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Elusive grandfather in the RFC of WW1 then the US AAC of the 20’s

 

My 85 year old father recently remained after the death of my mother and I am trying to help my new step-mom learn about her absentee father that died when she was a young girl. From what she has told me and the documents I have from her he was a very talented and amazing man though not the marrying settling down type. He seems to have taken after his father, whom supposedly came from England and was part of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders” all be it he was a cook or something like that and deserted after 3 days taking the family, including my then new born step-grandfather, back to England.

 

Anyway I am looking for some members in the UK that may be able to find something out on my new Grandfather and clear up some of the possible “stories” as fact rather then fiction. And of course help my step-mom fill in the large gaps in her family tree.

 

I have seen postal covers of one of his historic flights opening new international air mail routes on Ebay but they were too expensive for me at the time. He was a member of the Honor Guard for President Harding and held various patents, a friend of Eddie Rickenbacker (Step-mom has a tea set given by Rickenbacker as a wedding gift to her parents.) He just really seems like an interesting guy. But when I seen his claim to awards I have to wonder if he was one that liked to exaggerate.

 

His name is: Harry Burton-Lewis (The hyphenated last name was used off and on during his life. We don't know why.)

I will post some snippets of documents I have to start with. As I have recently moved across country and all my fun stuff is in boxes this is giving me something to obsess over other then restoring my new old house.

 

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Mark D

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Step-mom says she had a photo of him in uniform with all his medals on that was sent to a sister years ago and never returned. She says she can get it so I have urged her to at least get a high resolution copy sent. If it shows up I will add it as well.

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Got a Xerox copy of the old photo of the real Harry Burton Lewis. Circa 1923 he has the US wing, Lt bars and collar brass, wearing his French Croix De Guerre, British 1914-1915 Mons Star, British Victory Medal, and British General Service Medal (Per his RAF service documents).

 

Thank goodness my step-mom actually had a bunch of his original British Military paperwork. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corp first and was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 and then the RAF later in 1918 as Pilot/Observer. He enlist with the US Army in 1919, re-submitting his vow to the US and no longer with George of England, and he is sent over as to serve in the Army of Occupation of Germany until 1920 when he returns to NY. He is also listed as having been wounded (Shot in knee and two fingers) as well as being gassed while serving with the Brits.

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Hi Mark,

 

I found this very interesting, his British service has been hard to find, finally located his Medal Index Card for his 1914-15 Star, however the card states his name as H. H. B Lewis. The service numbers are correct, 55929 and 127877 Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Flying Corps cadet, I'm assuming his British War Medal and Victory Medals were issued by the RAF. It is interesting that his card has written in pencil "No MM or MSM card found" so I'm assuming he applied for a British Military Medal or British Meritorious Service Medal at some point.

 

I had a look at findmypast and it seems they have him listed as Henry Barton Lewis on his RAF service papers. He must have received his French Croix de Guerre while serving with the Americans as his not listed in the London Gazette for one (after saying that some where not Gazetted), the Distinguished Flying Cross mentioned must also be American has I couldn't locate a British DFC for him, also I doubt he would have seen much active service with the RFC/RAF. there is quite a lot on him on Ancestry including some of the documents you have attached, so I'm assuming one of these family trees is yours. Have you got his medals? his certainly very interesting

 

Kerry

Looking for any American medal named to the surname "BULOW".

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The whole thing is just weird. He actually did not transfer to the Army Air Service until he was discharged from the RAF in Apr 1919. He was re-naturalized in July 1919.

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Hi Mark,

 

I found this very interesting, his British service has been hard to find, finally located his Medal Index Card for his 1914-15 Star, however the card states his name as H. H. B Lewis. The service numbers are correct, 55929 and 127877 Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Flying Corps cadet, I'm assuming his British War Medal and Victory Medals were issued by the RAF. It is interesting that his card has written in pencil "No MM or MSM card found" so I'm assuming he applied for a British Military Medal or British Meritorious Service Medal at some point.

 

I had a look at findmypast and it seems they have him listed as Henry Barton Lewis on his RAF service papers. He must have received his French Croix de Guerre while serving with the Americans as his not listed in the London Gazette for one (after saying that some where not Gazetted), the Distinguished Flying Cross mentioned must also be American has I couldn't locate a British DFC for him, also I doubt he would have seen much active service with the RFC/RAF. there is quite a lot on him on Ancestry including some of the documents you have attached, so I'm assuming one of these family trees is yours. Have you got his medals? his certainly very interesting

 

Kerry

Just wanted to say THANK YOU Kerry for your help across the pond!

Mark

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