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    Default Warrant Officer 237847 William Athelstone Fairhurst, RAF

    I'm trying to find out where and when Warrant Officer 237847 William Athelstone Fairhurst enlisted.

    Originally enlisted in the RN on 13/09/1917 until 31/03/1918

    He was born 21/01/1890 Little Sutton, Cheshire and died 19/12/1943 (Died of sarcoma of abdomen at RNH Stonehouse, Barrow Gurney, Chatham, Plymouth).

    Son of John Wright and Lucy Beatrice Fairhurst

    Husband of Mary Fairhurst of 30 Earls Road, Fareham, Hampshire

    Any help very much appreciated!

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    Hi,

    200001-202902 enlisted 1 April 1918 RNAS enlisted 1914
    202903-210316 enlisted 1 April 1918 RNAS enlisted 1915
    210317-225060 enlisted 1 April 1918 RNAS enlisted 1916
    225061-244710 enlisted 1 April 1918 RNAS enlisted 1917
    244711-254574 enlisted 1 April 1918 RNAS enlisted 1918

    Mark

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    Thanks Mark, although this would indicate that he enlisted whilst still in the RN?

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    HTSCF, Hi,
    I don't think it was ever a question of them formally Enlisting in the RAF. They were already in the RNAS. The "Powers That Be" simply decided to move huge chunks of the RNAS ORs to the RAF. It was all done on the same day (1 Apr 1918) by administrative 'sleight of hand'. I have them as being "Transferred".
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Ah, that makes sense. Many thanks!

    HTSCF

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    I've just stumbled across this detail on Forces War Records which backs up what you mentioned Mark.

    Transferred into the Royal Air Force on the 1st of April 1918 from the Royal Navy. They joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917. Was appointed a Class F Reservist.
    Archive Reference: AIR 78 53 2

    I'll show my ignorance and ask what a Class F Reservist was?

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