Treadwell, Cadet Edward Jabez Cooper (959)

71 (Australian) Sqn RFC attached to No 30 Training Sqn RFC

Edward Treadwell was born in Ascot Vale, Victoria, and was a Printer and Publisher, aged 21, when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 10 October 1916. He had served in the AMF for two and a half years, and he held the rank of Lieutenant. On 17 January 1917 he left from Melbourne on HMAT A5 Omrah. Immediately after arriving in the UK he commenced pilot training with No 29 and 30 (Australian) Training Squadrons.

He was killed in an accident at Tern Hill on 29 September 1917 when struck by the propeller blade of Sopwith 1½ Strutter A6945. He had been standing on the left wing and talking to the pilot, before getting off the wing over the leading edge, with his back towards the propeller. At this point he appeared to stumble and fall into the path of the propeller. The Court of Enquiry found that “in stepping off the machine [he] accidentally came in contact with the propeller which struck him and caused his death. No blame is attached to anyone.”

Cdt E J C Treadwell is buried in Grave 17 at Tilstock (Christ Church) Churchyard Extension, Shropshire.

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