Major Edward Pellew Plenty

Author: Ros Clow
Date published: 06/11/2011
© Flight magazine, 1918

Major EDWARD PELLEW PLENTY, R.A.F., who died from pneumonia following influenza, at Huntingdon, on November 21st, aged 21, was educated at the Newbury Grammar School and St. Paul's School.

On leaving school he enlisted in a Public Schools Battalion in September, 1914, at the age of 17 and, on receiving a nomination for Sandhurst, he entered in November 1914 and there became senior sergeant of G Company.

On passing out he was gazetted to the Manchester Regt., but having volunteered for flying he was sent at once for instruction, and on gaining his wings joined a squadron in France.

In April, 1916, he was made flight commander, being then 18 years old. He returned to England in May, and helped to train a new squadron then being formed at Huntingdon, with which he went out again to France in October, 1916. After serving a period there he was employed as flying instructor in Norfolk, and went from there to York as brigade examining officer to the Northern Training Brigade.

He was promoted to his majority last May, when he was only 20, and was given a squadron in October. He was twice mentioned in despatches.

Sources:Obituary in “Flight magazine”, November 28th, 1918

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