Arthur Ernest Masters - Royal Sussex

1918 Aviator's Certificate Photo.

Only one entry on Alphabetic Register, and that is for AE Masters, who did not attest. Numeric Register has two entries AR Masters 1664, Royal Sussex posted to Depot, joined 18 Feb 1921 and AE Masters 1713, struck off as not attested 18 Feb 1921, posted to Depot (but nothing further against his name) I believe these are one and the same

1893 Oct 22. Born Cuckfield, Sussex.

1901 census His mother is at home with the 2 girls, but no Arthur. Arthur seems to be here, Hassocks Villa, Keymer. The parents must have separated

1911 census at 55 Hythe Road, Preston, Sussex

1915 Nov 8. The Royal Sussex Regiment. Arthur Ernest Masters to be temporary Second Lieutenant.

RAF Record

1918 2nd Lt. A. E. Masters is granted the hon. rank of Lt.

1918 Jun 3 Aviators Cert 7516

1920 Aug 6. The undermentioned to be temp. Lts. whilst specially empld.:— Arthur Ernest Masters, late Lt., R.A.F.

1921 Feb 11. Joined ADRIC with service no 1664

Did not attest, struck off

1924 May 2. Arrested for fraud. This appears to be him, based on no others that fit from births. There are no London records of his trial

1939 Sep 1. Commissioned Fl Lt in RAF V R

1941 Apr 26. Flight Lieutenant Arthur Ernest MASTERS (75273) relinquishes his commission on cessation of duty.

1944 Apr 7. 12 months for false pretences. This appears to be him, the age is correct, and I suspect he made a temporary Squadron Leaadrer, between 1939 and 1941. There is only one Arthur Ernest Masters commissioned in RAF.

1968 Jul/Sep Died Thurrock, Essex aged 73