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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.


Sir David Walker - former station commander RAF Halton

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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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Gareth Walters (202nd entry) receiving palliative care in Norwich

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We have just learnt that Gareth's condition has deteriorated rapidly to the extent that he has been admitted to a hospice near Norwich. He does not want any visitors.Dave Stirling wites:- "Hi AllSorry to say I have some sad news for you all.  Gareth…Continue

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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

Lands End to John o Groats cycle ride

Posted by Tony Rathbone on May 28, 2014 at 19:30 3 Comments

Cycle Ride completed Wednesday 21st May 2014. Averaged 63 miles per day. Total miles 946. Exciting adventure. Billy, my ride companion and I have raised over £4500 for Macmillan Cancer Care, St Clare's Hospice in South Shields and The Friends of Keswick still coming in..
Web site LEJOG.US has all information photos blogs etc. Billy is the computer wiz..
Been in the press, Daily Express, on local TV and papers. Something to do with my age !!
Tony Rathbone


Posted by Tony Rathbone on May 18, 2014 at 7:13 0 Comments

61st. On my way to John O Groats from Lands End.. Pitlochry to Avimore today on a cycle. Just gone over 700 mile started 7th May. Going well with help from the wind, one time when a Downwind landing is a good idea !
Tony Rathbone
Ps can be followed on LEJOG.US.

RAFA Stamford & District

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Anybody living or moving to Stamford or district the local Branch of RAFA now have a new presence on the web at please join us. 


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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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