Henry Eric Dolan

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Henry Eric Dolan
Born (1896-01-20)20 January 1896
St. Leonards, Sussex, England
Died 12 May 1918(1918-05-12) (aged 22)
In the vicinity of Wulverghem, Belgium
Buried at La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Allegiance Canada
United Kingdom
Service/branch Canadian Army
British Army
Royal Air Force
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Royal Field Artillery
No. 74 Squadron RFC
Awards Military Cross
Relations Captain Gerald Roberts Nolan, RN (brother)[1]

Lieutenant Henry Eric Dolan MC (20 January 1896 – 12 May 1918) was a World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[2]


Henry Eric Dolan was born in England, the son of Alfred Archer Dolan, a mining engineer,[3] who later lived at Banbury, Oxfordshire. He was educated at Downside School.[4]

Dolan later moved to Canada, and soon after the outbreak of war enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.[5] On 20 November 1914 he was commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery,[6] and was promoted to temporary lieutenant on 31 January 1916.[7] He was awarded the Military Cross on 29 December 1916.[8]

On 31 August 1917 he was appointed a flying officer in the Royal Flying Corps, and transferred to the General List.[9] In early 1918 he was posted to No. 74 Squadron, which operated Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5as on the Western Front.[2] He was assigned to 'A' Flight, under the leadership of "Mick" Mannock.[10] Dolan scored his first victory when he shot down an Albatros D.V near Merville on 12 April 1918. He scored steadily throughout the following month, notching his seventh triumph on 11 May. The following day, Dolan fell under the guns of Raven Freiherr von Barnekow.[2] He is buried in plot II, row D, grave 8 at La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.[11]


  1. ^ Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen (2014). "Royal Navy Officers 1939–1945 (D)". unithistories.com. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Henry Eric Dolan". The Aerodrome. 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Padillo Rivademar de Dolan, Maria Teresa (2014). "Alfred Archer Dolan (deceased)". geni.com. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Downside Review. 1916. 
  5. ^ "Lieutenant Henry Eric Dolan". Canadian Great War Project. 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28983. p. 9671. 20 November 1914.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29477. p. 1788. 15 February 1916.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29886. p. 29. 1 January 1917. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30304. p. 9924. 25 September 1917.
  10. ^ Browne, O'Brien (2007). "Edward Mick Mannock: World War I RAF Ace Pilot". historynet.com. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dolan, Henry Eric". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.