Clifford Newton RYDER

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RYDER, Clifford Newton

Service Number: 941
Enlisted: 16 October 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Born: Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, September 1892
Home Town: Manly, Manly Vale, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort St High School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Fitter and turner, Bennet Wood Pty Ltd
Died: Accidental (Injuries), Aircraft training crash, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, 10 April 1917
Cemetery: Castle Bromwich (Ss. Mary and Margaret) Churchyard
Castle Bromwich (SS. Mary and Margaret) Churchyard, Warwickshire, England, St Mary and St Margaret Churchyard, Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Petersham Fort Street High School Great War Honour Roll
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16 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 941, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
17 Jan 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 941, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
17 Jan 1917: Embarked Corporal, SN 941, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, RMS Omrah, Melbourne
10 Apr 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 941

Corporal Clifford Newton Ryder

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In Memory Of Corporal Clifford Newton Ryder of No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), who died, aged 24, of accidental injuries on the 10th of April 1917, as a result of an aeroplane crash, and was buried at Warwickshire 65 Castle Bromwich (St Mary and Margaret) Churchyard.

Wreaths are being laid at the graveside at the funeral.

He was born in Double Bay, Sydney.

Corporal Ryder met his death whilst flying as an observer with 20-year-old Lieutenant John Alexander Williamson. The aeroplane was flying very fast and high over Leicestershire, when the fatal accident occurred. The plane crashed to the ground, killing the pilot, who was strapped into his seat, and Corporal Ryder, who fell out of the aeroplane.

Lest We Forget.

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 10th April.... Clifford Newton Ryder was born at Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1892. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 16th October, 1916 as a 24 year old, single, Fitter & Turner (listed on the information sheet for the Roll of Honour by his father as a Motor Mechanic & an Engineers apprentice).

Corporal Clifford Newton Ryder embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Omrah (A5) on 17th January, 1917 with the Australian Flying Corps, No. 4 Squadron, Headquarters Flight. Corporal Ryder was admitted to Ship’s Hospital from 13th February to 16th February, 1917 with Influenza. He disembarked at Plymouth, England on 27th March, 1917.

Corporal Clifford Newton Ryder was marched in from Australia to A.F.C. (Australian Flying Corps) Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England on 27th March, 1917. He was transferred to No. 71 Squadron, A.F.C. at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, England on 2nd April, 1917 from A.F.C. Depot at Perham Downs.

On 10th April, 1917 Sopwith 1½ Strutter Registration A1113 departed from RFC Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire with 2 crew members – Lieutenant John Alexander Williamson, Pilot, aged 20, on attachment from 10th (Royal East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent) Regiment & Corporal Clifford Newton Ryder, Observer, aged 24, of No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The destination was RFC Lilbourne, Daventry, Northamptonshire. The plane crashed en route at Ullesthorpe, near Market Harborough, Leicestershire (10 miles north of Rugby.)
Corporal Clifford Newton Ryder died at 6 pm on 10th April, 1917 at Ellesthorpe Hospital, Rugby, England from the result of an aeroplane accident. Lieutenant John Alexander Williamson, pilot, also died in the crash. (Lieutenant Williamson was buried in St. Mary’s Old Churchyard, Walmer, Kent, England.) (Note: the aircraft accident card in the RAF Museum Archives gives the location of the accident as "Gosport, Hampshire" (for Lieut. Williamson) and "Ellesthrope, Rugby, Warwickshire" (for Corporal Ryder). A report in "Flight" magazine (April 19 1917) confirms the crash location as "Leicestershire”.)

Corporal Clifford Newton Ryder was buried in St. Mary and St. Margaret Churchyard, Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, England.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/castle-bromwich.html

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