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Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

Sessions & Donald with their damaged RE 8 in France, 1917

20th June 1918

Donald Sessions, MC, B Social 1911. Lt, No 2 School of Aerial Gunnery, RAF. Killed in a flying accident over Kent

He was the youngest of four brothers who were all at Radley.

Citation for the Military Cross. Temp. 2nd Lt. D. H. Sessions, Gen. List and R.F.C. During two months he did 111 hours’ flying on artillery work, often under heavy anti·aircraft fire. He constantly observed most successfully for the artillery, causing direct hits on gun pits, fires, and explosions.

In 2017 this stunning photo was produced from an original print from a glass plate negative and sent to us by Blair Sessions (A Social 1955), Donald’s great-nephew.  Donald is the pilot sitting on the wheel of his RE 8, near Ypres in 1917. The story of the four Sessions brothers and this photo featured in the Old Radleian magazine 2017

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Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

The grave of Lewis Sheppard at Varennes. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Lewis Sheppard at Varennes. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Today we remember …

21st April 1917

Lewis Sheppard. B Social 1910. Royal Flying Corps.  Killed in a flying accident

Lewis Sheppard left Radley in 1914 to join up as a 2nd Lt in the Somerset Light Infantry. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916.

He was a boy of more than average ability. A great talker and with many interests, he has left his mark, though he was not here long enough to become distinguished. He joined the Flying Corps and was killed on April 21 by an accident on his way back to the advanced base in Flanders.

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2nd Lt Lewis Sheppard, RFC

2nd Lt Lewis Sheppard, RFC