Scrapbook relating to Alfred Clarence Youdale
Scrapbook relating to the First World War service of 971 Captain Alfred Clarence Youdale MC, 21st Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.
This file consists of one scrapbook containing extracts of letters from Captain Youdale to his family. Also contained within this scrapbook are newspaper clippings and other letters relating to Youdale's service. The collection can broadly be divided into two sections, both of importance: the first describing training in Australia and subsequently putting this into action at Gallipoli over a significant period, and second training for, and application of, early air-warfare.
Nearing the end of the scrapbook are letters from various people and authorities, such as the 'Keeper of the Privy Purse', written to Youdale's family expressing their condolences and providing the family with very positive reports of his character. Within the very final pages are two letters from Captain Charles Bean written in 1937 to another historian, giving general details about Youdale.
Also included in the collection is a typed letter written in July 1918 by Youdale's brother, Lieutenant Roy Harold Youdale.
Captain Youdale was awarded the Military Cross with two bars, for great bravery and distinguished service. He was killed in action on 23 December 1917.