ADAIR, JOHN RONALD SHAFTO (1893-1960), aviator and businessman, was born on 22
May 1893 at Maryborough, Queensland, son of Victorian-born parents John Hamilton
Adair, surveyor, and his wife Constance Ada, née Smith. Educated at Maryborough
Grammar School, Ron completed an engineering apprenticeship and attained
sergeant's rank in the Australian Military Forces. On 21 February 1916 he enlisted
in the Australian Imperial Force and was posted to No.1 Squadron, Australian
Flying Corps, as a fitter. He reached Egypt in April and was reclassified air
mechanic in November; after training as a pilot, he rejoined his original squadron
in February 1918 and was promoted lieutenant in March. Adair saw action in the
Middle East until the Armistice. On 10 February 1919 he married Rose Ethel Ellis
at the British Consulate, Cairo; they were later to be divorced. His A.I.F.
appointment terminated in Sydney on 29 September.
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