08 - 06 - 1919 MAIL AEROPLANE CRASH EN ROUTE FROM COLOGNE TO FOLKESTONE
Here is the program of the commemoration day of June 08, 2019
concerning the crash of Gilbert Gunn Bannerman and William Nichol Wilson.
Saturday, June 08, 2019
9:30 am Tribute to Namur Cemetery, Chaussée de Waterloo 434-438, Belgique 5002 Namur (Saint Servais)
Deposit of wreaths with the communal authorities ...
11:00 am Parade, inauguration and tribute to the monument to Jodion Soye with the communal authorities ...
meeting place : 17 rue de la Basse Sambre, Belgique 5150 Soye Jodion.
|Remembering Grove Former Pupil Second Lieutenant Gilbert Bannerman, 110th Sqdn RAF, who died on the 8Th June 1919 age 26 years. He was born 23.10.1892, and left Grove 14th February 1908. His parents were John and Elizabeth. Sadly his mother died before he was 5 years old. While in the RAF he crashed on a mail flight to Cologne, Floreffe, near Namur, Belgium. Gilbert is buried in Belgrade Cemetery, Namur, in Belgium. While leafing through the newspaper "Patriot Illustrated" of June 22, 1919, we discover an article about an accident of English mail plane to Floreffe, which would have made two victims, the occupants of the plane. It is by postcards of the time that we specify it was actually crashed at Soye Jodion on June 8, 1919. This fact could only be related in Vers l'Avenir of the time? It is in a "old paper" scholarship in 2016 that, shifted in a box, this V.A. ( as it was said there is little) resurfaced. Here is the excerpt that I let you discover, as well as some clippings English and French, taking over the news from Reuters. According to her, the plane would have spiraled and would have turned around. The pilot would have been ejected from the aircraft because he had not put on his seatbelt. It was found 250 meters from the observer who was lying under the engine. There was no mail on board.|
William Nichol Wilson
The grandson of William's brother recorded his grandfather John (1896-1992) who told him that William Nichol was nicknamed "Billy" and that he was born in Benfieldside, County Durham in the United Kingdom on 19 August 1898, son of Twentyman and Sarah Ann Nixon.
He had left school at age 14 to become a "desk boy" at J. Ainsley & Sons. As he had a beautiful writing, he became an employee.|
Engaged September 11, 1917
Arrived in France for the first time on June 19, 1918.
July 11, 1918, he joined the squadron 103
William wrote to his brother in September 1917 wondering why he had joined the infantry rather than the Royal Flying Corps. In 1911, the two boys saw "aeronaut" Gustav Hammel perform a flight demonstration at Carlisle Racecourse. At home, they had planes as toys.
Grove Academy's WW1 and WW2 memorials have recently undergone substantial conservation and restoration since they were placed outside the school building in 2010, after the school moved into its new premises. An Unveiling Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 7.00pm which will showcase the restored memorials inside the school building, in the assembly hall. Staff and pupils have been involved in researching the former pupils who are on our Roll of Honour. We still have a few names which we have found difficult to prove - if you have a relative on any of our memorials which you could give us some information on, or a photograph we would love to hear from you. We would be especially delighted to welcome any relatives to the Unveiling Ceremony. We also have a limited number of tickets available to any members of our local community who would like to attend.
Please contact John Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen O'Rourke email@example.com or call the school office on 01382 436800.
Grove Academy ww1 memorial
'Folkestone. Air post to Cologne - letters for British soldiers are carried to Germany by "Airco" de Havilland machines'