LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Fred Smith WOOLHOUSE 

Service No: 3684
Born: Roebourne WA, 21 February 1896
Enlisted in the Army: 6 October 1915
Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, France, 10 April 1918, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Louisa Ellen and the late Henry Verziller Woolhouse; husband of Margaret Ellen Woolhouse, of 12 Braidburn Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Association: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

No. 4 Squadron lost two more pilots in the morning of April 10th, both shot down by ground-fire near Laventie. Woolhouse was apparently hit, his machine (1) crashed out of control, and he himself was killed in the wreck. Almost at the same time Lieutenant H. K. Love (2) also had to land in enemy territory, either wounded or with his machine (3) damaged, and was taken prisoner.  He was seen to land under control, but hit a fence, and his machine went over on its back.

(1) Sopwith Camel aircraft B5649
(2) Flight Lieutenant Howard Kingsley Love AFC PoW; Born Brighton VIC 9 October 1895
(3) Sopwith Camel aircraft B9302

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 244

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, WOOLHOUSE F S
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 170, 314780

Bibliography:

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

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