Northamptonshire village remembers hero airman

Vernon Creek of the RAF Museum London and author Enid Jarvis at the launch of the book about VC airman William Rhodes-Moorhouse NNL-150429-140758001
Vernon Creek of the RAF Museum London and author Enid Jarvis at the launch of the book about VC airman William Rhodes-Moorhouse NNL-150429-140758001

Young men including a Victoria Cross airman were remembered at a special event in Spratton.

Spratton Local History Society organised a First World War event at the weekend to mark the anniversary of the death of Lt William B Rhodes-Moorhouse, the first airman to receive the Victoria Cross.

The book about VC airman William Rhodes-Moorhouse by Enid Jarvis NNL-150429-140811001

The book about VC airman William Rhodes-Moorhouse by Enid Jarvis NNL-150429-140811001

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Great War Society drilling, look at the English Heritage biplane, and listen to lectures on the war in the air by the RAF Museum London, on fashions in 1914-18 by History Wardrobe.

There was also talk on Victoria Cross airman William Rhodes-Moorhouse by local author Enid Jarvis, who launched a new book entitled “Lt William B Rhodes-Moorhouse VC RFC – A Northamptonshire Hero” this week which tells the story of the airman’s pioneering role in the history of aviation and his life in Northamptonshire as well as his brave last flight on the Western Front in 1915.

Mail order copies can be obtained from www.sprattonhistory.org.uk or by writing to slhs@spratton.com price £10 plus postage.

The Great War Society at the First World War event in Spratton NNL-150429-141105001

The Great War Society at the First World War event in Spratton NNL-150429-141105001