WW1 Artefacts belonging to Cpl Fred Johnstone Royal Flying Corps

My grandfather left 6 Squadron in early 1918 due to ill health and returned from France with many mementos, some of which are shown below in the first photo gallery. He also brought home his WW1 war diaries and wallet which he carried with him everywhere while he was serving with 6 Squadron over the western front. Amazingly, the wallet remained unopened for more than fifty years until his death in 1969 when I was able to examine both its contents as well as the cryptic entries my grandfather made in his diaries. Photographs of the documents held in the wallet are displayed in the second photo gallery below.

Model of WW1 Bristol Scout
Model of WW1 Bristol Scout

This is a metal model of a Bristol Scout, made by my grandfather during WW1. For the rest of his life he kept it on his desk, mounted on a valve stem taken from an RE8 engine

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Corporal Fred Johnstone's ring
Corporal Fred Johnstone's ring

The gold wedding ring given to Fred in 1918 by Ethel. The inscription 'GEE' gave rise to the title of my first book, 'For God, England & Ethel'

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Corporal Fred Johnstone's WW1 Medals
Corporal Fred Johnstone's WW1 Medals

The WW1 medals belonging to my grandfather, Corporal Fred Johnstone of 6 Squadron Royal Air Force

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Watchmaker's Eye Glass
Watchmaker's Eye Glass

The watchmaker's eye glass as used by my grandfather during WW1 and afterwards

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WW1 Bits and Pieces - a clip of French Lebel 8mm "Balle D" rifle ammunition
WW1 Bits and Pieces - a clip of French Lebel 8mm "Balle D" rifle ammunition

A piece of shrapnel, a clip of French Lebel 8mm "Balle D" rifle ammunition, a wireless receiver tuning knob and a piece of carved wood taken from a bombed building during WW1

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WW1 Royal Flying Corps War Diaries
WW1 Royal Flying Corps War Diaries

War diaries kept by my grandfather when he served with 6 Squadron during WW1

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Royal Flying Corps Enamel Badge
Royal Flying Corps Enamel Badge

Royal Flying Corps 'sweetheart' badge, given to Ethel by my grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone, most likely in 1918

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WW1 military Combined Knife/Fork/Spoon Set
WW1 military Combined Knife/Fork/Spoon Set

The knife, fork and spoon set used by my grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone with 6 Squadron during WW1

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WW1 Aircrew leather Balaclava
WW1 Aircrew leather Balaclava

Leather Balaclava worn by my grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone with 6 Squadron during WW1

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WW1 Soldier's Pay Book - Active Service
WW1 Soldier's Pay Book - Active Service

The Army Book 64 Pay Book (WW1) for my grandfather, Corporal Fred Johnstone, 6 Squadron

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WW1 Army pay book 64
WW1 Army pay book 64

The Army Book 64 Pay Book for my Grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone RFC - payment details for 1917

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Royal Flying Corps Badges
Royal Flying Corps Badges

This is the red identity disc and Royal Flying Corps badges that my grandfather wore for the duration of WW1

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WW1 military Binoculars
WW1 military Binoculars

These binoculars were carried by my grandfather during his time in Belgium and France

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WW1 army Telescope
WW1 army Telescope

This telescope (six inches long) was owned by my grandfather

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Piano Tuning Key
Piano Tuning Key

This is a piano tuning key used by my grandfather

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Needle Case
Needle Case

This miniature needle case was retrieved from a bombed nunnery in Amiens during WW1 by my grandfather, Fred Johnstone

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Miniature Dominoes Set
Miniature Dominoes Set

This two-inch long set of brass dominoes was carried by my grandfather during the Great War

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Royal Flying Corps Cap
Royal Flying Corps Cap

This is the Royal Flying Corps cap my grandfather wore throughout the Great War

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Penknife from Ethel
Penknife from Ethel

My Grandfather's bone penknife, inscribed with 'FWJ'. He carried this with him during WW1

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This pigskin wallet shown below was in my grandfather's possession for the duration of WW1. Though he carried it home to England intact, he would never again use it nor, to my knowledge, refer to the documents it contained. The photographs displayed below, with all of the army documentation that a returning serviceman was obliged to carry after the Armistice, give an insight into the life and times of the Great War
 

Wallet - WW1
Wallet - WW1

The pigskin wallet (and its contents) my grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone Royal Flying Corps brought back from the Western Front and never used again.

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Wallet - WW1
Wallet - WW1

The contents of the wallet my grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone Royal Flying Corps brought back from the Western Front

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Army Book 64 - Active Service
Army Book 64 - Active Service

The pay book my grandfather had whilst serving in Belgium with 6 Squadron during WW1

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Pay Book
Pay Book

The inside pages of the replacement Army pay book my grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone Royal Flying Corps had in Belgium after his first one was lost - he was put on a charge for losing it.

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RAF Demobilization Account
RAF Demobilization Account

Royal Air Force Form F5 687 Demobilization Account for my grandfather Corporal Fred Johnstone 6 Squadron

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Demob Protection Certificate
Demob Protection Certificate

My grandfather's Protection Certificate and Certificate of Identity (Army Form Z 11), issued to him so that he could claim benefit after he was demobbed from WW1

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Certificate of Employment
Certificate of Employment

Form Z 518 Army Certificate of Employment (front) my grandfather was provided with when he was demobbed after WW1

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Certificate of Employment
Certificate of Employment

Reverse side of Army Certificate of Employment my grandfather was given when he was demobbed after WW1

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Demobilization Envelope (front)
Demobilization Envelope (front)

Army Form Z53 - Demobilization Envelope for WW1

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Demobilization Envelope
Demobilization Envelope

Reverse side of WW1 Demobilization Envelope

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Diploma from Goldsmiths College
Diploma from Goldsmiths College

The letter from the Goldsmiths College that accompanied the jewellery diploma my grandfather gained in December 1914

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Late Pass
Late Pass

Late Pass from the No 1 Wireless School Squadron, Royal Air Force

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Medal Notification WW1
Medal Notification WW1

Medal Notification Letter - WW1

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Medal Letter - WW1
Medal Letter - WW1

Letter to inform what medals are to be given for WW1 service

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Combined Leave / Railway Ticket
Combined Leave / Railway Ticket

Combined Leave and Railway ticket (third class) for HM Forces Overseas (in uniform) - return journey from Basingstoke to France. This is the face of the ticket

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Combined Leave and Railway Ticket
Combined Leave and Railway Ticket

Combined Leave and Railway ticket (third class) for HM Forces Overseas (in uniform) - return journey from Basingstoke to France. This is the reverse of the ticket

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Telegram from Starlight
Telegram from Starlight

Telegram of congratulations wired to my grandfather from 'Starlight', Ethel's nickname, the day he enlisted in the RFC

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Train Ticket Sticker
Train Ticket Sticker

Sticker declaring which London Railway Station is to be used for the return trip at the end of the period of leave

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Transfer to Reserve
Transfer to Reserve

Army Form Z21 - Certificate of Demobilization, issued to my grandfather when he was transferred to Reserve in 1919

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Free From Vermin
Free From Vermin

The 'Free From Vermin' certificate issued to my grandfather on the 11th January 1918, five days before he married Ethel

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Woven Postcard
Woven Postcard

Postcard with woven RFC emblem - not sent

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