Born in 1887, Mick originally joined the Royal Engineers before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He became famous during the First World War for being an exceptional aviator and flying ace – at his death he had amassed 61 aerial victories, making him the fifth highest scoring pilot of the war. Mick was among the most decorated servicemen in the British Armed Forces. He was honoured with the Military Cross twice, the Distinguished Service Order three times, and posthumously, the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy. He was awarded his VC for outstanding performances in June and July 1918 during which time he scored eight victories in a display of gallantry, fearlessness, skill and devotion to duty. Mick was killed in action on 26 July 1918 after being shot down by machine-gun fire from German ground forces at Lestrem. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Flying services Memorial.
Captain John Douglas Bell MC
Born in South Africa, John joined the Royal Flying Corps on 1 June 1916. He was involved in several encounters with German fighters while carrying out daylight bombing raids. His MC was awarded for his exceptional leadership and skill while in command of a long distance bombing raid that destroyed a large ammunition dump under extremely adverse weather conditions. On 27 May 1918, the Germans launched an offensive against the French on the Aisne. In preparation the Germans had moved twelve German fighter units, of 14 machines in each, giving them nearly complete aerial supremacy. John was flying in a Sopwith Camel fighter aircraft, when he was attacked and shot down. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Flying services Memorial.