Rupert Henry Lea CATON

CATON, Rupert Henry Lea

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 23 December 1916
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Annandale, NSW, 16 June 1895
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort Street School and Technical College
Occupation: Engineer
Died: 14 February 1959, aged 63 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
East Terrace 2 Wall 4
Memorials: New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis)
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, Reinforcements WW1
11 May 1917: Involvement Australian Flying Corps (AFC), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Shropshire embarkation_ship_number: A9 public_note: ''
11 May 1917: Embarked Australian Flying Corps (AFC), HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Henry Jacob and Alice Maude CATON, 'Midlands' Llewellyn Street, Marrickville, NSW

Lieutenant Caton gained his certificate as Pilot at the Point Cook Aviation Schol and had his first fight in the 'air stunt' against the German invaders of England.  Later in France, he was wounded by hostile aeroplanes on 7 September 1917, but retained his nerve, and landed safely to the aerodrome.  He was invalided to Wandsworth and Cobham Hall Hospitals and returned to Sydney 28 May 1918.   For many months he was an outdoor patient of Randwick Military Hospital.