WW1 Nominal Roll - W

The following table was sourced from the data files available at the airhistory.org.uk - Royal Flying Corps website, Sqn Daily States (National Archives), Casualty Cards (RAF Museum) and Service Records (findmypast.co.uk).  Some names from the early 1920s have been included until an inter-war nominal roll can be created.

AD - Aircraft Depot AH - airhistory.org.uk
ASD - Aircraft Storage Depot CC - Casualty Card
CCS - Casualty Clearing Station DS - Daily States
ERS - Engine Repair Section HE - Home Establishment
HQ - Headquarters POW - Prisoner of War
RB - Record Books SR - Service Record
TD - temporary duty USAS - United States Air Service
   
Service # Rank Surname Name/Initials Remarks
  Lt Walker Geoffrey DS - 1 Dec 17 reported from 2AD, 20 Dec 17 admitted to hospital due injury during forced landing, 25 Dec 17 struck off strength

SR - 56 Sqn 1 Dec 17 to 15 Dec 17

  2Lt Walkerdine Harold John DS - 6 Dec 17 admitted to 56 CCS, strained back, struck off strength; 15 Jan 18 proceeded on leave

SR - joined 56 Sqn 5 Dec 17, 11 Apr 18 seriously wounded, stuck off strength of Expeditionary Force, died 18 Jun 66

Mentioned in Record Book 5 Mar 18

80938 AC2
(Batman)
Wallis Albert Edward SR - posted to 29 Sqn from 56 Sqn 6 Feb 19, France 24 Sep 17 to 8 Nov 19

DS - 1 Feb 19 posted to 2nd Brigade

12048 1AM
(Carpenter)
Ward Bertram Edgar SR - 56 Sqn only unit mentioned, France 7 Apr 17 to 17 Feb 19

DS - 28 Dec 17 leave

  2Lt Waters John Patrick SR - joined 56 Sqn 3 Nov 17, killed 18 Nov 17

Listed as killed in accident in historical account in first 56 Sqn Operations Record

7307 Pte Webb WJ DS - 30 Dec 17 temp attached from 3rd Brigade, 10 Jan 18 - returned to 3rd Brigade

SR - possibly William James Marston Webb, 134869, who is listed as posted to 3rd Brigade

29098 Sgt
(Fitter)
Webster George Edward DS - 18 Dec 17 leave

SR - 56 Sqn only unit mentioned, France 7 Apr 17 to 17 Jan 19

  Lt
(Armament Officer)
Weguelin Thomas Noel DS - 8 Dec 17 reported from 1/ASD, 14 Dec 17 struck off strength on admission to hospital
  2Lt White AS AH - based on Casualty Report regarding accident 19 May 17 in Vert Galant
  Lt White
(New Zealand)
Trevor Watts SR - joined 56 Sqn 4 Jul 17, missing/POW 27 Jul 17, repatriated 25 Dec 18
20229 2AM
(Coppersmith)
Whittaker D DS - 10 Jan 18 reported from 11 Sqn
354551 AC2 Whittaker Douglas SR - joined 56 Sqn 8 Oct 24

Added here until inter-war list created

32082 AC1
(Transport)
Whomes Walter Stanley DS - 3 Dec 17 leave, 21 Jan  19 posted to RAF Depot Blandford
  2Lt Wilkinson David Stanley SR - joined 56 Sqn 5 Jul 17, missing/POW 17 Aug 17, died as POW 26 Aug 17
  2Lt Wilkinson Geoffrey Miles SR - joined 56 Sqn 18 Apr 17, wounded 28 May 17, missing/killed 10 Oct 17
  2Lt Williams Lester Janson DS - 14 Dec 17 reported from HE

SR/CC - joined 56 Sqn 12 Dec 17, missing/POW 30 Jan 18, repatriated 14 Dec 18

31328 2AM
(Instrument Repairer)
Williamson Thomas DS - 2 Dec 17 leave

SR - 56 Sqn only unit mentioned, France 7 Apr 17 to 31 Jan 19

30253 LAC
(Carpenter)
Willson Harold Alfred SR - 56 Sqn only unit listed, France from 7 Apr 17 to 18 Jan 19

DS - 3 Jan 19 TD to HQ 13th Wing, 18 Jan 19 to Concentration Camp Candas for demobilisation

27865 2AM
(Cook)
Willson Richard Pattinson SR - posted from 56 Sqn 21 Apr 18 (sick), France 7 Jan 17 to 21 Apr 18

DS - 30 Dec 17 leave

  2Lt Winkler
(USA)
Moses Harry SR - joined British Expeditionary Force 7 Sep 18 (56 Sqn not named), missing/POW 21 Oct 18, repatriated 3 Dec 18

CC - 56 Sqn listed as unit when 2Lt was taken POW

Listed as POW in historical account in first 56 Sqn Operations Record

  Lt Winslow Paul Stuart
(USA)
SR 12 Sep 18 proceeded to 3rd Aviation Instruction Centre and struck off strength of RAF
  2Lt Woodman Douglas SR joined 56 Sqn 13 Nov 17, killed 11 Mar 18
5345 1AM
(Coppersmith)
Woolley Fred DS - 22 Dec 17 reported, 22 Aug 18 leave.

SR only 56 Sqn mentioned, France 6 Feb 16 to 6 Feb 19

49591 2AM
(Fitter)
Wright Francis Alexander

SR posted from 56 Sqn to 107 Sqn 13 Jun 18, France 7 Apr 17 to 28 Mar 19

DS - 21 Dec 17 leave

21667 2AM Wyldes Edward SR - France 7 Apr 17 to 23 Oct 17; only mentions 5 Sqn, however 5 Sqn embarked much earlier and 56 Sqn has in its possession a photo album from 2AM Wyldes that is annotated 56 Sqn

Flight Magazine, 23 Oct 1959 - in letter to the editor, E Vousden states "In June 1916 I was the N.C.O. i/c 56 Nucleus Flight, which was drawn from No. 5 R.A.S., Castle Bromwich, and later attached to No. 28 Squadron, Gosport ..."  This would agree with 5 Sqn entry in SR

Potentially one of first 3 members of 56 Sqn mentioned in first Sqn Operations Record history narrative as it would stand to reason a Clerk would be one of first trades assigned to a Sqn

  2Lt Wylie Arrol Edmiston CC/SR both state 65 Sqn; status to be verified in Daily States once applicable period available
2822 Cpl
(Fitter)
Wynn Frederick Thomas SR - 56 Sqn 3 Jan 19 to 6 Feb 19

DS - 3 Jan 19 posted from Reinforcement Park