Brian Laidley DOWLING


DOWLING, Brian Laidley

Service Number: 1408
Enlisted: 14 December 1914
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Born: Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia, 25 June 1889
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed while flying, France, 2 September 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Arras Memorial, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France. Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial
Memorials: Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

14 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1408, 301st Company Mechancial Transport
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Driver, SN 1408, 301st Company Mechancial Transport
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Driver, SN 1408, 301st Company Mechancial Transport, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, 301st Company Mechancial Transport, Discharged to the Royal Flying Corps with rank of 2nd Lieutenant
11 May 1915: Involvement Royal Flying Corps

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

While on an offensive patrol on 2 September 1918, Captain Brian Laidley Dowling (Pilot) and Lieutenant Valentine St. Barbe Collins RAF (Observer), flying in Bristol Fighter aircraft D7990 of 22 Squadron RFC, were last seen flying east towards Cambrai and disappearing into a cloud. Neither of the crew members were recovered.