Cummings, Second Lieutenant Roy Lytton

No 5 Training Sqn AFC

Roy Cummings was born in Sydney, and was aged 21 and working as an Orchardist in Franklin, Tasmania when he joined the AIF in Claremont, Tasmania, on 18 August 1915. He was initially assigned to the 3rd Field Ambulance as a Private, and left Melbourne on HMAT A70 Ballarat on 9 September. He arrived at Gallipoli in early November but spent only a short time there before being posted to the 1st Motor Transport Base Depot in France, where he re-mustered as a Driver. A posting to the 4th Australian Ammunition Sub Park followed in August 1916. In September 1917 he transferred to the AFC as an Air Mechanic Class II.

In March 1918 he was commissioned, having qualified as a pilot. A spell at the School of Special Flying at Gosport followed in May before he moved to No 5 Training Sqn as an instructor, with the temporary rank of Captain.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Leighterton early in the morning of 28 August 1918 when flying in Avro 504 D9282 with trainee pilot Lt C W Scott, who was also killed. The aeroplane collided with Avro 504 D6 from No 6 Training Sqn, flown by Cdt E H Jefferys, who also died.

2Lt R L Cummings is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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