Flight Lieutenant Harold Charles Calvey
On 1st July 1928, the R.A.F. lost one of it’s finest aerobatic pilots in a freak accident when Avro 504N (H2534) of the RAF Practice Camp at Sutton Bridge, dived into the ground not far from RAF Henlow, killing Flight Lieutenant Harold Charles Calvey of No.23 Squadron, Kenley and Flight Sergeant William Charles Hollier, a carpenter/rigger.
Harold Charles Calvey was born in 1897. His Father, Charles Bernard Calvey was an Irishman from Wexford and his Mother, Anna Louisa Calvey (nee Marshman) was from Kent. He had one brother and two sisters.
Aged 24, Harold married Georgina Helen Scott Calvey (nee Patey), at St. Saviour’s, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, in January 1919. The couple had a three year old son at the time of Harold’s death and were living at Cranwell Cottage, Foxon Lane, Caterham, not far from RAF Kenley. Harold had taken part in the Hendon Air Pageant the Saturday before he died and at one time held the record for flying upside down.
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Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.