LEST WE FORGET

Air Mechanic First Class Sydney Harold BANKS-SMITH

Service No: 2884
Born: Taree NSW, 1890
Enlisted in the Army: 30 March 1913
Unit: No. 8 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident, England, 3 July 1918, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Leighterton Church Cemetery, Leighterton, Gloucestershire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harold and Florence A. Lodge Banks-Smith, of Nelson Street, Gordon, New South Wales. Born at Cundletown
Place of Association: Concord NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 3 July 1918, Air Mechanic Banks-Smith, flying as a Supernumerary, was killed when RE8 aircraft E140 crashed while diving on a target during training.  The airframe collapsed in the air and pilot Lieutenant George Robert Thompson RAF was also killed in the crash.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, BANKS-SMITH S H
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Card 264463, 12359

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