SerjeantMOTTERSHEAD, THOMAS

Service Number 1396

Died 12/01/1917

Aged 27

20th Sqdn.
Royal Flying Corps

V C, D C M

Son of Thomas and Lucy Mottershead, of Widnes; husband of Lilian Medlicott Mottershead, of 31, Lilac Avenue, Widnes, Lancs.

Inscription

NOT ONCE OR TWICE IN OUR ROUGH ISLAND STORY WAS THE PATH OF DUTY THE WAY TO GLORY

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29937, dated 9th Feb., 1917, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery, endurance and skill, when attacked at an altitude of 9,000 feet; the petrol tank was pierced and the machine set on fire. Enveloped in flames, which his Observer, Lt. Gower was unable to subdue, this very gallant soldier succeeded in bringing his aeroplane back to our lines, and though he made a successful landing, the machine collapsed on touching the ground, pinning him beneath wreckage from which he was subsequently rescued. Though suffering extreme torture from burns, Serjt. Mottershead showed the most conspicuous presence of mind in the careful selection of a landing place, and his wonderful endurance and fortitude undoubtedly saved the life of his Observer. He has since succumbed to his injuries."

Buried at BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD

Location: Nord, France
Number of casualties: 4369

Cemetery/memorial reference: III. A. 126.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.