William Young, the last known veteran of the Royal Flying Corps, died last month aged 107.
The Royal Flying Corps was formed in May 1912 and saw service throughout the First World War. On 1st April 1918 it was combined with the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force.
Casualty rates were very high, both from accidents in the primitive flying machines and from enemy action and this is reflected in the number and type of memorials to members of the RFC.
A memorial from Bowness on Windermere commemorates Captain Edward Mucklow “who after serving 14 months in France was accidentally killed whilst flying/ April 22nd 1918, at Stow St Mary, Essex.”
This contrasts with the inscription on the memorial to Lieutenant Lambert Playfair.
“He was killed on the/ 6 July 1915 near/ St Julien By Ypres/ gallantly attacking/ a superior force of/ German aero-planes/ aged 21 years.”