Lord, Second Lieutenant John Stone William
Artillery and Infantry Co-operation School, RAF
John Lord came from Sydney, NSW. He was 25, and a Mechanical Engineer, when he joined the 1st Light Horse at Rosebery Park in Sydney on 24 August 1914, after serving for 6 years in the AMF Engineers and Light Horse. He left Sydney on HMAT A6 State of Victoria on 20 October, and served at Gallipoli for three weeks in May before being evacuated due to illness. After recovery, he rejoined his regiment in Egypt. He transferred to the RFC in November 1916 and, after training as a Fitter, he was posted to No 67 (Australian) Sqn. He then moved to England for further training before a posting to No 69 (Australian) Sqn where he applied for pilot training. After graduation, he was commissioned in March 1918, after which he was sent to the RAF’s Artillery and Infantry Co-Operation School for final training before posting to France.
He was killed in an aircraft accident at Worthy Down on 12 May 1918 while flying RE 8 E62. The Court of Enquiry was unable to determine the direct cause of the accident, and concluded that it was probably due to ‘poor flying’. Airmen Died in the Great War incorrectly indicates that 2Lt J S W Lord and Lt L George, who was also killed at the School on 12 May, were flying in the same aeroplane.
2Lt J S W Lord is buried at Hursely (All Saints) Church Cemetery, Hampshire, England.