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liverpool annie

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More Flyers For Mack !!
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:03:28 AM »

Arthur Norbury Solly was born in Cheshire on 16 February 1894, the son of Ernest and Mary Alice Solly. Ernest himself was descended from one of the wealthiest and well documented of our family trees, dating back to the 1400’s starting with Peter Soly. The line remains in Kent until the early 1700’s when Richard Solly moved to Walthamstow (now in Middlesex) to marry Ann Hollis. Their son Isaac Solly moved to London in 1765 to start a mercantile business in Baltic timber. Later generations lived in London, but Ernest was born in Congleton, Cheshire.

Ernest had attended Rugby School between 1878 and 1881 and his son Arthur followed in his footsteps, being admitted in Sep 1908 and leaving in 1913.

The records show that he was a Michell. Scholar VI. Exhibitioner 1913, R VIII, 1912,1913. Exhibitioner of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Following this distinguished academic career he enlisted in the armed forces when the First World War started

On Saturday August 11th 1917 at 10:50 am a Bristol F.2B (serial number A.7108) of No. 20 Squadron, RFC took of from its airfield near St. Omer for a training flight. The pilot of the Bristol was Capt. Arthur Norbury Solly (age 23); the observer was Lt. Donald Yalden Hay (age 24). Shortly after take-off the right wing of the aircraft collapsed and the aircraft crashed, killing both pilot and observer. As can be read below both were experienced pilots.

The two men who flew together and died together were buried together at Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery (France), sharing the same headstone. Although two epitaphs would have been permitted there is only one, and a very fitting one indeed:

"Brothers in Arms"  - They truly are

http://www.sole.org.uk/ansolly.htm


liverpool annie

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 07:05:26 AM »


Second Lieutenant CHARLES HERBERT HILLS, Manchester Regiment

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1916/1916%20-%200799.html


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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009, 07:06:00 AM »


Second Lieutenant E. W. LINDLEY, Manchester Regiment

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1917/1917%20-%200534.html

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 07:06:36 AM »


Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman

http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Freeman_WR.htm

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 07:07:45 AM »

James Martin Child

http://books.google.com/books?id=-IN7sPhlnVoC&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=RFC+/Manchester+regiment&source=bl&ots=v5JQq6ThP-&sig=GQth9sOc6VNgmZJfCXFkncTChWs&hl=en&ei=XAWeSpzxHI-oswPX6Zwl&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10#v=onepage&q=RFC%20%2FManchester%20regiment&f=false

In memory of
Captain
JAMES MARTIN  CHILD
who died on August 23, 1918

Age: 25
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Air Force
Citation: Military Cross, Order of Leopold II, Croix de Guerre (Belgium)
Son of Tylney Harris Child and Constance Octavio Child, of King's Rd., Leytonstone.
Cemetery:
CHINGFORD MOUNT CEMETERY
Essex,United Kingdom

Grave Reference: C.R. 7284.

http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/content/collections/books/bww1/ww1585.jpg

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=99165&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=pd461vcckdi2t0cfi1uvh49r73

Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) James Martin Child, Manch. R. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While leading a patrol he encountered four enemy scouts, one of which he destroyed. On another occasion he attacked one of two enemy two-seater machines which he encountered over the enemy's lines. He disabled the machine, and skilfully turned it towards our lines, where the enemy pilot was forced to land and he and his observer were taken prisoner. On another occasion he attacked five enemy scouts, one of which he destroyed. He showed the greatest judgment and determination.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 5 July 1918 (30780/7900)

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liverpool annie

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009, 07:12:18 AM »


Lieutenant W. R. Freeman Locating the Enemys Batteries And Giving Information By Wireless Messages To The British Artillery.

Flying over the German lines, Lieutenant W. R. Freeman, of the Manchester Regiment and Royal Flying Corps, located the position of batteries, and conveyed the information by wireless messages from his aeroplane to the British artillery. Although the enemys bullets pierced his propeller and planes, he remained aloft for more than five hours during the day. For his gallantry, ability, and the very valuable work he performed, Lieutenant Freeman was deservedly awarded the M.C.

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