Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.
Born: 7th October 1896, Hooton, Cheshire.
Died: 22nd January 1919; age: 22; Killed in a flying accident at Aero Experimental Station, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps.
He went out to France, but soon after his arrival he was compelled to descend in the German lines near Cambrai owing to engine trouble during a flight and became a prisoner of war. At his third attempt he escaped, returned to England, and was awarded the Air Force Cross.
Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Medals Awarded: Air Force Cross – gazetted posthumously 3rd June 1919 – “In recognition of distinguished services rendered during the war”
1901 Manorial Road, Neston cum Parkgate, Cheshire.
Cecil was 4 years old and living with his parents & brother.
Arthur Cecil Blain, 39, a Cotton Broker – employer, born Seaforth, Lancashire.
Kathleen Mary Blain, 23, born Halton, Cheshire.
Arthur Henry Blain, 2, born Hooton, Cheshire.
Cecil attended Loretto School, Scotland from 1910 to 1913. He was a Corporal in their O.T.U.
After leaving Loretto School he took up farming in South Africa, but returned to England when war broke out.
Cecil, a Farmer, of Moonside, Neston, Cheshire, gained his Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificate on the 14th January 1916. Certificate taken on a Maurice Farman Biplane, at Military School, Ruislip.
Posted to the Aero Experimental Station at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk.
Probate to Kathleen Mary Blain (wife of Arthur Cecil Blain).
Soldiers’ Effects to Stanislaus Delancey Ronayne Conion, Esq.
R.A.F. OFFICER’S FUNERAL AT IPSWICH.
The funeral took place at the Ipswich Cemetery on Saturday morning of Lieut. Cecil William Blain, R.A.F., who met his death through a mishap to his machine whilst flying on Wednesday. The deceased officer, who was only 22 years of age, was a native of Bromboro’, Cheshire. He had not long since been a prisoner of war for some 18 months. The deceased was buried with full military honours. The coffin, covered with the Union Jack, was borne from Ranelagh Road Military Hospital to the Cemetery on a R.A.F. tender, which was covered with beautiful wreaths. The late officer’s cap and belt were laid on the coffin. The cortege was preceded by the band of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, whilst a firing party and buglers were furnished by the same regiment, by permission of Col. Gavin, officer commanding. The rear of the procession was brought up by a detachment of N.C.O.’s and air mechanics from the Martlesham Aero Experimental Station, whilst Lieuts. Armstrong, Thompson, Darrington, Skyes, Jamie, and Nightingale acted as bearers, among other officers present as mourners being Major Griffiths, Cap’ts. Rusden, Rigby, Purdon, and Bowman, and Lieuts. MacKenzie-Martin, Dunderdale, and Clinton. The grave was in the Field of Honour, and the service was conducted by the Rev. I. Morris, officiating clergyman at the Ranelagh Road Military Hospital. The coffin was of unpolished English oak, with brass fittings; the inscription reading:- “Lieut. Cecil William Blain, R.A.F., died January 22nd, 1919, aged 22 years.”
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Hastings and Son, under the supervision of Mr. P. Hastings.
Image from 1919 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.