Royal Flying Corps

This is a collage of my grandfather’s Royal Flying Corps memorabilia. As outlined in previous posts, Fred was stationed at the RFC Training School, Aboukir, Egypt from 1915 to 1918.  In this photograph he is dressed in a desert uniform for a postcard which is inscribed: “Best love to all [at] home”.  This is surrounded by two of his RFC badges, his stripes, his 1919 release papers from Fovant and some basic anti-personnel devices which were simply thrown over the side of the aircraft cockpit:


There were some requests from an earlier post to see more of the copying stand. The PZO UR 9711 is still resident on the dining room table only this time the mounted camera is connected by wifi to an iPad such that I can see the picture, focus and fire the shutter remotely (rather than climb on the wobbly pew to look through the viewfinder 🙂 ). All a bit over-engineered for the task but the real benefits of the wifi connection will arise when the camera is mounted on a six metre pole – it removes the need for guesswork:

UR 9711


  1. greenmackenzie · December 3, 2013

    I love the collage….especially the rose petals.
    As for the camera set up…..are you an engineer? What a set up!

    • northumbrianlight · December 3, 2013

      Many thanks – I had several Job Descriptions with ‘engineer’ in the title but they all related to software so I don’t think it really counts. A bit like banks that talk about their ‘products’ 🙂

  2. Cate Franklyn · December 3, 2013

    This is just terrific!

    • northumbrianlight · December 3, 2013

      Many thanks Cate……my grandfather is a constant source of inspiration. I have his five Great War medals which will no doubt appear here before too lomg.

  3. Greg Urbano · December 3, 2013

    Great collage to start! Engineered to the exact specs my tabletop photography adheres to minus the ipad wifi connection!

  4. Mjollnir · December 3, 2013

    This is cool. My grandfather was in the RFC and died at the age of 95 without ever making it up in a ‘plane – the war ended before he got off the ground. He never flew in his life but had a service medal from the RFC! 😀

    • northumbrianlight · December 3, 2013

      Thanks – the same may have applied to my grandfather, I am not certain. He was a chief mechanic but I like to think he would have hitched a ride at some stage during his time in Egypt. Having survived the Great War he never left the country again. He died in 1966 when I was too young to be inquisitive – too late, I have a thousand questions to ask.

  5. Tish Farrell · December 3, 2013

    Love the collage and the gadget (must show both to team leader). Have also just been looking at your pole photos taken nearly a year ago. I thought you were joking about the 6 metre pole. Great shots though. Went very atmospherically with your snowing screen and induced thoughts of a class of port which is not good at 3 in the afternoon and with a Civic Soc meeting to minute later.

    • northumbrianlight · December 3, 2013

      Thanks Tish – the pole puts a whole new perspective on things (it is actually an adapted window cleaning pole – ). I recommend a minimum of 2 ports for minute taking 🙂

  6. LaVagabonde · December 3, 2013

    Very nice collage tribute, Robin. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · December 3, 2013

      Thanks Julie – you can tell I have time on my hands – too cold for golf, too slippery for the Ducati 😦

  7. restlessjo · December 3, 2013

    Too clever for me, but I love the end result 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · December 3, 2013

      Thanks Jo – like the previous post, “too clever by half” 🙂

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