Australian aircraftman served as driver recovering crashed aircraft with A Half Flight, Australian Flying Corps attached to 30 Sqdn Royal Flying Corps in Mesopotamia, 1916-1917; served with 1 Sqdn, Australian Flying Corps in Palestine, 1917-1918
REEL 1 Armistice day celebrations, ca 1980. Period at Point Cook, Australia, ca 1915. Aspects of period as driver with A Half Flight, Australian Flying Corps attached to 30 Sqdn, Royal Flying Corps in Mesopotamia, Turkey, ca 1916-1918: use of lorries; progress of campaign and effects of climate, food rations; ground conditions; post -war reunions organised by Captain T W White; reports of ransom offered to British POWs taken at Kut-el-Amara, 1/1916; origin of designation as 'A Half Flight'; effects of climate and importance of wearing pith helmet; cholera precautions; use of lorry to salvage crashed aircraft; amusing story of birthday; journey to Egypt. Period acting as armourer with Handley Page Bombers of 1 Sqdn AFC in Egypt and Palestine, ca 1918-1919: trade test in splicing cable; propeller detonating fuse, flying experiences.