Lewis, Lieutenant Owen Gower

No 3 Sqn AFC

Alexander Lockley was born in Marrickville, NSW, on 8 May 1898, and was a Motor Engineer living in Woolloomooloo when he joined the AFC at the Sydney Show Ground Camp on October 1916. He left Melbourne on HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November. After arrival in the UK he attended technical courses and served with training squadrons until he was accepted for pilot training in November 1917, from which he graduated in March 1918, when he was commissioned. In June he was posted to No 4 Sqn in France where, on 18 June, he crashed in Camel D1904 when a control lever became caught in the Bowden wires to the Vickers guns, causing the machine to become uncontrollable on take off. Promotion to Lieutenant came in August. On 4 September, flying Camel D8136, he was credited with a Kite Balloon in flames near Armentières. The next day he was credited with a Kite Balloon in flames near Prenchies at 06.25.

He was killed in action at Brebiéres at 18.05 on 5 September 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel D8136 in the fight that also cost the lives of 2Lt M H Eddie and Lt D C Carter. Ltn Hermann Fommherz of Jasta 29 claimed a Camel over Marquion at 18.10; it was the 21st of Frommherz’s eventual 32 victories.

Lt A H Lockley is buried in Grave XV M 30 at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.

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