Larkin, Air Mechanic Class II Sidney Bernard (970)
No 71 (Australian) Sqn RFC
Sidney Larkin came from Balmain, NSW. He was an Electrical Mechanic aged 24 when he joined No 4 Sqn AFC at The Show Ground Camp in Sydney on 16 October 1916. After a short period of training at Laverton, he left Melbourne on HMAT A5 Omrah on 17 January 1917. On arrival in the UK he was posted to No 71 (Australian) Sqn RFC at Castle Bromwich.
He was killed in an aircraft accident at Castle Bromwich on 14 August 1917 while flying in Avro 504 B928 with 2Lt Thomas Hosking, a flying instructor attached to No 71 Sqn, who was unhurt. 2Lt Hosking took the aeroplane up to 2500 feet to determine if the windy day was suitable for flying training. The Avro was buffeted by the wind and had descended to about 500 feet when the engine stopped during a right turn. The aeroplane was then hit by turbulence that caused it to dive towards the ground.
AMII S B Larkin is commemorated on Screen Wall B10 287 at Birmingham (Lodge Hill)