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Anthony Blyton Beesley

Born: 1900 Died: 1st December 1918 Grave / memorial: I 021

Bomber pilot in WW1. Born on New Year’s day 1900, second son of Clarence Beesley, surgeon, of Exmouth. Educated at Epsom College; joined RNAS Dec 1917 as Probationary Flying Officer, posted to 120 Squadron at Cramlington near Newcastle on its formation (1/1/1918). (Eventually equipped with DH9s, the squadron was intended to reinforce daylight bombing forces in France but never saw operational service.) Gazetted Temp 2nd Lieutenant, RAF on 28/09/1918; served in France and awarded British War and Victory medals. Died Dec 1918 at the VAD hospital, Huntingdon (septic pneumonia following influenza).

Reference: Buried in Hampstead, Camden History Society 1986
Additional research by the 2012 project team
Photographs: Margaret Willmer