Herbert Edison FUTCHER


FUTCHER, Herbert Edison

Service Number: 10853
Enlisted: 10 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Born: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, 24 April 1898
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draftsman
Died: Aircraft accident, France, 21 October 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Perreuse Chateau Franco British National Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

10 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, 3rd Divisional Train
3 Jun 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 10853, 3rd Divisional Train
3 Jun 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 10853, 3rd Divisional Train, HMAT Persic, Melbourne
3 Jun 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 10853
3 Jun 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 10853, HMAT Persic, Melbourne
16 Mar 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 22nd Company (AASC), Discharged to Royal Flying Corps with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant
17 Mar 1917: Involvement Royal Flying Corps

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Lieutenant Herbert Edison Futcher died of wounds in the No. 8 Canadian Stationary Hospital, France, on the 21 October 1918. From information in his Roll of Honour form he was involved in an aircraft crash on the 18 October 1918, and died of burns to his face, head, arms and hands in the hospital three days later. Futcher was only 18 years and 3 months old when he enlisted in July 1915. He was with the Australian Army Service Corps in France prior to joining the Royal Flying Corps. Futcher served mainly in the Aircraft Depot’s in France, pilots who ferried all types of combat aircraft around over the battlefront. He was promoted to Lieutenant in April 1918. He is the only Australian from the Great War buried in the Perreuse Chateau Franco-British National Cemetery. The following memorial notice appeared in the Melbourne Argus of October 1918. His brother, Horace Gordon Futcher served with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion AIF.

“Futcher- Died of injuries on Trafalgar Day (Oct. 21) at 8th Canadian Stationary Hospital, France, Lieut. Herbert Edison Futcher, Royal Air Force, much-loved brother of Thomas F. B. and May Futcher, and darling uncle of little Essie, Tommy, and Herbert, aged 20 years and 5 months.

So dearly loved.

His mother longed for the day of his return.

Our hero.

Our knight of the air.

One of Australia's noblest and best.

He sleeps in a hero's grave.”

Another notice was placed in a Melbourne newspaper many years later, “In loving memory of Flight-Lieutenant Herbert E Futcher of the Royal Air Force who was killed in France October 21 1918 also his brother Horace Gordon Futcher late of the 2nd Pioneers AIF who died of war injuries August 29th 1938.”