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 Oliver Manners Sutton

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Oliver Manners Sutton

Birth
England
Death
16 Aug 1921 (aged 25)
England
Burial
Withyham, Wealden District, East Sussex, England
Plot
In South-West corner.
Memorial ID
40310090 View Source

Flight Lieutenant Royal Air Force Aeroplane Experimental Establishment
Age 25. Awards: M C
Son of Algernon Charles and Winifred Alice Sutton, of "Woodcroft," Sandhurst Rd., Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Oliver was born March 12,1896 at Westbourne,Sussex, and was one of five children born to Algeron Charles Sutton(1852-1932) and Winifred Alice Sutton ,nee Fell(1863-1956). In the years leading up to 1911 the Sutton family were living at Chidham,Sussex. By 1911 the family had taken up residence at ‘Woodcroft’ on Sandhurst Road,Tunbridge Wells. The census records Algeron, born 1851 at Bury St Edmunds,Suffolk, and living on own means. Living with him was his wife Winifred and three of his children and two servants. Their residence was 12 rooms and the couple had been married 25 years.Of the five children they had only four were still living. At the time of the 1911 census Oliver was not living at home but away at a boarding school at Park House,Tonbridge. Algeron Charles Sutton died at Woodcroft,Sandhurst Road on November 23,1932 leaving his 3,516 pound estate to his wife Winifred.
Oliver was the youngest son in the family. He joined the Public Schools Corp in 1914 and served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment until severely wounded at the Battle of Loos in the autumn of 1915. The following year, as a 2nd Lieutenant with the South Lancashire Regiment, Special Reserve, he received a Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate on September 23,1916. After flying two-seaters for 21 Squadron on the Somme, he was posted to 54 Squadron where he scored seven victories flying Sopwith fighters. Post-war, Captain Sutton served with the Inter-Allied Commission of Control in Germany. He was famous as the inventor of the “Sutton Harness”, the standard aircrew restraint prior to the advent of the ejector seat. Captain Sutton was killed in an aeroplane accident at the Marlesham Aerodrome and Experimental Station on August 16,1921 when the Bristol Braeman II C 4297 he was piloting crashed into a hanger at Martlesham Heath.
He had been awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On at least eight occasions he showed determination in attaching hostile aircraft,destroying them or driving them down out of control, and he has also done very good work in other flights by preventing hostile aircraft from getting on the tails of other machines. On one occasion,though his gun jammed, he dived three times and drove off an enemy machine”.
On August 20,1921 he was buried with full military honours in the Withyham,Sussex, Churchyard. The Flight magazine of August 1921 gave a brief report of his death.
(bio by Edward James Gilbert)

Flight Lieutenant Royal Air Force Aeroplane Experimental Establishment
Age 25. Awards: M C
Son of Algernon Charles and Winifred Alice Sutton, of "Woodcroft," Sandhurst Rd., Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Oliver was born March 12,1896 at Westbourne,Sussex, and was one of five children born to Algeron Charles Sutton(1852-1932) and Winifred Alice Sutton ,nee Fell(1863-1956). In the years leading up to 1911 the Sutton family were living at Chidham,Sussex. By 1911 the family had taken up residence at ‘Woodcroft’ on Sandhurst Road,Tunbridge Wells. The census records Algeron, born 1851 at Bury St Edmunds,Suffolk, and living on own means. Living with him was his wife Winifred and three of his children and two servants. Their residence was 12 rooms and the couple had been married 25 years.Of the five children they had only four were still living. At the time of the 1911 census Oliver was not living at home but away at a boarding school at Park House,Tonbridge. Algeron Charles Sutton died at Woodcroft,Sandhurst Road on November 23,1932 leaving his 3,516 pound estate to his wife Winifred.
Oliver was the youngest son in the family. He joined the Public Schools Corp in 1914 and served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment until severely wounded at the Battle of Loos in the autumn of 1915. The following year, as a 2nd Lieutenant with the South Lancashire Regiment, Special Reserve, he received a Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate on September 23,1916. After flying two-seaters for 21 Squadron on the Somme, he was posted to 54 Squadron where he scored seven victories flying Sopwith fighters. Post-war, Captain Sutton served with the Inter-Allied Commission of Control in Germany. He was famous as the inventor of the “Sutton Harness”, the standard aircrew restraint prior to the advent of the ejector seat. Captain Sutton was killed in an aeroplane accident at the Marlesham Aerodrome and Experimental Station on August 16,1921 when the Bristol Braeman II C 4297 he was piloting crashed into a hanger at Martlesham Heath.
He had been awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On at least eight occasions he showed determination in attaching hostile aircraft,destroying them or driving them down out of control, and he has also done very good work in other flights by preventing hostile aircraft from getting on the tails of other machines. On one occasion,though his gun jammed, he dived three times and drove off an enemy machine”.
On August 20,1921 he was buried with full military honours in the Withyham,Sussex, Churchyard. The Flight magazine of August 1921 gave a brief report of his death.
(bio by Edward James Gilbert)


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Killed at the Aeroplane Experimental Establishment
Martlesham Heath Suffolk


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 5 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 40310090
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40310090/oliver-manners-sutton: accessed ), memorial page for Oliver Manners Sutton (12 Mar 1896–16 Aug 1921), Find a Grave Memorial ID 40310090, citing St. Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Withyham, Wealden District, East Sussex, England; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .