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Second Lieutenant Leslie Syson

28 Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corp. Formerly Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in Flying Accident, Castle Bromwich, 17th September 1916 aged 23

  • Buried: Curdworth St Nicholas Churchyard
  • Son of Frank and Catherine Emma Syson of Liverpool
  • Brother to Frank and James Syson
  • Also killed in the same accident was Lt John Cyril Hodges
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Curdworth Airmen Memorial

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  • Born Jan Qtr 1893 at West Derby, Liverpool
  • Lived at 53 Martins Lane, Liscard, Cheshire [1911]
  • Lived at 7 Erconwald Street, Old Oak Estate, Shepards Bush, London [1916]
  • Employed as a Clerk in a Coton Office [1911]

    Summary of Flying Accident
    Captain Simpson, R.F.C., who witnessed the flight [in a Sopwith Strutter], said he saw the machine loop the loop at a height of about 3,000 feet. It seemed to go through the evolution all right. Then he saw the tail plane move but he could not say what was the cause. He expressed the opinion, in reply to questions by the Coroner, that the last loop was made in such a way as to put rather a heavy strain on the machine.The loop was quite good, but when the second was made the machine seemed to drive too much, and the pilot (Hodges) pulled it back rather suddenly to go up to a loop, which would cause a heavy strain.

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