LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Eric Benjamin NELSON 

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: St Leonard’s NSW, 7 January 1892
Enlisted in the Army: 23 December 1916
Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Injuries from Air Operations, France, 29 January 1918, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Lapugnoy, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Yeates Nelson and Alice Nelson, of Upper Bay View Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Place of Association: North Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: North Sydney War Memorial, North Sydney NSW
Remembered: Sydney Church of England Grammar School World War I Roll of Honour, Northbridge NSW

On January 28th, another pilot of the same flight (C Flight), Lieutenant E. B. Nelson (1) also crashed fatally on the aerodrome after returning from an offensive patrol.

(1) Sopwith Camel aircraft B5553

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 204

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, NELSON ERIC BENJAMIN
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/968 page 482, 207348
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Richards, E.J. (Edward John) Australian Airmen: History of the 4th Squadron, publisher unknown, c1919

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