LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant John Driffield GILBERT

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Pewsey Vale SA, Date unavailable
Unit: 56th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at Estree Blanche, France
Died: Air Operations, France, 18 October 1917, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Formerly (Trooper) 16th Lancers. Youngest son of William and Mary Young Gilbert, of Pewsey Vale, Lyndoch, South Australia. Came from Australia in April, 1915 to enlist
Remembered: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas De Calais, France
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During an offensive patrol on 18 October 1917, Lieutenant Gilbert, flying SE5a aircraft B528, was last seen over Bas Warneton flying west into cloud during aerial combat.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/968 page 329, 104991

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