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Bertie Whicker : 09-March-2013
Bertie Whicker : 09-March-2013
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Plaque on his grave commemortes Bertie Whicker as the first casualty of the Australian Air Force


Address:261 North Road, Brighton Cemetery, Caulfield South, 3162
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.901303
Long: 145.020653
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

In loving memory of Bertie Walter Whicker 17 May 1898 - 6 April 1921

Loving son of Rupert and Ellen Whicker

Bertie Whicker 2577, Australian Air Force, died from injuries received after Avros 504K , Number H3021, in which he was a passenger as an air mechanic, crashed while on a training flight at Point Cook airfield.

He was the first casualty sustained by the Australian Air Force.  The Australian Air Force was gazetted on 31 March 1921 and became the Royal Australian Air Force on 31 August  1921.

Corporal Whicker joined the Australian Imperial Force on 15 October 1917 and served with the 5th Training Squadron, Australian Flying Corps at Minchinhampton in ENgland.

He returned to Australia on 30 April 1919, discharged on 4 August 1919, but rejoined the Australian Air Corps on 7 July 1920.

Also buried here is Berties` brother, Harold Whicker, who died on 6 March 1915, aged 13 months

Source: MA
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