The son of George and Minnie M. Darvill, 2nd Lieutenant George William Francis Darvill received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4973 on an L. & P. biplane at London & Provincial School, Edgware on 13 July 1917. Posted to 18 Squadron in France, he scored nine victories flying the D.H.4.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. George William Firancis Darvill.
When returning from a bombing raid this officer, singlehanded, engaged three Fokkers. Despite the fact that his observer's gun jambed, he drove down one out of control, which was seen to crash. He has carried out forty-four successful bombing raids, several of which he has led. In addition, he has rendered valuable service on photographic and other reconnaissance duty. A keen and zealous officer, who sets a fine example of devotion to duty to younger pilots.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12964)