25 December 1916 – Herbert Pashley

Continuing the work done on the 24th, overnight various RFC units bombed and machine-gunned German positions at Pont-a-Vendin, Douvrin, Cite St Theodore, Vaulx-Vraucourt and Grevillers. However, for the rest of day the weather was unsuitable for flying and the crews were able to celebrate Christmas.

The RFC’s only casualty of the day in France was suffered when 2nd Lieutenant Herbert Dudley Pashley from 29 Kite Balloon Section died of heart failure following an accident. He had only joined the unit a month earlier in November 1916, having previously served as a Sergeant in the London Regiment.


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