Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

Photograph and extra information courtesy of David Knight archivist at Stonyhurst College.


Born: 14th June 1898, Redhill, Surrey.

Died: 8th June 1918; age: 19; Death from concussion caused by accidental aeroplane crash whilst test flying at Martlesham Heath Experimental Station, Suffolk.

Inquest held 8th June 1918.

Residence: Ladbrooke House, Redhill, Surrey.


Joined the Royal Flying Corps in August 1916. He received his commission on the 4th September 1916 and his ‘wings’ on the 15th March 1917. Samuel went overseas to France & Flanders on the 21st March 1917 – 6th June 1917.

Wounded: 7th June 1917 – Several bullets in the right thigh and leg.

In spite of his wounds he kept on for quite an hour, flying very low, harassing hostile infantry, until he became exhausted, and landed his machine, riddled with bullets, in a Canadian trench. Samuel recovered from his wounds at the Lady Ridley’s Hospital for Officers, 10, Carlton House Terrace, St. James, London. This was Lady Rosamond Ridley’s London residence. The ballroom, with its painted ceiling, was converted into a ward in 1914 for 25 beds.

After recovering from his wounds, and as a proved and tried airman, Samuel was posted to Martlesham Heath training station, for experimental work, laboratory designing and test flying.


Rank: 2nd Lieutenant.

Regiment: Royal Air Force.


Medals Awarded: Croix de Guerre. Appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order on the 26th July 1917 – ” For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in continually attacking and dispersing hostile infantry and transport from a very low altitude. Whilst engaged in this he was almost unconscious. He also showed great courage and determination on several occasions in attacking hostile aircraft, destroying some, and forcing others to descend.”

Mentioned in Despatches: 11th December 1917.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Comte D’Arcy, of 8, Hampstead Hill Gardens, London.




1901   77, Ladbrooke Road, Reigate, Surrey.


Samuel was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Pierre Marie Patrice D’Arcy 5th Count D’Arcy, 36, Living On Own Means, born Moulins, Allier, France.

Leontine Marie Madeleine D’Arcy (nee Welles de la Valette), born France.

Norman Wilfred Louis Eugene D’Arcy, born Redhill, Surrey.

Elizabeth Leonie Madeleine D’Arcy, born Redhill, Surrey.

lady’s maid – born Germany.

housemaid – born Germany.

nursery governess – born Ireland.

nursery maid – born France.

cook – born France.


1911   Ladycross School, Eastbourne Road, Seaford, East Sussex.


Samuel was 12 years old, a Scholar at the private Catholic School. Headmaster & founder Mr. Alfred Roper.


Samuel’s preparatory school was Ladycross School, Sleaford, before being sent to France to attend Pères Eudistes, St. Jean-de-Bethune, Versailles. Here he achieved his Baccalauréat in Latin and languages. Samuel attended Stonyhurst College for just one year, between the 1st October 1915 and 1st August 1916. He joined as a ‘Philosopher.’ He had considerable artistic gifts, and was a good performer on the violoncello. On the 18th March 1916, Samuel played his violoncello for wounded soldiers at the Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, near Whalley, Lancashire. Samuel played Rubinstein’s ‘Melody in F.’ He also played the character Cornelius Cocker in a farce entitled ‘A Sudden Arrival.’


Samuel’s brother, Norman was an artillery officer in the French Army.


Soldiers’ Effects to Vicomte Pierre Marie Patrice D’Arcy.


Probate to Vicomte Pierre Marie Patrice D’Arcy.


Vicomte Pierre Marie Patrice D’Arcy & Vicomtessa Leontine Marie Madeleine D’Arcy were laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, very close to the Field of Honour.


The funeral took place at the Ipswich Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon of 2nd Lieutenant Samuel H. D’Arcy, of the Royal Air Force, who met his death through a flying mishap on Saturday afternoon last. The deceased officer who was only 19 years of age, was the son of Viscount D’Arcy, a member of a well-known French family, whose home in England is at Redhill, Surrey. Lieutenant D’Arcy was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and received his commission in the Army on September 4th 1916. He was appointed a flying officer in the Royal Flying Corps on March 15th 1917. He had flown in France, where for his services he was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. Another brother is an officer of artillery in the French Army.


The remains were interred with full military honours, the coffin, covered with the Union Jack, being borne from the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital to the graveside on a motor tender of the R.A.F. The cortege afforded a most imposing spectacle as it wended its way through the streets. First came a firing party of 40 men, under an officer and N.C.O., with four buglers furnished by the Hampshire Regiment. Immediately in front of the tender came the band of the 1st (Ipswich) Battalion Suffolk Volunteer Regiment, under Bandmaster W. Osborne. Eight of deceased brother officers acted as bearers, their names being Capt. R.T. Newil, Capt. G.P. Edelstan, Capt. G.W. Gathergood, Capt. R. Gubben, Capt. A.R. Boeme, Lieut. E.C. Stringer, Lieut. J.H. Jephsen, and 2nd Lieut. E.H. Futch. Following were Lieut. Col. H.J. Cooper, Major E.M. Barlow, Major J.H.S. Amesley, Capt. E.R. Tye, and Lieuts. Page, Cave and Renwick all of the R.A.F; and Capt. Mumford of the American Army Air Force. At the rear marched a detachment of the R.A.F. under Lieut. Janis. The family mourners present were Viscount and Viscountess D’Arcy (parents) and deceased two sisters.


The funeral service was conducted by Father O’Gorman. The coffin of polished oak, with brass fittings, bore the inscription “2nd Lieut. Samuel H. D’Arcy. Royal Air Force, died June 8th 1918, aged 19.” After the coffin had been lowered into the grave, the firing party fired the customary volleys and the buglers sounded the “Last Post.” Among the beautiful flowers which covered the coffin, in addition to those from the family were tributes from Lady Quilter, Cuthbert and Raymond. Officers of the R.A.F. this being in the form of a huge propeller. Commandant and officers; Warrant Officers and N.C.O.’s, Aeroplane Experimental Station; N.C.O.’s and men of the “A” Flight; Women’s R.A.F. (officers’ mess), etc.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Hastings & Son, under the supervision of Mr. P. Hastings.





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The D’arcy Family Memorial, Ipswich Cemetery

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