Richard Maybery

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Richard Maybery
Flesquières Hill British Cemetery.JPG
Flesquières Hill Cemetery
Born 1895
Brecon, Brecknockshire, Wales
Died 19 December 1917 (aged 22)
Haynecourt, France
Buried at Flesquières Hill British Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom British Empire
Service/branch Royal Flying Corps
Years of service 1917
Rank Captain
Unit No. 56 Squadron RFC
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Military Cross & Bar

Captain Richard Aveline Maybery MC and Bar (1895–19 December 1917) was a Welsh flying ace of the First World War.

Maybery was born in Brecon, Wales, in January 1895, the only son of Aveline Maybery, a solicitor, and his wife Lucy. He was educated locally and at Wellington College, Berkshire, before going on to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.

After his graduation he joined the 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers. At the outbreak of war he served in the North West Frontier province until he was injured in a riding accident. Bored during his rehabilitation and unable to sit on a horse he became involved in observing for a unit of the Royal Flying Corps who were based nearby.

Later he travelled to Egypt where he trained to be a pilot, before he was posted to France with 56 Squadron, serving with aces James McCudden, Arthur Rhys Davids and Keith Muspratt.

Aggressive and headstrong, Maybery quickly accumulated a high victory tally, and he scored his 21st and final victory, on 19 December 1917, when he shot down an Albatros DV over Bourlon Wood. Maybery's SE5a was then either hit by anti aircraft fire or shot down by Vzfw. Artur Weber of Jasta 5 and crashed near the village of Haynecourt.[1]

Maybery was buried at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, Nord, France.

His wartime tally consisted of 14 and 2 shared destroyed, and 5 'out of control'.

A marble plaque dedicated to the memory of Richard Aveline Maybery, can be found in Brecon Cathedral. The plaque includes the prayer:


Almighty God..... enable us who remain in the safety of our homes to be worthy of those who have died for us... grant us with a willing spirit to do whatever duty may be laid upon us.

Quotes[edit]

...He (Captain. Maybery) and Captain. Ball and Lieutenant. Rhys Davids did more harm to the morale of the German Flying Corps than any other fifteen pilots between them. They all, always, took on any odds. They were too brave and reckless.

Reminiscence of Captain Duncan Grinnell-Milne, Commanding Officer of No.56 Squadron RFC, upon hearing news of the death of Captain Richard Maybery

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Above the Trenches'; Shores (1990) page 264

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