WW1/WW2 GROUP OF SEVEN TO WEST-SERVED AS A PILOT WW1-CAPTAIN SOUTH AFRICA AIR FORCE WW2
British War and Victory Medals, named to:
1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence and War Medals, Africa Service Medal. As purchased.
Last officially named to: 203089 L.A.WEST
Medals very fine and better.
Lionel Arthur West was born 17th July, 1899,at Handsworth. Birmingham.
He attended Handsworth Grammar School.
He was appointed as a Cadet Pilot, Royal Flying Corps on 18/07/1917 and Probationary 2/ Lt on
08/11/1917.He flew D4 and DH9 M.F.S.H and Small Armstrong Whitworth.
He was tried by Court Martial and found guilty on 14/10/1919.He was transferred to Unemployed list on 26/10/1919.He moved to South Africa, and served in the 2nd Batt S.A. Special Police, and 2nd Infantry1922-1928, then transferred to Reserve of Officers, In 1940 he applied for service as "Commissioned Rank" in the Union Defence Forces, and gave his occupation as a Representative for Shell Oil .On his application papers he states that he served as a Pilot in the RFC and RAF qualifying for his pilots certificate on 1/03/1918.
The group comes with a copy of a letter dated 10/05/1939 applying to the Adjutant General Union Defence Forces for employment, stating that he had served WW1 as a Pilot, and had to his credit some 500 flying hours, and also he lists his full service record, where he states that he also served as a Lt. with the South Africa Special Police in 1922 on an active sortie in the 1922 Rebellion (The Rand Revolt) and then from 1922-1927 as a machine Gun Officer with the 10th Infantry, having completed a Vickers Gun Instructors course in 1924.He was transferred to the Reserve of Officers in 1928.
He was commissioned T/Lt on 10/09/1940 into the South African Air Force, his trade given as Armourer. After time at the Central Airforce Training Dept, he served with 262 Squadron, and was appointed War Substantive Captain on 1/10/1942.
Comes with very full WW1 R.A.F. Officers papers, copied letter and service record, and (S.A.) Officers and Aircrew Record ( 203089 L.A. West, Captain) these these last two obtained from the South African Archives. Also comes with a copy of the Handsworth Grammar School Register listing West, and a copied photo of the Handsworth Team Winners of the Championship Joint Sports 1914.
An interesting group worthy of further research