06 July 2008

Victoria Cross: W. B. Rhodes-Moorehouse


Second Lieutenant, Special Reserve, Royal Flying Corps; 2 Squadron

Born: 26 September 1887, London
Died: 27 April 1915, Merville Casualty Clearing Station, France

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery on 26th April, 1915, in flying to Courtrai [Belgium] and dropping bombs on the railway line near that station. On starting the return journey he was mortally wounded, but succeeded in flying for 35 miles to his destination, at a very low altitude, and reported the successful accomplishment of his object. He has since died of his wounds.

[London Gazette issue 29170 dated 22 May 1915, published 21 May 1915.]

Note: This was the first Victoria Cross to be awarded to a member of the Air Services.

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