On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Bertie Constantin Ruffell Grimwood: 7th or 8th November
Associate Member 1912.
Inspecting Engineer, Crown Agents for the Colonies.
Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, 4th Squadron, Royal Artillery.
Missing on the 7th, recorded as such on the 8th. Actual date of death unknown, probate record states 7th, in France/Belgium.
Missing in action, Somme.
Commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial. Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery.
Awarded: Military Cross.
Gazette issue 30466, 08/01/1918. M.C. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Having located a strong force of enemy infantry coming up to counter attack, his machine was immediately afterwards hit by a shell which wounded him severely and destroyed his wireless apparatus. His machine was obviously so badly damaged that no expert would have believed it could have possibly held together in the air, but in spite of this and of his wounds he wrote out a message reporting the position of the enemy and dropped it on divisional headquarters who were able to put nine batteries on to the target. His pluck and devotion to duty were worthy of the highest praise. Awarded the Military Cross.
Note: missing and recorded missing dates from war record.
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