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World War One - Roll of Honour

Sergeant (R.F.C)  in WW1

William Legh Broughton Palmer

(rank of Squadron Leader after WW2)


28 Nov 1898 in Rainham, Kent

Service No.

334786 or 347376 Sergeant in RAFVR (before WW2)
70519 2nd Lieutenant in RAFVR (WW2)


Royal Flying Corps,
Royal Air Force
and Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Military Notes:

WW1= Pilot in the Royal Flying Corps
01 Apr 1920 relinquished command and kept rank of Lieutenant on the Reserve Flying List
1929 Appointed flying instructor at Bristol Flying School, RAF Yatesbury
18 May 1929-17 May 1933 Reserves class E
18 May 1933 Re-engaged for 4 years in the RAF
Jan 1936 granted a commission as Pilot Officer on probation RAFD class A at Bristol Yatesbury
04 Oct 1936 Pilot Officer rank is confirmed
4th Apr 1936 Class E. Reservist called to duty and promoted from Sergeant to Pilot Officer
4th Oct 1937 Pilot Officer promoted to Flying Officer RAFVR

WW2=3rd Sep 1940 Flying Officer promoted to 2nd Lieutenant

After WW2 he remained a military pilot
10 Aug 1954 WLB Palmer AFC (70519) retained at rank of Squadron Leader

Family Notes:

Son  of Lt. Col. William Legh Palmer CMG (Royal Engineers) and
Ethel Carrie nee Palmer
1901 address: Peckham Lodge, Grange, Sillingham, Medway
1911 address: Coombe Grove, Hastingleigh, Kent
Between the wars he was living at Elmfield House, Calne, Wiltshire.

Civilian Occupation:

In 1901 was living with grandmother Caroline Taylor nee Draper.
In  1911 lived with grandparents Major George Taylor (army retired) and Caroline (both from Devizes, Wiltshire)
In  1916 he was attending Kings School, Canterbury and a noted school cricketer and bowler.


1926 Doris M. Smith


1972 Uckfield Reg. District, Sussex.

Is  listed on the WW1 Honour Roll in Hastingleigh Church


   The following clip is from Flight Global magazine dated 07 Sep 1933