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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:32 pm    Post subject: Von Poellnitz Reply with quote

Just ran across this in the Hawick News 31/5/1918.
I don't think that he is on a memorial here ??????
(He is on Lamorbey - WW1 and WW2 Board (WMR 70669)

Major H. W. Von Poellnitz, R.F. A., who has been killed, is grandson of Sir Walter Elliot, Wolfelee. (near Hawick)

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VON POELLNITZ, HERMAN WALTER
Died 11/05/1918
Aged 27
72nd Sqdn. Royal Air Force
and 2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment

Son of Arthur James Charles Robert McKenzie von Poellnitz of Cliftondown, The Crescent, Sidcup, Kent. Born Pergamino, Italy.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken,
Apologies for me only now seeing this post.

Herman Walter Von Poellnitz was a son of Caroline Elliot of Wolflee (Bonchester near Hawick), daughter of the famous naturalist Sir Walter Elliot.

Herman Walter Von Poellnitz features in the following booklet (which I have not seen).

Blandford to Baghdad - The Story of No.72 Squadron's First Commanding Officer, by Guy Warner

Booklet published privately by the author, 22 pages. A5 size booklet (N5647)
This short booklet provides a brief account of Herman Walter Von Poellnitz, the unlikely sounding name of the man who became the first commanding officer of RFC 72 Squadron, which was itself formed in 1917 (during the First World War), and which saw service at Basra (Middle East) in the Mesopotamia Campaign. Most of the short booklet recounts Von Poellnitz's wartime experiences, and is illustrated with several small photographs.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was a contemporary and friend of James McCudden VC, DSO & Bar, MC & Bar, MM.

'Von Pip' as he was known, died of a fractured skull sustained in a motor car accident at Basra as he returned early morning from a poker game in Baghdad.
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