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Ralph Ottey was born in Jamaica in 1924. Brought up by his grandparents, he describes his education and family hopes that he would become a teacher. He left school at 16 and a half but was too young to attend teaching college so worked for his uncle…

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Two items from a photo album.
Item 1 is Homer's Notification of Acceptance for Service in the RAF Volunteer Reserve.
Item 2 is a half-length portrait of Homer in trainee's uniform.

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A message from the RAF welcoming Homer Lawson into the RAF.

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Copy of attestation. Includes questions to be put to recruit before enlistment as well as oath and certificate of attesting officer.

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Twp photographs of the RAF Reception Depot at West Drayon, from an album. They are captioned on the image.

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A contract issued to Rex Searle for six years regular air force service.

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Fifty airmen wearing tunic and side caps sitting and standing in four rows in a park with trees in the background. On the reverse 'Photograph of flight 9/12 A.C.R.C London, 20/9/41'.

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Starting with conscription in 1942 as a flight mechanic at RAF Skegness. Working up to a flight engineer but failing as he started working at RAF Halton training as a flight mechanic, then attending a fitter course. Volunteered for the flight…

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Oscar was born in Australia. His father was a machine gunner - he was wounded seven times and died from his wounds two months before Oscar was born. His example influenced him to join the Royal Air Force. As an Air Cadet Corps member, he went to…

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Two telegrams telling him to report to Lord's,
RAF F2150 RAFVR, deferment of call up,
his service number 'ticket' drawn out of a hat and address of someone with a service number fifteen after Keith Thompson's.

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Thomas Edward Noton was born in Greenwich on the 4th of April 1923. Upon leaving school he began a toolmaking apprenticeship, however, before finishing the course, Noton decided to join the Royal Air Force at the age of eighteen. He explains why he…

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Notice of reserve service and copy of attestation to Volunteer Reserve (pilot section). Includes details of Ernest's address, date of birth and work.

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The results of a medical examination of Malcolm Staves with a summary of medical classification.

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A record of the results of Malcolm Staves' medical.

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A document issued to Malcolm Staves advising him that his calling up is postponed.

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On completion of his medical Malcolm Staves was allocated a grade card at Grade One level.

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A letter requiring Malcolm Staves to attend a medical examination in Hessle.

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A document requiring Malcolm Staves to enlist in the RAF on 16 February 1943.

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Aneurin ‘Taff’ Owen was born neat Dolgellau, near Penmaenpool in Wales, and joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 18 in 1942. Taff was a farmer’s son and as such was put into a reserved occupation, so some of the areas of the Royal Air Force…

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Philip Batty applied to rejoin the Royal Air Force having left after his wartime service.

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Official documents recording that Philip Batty joined the regular Royal Air Force from the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

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Royal Air Force form enrolling Liz Humphrey into the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

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A few general entries for January 1940. Entries for October/November 1941 include two attempts to volunteer for pilot, successful at the second attempt in November. Entries on general events and other concerning activities involved in joining Royal…

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Ronald Last grew up in Dorset and worked as an apprentice for the local Gas and Water company before volunteering for the Air Force. He attended the reception centre at Lord's Cricket Ground and describes the medical tests and inoculations recruits…
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