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Latitude: 51.4844 / 51°29'3"N
Longitude: -0.1903 / 0°11'25"W
OS Eastings: 525753
OS Northings: 177716
OS Grid: TQ257777
Mapcode National: GBR 1Q.G1
Mapcode Global: VHGQY.NY7F
Entry Name: Tomb of Flight Sub Lieutenant Reginald Warneford VC on northern approach to Great Circle, Brompton Cemetery
Listing Date: 1 February 2001
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1246852
English Heritage Legacy ID: 487040
Location: Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW10
District: Kensington and Chelsea
Electoral Ward/Division: Redcliffe
Built-Up Area: Kensington and Chelsea
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: St Luke, South Kensington
Church of England Diocese: London
OLD BROMPTON ROAD, (South, off)
Tomb of Flight Sub Lieutenant Reginald Warneford VC on northern approach to Great Circle, Brompton Cemetery
Funerary monument. c1915. Designer unknown. Portland stone memorial in the form of a Roman altar on a tall, two-stage base with a grey granite vault cover in front. Upper part has an eared pedimental cover with a relief of a Victoria Cross. Below, flanked by inverted torches, is a portrait relief of Flight Sub-Lieutenant Warneford over a bay leaf festoon and the words 'COURAGE INITIATIVE INTREPIDITY'. Below is a relief of Warneford's successful action against a Zeppelin with the inscription 'ERECTED BY THE READERS OF THE DAILY EXPRESS TO COMMEMORATE THE HEROIC EXPLOIT IN DESTROYING A ZEPPELIN AIRSHIP NEAR GHENT ON JUNE 7 1915'.
History: Warneford, a pilot in the Royal Naval Air Service, was the first aviator to destroy an airship and was awarded the Victoria Cross for this exploit. He was killed in an accident soon after. Perhaps the earliest depiction of aerial warfare upon a public memorial.
This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 16 June 2017.
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