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Remembered Today:

Ronald Beckett Morrison RN


Adrian Roberts

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I found this chap's grave in a local graveyard, St.Luke's Bromley. "Sub-Lt RN, killed while flying, 12/7/1917 aged 21"

Can anyone add anything to this? CWGC doesn't give more, except of course than RN should be RNAS. Its not a CWGC grave, but a family memorial, so he may not have died in the local area.

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From Flight July 26th, 1917

Flight Sub-Lieutenant RONALD BECKETT MORRISON, R.N.,

who was accidentally killed while flying in England on

July 12th, aged 22, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John

Morrison, of Dunthorpe, Bickley, Kent. He was educated

at Charterhouse, and on leaving there entered, the works of

an engineering firm. When war was declared he joined the

R.N.A.S. as a dispatch rider with the armoured cars, and

went to Belgium at the beginning of October, 1914, since

when he served continuously in France and Gallipoli until

he returned to England in February, 1916. He took up his

commission as a flight sub-lieutenant, R.N., in the following

June, qualified as a pilot, and went out to the front again in

December, and remained there until early in July, when be

returned to take up a home appointment..

I think that RN is probably correct. The RNAS was the name of the branch of the service, but it was made up of men who were either RN or RNVR [similarly my grandfather served in the RND, but he was RNVR]

Name: MORRISON

Initials: R B

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Flight Sub-Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Air Service

Date of Death: 12/07/1917

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 209.

Cemetery: BROMLEY (ST. LUKE'S) CEMETERY

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Adrian

FSL R B Morrison, from the Isle of Grain Naval Air Station was killed while flying in FE2b A826 [one of the few FE2bs to be transferred from the RFC to the RNAS] on 12 July 1917 after the aeroplane crashed after a spiral dive.

I hope that this is useful.

Gareth

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Thanks for this everyone. It seems that at 22 he was a veteran who had been in the thick of things from the start of the war. He had even survived "Bloody April" 1917 at the Front.

Bickley is not far from the cemetery, and the Isle of Grain isn't that far away either.

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Thanks for this everyone. It seems that at 22 he was a veteran who had been in the thick of things from the start of the war. He had even survived "Bloody April" 1917 at the Front.

Bickley is not far from the cemetery, and the Isle of Grain isn't that far away either.

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