Monday, 27 April 2015

In Memory of William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse VC

Today, it's exactly 100 years ago that William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse VC died.
 Born in England but of Maori New Zealand descent, was the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
He died in the 2nd Battle of Ypres. He was shot above Courtrai/Kortrijk when he was bombing the railway station. Train were going from Kortrijk to Roeselare/Roulers with logistics for the Germans.
He was direct involved in the 2nd Battle of Ypres, better known as the First Gas Attack.
He could fly back to his base in Merville (France) but died of his wounds. 
In WWII his son, William Henry Rhodes-Moorhouse born in 1914, was based for a short time on the same air base but he died in the Battle of Britain at the age of 26.



to read more about this story see: http://messines1917.blogspot.be/2012/01/nz-vcs-in-flanders-rhodes-moorhouse.html

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