I've posted this message (or something similar) before but it didn't get onto the board for some reason.
The following is the [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Tahoma,Calibri,Geneva,sans-serif]British Royal Air Force, Airmen's service records 1912-1939 [/FONT]entry for my Great Uncle Billy.
No 165384 Charles William Smith; b. 29 Nov 1887 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, CoE; RAF Engaged 9 May 1918 Age: 30yr 5mo for Duration of War. Occ: hairdresser; NoK: Martha (sic Matthew) Grayson Smith of 129 Frank Street, Benwell, Newcastle-on-Tyne, mother. Ht: 5ft 8 1/4ins, Hair: dark brown; Eyes: Grey, Complexion: Sallow. Transferred to RAF Reserve; 11 May 1919; Discharged: 30 April 1920.
Enlisted Private 2: to RD 9 May 1918; RD to BEF 18 July 1918; Appointed A/Corporal 7 Sep 1918;BEF to RD 17 Dec 1918; RD to 1 Ball Sqdn 22 Dec 1918; 1 Bln Sqdn to Des Cen Ripon 11 April 1919. Trade Classification: Batman. France: 18 July 1918 to 17 Dec 1918; BW & V Medal
I was hoping to find out (from his No. maybe) where he would have been posted in France; What is RD?; Was 1 Ball (or Bln) Squadron operative in England?; Would he have been a Batman in the RAF to a commander or a pilot? There is a family story that he was given [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Tahoma,Calibri,Geneva,sans-serif]the rank of King's Corporal; what was it and is this likely?[/FONT]
Dennis Richards
Cockatoo, Vic., Australia