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The History of the RAF Aircraft Apprentice Scheme

This network provides a forum to enable all ex-apprentices, who trained at RAF Halton, to communicate. The Old Haltonians social network is open to ALL Apprentices who 'did time' at RAF Halton as a member of one the Entries detailed on the web site. The Entry listing on that site commences with the 29th Entry and runs through to the 410th Entry. 155th were the last entry to pass out (in 1993). Officially, Richie Waylens is the last brat to pass out of Halton.

The RAF Aircraft Apprentice Scheme was initiated by Lord Trenchard at the No.1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton in 1922. Lord Trenchard started the 'Aircraft Apprentice Scheme' in 1920 at Halton camp, but the site was not ready to accept apprentices until 1922 (See Tribute). The first few Entries were sent to 'RAF Cranwell' and the first HALTON Entry was the 5th Entry in 1922. Between 1922 and 1993, when the scheme ended, over 40,000 young men known, more or less affectionately as Halton or Trenchard 'Brats', had graduated.

The Government had purchased the Halton estate (previously commandeered during the First World War) on Trenchard's recommendation when Rothschild died in 1918. There were already ample and well-equipped technical shops in existence and it was near to London, a point in its favour since the Chief of the Air Staff believed that the boy trainees should be near enough for friends and parents to visit. On the other hand, Trenchard felt that officer cadets would be better off in the flat countryside of Lincolnshire than anywhere near London.

The badge of No 1 School of Technical Training incorporates a symbolic tree of learning derived from the beech trees typical of the Halton area. The motto "Crescentes Discimus" can be translated to mean ‘As we grow, we learn’. In planning the Apprenticeship Scheme, the Air Ministry clearly took their responsibilities towards the young boys seriously and it was considered necessary to provide some insignia to distinguish them from adult airmen "so as to check smoking and the forgathering of boys with men".

The four-bladed propeller within a circlet, to be manufactured in brass, was approved on 17th April 1919 and worn on the sleeve of the left arm, being, of course, highly polished at all times.

See pages 28 - 35 of the pdf file sota_vol1_2 .pdf for a good account of the start of the HAA scheme. The article is written by, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage KCB CBE (56th entry), who is a member of this Network.

A history of the culture and organisational heritage of the RAF can be found at this link HistoryoftheRAF.pdf

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Queen's Colour - RAF Halton

In July 1952 the uncrowned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth performed one of her first duties as Soverign by presenting to Number 1 School of Technical Training RAF Halton a colour. The first to be awarded to an apprentice school, and the first ever to be presented to an 'other' rank, when Sergeant Apprentice Hines of the 63rd Entry, received the colour from Her Majesty.

On 31 October 1997 Her Majesty presented RAF Halton with its own colour.


RAFHAA announcement

Started by Stuart Morgan Feb 26. 0 Replies

Chairman StatementChairman, RAFHAA [Old Haltonians], Geoff Burton, has resigned for personal reasons.  Members will no doubt remember how Geoff stepped into the breach following the sudden death of Ian Sloss.  We should all be grateful for Geoff's…Continue

Mike Hunt (104th) found

Started by Stuart Morgan Dec 17, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi Stuart, Well, you got me right in one! “Mr Michael Leslie Hunt” and “Geordie Hunt” are one and the same! Mind you, it’s 50 years since I was last addressed, or answered, as such!  Or, in the vernacular: “way man, buga me ow on orth di ya find oot…Continue

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OK then, the coat remains until you 126s respond!Continue

Royal Review Fly Past RAF Odiham 1953

Started by Geoff Williams, 53rd, (582916). Last reply by Frank Haynes Nov 8, 2013. 1 Reply

In letters to the Editor,  Issue 66, of the Haltonian,  AB Howes of the 43rd Entry who flew an Anson (VV881) as a Flight Sergeant at that time, asks the question.  Of the 444 Jets and 197 Piston Aircraft that flew past the Queen that day how many…Continue

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Where are members of the 48th entry Now?

Posted by Stuart Morgan on March 5, 2014 at 8:26 1 Comment

The 48th entry consisted of approx 250 bods.  How come we never hear any of them???


Patrick John McGrath, Sydney NSW, Australia (48th) - F2A. Still alive and kicking. :-)

where are they now?

Posted by leonard alan read on December 15, 2013 at 15:42 0 Comments

I was hoping for someone who knows or knew of them firsthand!

old comrades

Posted by leonard alan read on December 10, 2013 at 23:50 3 Comments

does anyone know the whereabouts of dennis(crapper)cripps,harry pollit or graham joines -all 74th e4ntry?

My new bike

Posted by Giles Greenwood (126th) on September 3, 2013 at 9:10 0 Comments


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Ex-RAF Halton email lists

Chris McBrien (99th), who has provided a very valuable service to all Old Haltonians over the years, has asked me to post this note:-  

"Compuserve, in their infinite wisdom, decided to shut down the OurWorld service without telling any of their users.  This e-mail list will now be located at... …


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