19 March 1915 – Captain Warrand dies, Captain Mapplebeck still missing

The German authorities have reported that Captain Alastair St John Munro Warrand, 4 Squadron RFC, who was reported as missing in action following the air raid on 11 March, died in hospital today of his wounds.

Captain Alistair St John Munro Warrand

He was born on the 12th of January 1889 at Polmont, Stirlingshire, the youngest son of Thomas Alexander Warrand, tea planter, and Margaret of Lentran, Bridge of Allan. He was fond of racing, polo, hunting as well as being a keen motorist and horseman. In 1906 he applied to join the army and after completing officer training was commissioned into the Black Watch on the 9th of October 1907. From the 10th of April 1912 he was seconded to the 2nd Battalion Nigeria Regiment, West African Field Force. He learned to fly at his own expense with the Vickers Flying School at Brooklands gaining Aero Club certificate (number 840) on the 14th of July 1914 in a Vickers biplane. He was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps and was gazetted as a Flying Officer on the 21st of October 1914 and was posted to 4 Squadron.

There is no official news of Captain Gilbert Mapplebeck who also failed to return from the raid, but rumours abound that he crash landed, has evaded capture by the Germans and is hiding out in Belgium somewhere.


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