Observer-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service
Born: November 4th 1897
Died: August 12th 1918
Age at Death: 20
Died of Wounds, France, August 12th 1918
A donation to this memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by Ken Wilson-Wheeler (Le. 1954-59).
“Duty nobly done, thou good and faithful servant. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”
Brightonian XV April, 1916
R.E. Horton - Entered Junior House, January, 1909. School House, September 1911. House Prefect, September, 1914. Prefect, June, 1915. Second XI. Cricket, 1915. Lance-Corporal in the O.T.C. Form, Army Class (Senior).
Robert Edmund Horton
Robert Horton was born in 1897. It appears that he was born in France of English parents, Charles and Edith (nee Salmon). The reasons why he subsequently boarded at the school for the lengthy spell of 7 years are unclear, although obviously if his parents, whose profession is unknown, continued to live abroad then a boarding education in England must have been an obvious choice.
Having left school Horton received a commission in the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and served as a flying Observer on the Western Front (in addition to the RFC a number of RNAS units also served there). On August 13 1918 he, and his pilot Lieutenant Charles Mossop, died of injuries after their converted seaplane crashed in France. He is buried in a civil cemetery in Toulaville, France near to where their seaplane crashed on the Normandy coast.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15