He joined the Royal Naval Air Service at
on Portsmouth 29th July 1915
for the duration of hostilities. He was
five feet, eight and a half inches tall, had brown hair, brown eyes and a fresh
complexion. It was noted that he has a scar
on right buttock. He gave his occupation
as carpenter (although later, when transferring to the RAF, he would give his
occupation as carpenter and joiner.
He was given the rating of air mechanic 1st class and the service number F7058 and joined HMS President II at Polegate, Sussex where he remained until 22nd September 1916. Chailey Parish Magazine first notes him serving his King and Country in September 1915 and the following month, on the 30th October, he married Daisy Annie (maiden name unknown) at Oxted,
The couple would settle at Oakglen
Street, Lewes and a daughter, Cecily, would be
born to them on 9th
Between 23rd September and 20th
October 1916, Stephen was at HMS
Daedalus, the Fleet Air Arm Headquarters at Lee on Solent,
before moving back to HMS President II
at Polegate where he remained until New Year’s Eve 1917.
on the formation of the Royal Air Force, Stephen King transferred to the
RAF. He was based back at HMS Daedalus and by the end of the year
had the rating of corporal mechanic and the new number 207058. His trade classification was airship rigger.
He was sent to the discharged centre at
on 21st Crystal
Palace January 1919,
the medical board there classifying him as category A. On 20th February 1919 he was transferred to Class
G, RAF Reserve, his character noted as very good and his ability as
satisfactory. The address he gave on
discharge was 21 Devonport Road,
St Annes, Lewes.