LEST WE FORGET 

Lieutenant Rodney Vernon FRANKLIN

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: 414 (Australian Army)
Born: Mount Barker SA, August 1895
Enlisted in the Army: 24 August 1914
Unit: 58th Reserve Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (Based at Suez)
Died: Aircraft Accident, Egypt, 24 June 1917, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Croix de Guerre (France). Son of Charles R. and Margaret S. Franklin, of Saddleworth, South Australia. Born at Mount Barker, South Australia
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 25 December 1915, Lieutenant Franklin resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army.

On 24 June 1917, Lieutenant Franklin, flying Martinsyde aircraft 4250, was killed when the aircraft went into a spinning nose-dive and crashed.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, FRANKLIN R V
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Card 271252, 98090

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