Just nipped into the war in the air forum to ask all you RFC experts to tell me all you know about Captain Basil
Radford aka Gilbert the Filbert.
I have had a search on forum and can't find anything...might be my search techniques though.
My reason for asking is I have just been given a transcribed personal diary written by an old soldier (Artillery signalmen) from my village and he quotes"I saw Cpt Basil Radford (Gilbert the Filbert) fall from balloon"
Its a very interesting diary and names those around who were killed or wounded. Hope to maybe add more with his grandaughters permission, but for now its going in my book and I would like to add a few annotations to it.
Name: RADFORD, Basil HALLAM
Initials: B H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit Text: No.1 Army Kite Ballon Sec.
Date of Death: 20/08/1916
Additional information: Son of Walter T. H. and A. L. M. Radford, of 206, Cromwell Rd., South Kensington, London. Actor, known to theatre goers as 'Basil Hallam
' or 'Gilbert the Filbert.'
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 15.
Cemetery: COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY