Lt Vincent Waterfall, RFC
Lt Vincent Waterfall (formerly East Yorkshire Regiment, and a native of Brighton, Sussex) together with his observer Lt Charles George Gordon Bayly (formerly Royal Engineers, and a native of Cape Town, South Africa) was flying an Avro 504 when he was brought down by enemy ground fire on 22 August 1914. They had departed on a reconnaissance mission at 10.16am that morning from Mauberge in order to monitor the advance of the Germans. At 10.50am they observed a line of horsemen, flying over the column they were shot down by ground fire.
The loss of this aeroplane was the RFC's first combat loss in the Great War. The wreckage of the machine was the first indication to the Germans that the BEF had arrived at the Front.
Lt Waterfall (along with Lt Bayly) is buried in Tournai Communal Cemetery Extension, Belgium.
22 August 1914
Photo Source courtesy: Médecins de la Grande Guerre
Test source courtesy: Great War Forum
Research by David Tattersfield, WFA Development Trustee