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    Hi out there. I'am robertjan brouwer, I'm Dutch, in search of my grandfather Douglas Monk born 17-may-1900 Farnham/Seale Surrey. At 17 het joined the RFC/RAF ATTESTION 1917 service nr. 155943 Mechanic.
    Can somebody explain how and where I trace his path through the RAF. I know that he has been in Mesopotamia, but that is about it. livesofthefirstworldwar.org has some links to archives but Iyou need to take subscription.
    Does somebody knows other sources I could go to?

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    robertjan brouwer

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    Robert

    His service record is available on findmypast.co.uk the website currently offers a 14 day free trial, if you put his name and date of birth in and tick the military records box his file comes up as the first hit.

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    Hi Daz and Dave , thanks for the info, but even for the 14 day trail you need a creditcard.

    They don't allow other payment options.....
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    I've got a subscription to findmypast. Drop me a PM and I'll see what's there.

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    Simon

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    Simon,
    It does not give much more than Robertjan already has.
    Douglas Monk
    Born 17/05/1900, at Seale Farnham.
    Trade, Mechanic
    Attestation date 25/10/1917.
    Service number 155943
    Archive ref AIR79/1400

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    I've just had a look and the pdf file of the Form 434 on findmypast has his various movements listed from April 1st 1918 to his discharge on November 29th 1921, and a list of his promotions from R.A.F. Boy to AC1. The reverse also mentions that the was Mentioned in Despatches, with the ref LG 19-4-21.

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    Can anybody advice me ref the award of the AE. Was it automatic, or did they have to apply, also I understand the operational duty in WW2 counted as double service, but what about a training unit, also was there any particular thing that say would warrant some one not getting a AE. I am a researcher at the Ulster Aviation Society in Northern Ireland.

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