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    Default SSC Intake Nov-Dec 1923

    Hi all

    This is not really a question, rather something interesting that I wanted to share. Having been given pointers on establishing a man's service no. on this site, I undertook the exercise of comparing numbers of other men on 'my' pilots' intake list, and found that the numbering worked perfectly against entries in the LG or as annotated on their service records at the NA, so I got the answer to my question.

    However, what surprised me the most was the 'decimation' of the Nov-Dec 1923 SSC intake. After my research, based on the LG intake announcement, I found the following (noting that confirmed service nos. are in brackets by themselves, while presumed numbers, based on the numbering system, are marked 'pres' [presumed]:

    LONDON GAZETTE
    Air Ministry, 4th December 1923.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions in the ranks stated, with effect from, and with seniority of, 10th Nov. 1923:

    Flying Officers (for seven years on the active list):

    Leslie Harry Westwood AXTELL - Res SSC, 17 Sep 24 (pres 18083)
    Charles Walter DANN, MC - Rel SSC, ill health, 27 Jan 26 (pres 18084)
    Bertie William DULEY, MM - Res SSC, 9 Apr 29 (pres 18085)
    Walter Basil Orlando FOX - Res SSC, 4 May 28 (pres 18086)
    Eric Victor MAJOR - RAFO, 10 Nov 33 (18087)
    Hugh Alexander MULLALY - GCM, cashiered, 26 Jan 25 (pres 18088)
    Frank Leonard WOLEDGE - Res SSC, 31 Dec 29 (pres 18089)

    Pilot Officers on probation (for five years on the active list):

    Jack Alexander BRAMLEY - Rel com, ill health, 8 Jul 25 (18090)
    Eric Alfred Claude BUSHELL - IFA, 7 Apr 25, rel com, ill health, 19 Oct 26 (pres 18091)
    Jack Harley CAULFIELD - RAFO, 10 Nov 28 (DOI from FA, 30 Jul 29) (18092)
    Cyril Francis CAUNTER - Rel com, ill health, 28 Mar 28 (pres 18093)
    Ernest Ronald Henshaw COOMBES - RAFO, 10 Nov 28 (DOI from FA, 18 Jan 39) (18094)
    Charles Herbert Anthony DENNY - Rel com, ill health, 21 Sep 24 (pres 18095)
    Donald John DOREY - Res com, 27 Aug 24 (18096)
    Henry St. Elmo DRACOTT - Res SSC, 14 Jan 25 (pres 18097)
    Cecil Victor FEVEZ - Res SSC, 22 Aug 25 (pres 18098)
    Thomas Adrian HALE-MONRO - RAFO, 10 Nov 28 (18099)
    George Douglas HAMILTON - Res SSC, 14 Jan 25 (pres 18100)
    Bernard William HEMSLEY - (18101) Trans to Stores Br, 25 May 25 (21043)
    James Cecil HILL - Rel SSC, ill health, 23 Dec 25 (18102)
    Henry Albert LE FEUVRE - SSC term on cess of duty, 21 May 24 (18103)
    Anthony Cecil Carbery MASON - KIFA, 7 Apr 25 (pres 18104)
    Malcolm Murree MILN - Rel SSC, ill health, 9 Oct 28 (18105)
    Wilfred Joshua PEARSON - Rel com, ill heath, 1 Aug 40 (18106)
    Ian Bertram PIGOTT - Rel SSC, ill health, 17 Feb 25 (pres 18107)
    Victor Andre Corsane ROSS - RAFO, 10 Nov 28, rel com 10 Nov 32 (pres 18108)
    Philip SLOCOMBE - PC, 18 Sep 26 (18109)
    Peter STAINER - RAFO, 10 Nov 28, rel com 10 Nov 32 (pres 18110)
    Cyril George Charles SULLIVAN - RAFO, 10 Nov 28 (pres 18111)
    Harold ST. GEORGE-TAYLOR - KIFA, 9 Oct 24 (pres 18112)
    Cecil Uvedale George TRISTRAM - RAFO, 9 Oct 28 (pres 18113)
    John Arnold WALL - SSC term on cess of duty, 24 Dec 24 (pres 18114)
    St. John Fitzgerald WINTOUR - Rel SSC, ill health, 16 Jun 26 (trans to Stores Br, 25 May 25) (pres 18115), emgtd to QLD, Aust

    Bottom line, out of 33 men in the entry:

    Resigned or relinquished SSC (ill health) 9 (27.3%)
    Resigned SSC (no reason given) 8 (24.2%)
    Terminated SSC on cessation of duty 2 (6.1%)
    Trans to other Branch 2 (6.1%)
    KIFA 2 (6.1%)
    GCM (cashiered) 1 (3.00%)
    Offered Permanent Commission 1 (3.00%)
    Completed SSC (to RAFO) 8 (24.2%)

    Only a quarter of the intake completed their time on the Active List!

    Surely this wasn't normal...?

    Regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Steve,
    That does sound like a rather high rate of attrition, so who is prepared to undertake a few more courses of that time (or later) to see how they compare? Certainly "relinquishment of commission" or resigning seems to be very possible - perhaps the attraction of airline flying exerted a strong pull, at ;least for a while post WW1.
    David D

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