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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

Extra

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

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1969

Christian cemetery, Manama, Bahrain, Rest of the World

Memorial in the Christian cemetery, Manama, Bahrain commemorating Lieutenant Gerry Brinton RN d. 1931

Location

Christian cemetery, Manama, Bahrain, Rest of the World

Details

People

Brinton, Gerry
Age:
Date of Death: 8/1931
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN. Naval pilot
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Killed in practise flight at Calshot.
Bibliography: Kevin Patience 'An unusual Royal Humane Society Award', 'Journal Orders and Medals Research Society' vol. 30, pp. 137-138, (Summer 1991).

St Andrew's Church, Weston under Lizard, Staffordshire, England

Wall monument in St Andrew’s Church, Weston under Lizard commemorating Commander Richard Bridgeman RN d.  1917

Location

St Andrew's Church, Weston under Lizard, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

TRANSLATED FROM THE WARFARE / OF THE WORLD TO THE PEACE OF GOD / COMM THE HON RICHARD O / B BRIDGEMAN: DSO RN: WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE: IN THE / GREAT WAR. WHEN FLYING OVER THE / RUFIGI RIVER: IN EAST AFRICA JAN 9 1917'

Details

Description: Relief of a ship in full sail flanked by pillars. Heraldic shields above the pillars and a crab and a pair of fish on either side below. Dove on top of round arch above the relief. Below the ship, the inscription, with a second relief of an aircraft at the bottom.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble, brass, enamel

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Bridgeman, Richard Orlando Beaconsfield
Age: 28
Date of Death: 9/1/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: An observer in seaplanes.
Recorder: H E Fransten, NADFAS

Brompton Cemetery, London, England

Memorial 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: Stele with anthemion acroteria. Relief portrait of Warnford between inverted torches, another relief of an exploding zeppelin below.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Portland stone

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).

New Ipswich Cemetery, Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Memorial at New Ipswich Cemetery, Ipswich, Suffolk, commemorating Lieutenant A. Phillip Clapham, RN, d. 1945

Location

New Ipswich Cemetery, Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'Lieutenant (A) / P. E. Clapham. R.N. / H.M.S. “Daedalus" / 20 February 1945 Age 24 / In Fondest Ever Loving Memory / of Phillip. Killed While Test Flying'

Details

Description: White stone headstone with relief carving of foul anchor and a cross.
Position: Sec. X.B. Div. 1. Grave 571.
Vessel: HMS Daedalus

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Clapham, A. Phillip Evaleigh
Age: 24
Date of Death: 20/2/1945
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Killed in air accident.
Recorder: Rev. William Henry Donnan 1969

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

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan, 1976

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. Killed in a flying accident.
Recorder: Alex Chatwin