Hi all

Does anyone have any information on one Fg Off Richard Graham Chapell, please?

According to The Times of 31 August 1923, he was injured in a flying accident in a 41 Squadron aircraft, but I have no actual evidence of him being on the Squadron, and the serial of the aircraft (H5245) may suggest it was an Avro, rather than a Snipe, which is what the Sqn was equipped with at the time.

This is what I have so far:

b Plymouth, Devon, 22 Sep 97
Temp Lt, Gordon Highlanders, WWI (WIA, GSW, Palestine, 1918)
rel com on completion of svce, 21 Jul 20, rtng Lt
com Capt, 1 Btn Gordon Highlanders, 22 Jul 20 (sen 1 Oct 19)
app to SSC as Prob Plt Off in RAF, 14 Jul 22
2 FTS, Dxfd, 14 Jul 22
trans to RARO, Indian Army, 20 Jul 22
Plt Off, 14 Jan 23
Supry, RAF Depot Uxb, for crse, SAC, Old Sarum, 15 May 23
inj in MVA, thrown onto road in collision bet car & motorcycle, bet Southampton & Salisbury, 22 May 23
IFA (fract jaw & nose), climbed at low speed on x-cntry flt & stalled in 41 Sqn Snipe (Avro?), H5245, Orpington, & admtd Queen’s Hosp, Frognal, 31 Aug 23
Fg Off, 14 Jan 24
Inland Area A/C Depot, Henlow, 11 Feb 24
STT (Men), Mstn, 27 Mar 24
RAF Depot Uxb, 5 Jun 24
Reception Depot, W Drayton, 1 Sep 24
IAC Flt, Rotherhithe, Sep 1924-Jun 25
ran out of fuel on solo x-country flt, FL/NI in Avro, H2458, Southwark Pk, Lon, 8 Dec 24
reduction in sen as Fg Off to 31 Mar 25, WEF 9 Apr 25
24 (C) Sqn (Bristol F.2b), Kenley, 5 Jun 25
100 (B) Sqn (Fawn), Spittalgate, 24 Sep 25
filed for bankruptcy (76/1925), 6 Nov 25
resigned SSC, 18 Aug 26
arr Fremantle Western Australia, ca 1927 (believed emigrated to Aust, appears on WA electoral rolls, 1936-80)
charged with murder of Linton L. Lethlean of Morawa WA, 6 Nov 30, but acquitted, Supreme Court, Perth, Jan 32
marr Olive V. Lethlean (widow of murdered man), Geraldton WA, 11 Mar 32 (d 29 Jul 97)
Cpl, Royal Aust Army (W15535), 12 Dec 41-15 May 44
resided Tibradden Stn, via Geraldton
d Katanning, WA, 18 May 81

Does anyone have a handle on the man or the aircraft serial in the original 31 Aug 1923 accident, please?

Thanks
Steve