My grandfather's RAF record from 1918 to 1920 states that he was with 2 ARD/178. He was then transferred to Halton Camp and then Depak (Lepak?) Also on his record is Unit 151 - Enlisted Ste II (Handwriting is hard to decipher).
Could you shed any light on this, please?
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Thank you so much for your prompt response! He ended up as a coal miner in Derbyshire, so maybe he went back to where he was stationed.
Could he have enlisted in Ireland? He always said he was drafted into the British army in Ireland in 1916. Is there absolutely any way that could be true? My grandfather never mentioned he was in the RAF but said he was a batman for a General. How does that fit in with this story?
The 1916 Irish connection might explain why he was posted directly to Coal Aston rather than Halton or Uxbridge for basic training, as presumably he had already done this while in the Army. So yes it is entirely possible that he had transferred over, after all the RFC / early days of the RAF was made up of ex-army personnel, who even kept their former regiment uniforms as the RAF one was not yet available.
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Conscription was NOT in force in Ireland in wwi, the government realised that there would be major problems with the home rule factions over it. And in wwii the north unlike the rest of the UK didnt have conscription either. But approx 50,000 people volunterred from the Free State as it was then called.
On Fold3, I've found a few J Crowes who looked like they were around in 1918 and one who joined the army in 1916. However, their service number does not match my grandad's. Did service numbers ever change? Or does this mean it isn't my grandad?