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Commonwealth War Graves -  St Paul's  Church - East Boldre

W. A. Archibald

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant 760337

Died 8th November 1918  Age 24


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Wesley Alexander Archibald was born 19th October 1894. His father was Mr. J. J. Archibald of 672 Homer Street, Vancouver, Canada.

He enlisted at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 4th April 1918, Age 21. No. 760337 as a Private in the Canadian Infantry, 121 Battalion. He also served in the 11th Regiment, Irish Fusiliers of Canada.

He transferred to RAF 29th Training Depot Station on 7th November 1918.

There are conflicting reports of his death. According to “Boldre and the Great War” by John Cockram, Richard Williams and the Boldre Parish Historical Society he was killed in an accident on the 8th November 1918 when the engine of his Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin cut out shortly after take-off. Robert Cole’s “History of Beaulieu Airfield” says he was killed when his engine burst into flames on take-off, before he left the ground.

On 22 November 1918 he was Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, back-dated to the 7th November 1918.

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D. W. Baker

Royal Air Force - Flight Cadet

Died 26th October 1918,  Age 21


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Flt. Cadet Douglas Walter Baker served with RAF 29th Training Depot Station

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baker and was born in Reading on 9 May 1895.

There are conflicting reports of his death. According to “Boldre and the Great War” by John Cockram, Richard Williams and the Boldre Parish Historical Society he was killed on 26th October 1918 when his Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin spun into the ground from 500 feet. The reason for the accident is unknown. Robert Coles’ “History of Beaulieu Airfield” says he was one of two pilots who were killed in a mid-air collision on 26th October 1918. The other pilot was 2nd Lt. Malcolm Van de Water

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Arthur F. Belyea

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 17th September 1918, Age 23


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Arthur Fred Belyea was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada on 21st October 1894.

Joined the Traders Bank of Canada, Calgary, on 4th September 1909 and enlisted from the Calgary branch, into the Royal Flying Corps on November 27th 1917. He was engaged in Scout Duty on the East Coast of England.

He was killed when his Sopwith F1 Camel collided with fellow pupil Austin Blackie (see below). They possibly arranged to fly in formation and photograph each other.

Son of John E. and Sarah Belyea, of 333, 15th Avenue West, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Note: there is a difference in the date of death recorded on the headstone (19th October 1918) and the CWGC record and the RBC memorial (17th September 1918). The latter is probably correct.

The War Graves Commission records his age at death as 24 but if the above date are correct he died shortly before his 24th birthday.

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Austin Wyard Blackie

Royal Air Force - Lieutenant

Died 17th September 1918, Age 22


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Austin Wyard Blackie was born in Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada on 17th November 1895. Son of John Blackie of Downey, California, USA and Mary Blackie, of Mother Providence Bay, Ontario, Canada.

He enlisted on 7th March 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada while living at 47 Playter Crescent, Toronto, Ontario. He then joined RAF 29th Training Depot Station, Beaulieu.

He was killed in an accident at East Boldre on 17th September 1918 Age 22. He was unmarried. His Sopwith F1 Camel collided with fellow pupil Arthur Fred Belyea (see above).

He is also commemorated on Carnarvon Cenotaph, Manitoulin Island.

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R. R. Brown

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 18th June 1918, Age 24


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A Canadian citizen, Robert Brown was born on 18th May 1894 to William G.  Brown, of Lynnville, Ontario, Canada.

He had flown the Curtiss JN 4 (Jenny) and passed the Aerial Gunnery course at Camp Hicks, Texas. He was a proficient electrical and telephony engineer.

He arrived in England on 27th February 1918 and joined No. 1 Squadron of the 73rd RFC Training Squadron on 22th March 1918. He was killed on 18 June 1918 when his Sopwith Camel crashed into the Solent. (Click here for notes on the notorious flying characteristics of the Sopwith Camel).

The War Graves Commission records his date of death as 17th September 1918.

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N. L. Crouch

The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment - 5572752 Private

Dies 4th January 1941, Age 23


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Private Norman Leonard Crouch was the son of Edgar James Crouch and Ethel Beatrice Crouch, of East Boldre.


He joined the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 4th Battalion

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 04/01/1941

Age at death: 23


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B. Doe

Hampshire Regiment - 202439 Private

Died 22nd October 1918


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Bert Doe served in the 2nd/4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment.


Bert Doe was the son of Francis John Doe and Louisa of Thorny Hill, Bransgore. He died of pneumonia which was a complication of influenza and is buried in St. Paul's Church, East Boldre. He is remembered on the St. Paul’s Churchyard Memorial.




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E. L. Hargrave

Royal Flying Corps - Lieutenant

Died 22nd September 1917, Age 18


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18 year old Ernest Lawton Hargrave was the son of Ernest Lawton Hargrave and Ada Florence Hargrave (née Otten), of 97, Grandison Rd., Clapham Common, London.

He joined the RFC and was posted to 79 Squadron, Beaulieu.

He died on the 22nd September when his dual control Avro 504 stalled and dived to the ground. His instructor, Lt. W F Dry, survived the crash. Ernest was given a military funeral five days later.

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J. Hogan

Royal Air Force - 9315 Serjeant

Died 4th August 1918, Age 21.


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9315 Sgt. Patrick Hogan of the 29th Training Depot Station was the first non-commissioned officer to die at East Boldre.

He was flying an Avro 504K when he collided with another aircraft. Robert Coles’ “History of Beaulieu Airfield” says he collided with the leader, Jack Bayetto a.k.a. “Mad Jack” who had turned back to look for him whilst flying in formation.

Jack Bayetto also died in the accident but there is no tombstone for him at East Boldre.

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V. M. Kidd

Royals Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 30th August 1918, Age 20.


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Vernon Monroe Kidd was born to Albert and Fannie Kidd (née Withers) on 6th September 1898, in Wako, Montana, USA. They moved to Yorktown in 1902 and later they moved to Port Angeles, Washington.

Vernon applied to join the US Army but was rejected on several occasions so, in September 1917 he went to Canada and enlisted in the Canadian Flying Corps. He was sent to England and in August 1918 he was a flying instructor at 29 Training Depot Station, Beaulieu.

He, and his pupil, were killed during a training flight in an Avro 504, C5759 near Bucklers Hard. Details of the crash and identity of the pupil are unknown.

He is buried in St. Paul’s Churchyard, East Boldre.

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John Lawson Kinnear

Royal Air Force - Major, Liverpool Regiment, D.S.O. M.C.

Died 28th April 1918, Age 28

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The most senior and distinguished officer to die at East Boldre was Major John Lawson Kinnear, DSO. MC. He was born on 9th February 1890 to the Reverend and Mrs. HG Kinnear of Copygrove Rectory, Yorkshire.

He attended Sandhurst and was commissioned into The King’s Liverpool Regiment. He volunteered for flight training and was posted to No. 6 Squadron in France in 1914. On 13 December 1917  he was posted to No. 1 Training Station, Beaulieu.

He was killed on the 28th April 1918 during a display of stunt flying. A large crowd saw the 28 year old Major doing rolls, loops and spins when, as one set of wings of his Sopwith Scout became detached, he spun to the ground, switching off his engine just before impact.

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J. L. Morrison

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 31st July 1918, Age 25


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John Lindsay Morrison was born on 1st February 1898 in British Columbia, Canada. He worked as a book keeper for four years before moving to Oxford. He joined the military and was posted to No. 8 Flying Training School, Netheravon in July 1917.

He was transferred to 93 Squadron on 21st February 1918 and three weeks later he was sent to Beaulieu. By this time he was an experienced pilot.

He was killed on 31st July 1918 when his Sopwith Camel crashed. An inquiry concluded the accident was caused by an error of judgement. (Click here for notes on the notorious flying characteristics of the Sopwith Camel)

The gravestone and the War Graves Commission records his age at death as 25 but the Canadian Virtual War Memorial records his age at death as 24. Assuming his dates of birth and death are correct it suggests he was 24 when he died.

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W. S. Pawson

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 6th May 1918, Age 22


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Walter Pawson was born in Glasgow to Albert Ernest and Louisa Pawson.

He joined the RAF and was trained in Canada. On 12th April 1918 he joined No. 70 Training Squadron, Beaulieu. He died on 6th May 1918 when his Avro 504 aircraft nose dived to the ground. The cause of the accident was attributed to pilot error.

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Frank Rice Reid

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 30th September 1918, Age 20.


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Frank Rice Reid was born to George W and Annie M Reid of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. His gravestone records his date of birth as 1st September 1898 while his war record gives his d.o.b. as 1st March 1898. He worked for the family jewellery business before joining the RAF.

He served in the Royal Naval Air Service, No. 17 Naval Squadron before being transferred to No. 1 Training School on 24th February 1918. On 19th July 1918 he was  posted to the 29th Training Depot Station, Beaulieu as an instructor.

There are conflicting reports of his death. According to “Boldre and the Great War” by John Cockram, Richard Williams and the Boldre Parish Historical Society he was killed on 30th September 1918 in a Sopwith F1 Camel F1359 when he started a half roll too near to the ground and failed to pull up.

Robert Cole’s “History of Beaulieu Airfield” says he was flying an Airco DH4 and was killed when he crashed into Hatchet Pond. Many pilots landed in the pond but his was the only fatal accident.

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Alexander Talbot

Royal Air Force - Lieutenant

Died 3rd June 1918, Age 22


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Son of Thomas and Jeannie Talbot, of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, Alexander was born on 16th February 1896. From 1914 until 1917 he attended the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Shortly before graduating in law he enlisted into the RAF on 22nd September 1917 and was posted to England, joining No. 1 Training Squadron, Beaulieu in March 1918.

He died in a flying accident on the 3rd June 1918 while flying a Sopwith F1 Camel. He stalled the engine and spun into the ground. (Click here for notes on the notorious flying characteristics of the Sopwith Camel).

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Arthur Rowland Taylor

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 19th January 1918, Age 22


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Arthur Rowland Taylor was born in 1896. He was educated at Berkhampsted School.

He moved to America in March 1913 and joined the Canadian Army. He became a Flying Officer on 3rd October 1917 and was posted to 79 Squadron RFC, Beaulieu on 25th November 1917.

He was killed when the Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin he was flying crashed and burst into flames shortly after take off.

His gravestone records his rank as Lieutenant and his age at death, 21.

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J. D. Thomas

Royal Flying Corps - Second Lieutenant

Died 20th March 1918, Age 37


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John Dobson Thomas was born on 26th August 1881 in Pennsylvania, USA. His family was originally from Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He graduated from St. John’s Military Academy and the University of Wisconsin before enlisting in the RFC. He was commissioned on 1st November 1917 and was posted to Beaulieu shortly after.

He died on 20th March 1918 when his Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin crashed after failing to pull out of a dive while stunt flying. The accident was on the same day as the funeral of Canadian 2nd Lieutenant, Richard Shaw-Wood, who died three days earlier. He was also stationed with No. 1 Squadron.

Robert Cole’s “History of Beaulieu Airfield” gives his age at death as 25.

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Edward P. A. Topley

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 30th October 1918, Age 18.


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Edward Percival Augustus Topley was born on 6th November 1899 in London.

He learnt to fly in a Caudron biplane at the Cambridge School of Flying before enlisting into the RAF on 3rd March 1918. He was commissioned on 1st April 1918, the same day the RAF was formed. He was posted to Uxbridge for flying training before being posted to the 29th Training Depot Station, Beaulieu to complete his training.

He died on his first day of training when his Sopwith Camel, stalled and span to the ground. (Click here for notes on the notorious flying characteristics of the Sopwith Camel).

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Malcolm G. Van de Water

Royal Air Force - Second Lieutenant

Died 26th October 1918, Age 24


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Malcolm Boggs, son of Mr Seth Boggs, was born on 14th August 1894 in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Anna, later remarried Charles L Van de Water. They lived at Apartment 363, The Portner, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

2nd Lt. Malcolm Gifford Boggs Van de Water was a member of 29th Training Depot Station. He was one of two pilots who were killed on 26th October 1918. The other pilot was Flt. Cadet Douglas Baker (see above). Both men were in their early twenties, though their tombstones and the church register differ for both of them with respect to their ages.

He was flying a Sopwith Camel when the blade of his propeller was shot off by his own gun causing the aircraft to crash. He died later that day in the Forest Park New Zealand General Hospital in Brockenhurst.

The gravestone and the War Graves Commission records his age at death as 23. Assuming his dates of birth and death are correct it suggests he was 24 when he died.

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J. C. Wood

Royal Flying Corps - Second Lieutenant

Died 13th January 1918


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There are contradictory reports concerning Joseph Wood’s nationality. Robert Cole’s “History of Beaulieu Airfield”  states that 2nd Lt Joseph Wood was the first of many Canadians to die at East Boldre. He was given an RFC military funeral.

www.ancientfaces.com lists Second Lieutenant Joseph Clark Wood, RFC, as being born in the UK, died on 13th January 1918 and buried in St. Paul’s Churchyard, East Boldre.

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R. S. Wood

Royal Flying Corps - Second Lieutenant

Died 17th March 1918


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More correctly, Richard Shaw-Wood was born on 18 November 1890 in Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. He was a career soldier, becoming Sergeant Major of the Cadet Corps of St. Andrew’s College from 1905 to 1907. He then worked as a clerk and was married to Alice Duggan in November 1913.

After serving in the US Army at Fort Worth, Texas, he joined the British Army and was commissioned on 14th December 1917.

He died during flight training at Beaulieu when his Sopwith F1 Camel crashed on 17th March 1918. (Click here for notes on the notorious flying characteristics of the Sopwith Camel)

Richard was buried on 20th March. That same day another fatal accident took the life of 25 year old American, John Thomas. Both were stationed with No. 1 Squadron.

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Research Resources:

“History of Beaulieu Airfield” by Robert Cole’s (out of print)

“Boldre and the Great War” by John Cockram, Richard Williams and the Boldre Parish Historical Society

New Forest Military Archive

The Canadian Great War Project

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The National Archives

Forces War Records

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