A First War Air Force Medal to the Royal Air Force
A First War Air Force Medal to the Royal Air Force - GRV, uncrowned (2172 SERGt MECH. ROBINSON, A.L., R.A.F.). Naming is impressed. Contact marks, edge nicks and bruising, suspension somewhat slack, on post-1919 ribbon, very fine. Accompanied by four pages with copies of his Service Records from the National Archives and a copy of the Supplement to the London Gazette, page 12958, dated November 2, 1918 (naming "No. 2172 Serjt. Mec. Arthur Leonard Robinson (Sheffield)" as a recipient of the Air Force Medal).Footnote: Arthur Leonard Robinson was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. He enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps on November 13, 1914 as an Air Mechanic Second Class, at the age of 19. After five and a half months, he was appointed an Air Mechanic First Class on May 1, 1915 but by the Fall, had reverted to the rank of Air Mechanic Second Class on October 14th. The following Summer, he was re-appointed as an Air Mechanic First Class on June 1, 1916, then named Acting Corporal on August 18th, before reverting to the rank of Air Mechanic First Class on November 17th. Robinson qualified as a Pilot 1st Class and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on April 25, 1917, before entering the French theatre one week later, on May 2nd, where he was to remain for the next three months, then returned to England on August 4th. He saw a transfer from No. 40 Training Squadron to 6 W. on March 27, 1918, which was followed by a transfer five days later to the newly formed Royal Air Force (RAF), that had been created upon the merger of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) with the air arm of the Royal Navy, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), Robinson now a Sergeant Mechanic, on April 1, 1918. One month later, he returned to No. 40 Training Squadron on May 2nd and by the end of the year, had been transferred again, this time to No. 28 Training Depot Station on December 14, 1918, where he was to remain for the next six months before being transferred to the Reserve on May 22, 1919. Robinson was named a recipient of the Air Force Medal, as cited in the Supplement to the London Gazette, page 12958, dated November 2, 1918 ("No. 2172 Serjt. Mec. Arthur Leonard Robinson (Sheffield))". A little over one hundred Air Force Medals were awarded for service during the Great War, in recognition of valuable flying services performed in their various capacities: Flying Instructors, Test, Ferry and Experimental Pilots. In addition to the Air Force Medal, Robinson was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal, which are not included here.