John Aidan Liddell (03/08/1888 – 31/08/1915) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 31 July 1915, while flying reconnaissance over Ostend–Bruges–Ghent, Belgium.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29272, Page: 8373, reads:
“Captain John Aidan Liddell, 3rd Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll- and Sutherland Highlanders), and Royal Flying Corps.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 31st July, 1915. When on a flying reconnaissance over Ostend-Bruges-Ghent he was severely wounded (his right thigh being broken), which caused momentary unconsciousness, but by a great effort he recovered partial control after his machine had dropped nearly 3,000 feet, and notwithstanding his collapsed state succeeded, although continually fired at, in completing his course, and brought the aeroplane into our lines— half an hour after he had been wounded.
The difficulties experienced by this Officer in saving his machine, and the life of his observer, cannot be readily expressed, but as the control wheel and throttle control were smashed, and also one of the undercarriage struts, it would seem incredible that he could have accomplished his task.”
He died as a result of the wounds he received at La Panne, Belgium on 31 August 1915, aged 27. He is buried in Holy Ghost Cemetery, Basingstoke.
And he is commemorated on the Sherfield-On-Loddon War Memorial.
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