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Vernon Francis Symondson

16/10/1893 - 13/11/1918
Vernon Francis Symondson
Source: Uppingham School Archives
CWGC Cemetery: Caudry British Cemetery

Place of birth: Sutton, Surrey
Last known address in Bromley: Holly Dene Beckenham Lane

Military information

Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
Battalion/Ship: 210th Squadron
Rank: Lieutenant
Number: Unknown

Family information

Parents: Stanley Vernon & Jesse Kate Symondson (nee Uridge)
Parents' occupation: Shipowner
Siblings: Francis Stanley, Ronald Charles
Relatives on War Memorial: SCHOOLING, C.H., SCHOOLING, E.C.

Census information

1901
Address: 8 Dalby Square, Margate
1911
Address: Uppingham School

Extra details

Vernon was the eldest of Stanley Vernon and Jessie Kate Symondson’s three children. He was baptised on 7th December 1893 at Sutton Parish Church. His father died in 1906. He was educated at Uppingham School.

Vernon was prosecuted at least twice for driving offences. The first was in September 1915 for speeding down Egham Hill. When challenged by the policeman he said “I do not mind if I am summoned; I can afford to pay the fine, this is the second time I have been stopped today. Whenever I see a policeman I drive like …….”. The second time, in October 1915, was for being drunk in charge of a car and driving dangerously, in Piccadilly. He skidded and knocked over a pedestrian. His only comment was that he had been dining.

His engagement to Sybilla Dorling was announced on 1st November 1916.

Vernon entered Sandhurst in 1913. He was with the 13th Hussars from 8th August 1914 until 27th August 1916, when he resigned his commission. He became a Probationary Flight Officer in the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Air Service on 31st May 1917, getting his aviator’s certificate on 12th June at Eastbourne. He progressed to the rank of Lieutenant and by 1st April 1918 was with 5 Group, 210 Squadron, HMS Furious at Turnhouse, Edinborough.

Vernon was killed in Sopwith Camel F.1 No.F3132 whilst on a practice flight near Cambrai when attempting a turn at low speed.


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