Ryder, Corporal Clifford Newton, (941)

No 71 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Clifford Ryder was born in Double Bay, Sydney, NSW. He was a Fitter and Turner, aged 24, when he joined the AFC at The Show Ground Camp in Sydney on 16 October 1916. After training at Laverton, he embarked on HMAT A5 Omrah in Melbourne on 17 January 1917. On arrival in England, he was posted to No 71 (Australian) Sqn RFC, then training at Castle Bromwich.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Castle Bromwich on 10 April 1917 while flying in Sopwith 1½ Strutter A1113 with Lt John Alexander Williamson, No 28 Reserve Sqn RFC (formerly Royal East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry and 10th Battalion, East Kent Regiment), who was also killed. The Court of Enquiry determined that the aircraft crash was due to pilot error.

Cpl C N Ryder is buried at SS Mary and Margaret Churchyard at Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire, England.

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