Holbrook Lance Gaskell

Flight Sub Lieutentant Holbrook Lance Gaskell, born 21st September 1897 in Woolton

In 1901 Holbrook aged 3 living with father James Bellhouse Gaskell a Director United Alkali Co and mother Harriette M. (Herriette May Melland) and cousin Henry Pagden and with 5 servants family living Roseleigh /Acrefield Rd Woolton.

In 1911 census Holbrook aged 13 living with father James and mother Harriette with sister Helen May aged 28 and 6 servants family living at Rosliegh/ Acrefield Rd Woolton

Holbrook Lance Gaskell was educated at Greenbank School Sefton Park ,Shrewsbury School, and entered Pembrooke Collage Cambridge.

Holbrook obtained a Commission as Flight Sub-Lieutenant 25th June 1916.Holbrook then underwent training at the Hall Flying School Hendon and  then at Crystal Palace R N A S Training School graduated as Pilot  1 November 1916 at Cranwell

Flight Sub Lieutenant Holbrook Lance Gaskell, served in the Eastern Mediterranean from 1st January 1917 till his death at the R.N.A.S Station at Mudos and later on the Dorian Front near Salonika Greece.

On the 2nd May 1917 Holbrook along with 2nd Lieutenant James Watt( 47th Squadron) was flying in Sopwith on a mission and the aircraft was repeatedly hit by Turkish anti – aircraft fire and on the way back to the aerodrome one of the wings folded and the aircraft plummeted 5000 feet and crashed killing both men. Both men buried at Hadji Janus by the Chaplain, No 31 Casualty Clearing Clearing Station British Salonika Force.

Holbrook is remembered with honour Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston Central Macedonia