LEST WE FORGET

Captain Audubon Eric PALFREYMAN

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 11862 (Australian Army)
Born: Hobart TAS, July 1892
Enlisted in the Army: 17 May 1916
Unit: No. 27 Squadron RAF
Died: Air Operations, Belgium, 23 May 1918, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Ruddervoorde Communal Cemetery, West- Vlaanderen, Belgium
CWGC Additional Information: Son of the Rev. I. H. and Mrs. Palfreyman, of Hobart, Tasmania
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 10 April 1917, Captain Palfreyman resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army

After bombing Maria Aalter, Belgium, on 23 May 1918, Captain Palfreyman (Pilot) and Second Lieutenant William Irwin Crawford RAF (Observer), flying DH4 aircraft A7840, were last seen going down near Thourout.  Second Lieutenant Crawford was wounded and taken as a Prisoner of War, and repatriated on 4 January 1919.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, PALFREYMAN AUDUBON ERIC
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 309, 216095, 63748 (Crawford)

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