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    Default Major (later S/L) EVS Wilberforce 249 Squadron 1918/19

    Hi all

    I'm looking for information on this chap, but beyond the below know nothing about him. Does anyone have any further information they would be happy to share?

    He was the first C/O of 249 Squadron (formed 1918, disbanded 1919). After the War he had staff jobs in the Middle East until July 1921. His final entry in the Air Force List was October 1921 and cannot find any further mention of him. There is a casualty card for him dated November 1920, showing that he was discharged from hospital in Cairo in September. He was put on half pay in April 1921 before no further info being found.

    Thanks in advance of any help.

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    Nick

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    Nick,

    Lt. Colonel Ernest Victor Samuel Wilberforce, AFC.

    Born Newcastle-on-Tyne September 1891 Qtr. https://www.geni.com/people/Ernest-W...00001655732957 shows a DOB of 30 June 1891 and death of 20 August 1948.

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    Nick

    Full name Ernest Victor Samuel Wilberforce, A.F.C.

    Ancestry.co.uk has several family trees for him. Born June 30th 1891 in Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he died on August 20th 1948 at Nakuru, Kenya. His father was Ernest Roland Wilberforce, Bishop of Newcastle and former Bishop of Chichester.

    His Royal Aero Club aviator's certificate shows he took it on a Vickers Biplane at the Vickers School Brooklands on April 16th 1914, whilst living at Oxted, Surrey.

    His name appears a couple of times in the newspapers:

    The Surrey Mirror, December 12th 1913:

    A Motorist's License Suspended
    Ernest Victor Samuel Wilberforce, of East Hill Lodge, Oxted, was summoned for driving a motor car in excess of the speed limit at Godstone on November 17th. He pleaded guilty. Police Sergeant Gamlin deposed that at 3.15 p.m. he timed the defendant at the Langham cross roads in the East Grinstead road, and found he drove at thirty miles an hour.
    The Clerk read the defendant's license endorsements, which showed that he was convicted in the same court in 1912 for driving to the danger of the public, also at Epsom in July this year for exceeding the speed limit. A fine of 3 and 9s. 6d costs was imposed, and the defendant's license endorsed for three months.


    The Nottingham Evening Post of November 1st 1929:

    COLONEL DRUNK AT WHEEL
    Colonel Ernest Victor Samuel Wilberforce, of Compton Road, Winchester, on leave from Kenya Colony, was fined 50 at Winchester to-day for being drunk in charge of a car, and his licence was suspended for two years.


    Not the behaviour you'd expect of a Bishop's son...!

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    Simon

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    Nick,
    He was also educated at Eton - where they do tend to keep a fairly accurate account of the careers of the past pupils. But, regardless of Data Protection, etc, it looks as if this one will be still under 'lock & key'!! He might have been in the infamous "Happy Valley" set!
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    His Air Force Cross was awarded in 1918:

    https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightP...20-%201245.PDF

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    Simon

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    Thank you all for the contributions. - much appreciated.

    It's beginning to look like he led an 'interesting' life!

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