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F/O Keith Lockie


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Back again on the trail of details of a man from a school memorial. Probationary Flying Officer Keith Lockie RNAS "fatally injured in an accident". Of course it may not be a flying accident but he's buried at Vendome which google tells me was a RNAS training field. He was killed died on the 24th of September 1917.

Would love to know what happened to him

Many thanks John

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From The Cranleighan of April 1918 (Lockie was a former pupil of Cranleigh School)


"We have also received additional facts about the death of K. Lockie. He had joined the R.N.A.S. in May, 1916, and after a year's training became a probationary Flight Officer. He was accidentally killed at Vendome in attempting to land from his aeroplane. He was at that time expecting to finish his training in a week, when he would have returned to England to receive his .Pilot's Certificate and the confirmation of his Commission. His death was instantaneous, and he lies buried in the Cemetery at Vendome."

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In the past I have looked into Keith Lockie and there is a report in the Medical Officer's Journal for Vendome Air Station  ( ADM101/444 )   :-



Case no 86


Lockie Mr Keith. 19 Probationary Flight Officer

At 10.30 am on September 24th this Officer was killed when landing on the aerodrome after a solo flight in Caudron Biplane No 3287. He failed to flatten out and flew straight into the ground, the machine was completely wrecked, the belt held and the patient was removed from his seat in an unconscious condition. The pupils were widely dilated, pulse imperceptible, he never rallied and death was practically instantaneous. The following were injuries found on examination, Fracture - Dislocation of the neck between first and second Cervical Vertebrae, Contusion of the Chin, Abrasion of the upper lip.


Report was written by Staff Surgeon RN  George Deane Bateman



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