Keith William STRONACH

Keith William STRONACH
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Keith William STRONACH. 2nd Air Mechanic, Cadet, 1946, 7th Australian Flying Corps died in a flying accident 7th July 1918 aged 21. At rest in St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Westonbirt with Lasborough, Gloucestershire.
Some notes from his Airforce Records.
He was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1897 to Samuel Wilfred Stronach. He was aged 21, occupation was civil engineer. His father was nominated as his next of kin and he lived at 1048 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia. He enlisted on the 21st February 1917 at Laverton, Victoria, as motor cyclist, Australian Flying Corps. Prior to enlistment he had serve as Lieutenant for 2 years with the Senior Cadets. Twelve months as Lieutenant, with the Citizen Force, 86th Infantry and six years and 4 months at Lieutenant with the Australian Flying Corps. He embarked Melbourne on the 4th August 1917, disembarked at Glasgow on the 2nd October 1917. On the 2nd June 1918 he was a cadet at the Australian Flying Corps Depot, Royal Air Force, Uxbridge.
On the 7th July 1918 he was killed by a broken neck whilst attempting to land his aircraft at Leighton. It was recorded that has he was landing the engine stalled, his wheels clipped the hedge and the plane nosed dived into the ground and on impact broke his neck. Verdict of the enquiry, killed by a broken neck. He was laid to rest at 2-30pm in an elm coffin with brass dressings the following day with full military honours as Lasborough Churchyard, Gloucestershire, Chaplain, F H Durnford, officiated.

Auth. I wonder why he was buried at this churchyard and not the Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire along with the other Australian Flying Corps fallen. He is the only war dead buried in this churchyard.

Received new information from Noeleen who visited the grave August 2016 and placed a poppy and flag there. She was with a friend who is researching all the men. Apparently Keith wanted to be buried in the churchyard as he liked the outlook. The men were billeted in the farmhouse and buildings. (Auth. They are still there not to far away from where he is at rest).

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