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Capt Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands

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Capt Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands

Birth
Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Death 8 May 1919 (aged 21)
Northolt, London Borough of Ealing, Greater London, England
Burial Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Plot New ground, North West corner.
Memorial ID 106249684 View Source
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Casualty of the Great War,Bernard served with the Royal Air Force and Hampshire Regiment.Died aged 22 at Northolt, Middlesex.

He joined the Hampshire Regiment in December 1914. He received the Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2473 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Shoreham on 20 February 1916.On 3 March 1916, Beanlands was promoted to Lieutenant in the Hampshires. On 31 May 1916, he was forwarded as a Second Lieutenant to be a Flying Officer with the Royal Flying Corps.
On 1 September 1916, he was promoted to temporary lieutenant while serving with the RFC. Five days later, he scored his first aerial victory, killing aces Hans Rosencrantz and Wilhelm Fahlbusch in their reconnaissance two-seater. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps later that year. Posted to No. 70 Squadron he scored his first victory flying a Sopwith 1&1/2 Strutter on 6 September 1916. On 1 December 1916 he was appointed as Flight Commander, with a promotion to temporary captain.
In the summer of 1917 he was reassigned to No. 24 Squadron as a flight commander. After scoring seven victories flying the D.H.5, his squadron was re-equipped with the S.E.5a. With this aircraft,he scored his final victory on 18 March 1918. Three days later,on 11 April 1918, he was wounded in action and did not return to combat duty.

Military Cross
Lt. (T./Capt.) Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands, Hamp. R. and R.F.C.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has brought down three enemy aeroplanes out of control and driven down several others over the enemy lines."
Supplement to the London Gazette, 25 April 1918 (30651/4995)

Deaths Jun 1919 [incorrectly recorded as Beanland]
Beanland Bernard P G 22 Uxbridge 3a 30

He survived the war, only to die in a flying accident at RAF Northolt.He was buried in (St. Nicholas) Churchyard,his father's home parish.Canon Arthur John Beanlands was one-time rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Beanlands' mother was Laura Maud Hills. Both parents predeceased their son.He was interred in his father's grave.


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