Hyam, Lieutenant William Raymond

No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Raymond Hyam was born on 20 January 1891 in Thirsk, Yorkshire, and was living in Bairnsdale, Victoria, while working as a Farmer when he joined the 13th Light Horse in Bairnsdale on 20 October 1914. He left Melbourne on HMAT A34 Persic on 28 May and served at Gallipoli from September until the end of the campaign. After rising to Staff Sergeant in the 13th Light Horse, he was commissioned in December. A year later he transferred to the AFC and was trained as an observer before being posted to No 67 (Australian) Sqn in Egypt.

He died on 30 March 1917 from wounds received on 27 March while flying in BE 2c 4312 flown by Capt D W Rutherford, who was wounded. The airmen were on an artillery observation mission when they were attacked from below by a German Aviatik. Lt A Murray Jones flew to their assistance and chased off the Aviatik, which used its superior speed to depart the scene. It was the first serious air combat involving the squadron.

Lt W R Hyam is buried in Grave B 176 at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

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