2nd Lt. Vincent Waterfall (BC. 1907-09)
Friday, 22 August 1913

The very first two British officers to be killed in WW1 were 2nd Lt. Vincent Waterfall who had qualified as a pilot from the Royal Aero Club (RAC) in 1913 aged 20 (Brighton College 1907-09) and Lt. Vincent Gordon Bayly of St Pauls.

On August 22nd the two young RFC officers were undertaking an observation flight over Belgium to confirm rumours of German troops marching towards the BEF troops stationed at Mons. They flew too close to the Germans and were shot down in action. (Seldon 165).

Today marks the 100th year anniversary of their death. They were buried in Tournai, Belgium.

The first Allied aircraft shot down during WW1 >>

Full obituary on Brighton College Remembers >>

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