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Remembered Today:

Sgt Cuthbert Godfrey Baldwin RFC


Peterhastie
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Sgt Cuthbert Godfrey Baldwin and 2nd Lt George Andrew Bentham were shot down in FE2b 7010 east of Englebelmer (about 7 Km north-north-west of Albert) on 3 November 1916 and are generally reckoned to have been shot down by Manfred von Richthofen as his seventh victory. The casualty report states "Seen to come down out of control E of Englebelmer with hostile machines above and under heavy shell fire on HA patrol. 24130 Sgt CG Baldwin missing/2Lt GA Bentham missing"; both men were killed.

Graeme

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HA = Hostile Aircraft. The FE2bs of No 18 Sqn RFC left Lavieville Aerodrome, west of Albert, at 11:35 to fly along the 5th Army front to deter German aircraft from crossing the lines. The British were near the end of their time over the front when they fought Jasta 2 at 13:10.

Gareth

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Looks like his service record was transferred to the Air Ministry with the rest of the RFC records, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C10738354 so you should be able to find it on FindMyPast. Seems to be a Red Cross card for him too that indicates a Belfast connection http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/3307292/3/2/

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David

Yes, it's available on findmypast.co.uk. His entry in the de Revigny's Roll of Honour is on ancestry.co.uk, as is his Royal Aero Club Aviator's certificate.

Regards

Simon

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Thanks David and Simon

I already have his service record from NA and Find my Past also the Royal Aero Club Aviator's certificate and de Revigny's Roll of Honour.

I didn't have the Red Cross card, what is the relevance of that, having not come across one before.

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As he was reported missing, not dead, his family enquired to the Red Cross to see if he had been reported POW, or if a burial was reported by the Germans. They received two negative responses (negatif envoye)

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