Warren, Cadet Harry Collier (1899)

No 69 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Harry Warren came from Port Pirie, South Australia, and was 20, and working as a Law Clerk, when he joined the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade at Blackboy Hill Camp near Perth, WA, on 2 September 1914. He left from Fremantle on HMAT A22 Rangatira on 25 September. After arrival in Egypt he served in the Gallipoli Campaign before moving to the Western Front. In February 1916 he was promoted to Bombardier. He transferred to the AFC in November 1916, and was posted to No 48 Reserve Sqn RFC at Waddington for flying training, after which he was posted to No 69 (Australian) Sqn at South Carlton in March 1917.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at South Carlton, near Lincoln, on 4 April 1917 while flying Avro 504B B389 with his instructor, 2Lt C P Lowry RFC, who was uninjured. The airmen had taken off in the Avro for a period of dual instruction, during which the aeroplane entered a spinning nose dive from about 150 feet. 2Lt Lowry reported afterwards that he was unable to use the rudder to recover from the spin. The Court of Enquiry opined that the rudder problem may have been due to Cdt Warren’s attempted use of it.

Cdt H C Warren is buried at Lincoln (Newport) Lincolnshire, England.

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