Walter Raymond Gilmartin, RAF

Medals auctioned Sep 2015


1895 Sep 6. Born Burnley, Lancashire

1901 census at 5, Higgin Street, Burnley

1911 census He is a boarder in Gordon St, Burnley

1913 Jan 21. Enlisted in ASC

1918 Nov 18 Cadet granted temp commission as 2nd Lt .Walter Raymond Gilmartin

1918 Oct/Dec Married in Burnley to Winifred Palmer

1919 May 11. Transferred to Unemployed List . 2nd Lt W R Gilmartin

1920 Aug 13. Joined ADRIC with service no 199. Posted to L Coy

1920 Nov 22. Promoted Section Leader

1920 Dec 13, Promoted DI3, (this appears to be an appointment as Intelligence Officer for the Coy)

1921 Jan 17 Reverts to T/Cadet. Posted to Depot

1921 Jan 21 to 4 Feb on Leave

1921 Feb 1. Posted to O Coy

1921 Feb 20 to 25 Feb on Leave

1921 Feb 12 Posted to Depot

1921 Apr 21 Discharged Stevens Hospital

Reprimanded by Coy Commander

1921 Aug 15 to 13 Sep on Leave

1921 Aug 27. Posted to J Coy

1921 Sep 15 to Oct 26. In Cork Military Hospital

1921 Oct 14. Discharged medically unfit - not due to service in ADRIC.

1923 Nov , Gilmartin re-enlisted in the Royal Air Force as a Leading Aircraftman and attended a pilot’s refresher course. He was awarded his ‘Wings’ in December of the same year and, having been advanced to the acting rank of Sergeant, served in the Waziristan operations of 1925, when he flew D.H. 9s of No. 27 Squadron (Medal & clasp); approximately 260 ‘Waziristan 1925’ clasps were issued to R.A.F. personnel under Wing Commander R. C. M. Pink, C.B.

1929 Sep. Placed on the Reserve (Class ‘E’) in September 1929, Gilmartin was re-mustered as a clerk in the General Duties Branch on reaching the age limit for pilots in September 1933. He departed the R.A.F. two years later but was recalled in the summer of 1939 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the General Duties Branch (Administration) in December 1940. He finally relinquished his commission in June 1954, when he was permitted to retain the rank of Squadron Leader;

1932 Apr 18 .Receiving Order in Bankruptcy. Note Kew Gardens address as on RAF record

1945 Mar 1. An update giving him a discharge from bankruptcy from about mid 1947

1958 Jan/Mar Died Litchfield, Staffs.

Medals sold for £750 in Sep 2015


Service Record