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Pilot officer Fred Cardwell info

Article about: i Hope i have posted this query in the relevant section? i have recently become aware of a great uncle who was a pilot officer in the RAF who died on 25th Oct 1919 aged just 20. i have done

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    i Hope i have posted this query in the relevant section? i have recently become aware of a great uncle who was a pilot officer in the RAF who died on 25th Oct 1919 aged just 20. i have done as much research as my experience allows and found he was part off a force sent to the Russian federation on board HMS Vindictive in 1919 to assist in troubles in that region. I would like some help in finding out some more information as to how he died (accident, combat etc) and any further details about him in general. I believe he is buried in the region somewhere and remembered at the Archangel Memorial. I have tried my best to find out more info but have got nowhere, hopefully someone could assist me further.

    Regards
    Russell Cardwell

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    Hi Russell, welcome to the forum!

    Here is his "Soldiers Effects" record entry.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hi Ade, thanks for your quick reply, what does this information actually mean as im guessing its all in 'code' (military short/hand)
    Thanks
    Russ

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    Basically it just covers the pay he was owed. But it confirms the date of death "on active service" which you already have.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    I expect you already have seen this, but I will post it out of interest:

    Memorials and Monuments in Portsmouth Cathedral
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    Found this

    Memorials and Monuments in Portsmouth Cathedral

    However I think the place name should be Kronstadt.

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry

    CWGC - Casualty Details

    I think this is him [from Ancestry]

    National Archives

    Name Cardwell, Fred Date of Birth: 21 December 1898 | The National Archives
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    Thanks Ade, yes i had seen the Portsmouth memorial but a slightly different version, your link is a better version though.

    Regards
    Russ

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    Thank you Richie!
    brought a tear to my eye that photo as he (Fred) is so similar in looks to my Dad who passed away many years ago. Cant thank you enough guys, never thought i would see a picture of him. this info is great...

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    Having now got some more info to go on, i have found a detailed report written later on the British intervention in south Russia, and a National archives document showing some of Fred's records, its now looking a possibility that he was shot dead by a sentry when returning drunk to his accommodation, as i can find ref to this incident and he may have been only British pilot officer to die that same month. Hope im wrong.

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    Hi Russ, that is very interesting. Please keep us up dated.

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