The RFC continues to draw on volunteers from around the empire to fill ranks at all levels. Today, Canadians Francis Henry Bronskill, Sidney McLaughlin and Medley Kingdon Parlee were seconded to the RFC. McLaughlin will be an Equipment Officer and the other two will train as pilots. An Australian Harold Stanley Preston also joined to train as a pilot.
Perhaps the most noteworthy however, is Jeejeebhoy Piroshaw Bomanjee, who is the first Indian to join to RFC to train as a pilot. He has been commissioned as an Honorary Temporary 2nd Lieutenant.
This is quite unusual as the prevailing policy of the War Office to this point has been to deny commissions to applicants not of of ‘pure European descent’, as it was believed that ‘a British private will never follow a half-caste or native officer.’
It is likely that the pressure of significant casualties has loosened these requirements. Sefton Branker has likely influenced the decision too, as he responsible for recruitment in his position as Director of Air Organization. He served in India between 1908 and 1912.