John Schollick MASHEDER
Rank: Flight Cadet
Number: G/25293
Date of Death: 19 September 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Hadra War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

Richard Masheder was vicar of All Saints’ Church, Heaton Norris and had married Elizabeth Taylor at the Church in 1897. John was born in 1898 and another son, Richard Oswald, in 1906.

As was common for many middle class boys of the day, John was educated at boarding school – first at St Cuthbert’s in Worksop and, later, at St Bees, Cumberland. He later went to work for Craven Brothers – the local firm of machine tool manufacturers with premises at Vauxhall Works, Reddish.

He was conscripted into the army when he became 18 and was assigned to the East Kent Regiment but quickly transferred to the Wireless Branch of the Royal Flying Corps. The Corps separated from the army in April 1918 becoming the Royal Air Force and, shortly afterwards, John started to train to become a pilot. He was coming towards the end of training in Egypt and had been considered a very promising pilot. On the day he was killed, he was flying with his instructor when the plane suddenly nose-dived and crashed into the ground. Both men were killed instantly. It is not known if the cause of the crash was mechanical failure or pilot error.

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