Rank 2 Aircraftman
Service Number 97965
Unit 12 Squadron
William Stephen Barmstone was born in Brancaster, Norfolk in 1879, the son of William Stephen (Sen) and Elizabeth Vivian Barmstone. William (Jnr) was the only son of six children.
On the 22nd August 1906, William (Jnr) married Flora Rudd in Wetherby but they continued to live for some time in the Brancaster and Hunstanton area of Norfolk and their first two children Ivy May (b 1907 in Brancaster) and Reginald Vivian James (b. 1909 in Hunstanton) were born there. On census day in 1911, the family was living at Rose Cottage, Hunstanton. However, before 1916 the family moved to Yorkshire and their third child, Hilda Gertrude, was born in Collingham in 1916. Two years later William (Jnr) was listed as an absent voter in the 1918 electoral role of Collingham due to Naval or Military service.
William Stephen Barmstone's service record has survived and shows that in 1917 he joined the Royal Flying Corps giving his address as The Telephone Exchange, Collingham. He served as a second aircraft mechanic (service number 97965) in 12 Squadron. He gave his trade in the services as carpenter. He went to France to serve on the 3rd November 1917 and in 1918 when the Royal Air Force was formed as a separate service, from the Royal Flying Corps, William transferred to the RAF. He continued serving in France until the 7th February 1919 and he was demobilised soon after.
William (Jnr) held many trades during his working life, listing at various times his trades as Carpenter, Licencee of the Black Horse, Market Gardener and Dustbin man.
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