Retreat from Mons

Andrew Thomas presents the journal of air mechanic R Hollingsworth from the early days of the Royal Flying Corps

A Henri Farman ‘pusher’ of 5 Squadron.
G S LESLIE

I joined 5 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, as an air mechanic at Farnborough in Hampshire late in September 1913, being one of the first who had enlisted direct. The unit was under the command of Major J F A Higgins, Royal Artillery. Discipline was strict but, due to the tolerant attitude of the CO, by no means oppressive and the sergeant major, Parker, a former Grenadier Guardsman, barked a lot but bit little.

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