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Victor Dreschfeld

Born:
28 Iyyar 5653 (14 May 1893)
Died:
1981

Basic Information

Unique reference:
DRE0349
Other first name:
Julius
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
28 Iyyar 5653 (14 May 1893)
Place of birth:
Manchester

Death

Date of death:
1981
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Oxford

Places

Schools

Name:
Haileybury School
Year started:
1906
Year left:
1910
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Details of his life

Victor, who had an engineering background, enlisted in 1915 as a private in with the Buffs (East Kent) Regiment and then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. This was a fairly common route for someone who wanted to become a pilot by first obtaining a commission in the Artillery, where one would gain valuable Gunnery experience and then transfer to the RFC, which is what Victor did as he transferred into the Machine Gun Corps as a Corporal and then became a Lieutenant whilst training as an Observer at RFC Training Depot Station 18.


Researched for 'We Were There Too' by Dr Ronnie Fraser

Family

Spouse

Marie Stockel (female)
Place of marriage:
Kensington
Country of marriage:
United Kingdom

Children

Mary J Dreschfeld (female)
Anne E Dreschfeld (female)

Siblings

Anita Dreschfeld (female)
Violet Dreschfeld (female)

Parents

Father: Julius Dreschfeld (male)
Mother: Selina Gaspari (female)

Homefront

Member of family in armed forces:
Victor's brother Stanley also served in the RFC

Military Record

Military service:
Buffs (East Kent) Regiment, Machine Gun Corps and Royal Flying Corps
Military record no.:
2483
Date enlisted/conscripted:
01 June 1915
Date discharged/death:
01 August 1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
Buffs (East Kent) Regiment
Posting:
Victor enlisted as a Private before being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.
Regiment:
Machine Gun Corps
Posting:


Campaigns:
Victor served as a Corporal with the Machine Gun Corps. His military record number was 18970. He transferred to the RFC on 7th July 1917.
Regiment:
Royal Flying Corps
Battalion/unit:
49 Squadron
Posting:
After training as an observer Victor was assigned to 49 Squadron in France flying DH9's .
Medals:
At the beginning of August 1918 Lieutenant Victor Dreschfeld was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the citation read :

"This officer invariably shows the greatest gallantry and devotion to duty. During recent operations he has frequently engaged troops and transport, causing heavy casualties. On one occasion, at an altitude of 700 feet, two enemy aeroplanes were set alight by tracer ammunition fired from his Lewis gun. He has taken part in many successful bombing raids and long distance reconnaissances.”

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