Flesquières Hill Cemetery
Brecon, Brecknockshire, Wales
|Died||19 December 1917 (aged 22)
|Buried at||Flesquières Hill British Cemetery|
|Service/branch||Royal Flying Corps|
|Years of service||1917|
|Unit||No. 56 Squadron RFC|
|Battles/wars||First World War|
|Awards||Military Cross & Bar|
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.
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.
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.||”|
|“||...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
- 'Above the Trenches'; Shores (1990) page 264