Herd, Lieutenant Rupert Holton
Central Flying School, RFC
Rupert Herd was born in Ringwood, Victoria, on 28 March 1892 and was an Accountant when he joined the 8th Infantry Battalion in Melbourne on 6 January 1915. He was commissioned in the 13th Light Horse before he departed from Melbourne on HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915. After arrival in Egypt in January 1916 he served as Quartermaster in the 1st Anzac Cyclist Battalion, and was promoted to Lieutenant in March. He stayed with cyclist units in France from March 1916 until he transferred to the AFC in December, and was posted to England for flying training.
He was killed in an aircraft accident at Eastbourne on 16 June 1917 while flying in Avro 504 A9774 flown by Lt H J Newton, RFC, who suffered only minor facial injuries. The Court of Enquiry found that the pilot had stalled the aeroplane at about 100 feet and that it then nose-dived into the ground.
Lt R H Herd is buried in Grave D 345 at Eastbourne (Ocklynge) Cemetery, Sussex, England.