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    Default WWI - RAF air mechanic SMITH SIDNEY AUSTIN GOODLAND

    I'm doing a research about the First World War and I'm writing to you in order to have further information about the following soldier found in www.cwgc.org


    surname SMITH name SIDNEY AUSTIN GOODLAND son of Sidney and Annie Smith death the 24/07/1918 when he was 19 years old
    buried in the TEZZE BRITISH CEMETERY 34th Sqdn. Royal Air Force - Air Mechanic 2nd Class - Service Number 102945
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/c...stin-goodland/


    In the archive of Comune di Storo (the City Hall of Storo - Italy) I have found the death certificate of this person:
    surname SMITH name SIDNEY born in Bridgwater the 6th December 1898
    death the 24/07/1918 in Storo at n. 164 Hospital - artilleryman of the 391 Siege Batteries


    What could an RAF air mechanic do in an artillery department?


    Thank you for your help. Yours faithfully,

    Dario

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    Default Re: WWI - RAF air mechanic SMITH SIDNEY AUSTIN GOODLAND

    Air Mechanic was his rank, not necessarily his trade. He was probably employed as wireless operator, linking the battery's guns to spotting aircraft.

    Edit - His Pension Card on Ancestry (Fold 3) confirms he was a Wireless Operator. His service record also exists, and may be worth a look. Unfortunately, I don't have permission to view Fold 3.
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    Default Re: WWI - RAF air mechanic SMITH SIDNEY AUSTIN GOODLAND

    Hello

    Not much on his R.A.F. Service Record, which is also on FindMyPast.com.

    Confirms he was an R.A.F. Wireless Operator, and that he died of natural causes in hospital in Italy. It records that his Casualty Card was destroyed in 1920.

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: WWI - RAF air mechanic SMITH SIDNEY AUSTIN GOODLAND

    Thank you.
    In the Fold3 I found excellent documents.

    Dario

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