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Amongst the First To Fall - Early Casualties of the Royal Flying Corps in August 1914


Death was not a stranger to the Royal Flying Corps even before the British Empire commenced hostilities against Germany on 4 August 1914.  Between the founding of the Corps on 13 May 1912 and the outbreak of War twenty-seven months later the Military Wing suffered the loss of twenty airmen in aeroplane accidents. Nevertheless, the RFC carried on wi…

21 September 1915 : Lieut. Stanley Caws


Son of Douglas (a land agent) and Harriet (née Handley)  At the 1881 Census the 2 year old Stanley was at home with his parents and sisters: Dora (6), Hilda (4).   Ten years later in 1891 he also had a younger sister, Constance (3).  Stanley was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Christ’s College, Blacksmith. He served in the South…