John Gibson Andrews

Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 14/08/1918
Age 19
Regiment/Service Royal Air Force - 49 Squadron.
Cemetery Ruyaulcourt German Military Cemetery. Ruyaulcourt is a village 11 kilometres east of Bapaume in the Pas de Calais, France.

 

John was born in Leyton, east London, on 28th September 1899 to Thomas Andrews (b. 1864), a South African mercantile clerk, and his wife, Helen, (b. 1870). He was the second of three sons, with Philip Thomas (1897-1961) also born in Leyton and Francis Wilfred (b.1904) born whilst the family were living at 97 Station Road, Finchley.

John was employed as a foreign insurance clerk by the North British Mercantile Insurance Company of 61 Threadneedle Street in the City of London from 20th July 1915 to 30th September 1917. Heenlisted on 3rd October 1917, joining the Royal Flying Corps on 30th October and reporting to Hilton Park, an Air Mechanics School near Wendover, Buckinghamshire. He was made a Second Lieutenant (on probation) with effect from 24th February 1918.

On 23rd March he joined 120 Squadron, a day bomber unit. He transferred to No 1 Flying School on 5th July and went out to France to join 80 Squadron on 13th July. He was killed on 14th August 1918 in a crash over enemy lines at Beaurevoir-Remancourt. He was flying a Sopwith Camel on an offensive patrol and was buried by the Germans. His grave is now lost, but he is remembered by a headstone in Ruyaulcourt Cemetery.

At the time of John's death his parents were living at 75, Holdenhurst Avenue, Finchley.