LEST WE FORGET 

Captain Alfred Clarence YOUDALE MC and Bar (Twice)

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: 971 (Australian Army)
Born: Burwood NSW, December 1888
Enlisted in the Army: 8 January 1915
Unit: 21st Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at La Lovie, France
Awarded the Military Cross (MC)
Awarded the Bar to the Military Cross
Awarded the Second Bar to the Military Cross
Died: Air Operations, France, 23 December 1917, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Beaumont Youdale and Rebecca Youdale, of “Coniston,” 43, Ormond Street, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia
Remembered: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Baulkham Hills World War I Memorial, William Thompson Masonic Schools, Baulkham Hills NSW

On 21 February 1917, Captain Youdale resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army.

On 23 December 1917, Captain Youdale (Pilot) and Second Lieutenant Jacob Ernest Mott RFC (Observer) flying in RE8 aircraft B5088 were killed during a reconnaissance mission when their aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near Ypres and crashed in flames.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, YOUDALE A C
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/968 page 448, 317491
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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