Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence

Lest We Forget
British Legion
The Royal British Legion

CARDINGTON - R101 Funeral

Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

The R101 memorial was held in the fields surrounding St Mary's church. The photographs here were taken at the time, by clicking on the images you can see an enlarged view (warning these are large pictures). The grave contains the bodies of the 48 officers and men who perished in the disaster 5th October 1930. The names are listed here as a table.

The R-101, larger than any other airship in the world, was built at Cardington, near Bedford, in 1930. Seven hours into her maiden voyage to India, in increasingly threatening weather, she crashed into a hillside at Beauvais in France. Of the 54 people on board, all but eight died instantly. There is a report of the inquiry into the disaster and the tragic loss of life which exposed the pressure from the Air Minister, Lord Thomson, that, whatever the technical causes of the crash, had at the last minute unduly hurried designers, constructors and crew. The early end of the airship in modern commercial flight was the result.

Further photographs and drawings of the disaster are included here under the News and Reviews articles.

The funeral service - various dignitaries preside.
The coffins are laid out in the mass graves surround by floral tributes
The band from the Luton Temperance.
Neatly laid in rows ready to be covered
The crowd covered a large area, fronted by various dignitaries
An large array of floral tributes were laid out
Last respects were paid by the large crowd

The crew of the R-101 pictured sometime before the fatal flight.

ATKINS

George K

BISHOP

Percy

Major

BLAKE

Richard

BRANCKER

Sir William Sefton

Air Vice Marshall, RAF

BUCK

James

Lord Thomson's attendant

BURTON

Charles A

BUSHFIELD

Alexander

CHURCH

Samuel

COLMORE

Reginald B B

Wing Commander, RAF

CURRAN

John F

ELLIOTT

Frank

Wireless Operator

FERGUSSON

Christopher

FORD

Hector E

FOSTER

Percy A

GENT

William R

First Engineer

GIBLETT

Maurice A

GRABOSWKY-ATHERSTONE

Noel

Lieutenant Commander

GRAHAM

Eric A

Cook

HASTINGS

Alfred C

HUNT

Geroge W

Chief Coxswain

IRWIN

Herbert C

Flight Lieutenant, RAF

JOHNSTON

Ernest L

Squadron Leader, RAF

KEELEY

Spencer T

KEY

Thomas A A

KING

William H

LITTLEKIT

Maurice F

MASON

Christopher H

MEGGINSON

Thomas W

Galley Boy

MOULE

Wilfred

NORCOTT

Arthur W J

O'NEILL

William H L

Squadron Leader

OUGHTON

Leonard F

PALSTRA

William

Squadron Leader, R.A.A.F

POTTER

Walter A

RADCLIFFE

Walter G

RAMPTON

Martin G

RICHARDSON

Arthur J

RICHMOND

Vincent C

Lieutenant Colonel

ROPE

Frederick M

Squadron Leader

RUDD

Ernest G

SAVIDGE

Albert H

SCOTT

George H

Major

SHORT

G W

Charge Hand Engineer.

STEFF

Maurice H

Flying Officer

TAYLOR

Cecil E

THOMSON

The Right Honourable Lord

Air Minister

WATKINS

Albert H

Last updated 23 January, 2007

Friends of the War Memorials
War Memorials Trust
Cardington R101 page
Commonweath War Graves Commission
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Copyright © Roll-of-Honour.com 2002-
Email: rollofhonour@ntlworld.com

See our on-line bookstore
Visit our bookstore