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Warrent officer Reginald Thomas

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Debra Report 13 Jun 2020 22:21

I am trying to locate my family and my Grandfather Reginald Thomas served in the RAF and his number was 509264
he was born in Maesteg on 12th April but i have not got the year of his birth, possibly around 1912
If anyone out there could help me I would be so very pleased to hear from you.


PatinCyprus Report 14 Jun 2020 07:39


From 1920 the documents are with MOD.

You will have to pay £30.00

Death over 25 yrs ago and anyone can apply.

Death under 25 yrs next of kin or with the permission of next of kin.

Death cert required, you do not need service number if you have date of birth

The RAF started 1st April 1918 and with his birth around 1912 he must have served after 1920.

Hope this helps you



Debra Report 14 Jun 2020 09:14

Thank you for the advice
much appreciated


ArgyllGran Report 14 Jun 2020 09:47

Welcome to the boards, Debra.

This birth could fit. Maesteg was in Bridgend registration district. Birth on 12th April would be registered in Apr/May/June quarter.

GRO Reference: 1910 J Quarter in BRIDGEND Volume 11A Page 984


Reggie Thomas
in the 1911 Wales Census
Name: Reggie Thomas
Age in 1911: 11/12
Estimated birth year: abt 1910
Relation to Head: Grandchild
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales
Civil Parish: Cwmdu
County/Island: Glamorgan
Country: Wales
Street address: 126 Llwydarth Rd Maesteg Glam
Registration district: Bridgend
Registration District Number: 591
Sub-registration district: Maesteg
ED, institution, or vessel: 13
Household schedule number: 295
Piece: 32538
Household Members:
Name Age
David Thomas 49
Jane Thomas 49
Woodwell Thomas 24 - son, married
Lizzie Jane Thomas 18
Arnott Thomas 16
Sarah Thomas 25 - married, daughter-in-law
Reggie Thomas 11/12

Parents' marriage:

Samuel Woodwell Thomas
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
Name: Samuel Woodwell Thomas
Registration Year: 1908
Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration district: Bridgend
Inferred County: Glamorgan
Volume: 11a
Page: 1446
Records on Page:
Sarah Rees
Samuel Woodwell Thomas


ArgyllGran Report 14 Jun 2020 10:01

Confirmation that the above is correct info:

Reginald Thomas
in the UK, Royal Air Force Airmen Records, 1918-1940
Name: Reginald Thomas
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Birth Date: 12 Apr 1910 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Birth Place: Maested, Bringind, Glamorgan, Wales
Service Date: 14 Sep 1928
Service Number: 509264
Father: S W Thomas <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Next of Kin: S W Thomas
Relation to Airman: Father

If you take a free 7-day trial to Fold3, you can see his full record, and avoid paying £30 to the MOD:


ArgyllGran Report 14 Jun 2020 10:03

Reginald Thomas
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: Reginald Thomas
Death Age: 86
Birth Date: 12 Apr 1910
Registration Date: Nov 1996
Registration district: Chichester
Inferred County: West Sussex
Register Number: B44B
District and Subdistrict: 7792B
Entry Number: 13


PatinCyprus Report 14 Jun 2020 11:26

A full record would show all his postings and detachments is that on Fold 3 or is it just general information?

The MOD documents are there because of the hundred year rule. Perhaps because of his birth year they may have been released but it should contain lots of info re his service.


ArgyllGran Report 14 Jun 2020 11:43

I don't know the answer to that, Pat. You may well be right.

It might be worth Debra's while trying the Fold3 route first, just because it's free, and then applying to the MOD if Fold3 doesn't give much information


PatinCyprus Report 14 Jun 2020 12:39

If you do the free trial Debra remember to cancel it as soon as you have the info as they will start taking money at the end of the offer. Many have been caught out. Seen lots of complaints on forums.


Debra Report 14 Jun 2020 13:16

Much obliged to you all, Thank you for your help x


Maddie Report 16 Jun 2020 14:29

the record is on fmp and consists of 1 page


PatinCyprus Report 16 Jun 2020 14:37

Very likely only attestation paper then, that's the form filled out when you join - no service details on it.

I may be wrong but 1 page just doesn't sound correct for a full service record, warrant officer is a very senior rank.


Maddie Report 16 Jun 2020 14:48

could be but has quite a bit of detail but would take me too long to type out
in 1927 with rasc corp
entry into raf 14.9 1928
his description
employment detais
no discharge date


PatinCyprus Report 18 Jun 2020 10:04

That's looks like all the info from an attestation form.