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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

Extra

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

Extra

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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St Michael's Church, Highworth, Wiltshire, England

Tablet at St Michael’s Church, Highworth commemorating Lieutenant Reginald Alexander John Warneford VC RN d. 1915

Location

St Michael's Church, Highworth, Wiltshire, England

Transcript

'This tablet was placed here by members of the Warneford family throughout the world in memory of Flight Sub Lieutenant Reginald Alexander John Warneford VC RN Chevalier of the Legion of Honour aged 23 years son of the late Reginald William Henry Warneford Chaplain to the forces in India. Great nephew of the Rev Canon Warneford of Warneford Place. He was honoured by his king with the Victoria Cross and the French Nation with the medal of the Legion of Honour for pursuing and destroying singlehanded a Zeppelin airship near Ghent in Belgium on the 7th June 1915. He was killed 10 days later when flying in Paris on 17th June 1915 and lies buried in Brompton Cemetery where the nation has shown its gratitude and recognition of his great achievement in the erection of a memorial by public subscription'

Details

Position: Warneford Chapel

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

Extra

Notes: Victoria Cross winner.