14 October 1915 – Two new pilots killed in crash

Captain Arkwright

Lieutenant Allan Herbert Hardy and Captain Frederic George Alleyne Arkwright, members of 6 Reserve Aeroplane Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, based at RFC Montrose in Scotland were killed in a flying accident today.

Yesterday, Captain Arkwright had set off from RFC Montrose in his Maurice Farman but was forced to land near Glamis Castle with engine problems.

A new propeller was fitted this morning and Arkwright returned with Hardy to begin the return journey, with Hardy flying and Arkwright as passenger. Soon after starting they were seen to be in difficulties when flying at a height of 300-400 feet. The plane circled and then crashed to the ground. It was entirely wrecked and both men were killed instantly.

Lieutenant Hardy

Captain Arkwright was 29 and the son of Mr F C Arkwright from Willesley, Matlock, Derbyshire. He had previously served in the 11th Hussars and was wounded in action in November 1914. He then joined the RFC as an observer with 8 Squadron surviving a crash-landing in his BE2C on 4th June. He returned to England to retrain as a pilot, obtaining his ‘wings’ on 21st September at Montrose.

Lieutenant Hardy was 25 and from Chilham Castle in Kent and educated at Eastbourne College, Dorset and Oxford University, where he won a ‘blue’ for lawn tennis. At the outbreak of the war he was granted a commission in The Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles. He transferred to the RFC in 1915 and had also qualified on 21 September.


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