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WW1 royal flying corp.

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Frances Report 24 Aug 2014 17:32

were would I find any information or look up on the 1914,1918 royal flying corp I had one of my uncles in it. dont have his number or anything else come to that only name and date of birth and a photo of him in uniform. only seem to be able to find army and navy any help please would be great.
thank you


KathleenBell Report 24 Aug 2014 17:50

You can have a look here:-

If you want to give his name I can have a look on Findmypast although a lot of WW1 records were destroyed in a fire.

Kath. x


Frances Report 24 Aug 2014 18:47

Hi Kath, his name was Archibald Edward Goodall, born 22nd August 1898, in Edmonton, Middlesex the photo I have of him is as a young man in the royal flying corp uniform, I sorry I have no more on him only that.


Frances Report 24 Aug 2014 18:54

sorry forgot to say he did survive the first war


GlitterBaby Report 24 Aug 2014 21:31

FMP shows this record

British Royal Air Force, Airmen's service records 1912-1939
First name(s) Archibald Edward
Last name Goodall
Birth year 1899 Birth date ? ? 1899
Occupation Fitter (Hrn)
Attestation year 1917
Attestation date 09 Mar 1917
Attestation age 18
Service number 65964
Archive reference AIR 79/607
Next of kin first name(s) -
Next of kin last name Goodall
Record set British Royal Air Force, Airmen's service records 1912-1939
Category Military, armed forces & conflict

Will try and send the image


GlitterBaby Report 24 Aug 2014 21:37

Could this also be him ? BUT can not view that image

Royal Artillery attestations 1883-1942
First name(s) Archibald Edward
Last name Goodall
Age 22 Birth year 1899
Birth place Edmonton
Service number 1419330
Former service number 65964
Attestation year 1921
Record set Royal Artillery attestations 1883-1942
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Record collection Regimental & service records

Okay hopefully sent this image

Did he marry Hilda May Neale ?


MarieCeleste Report 24 Aug 2014 22:32

On the image for the Royal Artillery Attestation transcription posted above he was a machine hand and was 22 years and 4 months old when he attested 7 Jan 1921.

He was born Edmonton, Middlesex and was married to Hilda May Neale. They married 3 Sep 1922 in Fareham. He was discharged 24 Sep 1923 at Dover as physically unfit. His address on discharge was the Bell Hotel, Thetford, Norfolk.

It mentions that he formerly served in RAF, no 65964 and was demobilised from that unit 29 March 1920.


Frances Report 25 Aug 2014 08:10

Oh boy thank you for this it seems he did marry, and from what family stories go he died in the second war supposedly out in Egypt, but thats another tale at least I can go forward now
kind regards


MarieCeleste Report 25 Aug 2014 08:59

Frances, the Royal Artillery attestation is after he was in the air force (which is clearly mentioned on that attestation).

If he did die during WW2 whilst serving then you should be able to find his death on CWGC

Looks like he married just using his middle name:

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page
Marriages Sep 1922
GOODALL Edward Neale Fareham 2b 1523
NEALE Hilda M Goodall Fareham 2b 1523


Frances Report 25 Aug 2014 09:45

thank you Im sorry about the confusion hes been a real pain to try and find, he died long before I was born and you know how tales go in families and my lot lost touch with him so the story about him being killed in Egypt just fudges over it once again thanks. Will see if I can find rellies of Hilda Neale now

Cornish Susie

Cornish Susie Report 27 Aug 2014 11:16

I have just got the Sept. edition of the WDYTYA magazine and there is an article in there about the RAF in WW1. May give you some interesting background, and also it lists other sites to try.



Frances Report 27 Aug 2014 12:07

thank you for that


Frances Report 31 Aug 2014 17:45

I know you have all helped me with my uncle and have now got his ww1 records but when he went to the artillery from the raf it shows a medal it looks like BW 70 was there ever such a number for a medal it looks like a doctor has written it?


DazedConfused Report 1 Sep 2014 15:29

Bit late in the day, sorry

But have you considered contacting the RAF museum at Hendon. They too have a lot of records for the Royal Flying Corp.


Frances Report 1 Sep 2014 18:16

No I haven't as yet, I know there are brilliant people on here that can read funny writing on these old records, so I thought I would ask first.

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 1 Sep 2014 23:39

Where did you see the BW70 medal reference?


Frances Report 2 Sep 2014 08:03

on his artillery papers just before the bit were he is told he is unfit for war, we think we might have sorted it, as a transport medal BWTS medal as he was a driver, what I thought was a 70 could well be TS a few people have told me, the writing is so bad and it fits with his job. thanks