A Collection of Awards to the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force

Date of Auction: 10th December 2014

Sold for £820

Estimate: £400 - £500

Four: Flight Sergeant F. G. Preen, Royal Air Force, late Royal Flying Corps, who went out to France on the strength of No. 3 Squadron in August 1914

1914 Star, with copy clasp (79 1/A.M. F. G. Preen, R.F.C.); British War and Victory Medals (79 Sgt. F. G. Preen, R.F.C.); Royal Air Force L.S. & G.C., G.V.R. (79 F./Sgt. F. G. Preen, R.A.F.), second initial and surname officially corrected on the last, contact marks, generally very fine (4) £400-500


Frank G. Preen enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in May 1907 and transferred as a Lance-Corporal to the fledgling Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) in June 1912. Embarked for France as an Air Mechanic 1st Class on the strength of No. 3 Squadron on 12 August 1914, he was advanced to Flight Sergeant in August 1916 and transferred to the newly established Royal Air Force as a Flight Clerk in April 1918. Having then seen service in India in 1920, and in Mesopotamia 1921-23, he returned to the Home Establishment and was awarded his L.S. & G.C. medal in May 1925. Preen, who was advanced to Warrant Officer 1st Class in August 1929, was still serving in the early 1930s; sold with copied research.