Service Number 76995
Regiment Royal Air Force
Eric Vernon Wimpenny was born in Leeds in 1888, the youngest of three children of Joshua and Sarah Emma Wimpenny. Eric's elder siblings, Harold Edward (b.1877) and Sarah Emma (b.1878) were both 10-11 years older than Eric. Their father was a mechanical engineer. By 1891, the family were living at 9 Bayswater Grove, Potternewton, Leeds, but this was clearly a family that moved around - by 1901 they were at 26 Elford Place, Potternewton and in 1911 were at 3 Roseville Terrace, Manston, Leeds. In 1915, Eric was a lodger at Manston Gardens, Crossgates. A some stage pre-war, Eric had served as a city counselor in Leeds.
Eric joined the Royal Flying Corps in April 1917, but a few months later on the 11th September 1917, Eric married Blanche Gibson, the daughter of the publican of the Half Moon Hotel, Collingham.
Eric's service record shows him joining the Royal Flying Corps as a 3rd Air Mechanic on the 18th April 1917. He had the service number 76995. On the 15th October 1917, Eric went overseas to France to serve, but his unit is not shown on his record. On the 1st April 1918, The Royal Air Force was formed and Eric was transferred to the RAF but remained in France. In 1918, Eric appears as an absent voter on the electoral roll for Bridge House, Thorner.
Eric was one of the many who went down with influenza in 1919, reporting from the front to 3rd Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne, on the 4th January 1919, and on the 17th January, he was evacuated back to England, going to Halton Camp. Eric recovered and was finally posted to the reserve on the 1st March 1919.
By 1920, Eric had moved back to the UK and is on the electoral roll for Collingham from 1920 to 1923. During that time he was appointed as a Draughtsman for the Post Office. In this period Eric and Blanche had two children, Cedric Clare Wimpenny (1921-1974) and Geoffrey Vernon Wimpenny (1924-2002).
We loose track of Eric and Blanche for a few years, but from 1928 to 1932, they are on the electoral roll for East Rigton, Bardsey, then in 1933 at Woodgarth, East Rigton. They continue moving around the area - 1934 at Manor House, Scarcroft and 1936 at Golf Links Avenue, Tadcaster. Then on the 19th December 1936, Eric Vernon Wimpenny of Redcote, Wood Lane, Bardsey died aged 48.
Biography last updated 02 March 2021 22:48:49.
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 28344
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