KIRBY, Frederick William


Second Lieutenant, Frederick William KIRBY
Aged 24


19 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
Killed in Action on Friday, 21st September 1917


Possunt quia posse videntur - They can because they think they can.

Frederick William KIRBY was born in 1892 in Over (St.Ives Q4-1892 3B:285) son of Fred and Louisa KIRBY (née CARTER).


1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Hill Farm, Longstanton Road, Over with his father Fred KIRBY [42] farmer, born Over; his mother Louisa [42] born Swavesey; sisters Mary [6], Jessie[5] and Annie L. [1]; brother Benjamin C. [2]. All the children were born in Over.

1911 census...Aged 18, working on father's farm; he was still at Hill Farm with his parents; sisters Mary and Annie Louisa and brother Benjamin Carter. Of the six children, one had died.


No. 19 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps was founded on 1st September 1915, training on a variety of aircraft before being sent to France in July 1916 flying B.E.12s and then re-equipping with the more suitable French-built Spads. Late 1917 the squadron started to receive Sopwith Dolphins to replace its Spads. In 1938 they were the first squadron to receive Spitfires . They are now disbanded (2016)

Enlisted 1st February 1917, and after training at 15 Training School, 11 T.S. and 56 T.S, he was posted to 19th Squadron on 25th August 1917 (extra annotation "Spad") Commissioned temp 2nd Lieut. on probation 3rd May 1917, confirmed 14th July.
He was last seen in combat over Dadizeele, Belgium on 21st September 1917 flying Spad Ser.No. B3533. His loss was claimed by Hauptmann Oskar Gustav Rudolf Berthold at 9:50 am. who was piloting an Albatross 3 of Jagdstaffel 18

Initially buried by the Germans in the German extension to Halluin Communal Cemetery and moved to Pont du Hem in 1923








photo: Rodney Gibson.



Frederick Kirby is buried in Pont du Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, grave 4:H:27

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details


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