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St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Memorial to Arthur James Tillard, Fleet Air Arm d. 1941, at Denham, Buckinghamshire

Location

St Mary's Church, Denham, Buckinghamshire

Transcript

'IN . BELOVED . MEMORY . OF / LIEUTENANT . COMMANDER / ARTHUR . JAMES . TILLARD / ROYAL . NAVY . FLEET . AIR . ARM / WHO . GAVE . HIS . LIFE . FOR . HIS . COUNTRY / 8TH JULY . 1941 / DOROTHY . VERA . TILLARD / 6TH AUGUST . 1905 . 16TH . MARCH . 1976.'

Details

Description: A rectangular alabaster tablet with a moulded edge. In the left corner is a shield : argent on a pale per pale danzettée point in point gules and azure between two mascles sable (Tillard).
Type: Wall table
Position: Interior
Materials: Alabaster

Event

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Tillard, Arthur James
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 8/7/1941
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

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Recorder: NADFAS

St James's Church, Southwick, Hampshire, England

Plaque in St James’s Church, Southwick, Hampshire, dedicated to Lieutenant David Mudford RN d. 1950

Location

St James's Church, Southwick, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'IN PROUD MEMORY OF / LIEUTENANT DAVID MUDFORD / ROYAL NAVY FIGHTER PILOT / WHO GAVE HIS LIFE ON MAY 24TH 1950 / AGED 23 YEARS / If I take the wings of the morning / and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea / even there shall thy hand lead me / and thy right hand shall hold me'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Nave
Materials: Brass

People

Mudford, David
Age: 23
Date of Death: 24/5/1950
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St Mary's Church, Ide Hill, Kent, England

Memorial stone at St Mary’s Church, Ide Hill, Kent, commemorating Sub Lieutenant Cyril Jewell, RNAS d.1918

Location

St Mary's Church, Ide Hill, Kent, England

Transcript

'Here rests / CYRIL JEWELL / Sub Lieut: RNAS. / of HENDON / Born 1899 / Accidently killed whilst flying / Feb 8th 1918'

Details

Position: North west corner of graveyard
Materials: Marble

People

Jewell, Cyril
Age: c.19 years
Date of Death: 8/2/1918
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Sub Lieutenant RNAS
Organisation: Royal Naval Air Service

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St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex, England

Brass plaque in St Lawrence’s Church, Bradfield, dedicated to Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning RN d. 1917

Location

St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex, England

Transcript

'This window and that opposite are to the Glory / of God and in memory of Squadron Commander / Edwin Harris Dunning DSC RN / He was the first officer to land an Aeroplane / successfully on the deck of a ship under way Aug 2nd 1917 / Subsequently killed August 7th 1917 / "He lovede chyvalrye / Trouthe and honour fredom and curtesie / he was a verray perfight gentil knight"'.

Details

Description: The inscription has a border of oak leaves and acorns. The Dunning arms are placed below it and the unofficial badge of HMS 'Furious' and a scene with an aircraft above.
Type: Brass plaque
Materials: Brass, black marble

People

Dunning, Edwin Harris
Age:
Date of Death: 7/8/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Squadron Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Parish church, Thaxted, Essex, England

Wall tablet in Parish church, Thaxted, Essex, dedicated to Flight Sub Lieutenant C. Raymond Walker Hodges RN d. 1917

Location

Parish church, Thaxted, Essex, England

Transcript

'Flight Sub Lieutenant C. Raymond Walker HODGES RN aged 19 1/2 years. Elder son of Major Charles E Walker HODGES R F A and of Louie C Walker Hodges shot down 10 miles East of DIXMUDE at 12, 000 feet up in a fight against heavy odds, after his flight of five had accounted for three out of a total of twenty six enemy machines on August 18th 1917 'A modest Hero loved by all''

Details

Description: Carved with the RAF eagle.
Type: Tablet
Position: Near tower
Materials: White stone

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Hodges, C. Raymond
Age: 19 1/2
Date of Death: 18/8/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Flight Sub Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Brompton cemetery, London, England

Memorail at Brompton Cemetery, London commemorating Flight Sub-Lieutenant Alexander John Warnford VC d. 1915

Location

Brompton cemetery, London, England

Transcript

[Below portrait] 'FLIGHT SUB-LIEUT REGINALD / ALEXANDER JOHN WARNEFORD / V.C. R.N. BORN 15 OCT 1891 / ACCIDENTALLY KILLED 17 JUNE 1915' [Below relief] 'ERECTED BY READERS OF THE DAILY / EXPRESS. TO COMMEMORATE THE HEROIC / EXPLOIT OF DESTROYING A ZEPPELIN / AIRSHIP NEAR GHENT ON JUNE 7 1915'

Details

Description: Relief portrait of Warnford between inverted torches, another relief of an exploding zeppelin below.
Type: Memorial

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Warneford, Reginald Alexander John
Age: 23
Date of Death: 17/6/1915
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Flight Sub Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Victoria Cross winner.
Bibliography: Mary Gibson 'Warneford, VC' (Yeovilton, 1979).

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'James Wm ALMOND, Trinity Pilot died 23 Oct 1904 aged 65 also Milicia his wife died 8 Nov 1919 aged 81'

Details

People

Almond, James William
Age: 65
Date of Death: 23/10/1904
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Trinity Pilot
Organisation: Trinity House

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Recorder: William Donnan

St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex, England

Memorial at St Lawrence’s Church, Bradfield, Essex, commemorating Edwin Harris Dunning d. 1917

Location

St Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, Essex, England

Transcript

'SACRED . TO . THE.MEMORY . OF / SQUADRON . COMMANDER / EDWIN . HARRIS . DUNNING . DSC. RN / H.M.S. FURIOUS / BORN .17TH JULY . 1892 . SECOND . SON . OF / SIR . EDWARD . HARRIS . DUNNING . KNIGHT . / OF. JACQUES . HALL . IN . THIS . PARISH / WOUNDED . 20TH JUNE . 1916 . WHILE . BOMBING / ENEMY . TERRITORY : IN . A . FIGHT . WITH . GERMAN / SEAPLANES .AND . WAS . AWARDED . THE / DISTINGUISHED . SERVICE . CROSS . FOR / GALLANTRY . ON . THIS . AND . OTHER . OCCASIONS / KILLED . 7TH AUGUST . 1917 / BURIED .IN. BRADFIELD . CHURCHYARD / BESIDE . HIS . MOTHER / The Admiralty wish you to know what / great service he performed for the Navy. / It was in fact a demonstration of landing / an Aeroplane on the deck of a Man-of-War / whilst the latter was under way. / This had never been done before; and the / data obtained was of the utmost value. / It will make Aeroplanes indispensible to the / Fleet, & possibly revolutionise Naval Warfare. / The risk taken by Squadron Commander Dunning needed much courage. He had already made / two successful landings: but expressed a wish / to land again himself, before other Pilots did so: / and in this last run he was killed. My Lords / desire to place on record their sense of loss / to the Naval Service of this Gallant Officer.' 'His captain wrote "I shall never cease to admire / & regret him. He was so keen and full of / enthusiasm & such an excellent capable / fellow in every way. Both officers & men / serving under him deeply feel the loss of / so fine an officer and gentleman"'

Details

Description: Inscription in architectural surround with Dunning arms above.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Alabaster
Vessel: HMS Furious

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Dunning, Edwin Harris
Age:
Date of Death: 7/8/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Squadron Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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