Captain Richard Aveline Maybery

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Seating
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Memorial to Captain Richard Aveline Maybery, MC and Bar, 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers, attached to 56 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Only son of Henry Oxenford Aveline Maybery (solicitor) and Lucy Powys Maybery (nee Cobb), MBE, of The Priory, Brecon. Educated at at Connaught House in Weymouth and Wellington College, Berkshire. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers on 17 Sep 1913. At the outbreak of WWI he was serving in the North West Frontier Province. Promoted to Lieutenant on 31 Oct 1914. He was seriously wounded in action at Shabqadar, India (now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan) on 15 Sep 1915. During his rehabilitation he became involved in observing for a unit of the Royal Flying Corps who were based nearby. He was eventually seconded to the RFC, and appointed a flying officer (observer) on 10 Oct 1916, with seniority from 21 Aug 1916. He went to Egypt where he trained to be a pilot, being appointed a flying officer on 11 April 1917, and was posted to France to serve in No. 56 Squadron. He quickly accumulated a high victory tally, accounting for 21 enemy aircraft between 7 Jul and 19 Dec 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross on 26 Sep and on 18 Nov was appointed a flight commander with the temporary rank of captain. His second Military Cross was awarded on 17 Dec 1917. Moments after his final victory on 19 Dec 1917, shooting down an Albatros D.V over Bourlon Wood, he was shot down and killed aged 22 years, his aircraft crashing near the village of Haynecourt. Maybery was buried in Haynecourt by the Germans, but after the war was re-interred in grave IV.B.19. at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, Flesquieres, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. He is also commemorated on a marble plaque in Brecon Cathedral and on the Roll of Honour at Wellington College.
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Richard Aveline Maybery, MC. Capt 21st Lancers. Attd 56th Squadron R.F.C. Killed in aerial action over Bourlon Wood 19th December 1917 aged 22.

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