Searle, Second Lieutenant Archibald Henry

No 67 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Archibald Searle came from Bendigo, Victoria, where he was born on 27 December 1887. He was a Clerk when he joined the Army Pay Corps in Melbourne on 11 August 1915. On 26 August he embarked on HMAT A68 Anchises from Melbourne. After service in Egypt, he applied for pilot training in February 1917, which was carried out with Nos 22 and 23 Reserve Sqns RFC. He qualified as a pilot in June 1917, and joined No 67 (Australian) Sqn on the 15th of that month

He was killed in action over Bir-Iftesis, Palestine, on 13 July 1917 while flying BE 2e 7133 with Lt Gerald Lewis Paget, RFC (formerly 17th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers), who was also killed. The aeroplane was escorted by another BE 2e while on a photographic mission over the Beersheba area when it was attacked by an enemy fighter. The wings were seen to fold up, and the aeroplane crashed in an area held by Turkish cavalry. 2Lt Searle was initially posted as Missing in Action, but a note dropped from a German aeroplane on 15 July confirmed his death.

2Lt A H Searle has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 60 of the Jerusalem Memorial, Palestine.

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