Keay, Second Lieutenant Seawood Peter

No 4 Sqn AFC

Seawood Keay came from Williamstown, Victoria, and was aged 21 and a Public Service Clerk when he enlisted in the 59th Infantry Battalion in Melbourne on 18 June 1916. He left Melbourne on HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August. In April 1917 he arrived in France, where he served with his battalion and later with the 15th Infantry Brigade Headquarters before he moved to London in September for duty with AIF Headquarters, after which he applied to join the AFC in October. He completed pilot training in June 1918, when he was commissioned; after further training he returned to France to serve in No 4 Sqn on 11 August.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Aire on 22 August 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel D6526 when his aeroplane collided with Camel F5948, flown by fellow No 4 Sqn pilot 2Lt E A Cato, at 15.15. Despite losing an aileron in the collision, and having great difficulty in controlling his aeroplane as it descended, 2Lt Cato suffered only minor cuts and bruises.

2Lt S P Keay is buried in Grave IV B 29 at Aire Communal Cemetery, France.

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