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Lieut William Allan Sewell 7 Squadron RFC


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Lieut William Allan Sewell joined 7 Squadron RFC about the 8/9th November 1917 (his personal record has him arriving in theatre on the 7 Nov and the fact of his posting to the squadron being received by the 10th..)

He was an observer and I believe the squadron was equipped with RE 8s and in the Ypres Salient.

He was reported missing on the 12th November 1917 when it is assumed he was killed.

I would be grateful for any information relating to his loss and also regarding the tasks of the squadron on that day.

W A Sewell was originally 1/4th Border Regiment

Many thanks!

Alan

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B2255Presentation a/c Johore No.14. 7 AAP Kenley 15.10.1917 allotted to BEF, VTBF. 7 Sqn dd ex 1 ASD 11.11.1917 and LIA 12.11.1917 (Lt W.A. Sewell/2Lt S.L.H. Symonds both KIA – the new pilot was being shown the Lines; a machine was reported shot down by AA fire and to fall into No-Man's-Land opposite French Lines). For deletion on 7 Sqn.

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Lieutenant WILLIAM ALLAN SEWELL, Border Regiment,

attached R.F.C., formerly of Keble College, Oxford, who was

killed in action on November 12th, aged 23, was the youngest

son of the Rev. T. J. and Mrs. Sewell, of Lynsted Vicarage,

near Sittingbourne.

From www.flightglobal.com

Andrewr

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Dear Andrew and Mick (again!)

Many thanks to you both also for responding so quickly to my response.

I wonder how much of an "old hand" 2/Lt Symonds was!

best wishes

Alan

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His medal card showed he started as a Private, 2221, in the 4th Battalion, Border Regiment. No 1914/5 Star though

Born Lynsted, near Sittingbourne, Kent in 1894, son of a priest. Family could afford two servants in the 1911 census.

Andrewr

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  • 2 weeks later...

Andrew

Many thanks for this further information - and apologies for late acknowledgement - I have not mastered the 'notification' system it seems!

Alan

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