Duckworth, Lieutenant Reginald Kaye

Australian Flying Corps

Reg Duckworth was born in Woollarha, New South Wales in 1894. He attended Woollarha Grammar School and obtained his B.A., Law II at the University of Sydney, and was articled to Messrs. Stephen Jaques, and Stephen.

An officer in the A.G.A at the outbreak of the war, Reg was mobilised and sent to forts at Sydney Heads and Bondi, where he was the OiC.

He successfully applied for the aviation course at Point Cook running from 25th September 1917, to 21st December 1917, with the aim of being posted overseas.

Lt. Duckworth died in an aircraft accident near Werribee, on 16 November 1917, when he was flying a Maurice Farman Shorthorn (CSF-17); when he lost control of the aircraft at 1000ft and it spun into the ground. Lt Duckworth was killed instantly. This was the first recorded fatality at the CFS since its inception in 1911.

Lt R K Duckworth is buried in Waverly Cemetery, Sydney.

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