Charles William Homer (Sc. 1911-12)


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Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps.
Born: April 1st 1894
Died: October 27th 1917

Age at Death: 23

Accidentally killed while flying, Thetford, October 27th 1917

A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by Yam's Family.

Obituary, Brightonian XVI April, 1918
C.W. Homer entered School House May, 1911 and left July, 1912. When war broke out, Homer was sheep-farming in New Zealand; he joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and was at the evacuation of Gallipoli.  After a period at home on sick leave, he joined the R.F.C. and was appointed instructor at Thetford. He was killed in an accident while flying with a pupil.

2nd Lieutenant Charles William Homer
Charles Homer was born on April 1st 1894. His father’s identity is [unknown?] but his mother was Mary Ann Homer nee Miller and the family lived in 10 Essex Road, Bognor Regis and later in Euston, Suffolk. He was initially educated at Maidenhead College, Kent before moving to Brighton College (School House) between 1911 and 1912. His life at the school was therefore brief but he appears to have played in several football teams and been a member of the OTC while he was at the school. After he left he spent a period of some months studying in Germany, an intriguing fact about which unfortunately nothing more could be learned.

He joined The Royal Flying Corps shortly after the start of the war and it appears that he was posted as an instructor to a flying school in Thetford, Norfolk. At some point in the same period he also appears to have married a girl called Mona but their marriage was alas to be brief and childless. It is possible, indeed probable, that he undertook some active service on the Western Front before coming back to Britain to act as instructor as such instructors were normally experienced combat pilots. On the 27 October, while flying with a pupil (Lt D Gill) the flimsy bi-plane they were flying experienced engine problems and crashed killing both trainee pilot and his instructor.

Charles Homer was then buried in the churchyard of St Genevieve’s Church, Euston, Suffolk.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15

 

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