Hamilton and Wyness memorial, Willian, Hertfordshire

Hamilton and Wyness obelisk, Willian, Hertfordshire. Unveiled 27 November 1912. Newly listed at Grade II. © Historic England/DP219473. This memorial obelisk marks the deaths of RFC pilot Captain Patrick Hamilton and his reconnaissance observer Lieutenant Athole Wyness Stuart. They died on 6 September 1912 following engine failure on their way back to land at Willian. The men’s uniforms were reputedly buried beneath the memorial. It is thought to be the first British public monument to individual RFC servicemen.

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