Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:15 AM
"Van der Spuy" is Kenneth Reid Van der Spuy, whose RAF service record is in AIR 76/520. Van der Spuy was born 18 March 1892, at Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa; he began his flight training in Dec.,1913, at the Paterson Aviation Syndicate School, in Kimberley, was commissioned a probationary Lieut. in the South African Defence Force, and was sent to the UK for additional training at Upavon. He received Royal Aero Club Certificate No. 803 on 2 June 1914. After serving with 26 Squadron, he was promoted to Lieut. Colonel and commanded an RAF unit in Russia, in 1919. Taken prisoner, he was repatriated in 1920 and became a founding member of the South African Air Corps/South African Air Force and rose to the rank of Major General during the course of a long career. He died in 1991, in South Africa. Regarding Captain Brocklehurst, in addition to his RAF service record (AIR 76/56) there is an Army officer's service record for "Captain H.C. Brocklehurst" at WO 339/7621 at the National Archives UK. The RAF service record for "Lionel Walmsley" at AIR 76/527 is for the right man; the BMD birth index states that the birth of "Lionel Walmsley"
was registered in the 3rd Quarter of 1892 at North Bierley, Yorkshire. Walmsley was born 28 Sept. 1892 at 1892, at Shipley, Yorks. and there is an Army officer's service record at WO 339/39860 at the National Archives, for "Lieut. L. Walmsley." Walmsley was awarded the Military Cross, as well; the award was gazetted
18 October 1917 (issue 30340, p. 10712) and the award citation was in the gazette for 7 March 1918 (issue 30561, p. 2938):
"Awarded the Military Cross.
2nd Lt. (T./ Lt.) Lionel Walmsley, E. York.R., Spec. Res., and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while acting as an observer. During a flight over enemy lines the petrol pipe burst.
With great coolness he attempted to stop the leak in spite of great danger from fire, eventually enabling the pilot to land safely.
He has consistently done very fine work throughout."
As you already know, Walmsley was a well-known author of autobiographical adventure books and he died at Fowey, Cornwall, 8 June 1966
Euan Dickson served in the R.N.A.S. and R.A.F. (9-N, 5-N, and 205 Squadron) so John Dickson must be the 26 Squadron airman.