Streeter, Lieutenant Henry
No 3 Sqn AFC
Henry Streeter was born in Melbourne in 1894. He had moved to Bunyip, Victoria, where he was a Building Contractor, and a member of the AMF Light Horse, when he joined the 38th Infantry Battalion in Melbourne on 17 October 1916. On 20 October he embarked on HMAT A18 Port Lincoln in Melbourne for Sierra Leone, where he re-embarked on HMNZT No 14 Willochra for passage to the UK. After arrival in England he applied for a transfer to the AFC in March 1917. He was commissioned in October 1917 after graduation from pilot training, and promoted to Lieutenant in January 1918, when he was posted to No 69 (Australian) Sqn at Ballieul on the Western Front. After a week with his squadron, he was detached to attend a Liaison Course before returning on 10 February.
He was killed near Wytschaete on 17 February 1918 while flying RE8 C5043 with Lt F J Tarrant, who was also killed. It was presumed that the aircraft was struck by a British artillery shell when flying at 5000 feet.
On the same day that Lts Streeter and Tarrant’s RE8 was struck by an artillery shell, another AFC aeroplane, Sopwith Camel B5207, flown by Lt C H Martin of No 4 Sqn was also hit by a shell and destroyed.
Lt H Streeter is buried in Grave III F 52 at Ballieul (Extension) Cemetery, France.