Centenary of the R.A.F. 2018

On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 100th birthday.

One hundred years ago, King George V authorised the creation of a new branch of the British military. It was formed in response to the growing role of airpower in warfare, and created by merging the aviation branches of the Royal Navy and British Army together into a single service, the Royal Air Force.  Read more  here

During WW1, 2nd Lieutenant Harold Greensmith Jeffery, of Staveley, was one of the R.A.F.’s earliest casualties, He died on 4 July 1918 and his story will be published here, on the centenary of his death, on 4 July 2018.

Local R.A.F.casualties of WW2 include Howard Allport, Dennis Barker, Geoffrey Bradshaw, Gordon Collis, Harold Ellis, Reginald Flood, Kenneth Hunter, Cecil Nicolson, Arthur Parkes, Thomas Rooney, Charles Rudge, Charles Stone, William Thompson, Frederick Thrall, Geoffrey Tonks, Gordon Vardy, Leonard Williams, Alan Fretwell, John Otter, George Duckmanton, Arthur Fogg, John Patterson and Gordon Slack.

If you have any information, or photographs, about any of these men, please contact us so that we can make sure that “Staveley Remembers” them.