[WWI] Army & RFC connection

Andy Bannister a.bann at ntlworld.com
Tue Aug 23 20:12:27 EDT 2011

I don't (yet!) know what he did after he left the military, but I have a
copy of his enlistment papers and it states "labourer" as an occupation
so that's not much help. So far I have a fairly clear picture of his
early years, but can't find a clue as to what he did during and after
the war, or how he ended up connected to the air service in some way,
other than that picture and some vague recollections from my mum. 

Your friend's story and that of my grandmother burning pictures makes me
wonder how many valuable historical objects have been lost forever by
unknowing or uncaring relatives. Just imagine, if only Voss' great
grand-niece hadn't burnt that colour photo of his triplane or thrown out
that crumpled chunk of sheet metal with a face painted on it...! ;-P

Thanks all for your help with this - some good leads to follow up.


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From: wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org [mailto:wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org] On
Behalf Of Diego Fernetti
Sent: 24 August 2011 00:44
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Subject: Re: [WWI] Army & RFC connection

> Thanks for that Diego, all good ideas. Unfortunately I don't know 
> enough about the man to figure out exactly what his role was or what 
> training he had.

At least, do you have any clue on what he did for a living after he  
left the service? This may indicate some previous training, like he  
worked for a garage, he might have been a mechanic, if he worked as an  
electrician, he might have been one in the Army, if he he was a  
politician, he might have been... well, you get the point, right?

> The medals he's wearing in the pic are the ones that everyone who 
> served in and survived WWI received postwar - the Victory Medal, the 
> 1914-1915 Star (only for those who served in those years of course) 
> and the British Medal so no clues there I'm afraid. My grandfather 
> received the same medals.

Ah, a mistery!!!!! BTW when you mentioned the old pictures being  
burnt, I recalled a story that a friend of mine told me once that a  
great aunt of him used to have this strange flowerpot... it was a  
rusty iron bowl... Years later, when he grew up, he realized that the  
old flowerpot was his great-grandfather Adrian helmet (my friend's  
surname is Labarrére) and when he died, one of his daughters took all  
the man's mementos and either threw them away of re-cycled as  
household items. The flowerpot must have rusted years ago, and nothing  
of this old French veteran mementos remain.

> Intriguing stuff though! Do let me know the name of that book if you 
> can though; I'm sure it would be a good read regardless of whether it 
> sheds any light on this or not.

This is the  

Maybe it's just a first approach to a serious military history piece,  
but it's interesting nevertheless.

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