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RAFHAA Triennial reunion at RAF Halton

September 24, 2016 from 10am to 5pm
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202nd entry - 50 years since passing out of Halton at Four Pillars Hotel

December 10, 2016 at 12pm to December 11, 2016 at 7pm
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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.


New Address for RAFHAA

Started by Stuart Morgan May 24. 0 Replies

For those who wish to contact the RAF Halton Apprentices Association, please note the new address:The official contact address for the RAFHAA is as follows: ROYAL AIR FORCE HALTON APPRENTICES ASSOCIATION Building 412  RAF Halton Aylesbury Bucks HP22…Continue

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Help me find more new RAFA Members

Started by Stuart Morgan May 8. 0 Replies

Brian Fare the Membership Support Officer of RAFA has placed this notice on Linkedin today:To all you RAF and ex-RAF types out there... please help me find more new RAFA Members.We have 1850 new Members so far this year, our best in 8 years. Your…Continue

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Join Easyfundraising and automatically send a donation to RAF Halton Apprentices Assoc - Old Haltonians

Started by Stuart Morgan Apr 26. 0 Replies

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for RAF Halton Apprentices Assoc - Old Haltonians? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John…Continue

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Bring Blue One Back Home

Started by Alan Cameron Webster Nov 1, 2014. 0 Replies

Stuart,AlII've com across this on good old facebook…Continue

Sir David Walker - former station commander RAF Halton

Started by Stuart Morgan Oct 16, 2014. 0 Replies

David Walker, who was station commander at RAF Halton in 1997/98, and a former president of our illustrious Association has recently been appointed as advisor to the Chairman of HSBC. Air Marshal Sir David Walker is a Senior Advisor at HSBC…Continue

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I can hardly believe how much Singapore is in flux. There are hardly any of the…Continue

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Medal review - HM Govt announces the following changes

Posted by Stuart Morgan on May 9, 2015 at 12:55 0 Comments

Following the Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review, HM Govt has announced the following changes to a number of campaign medal awards and criteria:


Berlin Airlift: The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘Berlin Airlift’ will be awarded for at least one day’s service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 Jun 48 to 6 Oct 49 inclusive. Applications for the new clasp will be assessed from 1 Mar 15…


Help the RAFHAA raise funds

Posted by Stuart Morgan on November 9, 2014 at 20:16 0 Comments

I have just raised £2.34 for RAF Halton Apprentices Assoc - Old Haltonians by shopping at TheTrainline Loyalty using

Remembrance Day 2014

Posted by Stuart Morgan on November 9, 2014 at 14:59 0 Comments

The Queen has led the nation in remembering service personnel who have died during conflicts, as Remembrance Sunday services are held around the UK. This article from the BBC includes a video clip


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Posted by David John Smith on July 4, 2014 at 12:54 0 Comments

You lament the absence of 48th. I am "the good shepherd" of the 55th ( for 36 years) & note in the last of the Bill Kelley   " Haltonians", that Robin Webb commented on the latest of the 48th's annual reunions at a pub near Baker Street Station ( THAT brings back memories!), so they are out there. I suspect that considerably more read the Haltonian than are on this Web site- especially we oldies who find computing," why make it easy when you can make it difficult"! Dave 55th


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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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