Sherar, Second Lieutenant Roderick Oliver

No 10 Training Sqn RAF

Roderick Sherar was born in Gippsland, Victoria, and was a Theological Student, aged 19, who had served in the AMF for two years, when he joined the 1st Australian Clearing Hospital in Melbourne on 19 November 1914. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A55 Kyarra on 5 December 1914 to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, and served in the Gallipoli campaign before moving to the Western Front. In France he served with the 12th Field Ambulance (where he was charged with “driving an ambulance over 15 miles per hour”) and ‘K’ Supply Column, Army Service Corps, before transferring to the AFC in September 1917. After pilot training with No 5 Training Sqn he was attached to No 10 Training Sqn RAF in February 1918 for ’Higher Instruction’, during which he was commissioned in April.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Calthorpe on 11 May 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel B9242; the aeroplane crashed after entering a spinning nose dive. The Court of Enquiry determined that 2Lt Sherar had probably not noticed that he had lost height while practising aerobatics, and commenced a spin too close to the ground.

2Lt R O Sherar is buried at Clifton-on-Dunsmore (St Mary) Additional Churchyard, Warwickshire, England.

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