When I received this letter was very excited. and determined to visit Roy as soon as possible.
I telephoned him straightaway and he kindly agreed for me to visit him at once. He added that he would meet me at the airport. "You'll recognise me by my RFC tie." he said.
Armed with video camera and a list of questions from Peter Liddle (author of "Airmans War") I set out to fly from Heathrow to the Isle of Man.
The next few days were passed in the company of Roy Shillinglaw, a delightful old man in his nineties, chatting away for hours about his experiences in the First World War and indeed from throughout his most interesting and unique life.
I have recently undertaken the arduous but utterly compelling task of transcribing the video tapes (that I took as a record of our conversations in 1988) so as to publish them here. Roy had very kindly suggested that I set up my camera in his cosy dining room, where we proceeded to smoke and drink our way through the evenings. I was able to ask Roy many questions which were personally relevant, seeing as he had known my late father as a young man, and also I could obtain answers from him as regards the many written technical questions that historian Kevin Kelly (assistant to Peter Liddle, author of the Sunderland University archives) had sent me to ask him.
Here is the..
Interview Index Transcript 1 Transcript 2 Transcripts 3 & 4 Transcript 5 Transcript 6
Many thanks to Grant Ransom for his work transcribing this interview from video, and for his artistic talents in colourising some of the old pictures. Nice one Grant!
RFC intro page
Emails I have received about these pages
More pictures of 100 squadron RFC from my father's album
Various WW1 related objects in my possession and some found at the old aerodrome site nearXaffévillers in France
The Annals of 100 Squadron (The whole book)