Arthur Westwood, Flight Sgt 3646, 24th Sqdn. Royal Air Force
Died 11th April 1918 in France, aged 21
Arthur Westwood was born in 1896, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Westwood, of 30 King Edward St, Macclesfield.
Before joining up, Arthur was a motor engineer.
Arthur enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps in February 1915 and was drafted to France in January 1916. He was promoted to corporal in March 1916, sergeant in May 1917 and Flight Sergeant in July 1917. Arthur was transferred to the newly-formed Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918.
On 26 April 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Arthur had lost his life in a flying accident:
Mr and Mrs H Westwood, 30 King Edward St, Macclesfield, have received news of the death of their son, Flight Sergt Arthur Westwood, as a result of a flying accident in France. He belonged to the 83rd squadron and died on April 11th. A letter from a chaplain states: “Flight Sergt Westwood was good at his work with the machines and with his men, and his going was a great loss to the squadron.” Twenty-one years of age, Flight Sergt Westwood was educated at St George’s School. He joined the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) just over three years ago as an air-mechanic, and made rapid progress. He was home on leave a few weeks ago.
Flight Sgt Arthur Westwood is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France, in grave ref. VI. C. 11. His father paid for the inscription “AT PEACE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Flight Sgt Arthur Westwood, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Flight Sgt Arthur Westwood is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials. He is also remembered on a family gravestone in Macclesfield Cemetery, plot Z.18025 – In memory of Flight Sergeant ARTHUR WESTWOOD killed while flying a test at Lapuguoy France April 11th 1918 aged 21 years and was interred at Lapuguoy.
Royal Air Force, Airmen’s Service Records (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 26 April 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)