Cornell, Lieutenant Harold Gordon

No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Harold Cornell came from Richmond, Victoria. He was born on 10 August 1891 and was an Electrician when he joined the AFC in Claremont, Tasmania, on 15 August 1916. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October. After arrival in the UK he attended a Wireless instructional course before a posting to No 69 (Australian) Sqn in February 1917, followed by promotions to Corporal and Sergeant. Later he qualified as a pilot with No 30 Training Sqn and was commissioned in October as well as being posted back to No 69 (Australian) Sqn. On 25 November he arrived on the Western Front with his unit, but was able to go to Paris on leave shortly after, returning to the squadron on 11 December, only to be killed while flying later that day.

He was killed on 11 December 1917 when flying DH 5 A9324 after the aeroplane spun into the ground at Baiziuex aerodrome.

Lt H G Cornell is buried in Grave III J 5 at Dernancourt Cemetery, France.

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