
(2/A.M.) Appointed 1st Class Air Mechanic, 1 Mar 1915.
(1/A.M.) Transferred from ‘C’ Flight, No.9 (Wireless) Sqn to No.16 Sqn on dis-establishment, 22 Mar 1915.
(1/A.M.) Awarded the “D.C.M.” (Authy. “Rewards etc.” issued by Field Marshall, Commanding in Chief dated 27 Mar 1915 List No.20).
J.H. Dollittle, Flight, July 2, 1915
 
No.2008 Prance, John Edward
(2/A.M.) Posted from Home Unit to No.9 (Wireless) Sqn, 18 Jan 1915.
(2/A.M.) Appointed 1st Class Air Mechanic, 1 Mar 1915 (Service Record states with No.16 Sqn at this date).
(1/A.M.) Transferred from ‘C’ Flight, No.9 (Wireless) Sqn to No.16 Sqn on dis-establishment, 22 Mar 1915.
(1/A.M.) Awarded the “D.C.M.” (Authy. “Rewards etc.” issued by Field Marshall, Commanding in Chief dated 27 Mar 1915 List No.20).
J.E. Prance, Flight, July 2, 1915
 
No.354 Griggs, Sidney Charles
(1/A.M.) With 'C' Flight, No.4 Squadron, arrived for duty, 20 Sept 1914.
(1/A.M.) Posted from No.4 Sqn to Headquarters Wireless Telegraphy Unit, 8 Nov 1914.
(1/A.M.) Promoted Corporal, 20 Nov 1914.
(Cpl) Posted from Headquarters Wireless Telegraphy Unit to No.9 (Wireless) Sqn, 8 Dec 1914.
(Cpl) Transferred from ‘C’ Flight, No.9 (Wireless) Sqn to No.16 Sqn on dis-establishment, 22 Mar 1915.
S.C. Griggs with D.C.M. ribbon
 S.C. Griggs, Flight, July 2, 1915
 
Appointments, Commissions, Rewards etc.
Honours and Rewards
The following is an extract from a list of Appointments, Commissions, Rewards etc. approved by the Field Marshal Commanding in Chief, The Forces in the Field, dated 27 March 1915 –
Under authority granted by His Majesty the King to the Field Marshal Commanding in Chief, the undermentioned Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and Men have been awarded decorations as shown –
The Distinguished Conduct Medal
2763 Air Mechanic Beet.
2761 Air Mechanic Dollittle.
2152 Air Mechanic Dewhurst.
2008 Air Mechanic Prance.
 
Honours and Rewards
The following is an extract from a list of Honours and Rewards etc. approved by the Field Marshal Commanding in Chief, The Forces in the Field, dated 10 April 1915 –
Under authority granted by His Majesty the King to the Field Marshal Commanding in Chief, the undermentioned Officers, Warrant Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and Men have been awarded decorations as shown –
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Royal Flying Corps
354 Corporal S. C. Griggs.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 27 Nov 2015 at 23:24

1/A.M. John Edward Prance No.2008
No.9 Squadron Royal Flying Corps

J.E. Prance, Flight, July 2, 1915

THE NORTH DEVON JOURNAL, MARCH 25, 1915
BIDEFORDIAN’S EXPERIENCES IN NEUVE CHAPELLE FIGHT
Capt. S. Prance, Bideford Harbour Master, has received from Pte. J. Prance, Royal Flying Corps, the eldest of his four sons who joined the Forces on the outbreak of War, a letter in the course of which he says: -
“I have been very busy this week, but I have some good news for you. I expect you will have heard of the great success which has been gained by our troops; you will watch with interest the list of those mentioned in despatches. On the 10th, during the great battle, one of our machines was shot down by the Germans, and four of us went out to see what could be done to it. We found that it was badly holed in the tank, so we started to work, but could not do anything because the Germans were shelling it for all they were worth. They soon had the range, because the machine was in front of our guns, which they had been shelling all the morning, but did little damage to them. However, the shells were falling around us, and one came so close to me that the mud came all over me. We still kept to work, but things got so hot that we were told to leave it until night came on, and then we went out again and repaired it. We then got the machine away safely and the Germans did not get it after all. It was the grandest thing you could see in a lifetime to see all our guns firing. The Germans were leaving their trenches like rats. I am pleased to say I have been promoted to my first class, and am enjoying the best of health.”


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 03 Dec 2015 at 20:05
Thanks Morris for your 'The Aeroplane' post. Sorry for the delay, I have been waiting for a post to be approved (hopefully soon) of their London Gazette entries.

Does anyone know which aircraft, shot down by German ground fire on 10 March 1915, these brave gentlemen repaired under fire?
I would assume it was a 'C' Flight, No.9 (Wireless) Squadron aircraft, and the crew were not injured?



Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 04 Dec 2015 at 18:34

The Aeroplane

Wednesday, June 16, 1915

 A subaltern in the British Army, who has contributed to the “English Review” several most graphic sketches of what active service really means, makes an interesting reference to aircraft in his description of the incidents connected with [the] capture of Neuve Chapelle published in the issue for June, 1915: -

“Again and again the squat, black howitzers, peeping from their screen of leaves, belch forth flame, jerk up their heads, and are immediately surrounded by their little crowd of attendant gunners. Ceaselessly overhead the aeroplanes, English and French, pass to and fro. Suddenly, without warning, a wailing shriek rends the air. A 16-inch German shell coming! We look up, No! We are petrified. For one appalling second we watch an aeroplane, crumpled, disintegrating, hurtle five hundred feet through the air – fall like a stone to the ground.

“Half an hour later another little procession passes along the road. Two stretchers, four bearers to each, two bodies cased in leather, inconceivably torn and battered. So the two aviators, Irving and Morgan, had died. We walked along the road and there, three hundred yards away, in a rickyard, was the shapeless, twisted mass of canvas, wood, and steel that once had been an aeroplane. Hard hit by the German guns, it had flown painfully down to our lines, only to crumple up at safety’s door.

“And presently, a few fields off, another aeroplane descends. This time safety has been reached by a hair’s breadth. The two aviators show us their machine, smiling calmly the while. The petrol tank has a hole large enough to put your arm in. All the way from La Bassee, where the German shrapnel burst around it for half an hour on end, it had been leaking furiously. A narrow shave – but that is the sort of thing our aviators regard as a joke.”

[It is generally understood in the R.F.C. that Mr. Morgan’s machine was hit by one of our own shells while going out low down in the fog, which prevented the pilot from reaching a safe altitude before starting out from behind our guns. – Ed.]


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 14:24
London Gazette, 3 June, 1915
Distinguished Conduct Medals
2763 2nd Class Air Mechanic Beet, H.D., Royal Flying Corps.
2152 2nd Class Air Mechanic Dewhurst, H., Royal Flying Corps.
2761 2nd Class Air Mechanic Dollittle, J.H., Royal Flying Corps.
2008 2nd Class Air Mechanic Prance, J.E., Royal Flying Corps.
For gallant conduct and valuable services on the night of 10 – 11 March, 1915, in assisting to repair one of our aeroplanes which had been forced to descend near the firing line whilst being heavily shelled by the enemy. The machine was enabled to fly away by the following morning.
 
354 Corporal Griggs, S.C., Royal Flying Corps.
For gallant conduct and exceptionally good work on 10 – 11 March, 1915, in assisting to repair one of our aeroplanes close to the front line of trenches, under heavy shell fire.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 20 Jun 2016 at 11:47
From my visit to RAF Hendon archives. They have photos and clippings donated by Sidney Charles Griggs daughter. They also have his medals, including the DCM. SC Griggs is my GG Uncle.




Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2016 at 19:23
ROBPUGH, can you tell me how you got hold of the info on movements for these men? I have SC Griggs service record from the RAF archive but it does not include movements prior to 1/4/1918, just details of promotions.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 23 Jun 2016 at 19:13
Hello '354 Griggs'
The service information was extracted from various R.F.C. Routine Orders and Field Returns held at the National Archives, Kew, and a Cross and Cockade article about the Headquarters Wireless Telegraphy Unit and No.9 (Wireless) Squadron.

I have copies of the documents mentioned and will post their NA references when I have had time to look at them

Thanks for posting a picture of Griggs medals.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2016 at 20:37
Thanks very much Mr Pugh, any information you may have will be very welcome. As mentioned on another thread I don't really have any expert knowledge to bring to the forum, I only have my GG Uncle's photos and service record from the RAF coupled with the desire to know more of what he did.
If the forum thinks it useful I'll put up all the photos I have including crashed aircraft, group photos etc.


Posted By: whiskymac
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2016 at 09:42
I for one would certainly be interested in seeing your photos.

With reference to your other post with the group photo, your GG Uncle did seem to have a somewhat 'severe countenance' - or perhaps he simply didn't like being photographed!


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2016 at 17:24
Thanks whiskymac. I do have quite a few!
I think you are right on both counts with respect to his character, as you will see.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2016 at 23:39
AIR1/749/204/3/65 - No.4 Squadron, R.F.C. Field Returns.

Images of original page and part transcription of Field Return.




Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 05 Jul 2016 at 22:43

No.354 S.C. Griggs

AIR1/808/204/4/1194 – Headquarter Routine Orders, November 1912 – June 1913.

As a Sapper (No.19349), 59 Company, Royal Engineers, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on probation, and posted to No.2 Squadron as a 2nd Class Air Mechanic, 28 August 1912.

Final transfer approved in Headquarters Daily Routine Orders dated 30 November 1912.

Posted to No.4 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 16 December 1912.

Appointed 1st Class Air Mechanic, 31 December 1912.

Selected to attend the Aero Show at Olympia. Paraded under Sergeant Major Squires at 9.30 a.m. in "walking out dress" with greatcoats. Proceeded to Vauxhall by the 10.18 a.m. train from Farnborough and marched to the Olympia. Met at the Addison Road entrance at 12 noon by a representative of the Royal Aero Club, 15 February 1913.

Proceeded to Larkhill by W.D. motor lorry on temporary duty, and returned on completion, 20 February 1913.

Proceeded to Reading by Government motor car on temporary duty, and returned on completion, 3 April 1913.

Proceeded to the Central Flying School for a course of instruction, 15 May 1913.

More information to follow (when I can find time to look through my records)SmileGeek
All the best,
Rob.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 05 Jul 2016 at 23:28
Wow! Thank you very much Rob


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2016 at 22:55
AIR1/749/204/3/65 - No.4 Squadron Field Returns

Transcribed Field Return and cropped image of original page.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2016 at 19:00
Thank you so much Rob!


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2016 at 20:28
AIR1/806/204/4/1189 – HQ’s RFC (Home) Routine Orders. Aug.-Oct. 1914.

Routine Order dated 19 August 1914.

The Flight of No.4 Squadron R.F.C. (Overseas Expeditionary Force) consisting of the undermentioned Officers, N.C.O.'s and men at present at Dover on detached duty are posted to Reserve Aeroplane Squadron from 1.8.14.
354 1st A.M. Griggs S.


Routine Order dated 9 September 1914.
The following proceeded overseas this day and are posted from Reserve Aeroplane Squadron to No.4 Squadron Expeditionary Force.
354 1st A.M. Griggs.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2016 at 23:15
AIR1/740/204/2/29part1 - Headquarters R.F.C., Daily Routine Orders.
1914 Aug. - 1915 Apr.
Routine Order dated 21 March 1915.
The following personnel of No.9 Squadron will, on dis-establishment, be transferred and attached as stated on the 22nd instant -
'C' Flight as below will be transferred to No.16 Squadron but will remain attached to the 2nd Wing for the present.
345 Corpl. Griggs S.



Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 19:32
AIR1/740/204/2/29part1 - Headquarters R.F.C., Daily Routine Orders.
1914 Aug. - 1915 Apr.
Routine Order dated 20 November 1914.
Promoted Corporal with effect from 20 November 1914.
345 1st A.M. S. Griggs.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 20:08
It's funny how they kept getting the service number wrong for Sidney Griggs. May be why I've struggled to find war time info for him.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 20:50
AIR1/1940/204/246/18 - Field Returns, 1st Wing and Units.
1914 Dec. - 1915 Dec.
No.16 Squadron Field Return dated 7 May 1915.
354 Corporal Griggs. S, R.F.C., Promoted Sergeant from 1st May 1915.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 21:07
AIR1/1940/204/246/18 - Field Returns, 1st Wing and Units.
1914 Dec. - 1915 Dec.
No.16 Squadron Field Return dated 22 May 1915.
354 Sergeant Griggs. S, R.F.C., Posted from No.16 Squadron. Struck off 15 May 1915.



Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 21:24
"Struck off" ?


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 21:33
It means he left the Squadron, so was 'struck off' the books.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 21:48
AIR1/2146/209/3/126 - Weekly Compilations R.F.C. Daily Orders Part 2.
Daily Order dated 15 May 1915.
354 Corporal S. Griggs, 16 Squadron, Promoted Sergeant, 1 May 1915.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 21:58
AIR1/2146/209/3/126 - Weekly Compilations R.F.C. Daily Orders Part 2.
Daily Order dated 29 May 1915.
354 Sergeant S. Griggs, 16 Squadron, Posted to No.5 Squadron, 17 May 1915.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2016 at 22:10
My wartime timeline for Mr Griggs is suddenly a lot less of a blank sheet now! Thanks again!
Was it common practice to move between squadrons quite so much?


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 12 Jul 2016 at 14:29
Some men moved around quite a lot whilst others remained with the same Squadron for the duration of the war.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 12 Jul 2016 at 22:53
AIR1/740/204/2/29part1 - Headquarters R.F.C., Daily Routine Orders.
1914 Aug. - 1915 Apr.
Routine Order dated 23 April 1915.
Distinguished Conduct Medal. Royal Flying Corps. No.345 Corporal S.C. Griggs.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 12 Jul 2016 at 22:57
AIR1/2146/209/3/126 - Weekly Compilations R.F.C. Daily Orders Part 2.
Daily Order dated 4 September 1915.
354 Sergeant S.C. Griggs. 5 Squadron. Awarded by his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Russia The Cross of the Order of Saint George 4th Class.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 13 Jul 2016 at 09:35
I've only just noticed that the records keep getting his service number wrong - 345 instead of 354.
Thats official records for you!


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 13 Jul 2016 at 19:28
AIR1/909/204/5/820 - Squadron & Aircraft Park Daily Personnel, Aircraft & M.T. State Returns. December 1914.
State Return dated 7 December 1914.
Wireless Squadron. 354 Corporal Griggs admitted to hospital 6 December 1914.



Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 13 Jul 2016 at 19:31
AIR1/909/204/5/820 - Squadron & Aircraft Park Daily Personnel, Aircraft & M.T. State Returns. December 1914.
State Return dated 18 December 1914.
No.9 Squadron. 345 Corporal Griggs in hospital.



Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 13 Jul 2016 at 19:35
AIR1/909/204/5/820 - Squadron & Aircraft Park Daily Personnel, Aircraft & M.T. State Returns. December 1914.
State Return dated 19 December 1914.
No.9 Squadron. 345 Corporal Griggs, S. Returned to duty from hospital, 18 December 1914.



Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 13 Jul 2016 at 19:45
Thanks Rob, he did spend a lot of time in hospital in his post WW1 service life. I wonder if it was this incident that was the cause of future ailments.....


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 20:02
AIR1/821/204/5/19 - Nominal Roll of personnel proceeding overseas: 1, 4, 6 & 7 Squadrons.
Roll dated 8 September 1914 (Southampton).
No.4 Squadron, C Flight.
354 1st A.M. Griggs, S.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 20:09
AIR1/826/204/5/141 - Nominal Roll of Warrant Officers and N.C.O.'s in 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Squadrons. August 1915.
No.5 Squadron.
345 Sergeant Griggs, S. Promoted 1 May 1915.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 20:26
That's all the information I've got on Griggs. My records are complete up to December 1915, so he must have still been with No.5 Squadron at this time.
Well that's his first 2 - 3 years service in the Royal Flying Corps covered. Hope you have found it of interest.
I would be most interested to see the other photographs you have of him.
All the best,
Rob.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 20:57
Thank you so much Rob, you have filled a rather large hole in my research!
I'll start a new thread and upload all the photos I have of him.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 05 Aug 2016 at 18:08
AIR1/1637/204/91/6 - 6 Wing, R.F.C., Routine Orders.
1 - 9 Nov. 1917.
Routine Order dated 9 November 1917.
No.49 Squadron W.O., N.C.O's and Men proceeding to the Expeditionary Force.




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