The Roy Bartlett Collection of Awards to the R.N.A.S., R.F.C. and R.A.F.

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Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £270

Estimate: £180 - £220

Three: Leading Mechanic A. Cocquerel, an early member of the Royal Naval Air Service who is believed to have qualified on airships in the Mediterranean theatre of war

1914 Star (F. 146 Ldg. Mech. 1, R.N.A.S.); British War and Victory Medals (F. 146 L.M., R.N.A.S.), the last with officially re-impressed number and name, good very fine and better (3) £180-220

Footnote

Armand Cocquerel was born in Hanover Square, London in February 1893 and enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service in August 1914 (No. F. 146). Quickly employed in the rate of Leading Mechanic at Dunkirk, he qualified for the 1914 Star and clasp, following which he served out in the Mediterranean at Mudros and Thermia, September 1915 to January 1918, in which period it seems likely that he may have qualified as a helmsman in airships (see below). Having been advanced to Sergeant Mechanic in August 1918, Coquerel was placed on the R.A.F. Reserve in May 1919.

Sold with several interesting Great War period photographs, including images of the coastal airship C. 23, which was wrecked in July 1917, and another of the recipient (?) at the helm.