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Flight Sub-Lieutenant Probationary) Arthur Gelston Shepherd, Royal Naval Air Service. 10th March 1915, aged 21. Son of Arthur Mutrie Shepherd and Violet Shepherd, of Boars Hill, Oxford. http://www.oxfordhistory.org.uk/war/wootton/shepherd.html


The story of how one officer swam out to sea for nearly a quarter of a mile in an attempt to save the life of another officer was told at the inquest at Eastbourne on Flight Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Gelston Shepherd, twenty-one years of age, of Foxcombe Hill, near Oxford, who was killed as a result of an accident to his biplane.

Squadron-Commander Phillip Shepherd said Lieutenant Shepherd was attempting a flight from Crumbles to the aerodrome. At first the engine did not seem to go particularly well, but it was adjusted. When fifty or sixty yards from the beach Shepherd switched off his engine and appeared to be going to land. Apparently he found he was travelling too fast, and switched the engine on again. It was possible he was turning, but misjudging the height his machine struck the water and capsized.

Sub-Lieutenant Graham Donald, who swam out to Shepherd, said most of the machine was under water. Shepherd was underneath it.

Dr. Rainey stated that death was due to injury to the brain, and not to drowning.

A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned, and the jury commended Lieutenant Donald for his plucky attempt to save his fellow-officer.

(Morecambe Visitor, 17 March 1915)

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