Friday, June 27, 2014

Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919

Credit: Lecture on rigging, School of Aviation, Royal Flying Corps Canada, University of Toronto says the following - 

“Canada did not have its own air force until late in the First World War, but 22,000 men from the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) were welcomed into the growing British Royal Air Force, which was formerly known as the Royal Flying Corps. 

The British Air Ministry maintained these ledgers of CEF members who transferred to the Royal Air Force. The records were later transferred to the Department of National Defence.

The records include name, address, date of birth, next of kin, the officer’s movements from unit to unit, appointments and promotions, decorations and honours, medical information, and civilian employment. Dates and notations on the ledger pages indicate records were filled out between 1918 and 1919. The activities and movements recorded in the ledgers took place between 1915 and 1919”. 

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Tim Smith said...

It would seem that there are FAR fewer than 22,000 records in this source. For instance, I know for a fact (because I have the documentation from elsewhere) that my father served from 1916-1918 in the CEF (the Canadian Army Medical Corps, to be exact) and from 1918-1919 as a cadet in the RAF. But he's nowhere to be found in this database.

Is what's in Ancestry only part of these ledgers?

Elizabeth Lapointe said...

Hi, Tim,

Can you send me your private email to I would like to look into this.