The Roy Bartlett Collection of Awards to the R.N.A.S., R.F.C. and R.A.F.

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Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £140

Estimate: £100 - £120

Pair: Air Mechanic 1st Class R. L. Fairless, Royal Flying Corps, who was killed in action while serving in No. 4 Squadron in August 1917

British War and Victory Medals (6728 Pte., R.F.C.), good very fine (2) £100-120


Robert Lester Fairless, a native of St. Helens, Lancashire, enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps at Farnborough in July 1915. Little else is known about his career other than the fact he was posted to No. 4 Squadron, an Army Co-operation unit equipped with F.E. 8s, in January 1917, and that he was killed in action on 11 August of the same year, aged 20 years, while serving as an Air Mechanic 1st Class. He is buried in Perth Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.