George Wilson Graham

RankLieutenant
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentRoyal Air Force, 204th Squadron
Military Service

1916-1917 University of Glasgow OTC cadet

1917 George Graham enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service at Crystal Palace on 12 August. On 15 September he was posted to Vendome and on 30 October to Cranwell from where he failed to graduate on 20 December 1917.

1918 Graham graduated successfully on 2 January [“Very good pilot indeed”] when he was promoted to Flight Sub Lieutenant. He was posted to Manston fighters on 29 January followed by 204 Squadron at Dunkirk on 16 February.

On the formation of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918 he became a Lieutenant in the new service.

On 22 April 1918 he was admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Dunkirk with “incised wound [to] scalp, abrasions, concussion”. The wound was not serious and he was discharged back to his unit on 1 May.

“Since joining RNAS flown:- Bristol, Freiston(?), Sop Pup, 1 ½ Strutter, Avro, BE2c, Curtiss, Caudron, Camel” – from Service Record.

Born

18 May 1899

Death13th July 1918
Circumstances of Death

On 13 July Camel B6389 from 204 Squadron was posted missing. It was later reported that it had been involved in a collision with another Camel from the same squadron piloted by 2nd Lieut J H Mesham at 4 40pm. Graham’s aircraft was observed to break up and crash into the sea in flames. His body was subsequently washed ashore at Cadzaut [Cadzand, Netherlands?] and was buried there on 10 August 1918. After the War the IWGC transferred his body to Flushing.

Sopwith Camel fighter

Sopwith Camel fighter

Age19
BurialFlushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, I. 13.

 

At present Graham’s remains rest in Flushing Northern Cemetery. However, according to CWGC records, his body was exhumed and moved there in October 1982 from Flushing New General Cemetery. According to his RAF Service Record his body was originally buried at Cadzaut [Cadzand, Netherlands?] and I have not found any information on when it was moved to Flushing New General Cemetery.

 

CWGC Information

Son of Dr. James Gibson Graham, M.D., and Margaret Isabella Wilson Graham, of 17, Ashton Terrace, Dowanhill, Glasgow.

Parents

James G Graham (c1863-) & Margaret Wilson (c1875-)

Father's Occupation

Medical doctor, general practitioner

Siblings

James born c1898

Spouse

unmarried

Education

Glasgow Academy

Occupation

Student at University of Glasgow

1901 Census

17 Ashton Terrace, Partick

Home Address

1918 – 17 Ashton Terrace, Dowanhill, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Omega Lair 97
Other Memorials

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below. The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk),

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

Family Search – www.familysearch.org

The Long, Long Trail – http://www.1914-1918.net/

Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com

Henshaw, T. The sky their battlefield. Air fighting and the complete list of Allied air casualties from enemy action in the First World War: Grub Street Publishers, 1995

 

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Credits

Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

 
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