A First War Pair to the Royal Flying Corps
A First War Pair to the Royal Flying Corps - British War Medal (11896. 2.A.M. E.J. PEIRCE. R.F.C.); and Victory Medal (11896. 2.A.M. E.J. PEIRCE. R.F.C.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, extremely fine.Footnote: 11896 Private (2nd Class Air Mechanic) E.J. Peirce, 3rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps was an eyewitness to a flying accident in France that killed Australian 2nd Lieutenant Adam Gower Sutherland De Ross, 3rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps on February 14, 1917. Peirce filed his report at 3rd Squadron, 15 Wing in the Temple Road Military Hospital, Birkenhead, stating his home address as 2 Pensbury Terrace, Killyon Road, Wandsworth, S.W.. He went on to describe the incident that led to Ross' death: "At Gueudecourt 2nd Lt. Ross was observing for a battery to the rear of my battery and was returning with information when two German planes swooped down on him from behind the clouds. His machine was brought down; it fell at Gueudecourt. I saw it happen and immediately went to where the machine had fallen and saw the remains of 2nd Lt. De Ross which were afterwards buried. I cannot remember where he was buried but information as to this could be got from 3rd Squad. R.F.C., B.E.F." His report was filed on May 12, 1917 at London.