Major Edward Mannock Vc Canterbury Cathedral

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MAJOR EDWARD MANNOCK, V.C. - Canterbury Cathedral

Date: 22nd March 2013

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL – Major Edward Mannock, VC

Was it coincidence that immediately behind my seat in the South Nave aisle, there was an RAF wreath. It immediately caught my eye and above it there was a plaque to this gentleman. I’ve copied this from the Internet and a list of VC holders. Hope you find it of interest, I did. Although the plaque credited him as being RAF, I knew that he had to be Royal Flying Corps because of his rank of Major.

MANNOCK, Edward.(Reg No. 833)?Major 85 Squadron Royal Flying Corps (later TheRoyal Air Force.)?London Gazetted on 18th July 1919?Born on: 24th May 1887 at Brighton, Sussex.?Died on: 26th July 1918 near Lillers, France.?Memorial at: Canterbury Cathedral; Mannock House, Military Road, Canterbury; Canterbury War Memorial and Arras Memorial, France. ?Digest of Citation reads:?On the 17th June 1918, from a height of 8000 feet, he attacked and destroyed a Halberstsdt aircraft near Armentieres; On the 7th July he attacked and destroyed a Died on Fokker machine near Doulieu, it crashe head on into the ground. Shortly after he engaged another Fokker, putting it into a spin and which it is believed crashed.; On the 14th July,near Merville, from 7,000 feet he attacked another Fokker causing it to crash also bringing down an enemy two-seater fighter; On the 19th July, again near Merville he shot down an Albatross two-seater with 80 rounds of ammunition.It went down in flames; On the 20th July 1918 he shot down a two-seater to the east of La Bassée followed an hour later by the shooting down of a Fokker biplane near Steenwercke from 8,000 feet; On the 22nd of July 1918 he shot down a German triplane from 10,000 feet.?In the London Gazette of 3rd August 1918 the total was incorrectly given as 48: it should have read 41.?Additional information: He was also the holder of the Distinguished Service Order and 2 Bars and the Military Cross and Bar. All of these medals were presented to Mr Mannock, Edward's father by King George V during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.?The MC was London Gazetted on 17th Sept 1917 and the Bar a year later 16th September 1918.?The DSO was London Gazetted on the 3rd August 1918 the 2nd Bar was London Gazetted 16th September 1918.?By the end of July 1918, in flying operations over France and Flanders, Major Maddock had been officially credited with 73 combat victories. In May 1918 he scored no less than 24 victories and on one occasion in July whilst leading an attack on a formation of Fokker aircraft, he shot down one and sent another crashing to earth and was the cause of another pair colliding. The whole of his career in the Royal Air Force was an outstanding example of fearless courage, remarkable skill, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice.

When we left the Enthronement service, a bitter wind had arrived so I didn't have time to peruse the War Memorial in the Buttermarket, but will do so possibly on Sunday.

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