Commonwealth War Graves - Edward Pellew Plenty

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

Commonwealth War Graves

Name:

Plenty, Edward Pellew

Place and Date of Birth:

July 6th, 1897

Place of Residence:

Newbury

Family:

Son of Edward Pellew Plenty and Jessica Adelaide Plenty of Hill House, Wash Hill, Newbury

Military Record

 

Rank:

Major

Service Number:

 

Regiment/Service:

Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force

Date of Death:

November 22nd, 1918

Age at Death:

21

Additional Information:

Died at the Red Cross Hospital, Huntingdon from pneumonia following influenza.

He was educated at Newbury Grammar School and St. Paul’s School where he impressed everyone with his personality and ability. On leaving he intended to become an engineer but war had broken out so he enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion in September 1914 at age 17 where he was made Corporal. Plenty then received a nomination for Sandhurst in

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November 1914 where he became Senior Sergeant of G Company. On passing out he was gazetted to the Manchester Regiment where he was sent for flying instruction and on gaining his wings in 1915 he joined a R.F.C. squadron in France.

In April 1916 he was made flight commander at age 18 with the rank of Captain. He returned to Huntingdon in England in May to train a new squadron with which he went back to France in October 1916. Twice mentioned in despatches he returned to England as a flying instructor and then R.A.F. brigade examining officer. He was promoted to Major at age 20 in which capacity he served until he became ill, a terrible irony in a service for which the life expectancy was 11 days. His total flying time in this service was 937 hours of which 500 hours were in France.

Edward Pellew Plenty was a member of a prominent local family who owned Plenty and Son of which his father, also Edward Plenty, was the Managing Director. The younger Edward was being trained to take over the family business but his untimely death meant his father had to carry on the business until his death in 1949 at which stage the family was no longer involved.

He is named on a Memorial at St. Bartholomew’s School.

Sources:Personal research, CWG

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