2nd Lt William Law Rennie, RAF



1881 Jan 10. Born Folkestone, Kent.

1881 census at 28 Pavilion Road, Folkestone, Kent

1891 census at Pavilion Rd, Folkestone

1899 Feb 7. Attests to RE Service Record

1901 census at A Sapper in RE in Monckton Fort,, Kent

1903 Married in Alverstoke, Hants to Mary Richards Delicate

1903 Dec 7 Posted to Hong Kong

1905 Feb 1. Posted back to UK

1908 Mar 3. Posted to India

1913 Nov 12 Posted back UK

1914 Aug 13 Promoted Sergeant

1915 Oct 13. Moves from RE to RFC as Sergeant

In 1911 an air battalion of the R.E. was formed and he applied for it. Initially it was formed with 14 officers and 150 other ranks. Officers could be selected from any branch of the service whereas other ranks were selected from the Corps of Royal Engineers.This became the Royal Flying Corps in 1912. He was posted to Fort Grange in Gosport just after the beginning of the First World War. Fort Grange was the HQ of R.F.C. Station No.2. He stayed there throughout the War achieving the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major W.O. Class 1

1916 Mar 15. Promoted F Sgt

1917 May 25 Posted to France

1917 Jul 30 Posted Back UK

1918 Mar 29 Moves to RAF as 2nd Lt

RAF Record

1917 May 2. MiD when he is a Regimental Sergeant Major W.O. Class 1

1918 Apr 1. Commissioned 2nd Lt in RFC

1919 Dec 16. Resigned his commission in RAF

1921 Feb 3. ADRIC no 1631 from RAF. Posted to O Coy.

1921 Feb 13 Posted to N Coy

1921 Apr 10 Posted to Depot and permitted to resign on compassionate grounds 19 Apr 1921. He may have been posted to Police Advisor's Office , the alphabetic register shows nothing but the numeric says "Special for Police AdvisorĀ“s O"

1921 Oct 31. Rejoined and posted to J Coy with new service no 2149. No other information is given

1922 Jan 23. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

On leaving the RAF he opened a bicycle shop in Gosport.

1937 Dec 22. Summoned for a motoring accident. Fined 20/- for failing to report an accident.

1939 Register He is an Electrician living at 23 Middlecroft Lane , Gosport M.B., Hampshire with wife Mary

1973 Jun Died Gosport, Hants aged 92


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