LEST WE FORGET

Second Lieutenant Colin Grant MEUDELL

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: 6976 (Australian Army)
Born: Moonee Ponds VIC, August 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 3 August 1915
Unit: 43rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at Auchel, France
Died: Aircraft Accident, France, 10 August 1917, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Grant Meudell and Constance Eva Meudell, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 16 March 1917, Second Lieutenant Meudell resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army.

During gunnery practice at Ames on 10 August 1917, Second Lieutenant Meudell and Air Mechanic Second Class A Lawson* RFC (P690066) (Gunner), flying Sopwith Two-Seater aircraft A2419, were killed as the result of a mid-air collision.  The other aircraft is not identified in the RAF record and its crew members did not become fatalities.

* The CWGC record shows Driver A Lawson (690066), Royal Field Artillery, attached to 43rd Squadron RFC.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, MEUDELL COLIN GRANT
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/968 page 139, 194842

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