Rank: 2nd Air Mechanic 37338
Regiment: Royal Naval Air Service / Royal Air Force
No. 10 Stationary Hospital at St Omer © IWM (Q 28925)
William Prescott was born in Beer in 1897, the son of William Charles Prescott, a baker, and his wife Leah. In 1911 the family lived at 1 Highfield Terrace, Beer.
In July 1916 William joined the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), and was sent to France on 17 August with 7 Tent Party. He was admitted to No. 10 Stationary Hospital at St Omer on 29 September that year with an injury to his left wrist, and was sent back to the UK on 14 October. The following day he was admitted to Edinburgh War Hospital at Bangour, 14 miles from Edinburgh itself.
There are no further entries on his record until he was transferred, with many others, to the Royal Air Force when it was formed on 1 April 1918. He was demobilised on 9 April 1919.
William died in 1981, aged 94.
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