One of the family members of Lieutenant David Henry Revels has been in touch with me. He had written about a year ago to the Ministry of Defence and made an application to them to see copies of Revels' army file.
This can be undertaken by any member of a family of someone who served. See this link for details on how to apply:
Following payment of the required fee, currently £30 (subject to annual review), photcopies of various documents were sent to the family member.
In the case of Revels, these documents included:
“I wish, however, to be considered specially for artillery, and to have my name placed on the waiting list”.
When completing the application form, Revels described the occupation of his father as a 'Gentleman Farmer'.
Period 1938 to 1941
Various letters between Revels, the Bank and the War Office. Excepts from them follow below.
Application for Emergency Commission – dated 11th February 1941 – aged 53
Revels stated that he preferred working with horses rather than duty with an infantry regiment.