Commonwealth War Graves - Edward George Savage

Author: Doug Larsen
Date published: 08/11/2011
© Doug Larsen

Commonwealth War Graves

Name:

Savage, Edward George

Place and Date of Birth:

March 1897

Place of Residence:

Newbury

Family:

 

Military Record

 

Rank:

Airman 2nd Class

Service Number:

45277

Regiment/Service:

Royal Flying Corps

Date of Death:

February 3rd, 1917

Age at Death:

20

Additional Information:

Attended Newbury Grammar School and later became articled dental student to his father until he heard “the call of his country”.

He joined the RFC where he worked in the Wireless Section and showed great proficiency. However he contracted measles and had to go for treatment to an Isolation Hospital. After recovering he returned to duty but suffered a relapse and was re-admitted with pneumonia from which he died.

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Named on Memorials inside St. Nicolas’ Church and St. Bartholomew’s School.

Family grave with “Gallipoli marker” to indicate Commonwealth War Grave status.

 

The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the over-land air arm of the British military during most of the First World War. During the early part of the war, the RFC's responsibilities were centred on support of the British Army, via artillery cooperation and photographic reconnaissance.

This work gradually led RFC pilots into aerial battles with German pilots and later in the war included the strafing of enemy infantry and emplacements, the bombing of German military airfields and later the strategic bombing of German industrial and transportation facilities.

Parachutes were not available to pilots of the RFC's heavier-than-air craft - nor were they used by the RAF during the First World War - although the Calthrop Guardian Angel parachute (1916 model) was officially adopted just as the war ended.

On 17 August 1917, General Jan Smuts presented a report to the War Council on the future of air power. Because of its potential for the 'devastation of enemy lands and the destruction of industrial and populous centres on a vast scale', he recommended a new air service be formed that would be on a level with the Army and Royal Navy.

On 1 April 1918, the RFC and the RNAS (Royal Naval Air Service) were amalgamated to form a new service, the Royal Air Force (RAF). The RAF was under the control of the new Air Ministry.

After starting in 1914 with some 2,073 personnel, by the start of 1919 the RAF had 4,000 combat aircraft and 114,000 personnel.

Sources:Personal research, CWG

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