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William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse

  • Birth 26 Sep 1887 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 27 Apr 1915 Merville, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Burial Beaminster, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
  • Memorial ID 9018247

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London England, he served as a Second Lieutenant, in the Royal Flying Corps and was the first British aviator to be awarded the Victoria Cross in World War I. On April 26, 1915 at Kortrijk, Belgium, Second Lieutenant Rhodes-Moorhouse, swept low over the rail junction which he had been ordered to attack. He released his 100lb. bomb, but was immediately plunged into a heavy barrage of small arms fire from rifles and machine-gun fire. He was severely wounded by a bullet in his thigh and his plane was also badly hit. Returning to the Allied lines, he again ran into heavy fire from the ground and was wounded twice more. He managed to get his aircraft back and insisted on making his report before being taken to the Casualty Clearing Station where he died the next day. For most conspicuous bravery, he was posthumously awared the Victoria Cross on May 22, 1915.

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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 30 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9018247
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse (26 Sep 1887–27 Apr 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9018247, citing Parnham House, Beaminster, West Dorset District, Dorset, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .