Paul, Lieutenant Carrick Stewart DFC MID

No 1 Sqn AFC

Carrick Paul came from Thames, New Zealand, and was a Surveyor’s Assistant in Sydney, aged 21, when he joined the 6th Light Horse at Rose Hill on 24 September 1914. He left Sydney on HMAT A29 Suevic on 19 December. On 13 July 1915 he was wounded in the foot at Gallipoli and evacuated to Malta, and then to Egypt. In March 1916 he was Mentioned in Despatches for action at Gallipoli. After rejoining his Regiment, he was wounded in the shoulder during an action near the Suez Canal on 4 August. A year later he was accepted for flying training and posted to the School of Aeronautics and then to No 21 Training and No 58 Reserve Sqns RFC, in Egypt, before being commissioned after graduation. He was assigned to No 67 (Australian) Sqn in December 1917, and in 1918 he went on to be credited with five victories (one shared) while flying Bristol F2B C4627 with Lt W J A Weir as his observer:

an Albatros D.V near Nablus on 23 May
an Albatros D.V near Nablus on 23 May*
a Rumpler C-type 8 miles from Nablus on 13 June
a Rumpler C-type north west of Wadi Farah on 28 July
a Rumpler C-type at Kefr Kaddum on 16 August**

* = flown by Vzfw Gustav Schniedewind of Jasta 1F, credited with 7 victories, who was wounded in both arms during the fight
** = shared with Capt A R Brown

Lt G Findlay in B1284 In October 1918 he was awarded the DFC, the citation: Lieutenant Paul is a gallant and skilful pilot, who has been very capably assisted by his observer, Lt Weir. These officers have shown great initiative in attacking ground objectives on numerous occasions, notably on 14P th P August when, in the face of intense hostile fire, they, at very low altitude, attacked bodies of enemy cavalry, causing heavy casualties. They have also displayed great courage and skill in air combats, having destroyed four enemy aircraft.

On 26 December 1918 he embarked on HMAT Wiltshire for transport back to Australia, having been assessed as suffering from debility due to influenza.

He died on 22 January 1919 when he fell overboard from the transport ship after overbalancing while recovering a quoit that had gone under a lifeboat. He was seen in the water after falling in, but could not be found when the ship returned to pick him up.

Lt C S Paul is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial.

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