Harold Beardsell BREARLEY
Rank: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Unit: East Fortune Naval Air Station ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE
Date of Death: 30 January 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Seafield Cemetery, Edinburgh

Harold was born in the St Helens area in 1897 and spent his early years there. He was educated at Lymm Grammar School and, later, Liverpool University where he was studying engineering. By 1916, the family had moved to Stockport and was living at 11 Edenhurst Road, Mile End. On 29 October of that year, he left his studies and joined the Naval Air Service as a Probationer Flight Officer. He trained at Chingford between January and June 1917 and was then posted to Cranwell.

At the beginning of 1918, he was based at East Fortune airfield, near to the village of Haddington, East Lothian. The pilots there flew patrols over the North Sea. The Stockport Advertiser reported that “On the day of the accident, he was trying a powerful machine and, having accomplished a successful flight, was descending when the machine crashed to the ground. Su-Lieutenant Brearley receiving such injuries that he died a few hours later.”

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