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    Default Help please - Observer 53 Sqn. DoW 1918

    I am researching 2nd Lt. Frank Edwin Pashby who was observer of RE8 serial A3931. He was wounded on the 12th April 1918 and succombed to his injuries the following day.

    He is buried in Lijseenthoek Military Cemetery.

    Please can any knowledgeable member tell me the circumstances of his death?

    (Fortunately I can find no trace of the pilot having died at the same time.)

    Grateful for any help.

    Thank You.

    Ken
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    Ken,

    "2Lt G J Hutcheson and 2Lt F E Pashby (Royal Berks Regt) were on a recce flight at 7 pm on 12 April in A3931 when three Albatros Scouts suddenly came out of a cloud and attacked them. Fire was returned by 2Lt Pashby who suddenly shouted and fell over the front of the observer's seat, wounded. 2Lt Hutcheson managed to shake off his attackers and saw Abeele not far away where he landed and sought help from 10 Squadron. Sadly, 2Lt Pashby died next day."

    Sadly, Hutcheson's survival was also short-lived. He was wounded on 25 Apr 18 (C2244) and died 27 May 18.

    From p17 of 'United in Effort - the story of No.53 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1916-1976' by Jock Manson, pub by Air-Britain 1997.

    Errol

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    Name: PASHBY, FRANK EDWIN
    Initials: F E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Second Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 53rd Sqdn.
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Berkshire Regiment
    Secondary Unit Text: and
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 13/04/1918
    Additional information: Son of Thomas McK. Pashby and E. E. Pashby, of 43, St. Georges Rd., Broadstairs, Kent; husband of Janet Hutton Wilson Pashby, of 68, Brucefield Avenue, Dunfermline.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. FF. 3.
    Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

    also his brother
    Name: PASHBY
    Initials: T G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
    Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 11/09/1915
    Service No: L/9611
    Additional information: Son of Thomas McKenna Pashby and Emily Eliza Pashby, of 74, Dumpton Rd., Ramsgate. Native of Gillingham, Kent.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. D. 15.
    Cemetery: BASRA WAR CEMETERY

    and a possible relation (maybe daughter named after her mother? - I'd have guessed another brother - but surely the family would have had a similar entry to the above if that were the case).

    Name: PASHBY, FREDERICK
    Initials: F
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
    Unit Text: 8th Bn.
    Age: 28
    Date of Death: 19/02/1916
    Service No: G/5546
    Additional information: Brother of Eliza Hodges, of 34, Chalkwell Rd., Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. L. 25.
    Cemetery: WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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