PETERBOROUGH WAR MEMORIAL

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First World War
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BENTON, JOHN WALTER, 8a Cowgate, Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died of wounds, age unknown, on the 31.5.18 at Epernay Hospital, France. The son of Mr and Mrs A.C. Benton of Cowgate, Peterborough. Buried Terlincthun British Cemetery, Grave VII.A.C.20
2nd Lt Benton was an observer in an RE 8, serial no.A3447, of 52 Sqn. On the 30th May he, with his pilot Lt H P Illsley, was on patrol when he was wounded near Chambery, presumably by anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft landed at a field hospital where Benton died the next day.

Benton J. W.      John Walter Benton

BROOKS, LEONARD WILLIAM, 'Avondale', Broadway, Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, (previously 8th Hampshire Regiment). Killed in action, aged 32, on the 6.7.17 near Arras, France. The son of Mr and Mrs J.W. Brooks of Peterborough. Buried at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, Grave IV.B.9
2nd Lt Brookes was the pilot of an A.W.FK8, serial no.A2726, of 2 Sqn. He was returning from an artillery observation when he was shot down in a combat with six enemy aircraft. His observer, Lt W Campbell was also killed.

Brookes L W      Leonard William Brookes

CROSBY, EDWARD ENO, 269 Cromwell Road, Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Killed in action, aged 19, on the 13.9.18 at Esegney. The son of R.N. and Ellen Crosby of 269 Cromwell Rd, Peterborough. Buried at Charmes Military Cemetery, Grave I.B.15
Pilot of a DH9, D1670 of 99 Sqn. Was shot down into American lines. Observer, 2nd Lt C P Wogan-Brown was also killed.

 Crosby E E      Edward Eno Crosby

HARGRAVE, PEARSON WALTON BUTTERS, High Street, Old Fletton, 124258, Air Mechanic 1st Class, Royal Air Force. Died of pneumonia, aged 19, on the 15.2.19 at 148 Burrage Road, Plumstead whilst on leave from service overseas. The son of Mrs E. B. Wickman of 112 Hudson Rd, Plumstead. Buried in Woolwich Cemetery, Grave 4.358

PASCOE, ERIC JOHN, Blinco Road, 2nd Lieutenant, 29 Squadron, RFC. Died, aged 23, on the 14.4.17. The son of Henry and Lucy Pascoe of “Shirley”, Blinco Road, Peterborough. Buried in Izel-Les-Equerchin Cemetery, France. Grave 145.

SHARMAN, HERBERT HARRY, Gladstone Street, 123639, Air Mechanic 3rd Class, Royal Air Force. Died of sickness, aged 31, on the 25.10.18 at Kingston on Thames Military Hospital. The son of Mr George Sharman of Gladstone Street, Peterborough. Buried in Peterborough (Broadway) Cemetery, Grave 2.3.3148

Sharman H H      Herbert Harry Sharman

SMITH, VICTOR SIDNEY, Lincoln Road East, Second Lieutenant, 113th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action, aged 19, on the 6.10.17 in Mesopotamia. The son of Sidney and Bessie Smith of Peterborough. Buried in Deir El Belah Cemetery, Israel, Grave D.47
Victor Sidney Smith was killed in a flying accident in Palestine. He was the observer in a 113 Sqn BE2e.

Smith V S      Victor Sidney Smith

STEPHENSON, THOMAS FREDERICK, DCM, Eastfield, 769, Sergeant Pilot, 11 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action, aged 23, on the 20.11.17 whilst flying over German lines. The son of George and Annie Georgina Stephenson. No known grave he is commemorated on the Arras RFC Memorial.
Pilot of a Bristol F2b (Bristol Fighter) A7292 of 11 Sqn. He was carrying out a reconnaissance on 20th November, the first day of the Battle of Cambrai, when he was shot down. His observer was wounded and taken prisoner. He joined the RFC on 7th July 1913. He went to France on 12th August 1914. His DCM was announced on 4th March 1918:
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While flying over the enemy's lines he was attacked by twelve hostile scouts and engaged four of them, one of which he destroyed. He was then attacked by another of the enemy machines, and, though his observer had been wounded he succeeded in destroying it. His machine was then rendered almost uncontrollable by a shell, the right wing being almost shot off, but he succeeded in landing it in our front line wire. He has destroyed five hostile machines and shown splendid courage and determination."

Stephenson T F      Thomas Frederick Stephenson

STOCK, ALBERT ERNEST, Cobden Avenue, 2nd Lieutenant, 18 Squadron, RAF. Died, aged 20, on the 4.9.18. The son of Ernest and Fanny Stock of 110 Cobden Avenue, Peterborough. Buried in Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-Lestree, France. Grave A22.

WEBER, VICTOR JOSEPH, 59 Narrow Street, Lieutenant, Border Regiment (attached RAF). Killed, aged 18, in a flying accident on the 15.12.18 at Tourmignies, south of Lille, France. The son of Charles and Emile Weber of "Begatells", Westwood Park, Peterborough. Buried in Brebieres British Cemetery, Grave BB.3.

Weber V J      Victor Joseph Weber

WINTERTON, CHARLES, 68 Lincoln Road, Walton, 65816, Sergeant Instructor, School of Technical Training at Halton, Royal Air Force. Died of pneumonia, age unknown, on the 5.8.18 in Aylesbury Military Hospital. No known next of kin. Buried Aylesbury Cemetery, Bucks, Grave X.89

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