Life of Cecil Caswell Harper

Early Years

1927 - 1935

1935 - 1937

1937 - 1940

1940 -1945

1945 - 1963

Retirement from RAF

Links

Postings and Movements of 561013 C.C. Harper  (Wally)

RAF 1927 - 1935

Halton - Bircham Newton - Kenley

Wally had been left an orphan after his father was killed in an accident falling from a tram in Boston USA and fracturing his skull whilst his mother died in Hull during the flu epidemic working as a nurse.  This left him as an orphan to be brought up by his grandmother in Slough who had Victorian values.  This meant that he couldn't wait to leave home and as soon as he could he signed up for service in the RAF.  On 19 January 1927 he entered the RAF as a boy entrant at Halton No.1 School of Technical Training (Boys) His apprentice training was completed after three years at RAF Halton and on 20 December 1929 he ventured forth on a posting in the wilds of Norfolk to Bircham Newton the "heavy bomber base".

RAF Bircham Newton 1
Bircham Newton
RAF Bircham Newton 2

B Flight 207 Squadron Bircham Newton


Halton : 19 January 1927 - 20 December 1929
Bircham Newton : 20 December  1929 - 14 February 1935
Kenley : 14 February 1935  - 23 July 1935

Enlisted 19 January 1927
AC1 3 January 1930
1GC 27 August 1932
LAC 1 August 1935
2GC 27 August 1937
PROG 1 August 1938
CPL 1 January 1939
SGT 1 Decmber 1940
3GC 27 August 1942
F/SGT 1 May 1943
PROG 1 May 1947
PROG 1 May 1951
A WO 26 March 1953
WO  1 August 1953
&1 26 march 1957
2&1 26 March 1961
Final 1 February 1962
After Bircham Newton, Wally was posted to Kenley on the 14 February 1935 for 5 months before heading to Devenport on 23 July 1935 and HMS Glorious.
Contact John Harper
John Harper 2006

Valid HTML 4.0 Transitional