Bunkers, shelters and other buildings
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Postby FLITZ » Fri 16 Mar, 2007 5:33 pm

Got your answer the building has been both a school and a chapel,
the biplane is a dedication from a school member and paritioner who was a member of the RFC (ROYAL FLYING CORPS) the fore runner of the modern RAF according to a local resident he believes the name was FORBES or FROBISHER.
Hope this clears it up for you.
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Postby munki » Sat 17 Mar, 2007 10:35 am

Good work, Flitz!

Ah, someone from round here who might have known T E Lawrence. My hero! So can anyone confirm the name? Forbes, or Frobisher?

And for the architectural historians, was it a chapel first then a school, or both at the same time? Did the school have a chapel? It was known as St Augustine's National School. The church on the other side of Hyde Park Corder is also known as St Augustine's. If the two were connected, why was a chapel needed?
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Postby 20522tay » Sun 18 Mar, 2007 11:18 pm

I have searched the Commonwealth War Graves list, the national archieves list of war medals, and the list of absentee voters for Leeds. These show no entry's for any FROBISHER serving in any of the services during the war.
There are several FORBES listed some of whom were members of the Royal Flying Corps, but none were pilots. There are no FORBES shown on the Commonwealth war Graves list
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Postby Festwerfer » Sun 08 Apr, 2007 9:44 pm

I noted you said no pilots were listed can I suggest you look further because a lot of the early aircraft, Vickers gunbus etc were two seater's the gunner in some cases being a rigger mechanic or some such ground trade. It may be that he was not aircrew at all many landing grounds in France were very close to the front lines and as such were not always safe from attack it could be your man was killed by artillery or strafing attacks by German aircraft.

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