Andrew David Cruikshank
He was Andrew David Cruickshank, born in Wheatley in 1898, third child and eldest son of Andrew Cruickshank, land steward by occupation, born in Forgue, Aberdeenshire in 1853, and Emilie Hannah Hutchence, born in 1867 in Stokesley, Yorkshire. Andrew the father moved to Wheatley sometime in the 1880s and all of his six children were born in the village. In 1901 the family were living in Hill House, Chalgrove Field, Wheatley. Young Andrew attended Wheatley Elementary school. ‘Cruickshank A.D.', with the Air Force No. 401079, was listed as Fitter (Motor Transport) on the Royal Air Force Muster Roll and with the rank of Air Mechanic 1: he had joined up on 15 February 1915 and was last promoted on 1 October 1917. His normal rate of Air Force pay was four shillings, and his terms of enlistment were for the duration of the war. He was said to have served in France, Belgium and Germany.