Setfords is delighted to be continuing its sponsorship of The Nicholson Lecture, which this year takes the form of an illustrated talk by Graham Mottram, M.A. entitled “Sailors with Wings: 1915 – and naval aviation’s first VCs”: the Lecture is in aid of Maperton Church and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and will take place on Saturday 8th August at 6pm at Maperton Church, near Wincanton, Somerset.
Graham Mottram, MA (Cantab), C.Eng, MIM, is the Past Director of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.
One hundred years ago, Lieutenant Rex Warneford and Squadron Commander Richard Bell-Davies became the first naval aviators to receive the Victoria Cross.
In June 1915, Warneford brought down a Zeppelin over Ostend – becoming the first pilot to achieve this; later in the same year, Bell-Davies landed his single-seat fighter behind enemy lines in Bulgaria and rescued a colleague who had been shot down.
In this – the 2015 Nicholson Lecture – Mr. Mottram will trace their service careers and describe the dramatic actions that earned these men their place in history and the highest award for gallantry.
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