By Patrick Anderson, nephew of Lt Anderson, and wife Diane Anderson, relative of Lt Delmar – Williamson.
DELMAR -WILLIAMSON , George Frederick , Lieutenant , born 10th January 1899 in London the only son of Frederick Delmar -Williamson and Emily R Delmar -Williamson, and a relative of Colonel CYPRIAN BRIDGE who fought in the New Zealand wars of the mid 1800s. He was educated at Glyngarth school and Cheltenham College between 1913 – 1915 after which he was accepted at the Royal Military College Sandhurst. He was commissioned first into the famous Black Watch and then later attached to the Royal Flying Corps obtaining his wings at Vendome in February 1917 following training in Oxford.
He served on the Western front from march 1917 and highly commended for photographic and reconnaissance duties there, but was invalided home in August 1917 suffering from concussion. On recovery he was with the Home Squadron on air raid duty including ant zeppelin missions and in march 1918 was appointed a flying instructor at Yatesbury, Wiltshire .
On the 12th July 1918 as an officer of a newly formed RAF since 1 April 1918, he was test flying an RE8 ( No C2236 ) over Chippenham whilst serving with 13 Training Sqn RAF . The new machine collapsed in mid air and in the crash , both he and his co pilot Captain Gabell were both killed.
Lt Delmar – Williamson , Black Watch , RFC &RAF was buried with full military honours in Leckhampton Churchyard. There are photos of him and the funeral in “The Graphic” of 20thJuly 1918. His family address was Firs Lodge Leckhampton listed on the CWGC index.
Lt Delmar -Williamson’s co pilot on that fatal day was GABELL , Douglas Ridley Clunes , Captain, Gloucester Regiment , RFC &RAF dwf 12 July 1918. He was born on 28th November 1897 the son of Rec Arthur C Gabell, Rector of Swindon Village and acting vicar in charge of St John’s Church Cheltenham. He attended Cheltenham College between 1912-1915. He was buried on 16th July 1918 at Swindon Village near Cheltenham . There is a photograph of him in “The Graphic ” of 20th July 1918.
WRIGHT – ANDERSON, Lt Patrick, Black Watch. He was a corporal in the St Andrews University OTC, whilst studying Maths and Science, until just before the start of WW1 when he went off to war. He served in France, and Salonika with the Black Watch and then served in the RFC &RAF as an observer flying DH 4’s. He received serious wounds received in action in France in 1918 but died of these wounds on 2nd November 1921, missing the cut off date for CWGC casualties. As a result, he is not listed as a war casualty as the CWGC date was 31 Aug 1921. He was listed on the Scottish National War memorial the castle Edinburgh only in 2012. He is buried at home in Arbroath in a non war grave.