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Unit History: RAF Halton

RAF Halton
The first recorded military aviation at Halton took place in 1913 when the then owner of the Halton estate, Alfred de Rothschild invited 3 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps to conduct manoeuvres on his land. Following a gentleman’s agreement between Alfred de Rothschild and Lord Kitchener, the estate was used by the British Army throughout the First World War. In 1916 the Royal Flying Corps moved its air mechanics school from Farnborough, Hampshire to Halton and in 1917 the school was permanently accommodated in workshops built by German PoWs. The whole estate was purchased by the British Government for the nascent Royal Air Force at the end of the First World War for ?112,000.
 
In 1919 Lord Trenchard established the No. 1 School of Technical Training at RAF Halton (see aircraft apprentice) which remained at the Station until it moved to RAF Cosford in the early 1990s. Also in 1919, Halton House - a French style mansion built by Lionel de Rothschild - was re-opened as the Station’s Officers’ Mess. Halton House continues to be used as the Station’s principal Officers’ Mess.
 
Princess Mary’s RAF Hospital Halton was opened in 1927 as a large military hospital. In 1995 the Hospital closed and although the buildings still stand, they are derelict and the surrounding married quarters have been sold off for private housing.
 
During World War II RAF Halton continued its training role. Additionally, 112 Squadron and 402 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force were based at Halton for part of the War.
 
In July 1952 the uncrowned Queen Elizabeth II performed one of her first duties as Sovereign by presenting a colour to Number 1 School of Technical Training; the first to be awarded to an apprentice school, and the first ever to be presented to an ’other rank’ when Sergeant Apprentice Hines, of the 63rd Entry, received the colour from Her Majesty.
 
When Number 1 School of Technical Training relocated to RAF Cosford in 1990, they took over guardianship of the Queen’s Colour, and on 31 October 1997 Her Majesty presented RAF Halton with its second colour. RAF Halton was the first and only station to be granted the dignity of two Queen’s colours.
 

Memories of RAF Halton

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

Raf Halton school of cookery in 1952

Written by Brian Reeve

I arrived at Halton in early FEB.1952, after my sq bashing at Raf West Kirby What an experience,i went from boy to man, in 8w/ks I was on course 84, and our instructor was a c/pl Edwards,THERE WAS A TOTAL 10 of us, I have tried with some sucess,to traceany of them, one thing i do recall is that,we went straight into week 3 of the course, as we had some knowledge, of the catering trade,ie butchers,bakers,etc Ihave found one mate Rowland Morley, from New Market,we have met up again after all those y/rs and lunch together, looking to trace as many as the others as possible
The other names are Ted Collins( he was with me till demob)K Dujon,R Griffiths,R Gilmour,D Budd,F Hillard,? Lucas, ? Clegg & C/PL Edwards, We also joined with course 83 at odd times i have photos of my 84 & 83( with all their names as well

Raf Halton school of cookery in 1952

Written by Brian Reeve

I arrived at Halton in early FEB.1952, after my sq bashing at Raf West Kirby What an experience,i went from boy to man, in 8w/ks I was on course 84, and our instructor was a c/pl Edwards,THERE WAS A TOTAL 10 of us, I have tried with some sucess,to traceany of them, one thing i do recall is that,we went straight into week 3 of the course, as we had some knowledge, of the catering trade,ie butchers,bakers,etc Ihave found one mate Rowland Morley, from New Market,we have met up again after all those y/rs and lunch together, looking to trace as many as the others as possible
The other names are Ted Collins( he was with me till demob)K Dujon,R Griffiths,R Gilmour,D Budd,F Hillard,? Lucas, ? Clegg & C/PL Edwards, We also joined with course 83 at odd times i have photos of my 84 & 83( with all their names as well

RAF HALTON in 1947

Written by CLIVE WILSON

Is there anyone out there from the 56th entry ?? Topcliffe 1950 ?? or Fassberg 1953 ??

RAF HALTON in 1991

Written by stacey rainsforth

THE YEAR I JOINED UP, THE PEOPLE AT THIS POSTING ARE THE ONES THAT STAYED IN MY MEMORY AND A LOT OF THE TIME MY HEART THE MOST,MAL, DAYLE, GRAHEM, FRANK, ALFIE YOU ALL SHAPED WHAT I THOUGHT THE AIR FORCE WAS, BOY WAS I WRONG..............YVONNE AND LINSEY, WHERE ARE YOU?

RAF HALTON / SUNDERN BFPO 39 in 1958

Written by WENDY PERRY(nee)CHATFIELD

Many memories of Halton. More of Sundern,small camp N Germany lost touch with friends there 1959/60 can anybody help me please?
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