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Topic: Sidney-Charles-Chisel-Griggs-photo-album
Posted By: 354 Griggs
Subject: Sidney-Charles-Chisel-Griggs-photo-album
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 21:12
I hope this is ok, I thought I'd create a single topic with all the photos I have of my G G uncle.
Some will be of him, and others are of aircraft and other general bits and bobs in my collection.
Here he is in his early service days. I have records of him in the Royal Engineers but I'm
not sure he is here given the flags they are holding. (Back, middle).




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Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 21:23
Not sure if this is RFC dress. Notice the cloth button. I do have a metal RFC button handed down to me and I wondered if it was taken from this jacket and given as a sweetheart token to his intended.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2016 at 21:38
Charlie at Netheravon in 1913.





Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2016 at 01:10
The first photo is of Royal Engineer Signallers I think.
In the second photo Griggs is not wearing a R.F.C. uniform. I assume it is a Royal Engineers uniform.


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2016 at 06:55
The R.F.C. group photograph is possibly of members of No.4 Squadron, possibly 'C' Flight which we know Griggs was in, and Captain H.R.P. Reynolds who was the 'C' Flight Commander.
Problem is, both Griggs and Reynolds also served with No.2 Squadron (note to self, get facts straight before posting on forum lol).


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2016 at 17:51
The R.F.C. group photograph was definitely taken when Griggs was with No.4 Squadron at Netheravon in 1913. No.2 Squadron were not based at Netheravon.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2016 at 17:52
More of Netheravon 1914: "cold and miserable" in June!






Posted By: NickForder
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2016 at 11:05
The Full Dress uniform is Royal Engineers. The cloth covered button is a sign of being in mourning - presumably for Edward VII, dating the photo to 1911.

I would say that the photo with the flags shows members of the Royal Engineers Signal Service, formed in 1908, and developed in to the Royal Corps of Signals in 1920. It is interesting to note that some of the sappers are wearing the Broderick Cap still, although this was supposed to be replaced from 1905 with the Field Service Cap, as worn by the seated Sergeant.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2016 at 20:46
A couple of nice shots of 504Ks and DH4s. I believe these were taken at Swingfield, Dover prior to leaving for France.





Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2016 at 20:51





Posted By: whiskymac
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2016 at 05:48
The line-up of 504k's is interesting. Is that a kangaroo, or a large mouse, painted on the nearest machine?


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2016 at 07:19
Maybe a wallaby?


Posted By: whiskymac
Date Posted: 04 Aug 2016 at 10:22
If it is a mouse, it's a b----y big'n!


Posted By: ROBPUGH
Date Posted: 05 Aug 2016 at 17:58
This is No.49 Squadron at Swingate Down, Dover.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 08 Aug 2016 at 17:45
Here's one that I could do with some help on. I'm trying to help out the Eastchurch museum
and found this photo in my collection. 
I'm not sure which squadron this would be but the officer is Flt Johnstone. My G G Uncle
has his sergeants stripes which he gained in May 1915. That is all I have.





Posted By: mickdavis
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2016 at 01:14
May 1915, Eastchurch and RFC are mismatches.


Posted By: mickdavis
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2016 at 01:17
The Avro line-up is familiar - 13 TS at Dover. Suspect the DH4s are 49 Sqn.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2016 at 21:02
This photo surprised me somewhat given that SCG seems a rather stern character, but here he is (looking a bit sheepish) in the Upavon Ragtime Band. 


Posted By: whiskymac
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2016 at 07:14
Originally posted by 354 Griggs 354 Griggs wrote:

but here he is (looking a bit sheepish) in the Upavon Ragtime Band. 






SCG seems to have been the type of character who could tolerate (just) being photographed in a formal manner, but put in an informal situation - as in the previous photo - he would rather not be 'front and centre'. You can almost sense him thinking, 'I don't really want to be here'.

Wonderful photos Griggs - keep em coming.


Posted By: 354 Griggs
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2016 at 22:10
Interesting mix of attire. Could this be RFC/RNAS? No date or location sadly.



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