LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Carrick Stewart PAUL DFC MID

Service No: 448
Born: Thanis, New Zealand, January 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 24 September 1914
Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Awarded the Mentioned in Despatches (MID), 6 April 1916
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 23 May 1919
Died: Drowned at Sea, 22 January 1919, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: No additional information
Place of Association: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Stone 3A, Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

MID Citation: I have the honour to submit herewith the name of No. 448 Private C E Paul, whose services I wish to bring to your Lordship’s notice in connection with the operations described in my Despatch of 11th December 1915.  Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. 44 dated 6 April 1916.

DFC Citation: Lieutenant Paul is a gallant and skilful pilot, who has been very ably assisted by his Observer, Lieutenant Weir (1).  These officers have shown great initiative in attacking ground objectives on numerous occasions, notably on 14th August, when in the face of intense hostile fire, they, at very low altitude, attacked bodies on enemy cavalry, causing heavy casualties.  They have also displayed great courage and skill in air combat having destroyed four enemy aircraft.  Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. 61 dated 23 May 1919.

(1) Lieutenant William James Alexander Weir DFC; Born Leichardt NSW, 4 April 1891

On 26 December 1918, Lieutenant Paul embarked on HMT Wiltshire at Suez to return to Australia.  On 22 January 1919, he fell overboard from the Boat Deck and while every effort was made to rescue him, his state of health was believed to have mitigated against his ability to remain afloat.  He had been admitted to hospital in Egypt suffering from Pleurisy immediately before embarking.

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, PAUL CARRICK STEWAR

Bibliography:

Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) One Man’s War: Aircraft Mechanic Joe Bull’s Personal diaries 1916-9, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD 4650, 1997
Roberts, E.G.  (Eric Glendower) (250197) Box Kites and Beyond, The Hawthorn Press Melbourne VIC 3000, 1976
Sutherland, L. W. (Leslie) Aces and Kings, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1935
Williams, Sir R. (Richard) (1) These are Facts: the Autobiography of Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams KBE, CB, DSO, Australian War Memorial and Australian Government Publishing Service, 1977 – Chapters 3-9

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