Ickleton man joined the RAF 100 years ago today

Today in the Centenary of the RAF.

100 hundred years ago today an Ickleton man joined the RAF. Ernest John Clements (known as Wilf, uncle of Graham and Hedley Igglesden and Molly Dagley) was transferred from the Army’s Royal Flying Corps to the RAF on the day of its formation. He had initially served in the 1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment and was wounded on the first day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) when the Cambridgeshires suffered many losses, including a number of Ickleton men. He was wounded again in October 1917 and then transferred to the RFC. He worked as a carpenter in both the RFC and RAF, an important job as planes at that time were made of wood trusses with fabric stretched over them. He returned to Ickleton after the war and lived at 3 Abbey Street. He is pictured here with his wife, Flo, probably in 1919.

Wilf and Flo Clements

Wilf and Flo Clements

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