Published By John Davies
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Second Lieutenant BDR (Benjamin Daniel Rowlands) Davies, Royal Flying Corps, killed in a flying accident 11 March 1918. Swansea (Morriston) Cemetery. He enlisted as a private in November 1915 joining 26 Bn Royal Fusiliers, the Banker’s ‘Pals’ battalion made up of bank clerks, accountants etc.
RFC (RAF Spitalgate)
Sapper 160668 Edwin E Hancocks, Royal Engineers, att. Royal Flying Corps. Died 31 January 1917, Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery. Royal Engineers Royal attached Flying Corps, possibly as a structural engineer working on construction or as a mechanical engineer working on aircraft, his pre war occupation as a gas fitter suggests it could be the latter. An alternative is that he was working with observation balloons established in 1912 two RE Air Battalions were included in the complement. These units had been established in 1911 operating air ships. During the war they moved to military balloons, primarily used for gunnery observation and reconnaissance. The ranks were drawn from the Corps of REs
Private 44076 John W Whitfield, 2/8 Bn Worcestershire Regiment, DoW (Illness) 16 July 1918, Aire Communal Cemetery. At the time of his death he was hoping to transfer into the Royal Air Force and had recently passed the examination test as part of the selection process.