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Sergeant Benjamin Barnard's Final Resting Place

In the course of my research into the early days of 6 and 8 Squadrons Royal Flying Corps I was given three photographs by the late Richard Price, great nephew of Lt Graham Price, a 6 Squadron observer. The photo with the propeller blade ‘marker’ shows the grave of Sergeant Benjamin Frederick Barnard (a fitter/rigger with 8 Squadron) who was killed by a spinning propellor whilst starting a BE2c on the 15th August 1915 at the Squadron’s base at Marieux. He was buried at Louvencourt Military Cemetery, about 4 miles ESE of the aerodrome, in Plot 1, Row C, Grave 1. 8 Squadron squadron had only arrived that day at Marieux, having moved up from its previous base at Vert Galand aerodrome. I have attached copies of the three photographs, taken shortly after the death of Sgt Barnard. I have also attached smaller images with comments to show the relative positions when compared with the present-day CWGC cemetery layout.


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