Greenslade, Richard Samuel (1894-1930)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who have lost their lives in the service of their country, 1919-1939 and 1946 to date.
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Details: Richard Samuel Greenslade (1894-1930), born 1 September 1894 at Trull, Somerset, son of Richard Frank Greenslade and Mary Ann Greenslade (née Baker), Chilleswood Farm, Trull, Taunton, Somerset, later of Rosemount, Milverton, Somerset. Brother of Cecil Greenslade (1896-?).
Attended Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset.
Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1909-July 1911; shooting viii team (1910, 1911).
Worked in a bank at Torquay, Devon.
WW1, Lieutenant, Somerset Royal Horse Artillery; Motor Machine Gun Service; 100th Squadron, RAF; served in France; prisoner of war in Germany for 14 months. Regular commission.
Flight-Commander, Royal Air Force.
Killed in a flying accident on 8 January 1930 when two Avro planes collided in the air at no.4 Flying School, Abu Sueir, Egypt.
Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.
Western Morning News, 10 January 1930:
FLIGHT-LIEUT. GREENSLADE’S DEATH IN EGYPT.
Flight-Lieut. Richard Samuel Greenslade, one of the four members of the Royal Air Force killed in the mid-air collision at Abu Sueir, Egypt was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs R.F. Greenslade, of Rosemount, Milverton, Somerset, formerly of Chilleswood Farm, Trull, near Taunton, where he was born. Educated at Queen’s College, Taunton, and at Sherborne School, he held a post in a bank at Torquay before the war. His first service in the war was as a gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery. Later he transferred to the Royal Air Force, and became a flying officer in October 1917. In the same month he was shot down behind the German lines in France, and remained a prisoner of war in Germany until December, 1918. Lieut. Greenslade came back to the Royal Air Force as an observer officer, and was appointed an instructor at the Royal Air Force Staff College at Cranwell, Lincolnshire. Mr W.R.J. Greenslade of Taunton, the well-known Somerset auctioneer, is an uncle of the deceased officer.