Aaron HINDLEY
Rank: Lieutenant
Number:
Unit: 45th Training Squadron ROYAL AIR FORCE
Date of Death: 19 May 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

Aaron was the youngest of four children listed on the 1901 Census, living with their parents, Eli and Elizabeth, at 30 Miller Street, Reddish. He had been born locally on 22 May 1898.

By the Great War, the family had moved to 59 Houldsworth Street and, on 3 June 1916, Aaron attested for the army. His medical inspection shows him to have been 5’ 8” tall, with a 36” chest and in a good state of physical development, although he suffered badly from acne. Once his forms were filled in, he was sent home again and was not mobilised until 13 August 1917. The previous month, he had applied to become an officer straight away and it would seem that he was then immediately assigned to train to receive a commission in the then Royal Flying Corps.

The Corps became the more familiar Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918 and, at that time, Aaron was nearing the end of his training in the UK to become a pilot. He had recently been home on leave and only returned to camp on 18 May, The next day, he took off on his “graduation flight”. It was reported that the flight had gone well until the final descent when he appeared to lose control of the plane and crashed. He was killed instantly.

His body was brought back to Stockport for burial. At the service at Willow Grove, the coffin was covered with a Union Jack, but the local newspaper reported that that the usual shots were not fired over the grave, not was the Last Post sounded.

   
           
   
     
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