LEST WE FORGET

(Flight) Lieutenant Basil Drummond ASH

Serving in the Royal Naval Air Service

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Southport QLD, 16 May 1890
Enlisted in the RN: Date unavailable
Unit: Unavailable
Died: Aircraft Accident, Off Kirkwall, Scotland, 30 September 1914, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of the Rev. Cyril and Hester Elizabeth Ash of Saxton Vicarage, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England. Born at Southport Queensland. Awarded the Naval general Service Medal (Persian Gulf).
Remembered: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

The AWM and CWGC show the rank as Flight Lieutenant. This was not an actual British rank until the formation of the RAF on 1 April 1918 and was likely used by those outside the services to indicate a Lieutenant in a flying role.

References:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records

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